'Love, Lust, Lies' and 'Talkin': Conversing into 21st Century Feminist Research

25 November and 4 December 2010
Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus

Background and Program Information

'Love, Lust, Lies' and 'Talkin' is a conversation around feminist research provocations.

Maggie, Patti, Aileen and Jill our leading 'conversationalists' have been invited to bring their own questions regarding feminist research to share at 'the table'. They will engage the group in deliberate discussions about being a feminist researcher in these times. The convenors extend this invitation to bring questions to all who pull up a chair at the table.

Registration to the conference includes each of these 'tables':

two movie nights with refreshments and discussions;

"Friday night" drinks and conversationwith Maggie;

a (dis)located video conversation with Patti;

and talking with Aileen, Jill and across the 'waves'.

Program details

Campus map

Conference convenors: Dr Kim Senior, Dr Mary Dixon and Dr Naarah Sawers, Deakin University
Conference hosts: Professor Diane Mayer and Professor Jill Blackmore, Deakin University

Lead Conversationalists



Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson
Professor, Indigenous Studies
Queensland University of Technology
Aileen Moreton-Robinson (BA (Hons) ANU; PhD Griffith University) is a Geonpul woman from Minjerribah Stradbroke Island), Quandamooka First Nation (Moreton Bay) in Queensland, Australia. As Professor of Indigenous Studies at the Queensland University of Technology she is Director of the Indigenous Studies Research Network and teaches the Indigenous postgraduate research capacity building program. She is author of Talkin' Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism (2000), University of Queensland Press, editor of Whitening Race: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism (2004), Aboriginal Studies Press, Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters (2007), Allen & Unwin, and co-editor with Maryrose Casey and Fiona Nicoll of Transnational Whiteness Matters (2009) Lexington Press. Professor Moreton-Robinson has researched and published in the area of native title, whiteness, race and feminism in anthologies and journals in Australia and abroad and was the founding President of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association ( She is on the editorial board of Cultural Studies Review and Australian Feminist Studies. As one of Australia's leading academics in the area of critical race and whiteness studies she receives numerous requests to give keynote presentations nationally and internationally. Professor Moreton-Robinson is Deputy Chair of the national Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council and with Dr Walter is the editor of the international Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies. She was elected to the Nominations Committee of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association in 2008 as founding Chair and is currently a committee member.

Maggie MacLure is Professor of Education. Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.
Maggie researches in the area of language and discourse, and is also interested in the development of theory and methodology in applied social research. Her book, Discourse in Educational and Social Research, won the 2004 Critics' Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association.
She organised the recent inaugural Manchester Metropolitan University Summer Institute in Qualitative Research which attracted both graduate students and experienced academics from all over the world. Next year's Summer Institute is scheduled for 18th – 22nd July 2011. Maggie's research projects include:
Becoming a problem: how and why children acquire a reputation as 'naughty' in the earliest years at school. Co-Director with Liz Jones. (2006-8);
Touchlines: the problematics of 'touching' between children and professionals. Co-Director with Heather Piper and Ian Stronach (2004-5); New Directions in Educational Research Methodology: Rebuilding a Community of Enquiry (2001-3)


Patti Lather is Professor of Education in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at Ohio State University, United States of America.
Patti teaches courses in qualitative research, gender in education, and cultural studies and  is an associated faculty member in women's studies and comparative studies. Her work examines various (post)critical, feminist, and poststructural theories, most recently with a focus on the implications for qualitative inquiry of the call for scientifically-based research in education. In her work, Patti examines various (post)critical, feminist, and poststructural theories. Her most recent study focuses on the implications for qualitative inquiry of the call for scientifically-based research in education.
Her books include:
Engaging Science Policy: From The Side Of The Messy (Counterpoints: Studies In The Postmodern Theory Of Education) 2010
Getting Lost: Feminist Practices Toward a Double(d) Science 2007
 Troubling the Angels: Women Living with HIV/AIDS 1997
Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy with/in the Postmodern  1991


Jill Blackmore is a Professor of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University and Director of the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation. Her research interests include globalisation, education policy and governance across all sectors of education – universities, TAFE, schools and community; educational leadership and reform; local/global articulations of internationalisation; organisational change and innovation; teachers' and academics' work; and the changing relations between the individual, community, family and the state.

 Current research projects are

  • Redesigning Schools and Leadership;
  • Inter-agency collaboration supporting resilient students, families and schools in disadvantaged communities
  • Investigating the mismatch between Australian international graduate destinations and workforce shortages (with International Development Program Pty Ltd).
  • Connections between built learning spaces and learning outcomes

Recent publications include Performing and Re-forming Leaders: gender, educational restructuring and organisational change (with Judyth Sachs 2007, SUNY) and an edited collection Repositioning the university: Changing governance and academic work(with Brennan. M and Zipin, L.,Sense Publishers, 2010), Changing Schools through Systematic Inquiry (with Pat. Thomson in press, Routledge). She is co-editor (with P. Thomson and H. Gunter) of a new Routledge book series Critical Theories and Educational Leadership.
Blackmore is past president of the Australian Association of Research in Education, past Managing Editor of the Australian Educational Researcher. Currently she is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Educational Leadership, British Educational Research Journal, American Educational Research Journal, Gender and Education, Journal of Educational Administration and History, New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership Policy and Practice, 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 (e.g. 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 the AEU Leadership for the 21st Century.

Symposium Sponsors

Sponsored by the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation and the School of Education through the ROSE (Research Opus School of Education) seminar series.

Center for Educational Futures and Innovation (CREFI)


All are welcome to register to join the conversations from 25 November until 4 December. (Registration fee $90). Registrations have closed.


Recommendations for Accommodation near the University:

Punt Hill Apartments

Boxhill Motel (3.5 star)

Burwood East Motel

All Seasons Kingsgate Hotel (3 star, in Melb city)
131 King Street Melbourne


Conference convenors:

Kim Senior

Mary Dixon

Naarah Sawers


Conference Secretariat:
Ms Jodi Morgan
Senior Commercial Events Officer
Phone: +61 3 924 45435



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