The Future of Criticality in Contemporary Research and Policy

28 and 29 March 2012

Twitter hashtag for event #criticalityEd

Sponsored by Deakin Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation (CREFI)



The late Joe Kincheloe once wrote: "...the amazing Deakin mafia provided innovative and unprecedented critical scholarship on education for a few short years."

Academics and graduates of the pioneering Deakin Diaspora years in the 1980s and 1990s explored the theme of the Criticality through a series of think-pieces, panels and discussions, with links to overseas participants.

Conference Details

Date: 28 and 29 March 2012
Venue: Deakin Management Centre - Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds
Book Launch: Education, Social Justice and the Legacy of Deakin University. Reflections of the Deakin Diaspora, edited by Richard Tinning and Karen Sirna (2010).
Dinner: Day 1 of the conference concludes with a celebratory retirement dinner for Professor Richard Bates.
Richard commenced in the School of Education at Deakin University in 1979 as a Senior Lecturer. He became a full professor in 1985 and Dean of the School of Education in 1989 and then Dean of the Faculty of Education in 1993-2000. His academic work spans a wide range of fields, including music and literature as well as social science and education.


Deakin University Speaker and Convenor Professor Jill Blackmore

Jill Blackmore

Professor Jill Blackmore
Director, Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation

Currently she is working on an ARC research project Redesigning Schools and Leadership, and projects on Resilient Kids and Schools and The Impact of Internationalisation on Teachers Professional Identities and Careers. She is past president of the Australian Association of Research in Education(2002), past Managing Editor of the Australian Educational Researcher, Regional Editor of International Journal of Educational Leadership, on the Editorial Board of British Educational Research Journal, American Educational Research Journal, New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration and History and international review panels of Journal of Education Policy, Globalisation, Societies, Education etc. She undertakes professional development and policy consultancies with professional and community organizations (principal, teacher and parents), government and NGOs (eg Victorian Council of Social Services, Oxfam International), and community organizations. She is on the Post-compulsory Curriculum Committee of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and has been a critical friend in the recent Leadership Development Framework in Victoria and to the AEU Leadership for the 21st Century.

with Speakers

Richard Bates, Lori Beckett, Chris Bigum, Marie Brennan, Lesley Farrell, Lindsay Fitzclarence, Bill Green, John Henry, Peter Kell, Stephen Kemmis Jane Kenway, David Kirk, Robin McTaggart, Fazal Rizvi, Michael Singh, John Smyth, Pat Thomson, Richard Tinning, Rob Walker


Standard registration $70
Includes morning/afternoon tea, lunch and book launch drinks
Student concession $40
Three-course dinner $75
Celebratory retirement dinner for Richard Bates


Download the program

Videos of presenters

Jill Blackmore

Chris Bigum

Marie Brennan

Lesley Farrell

Bill Green

Jane Kenway

Fazal Rizvi

Richard Tinning

Michael Singh



Lisa Angelini
CREFI Co-ordinator
Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation
Faculty of Arts and Education
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Vic, 3125
Ph: + 61 3 92517147



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