Seminar Series 2012

CREFI Welcomes Professor Stan Van Hooft, Professor of Philosophy, Deakin University.


Thursday 13 September 2012
10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Venue: Melbourne Burwood Campus N3.11 (CREFI) with videoconferencing to Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus ic1.108 and Warrnambool Campus B3.18
RSVP: CREFI Co-ordinator

Prof Van Hooft will elaborate on the theoretical framework – that of Millian liberalism – which Max Charlesworth brought to many public issues, including that of the relation between education and religion. He will apply this framework to a debate in which he has been recently involved: a debate around the provision of religious instruction in public schools. Prof Van Hooft expounds Charlesworth’s rejection of secularism in education in a liberal pluralist state, and his defence of faith-based schooling. He uncovers the religious motivations behind the Victorian government’s 1950 amendments to the apparently secularist Victorian Education Act of 1872. He explores the notion of secularism more fully and suggest that the struggle between those who espouse religious instruction in state schools and those who oppose it while advocating a more general form of education about religion is a symptom of a deeper tension between liberalism and communitarianism within the culture of modernist, liberal states.

Stan van Hooft is Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University in Australia. He is the author of Caring: An Essay in the Philosophy of Ethics, (Niwot, University Press of Colorado, 1995) and numerous journal articles on moral philosophy, bioethics, business ethics, and on the nature of health and disease. He is also a co-author of Facts and Values: An Introduction to Critical Thinking for Nurses, (Sydney, MacLennan and Petty, 1995). His Life, Death, and Subjectivity: Moral Sources for Bioethics, was published by Rodopi (Amsterdam and New York) in 2004. Stan published two further books in 2006: Caring about Health, (Aldershot, Ashgate), and Understanding Virtue Ethics, (Chesham, Acumen Publishers). Acumen Publishers published his Cosmopolitanism: A Philosophy for Global Ethics in July, 2009. This book was shortlisted for the Australian Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics in 2010. His current research centres on Global Ethics and Political Philosophy, the concept of caring in contemporary moral theory, and the role of hope in politics and religion. His new book, Hope was published by Acumen in 2011.


CREFI Welcomes Professor Fazal Rizvi, Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne.


Thursday, 14 June 2012
Time: 10.30am to 12pm
Venue: Deakin University, Burwood Campus, room N3.11

Using data emerging from a current ARC Discovery project dealing with the manner in which elite schools in the British public schools tradition around the world are negotiating the challenges and opportunities of globalization, this paper will discuss a range of tentative findings relating to the ways in which these schools interpret an already existing cosmopolitan imaginary that students and their parents bring to the schools; and how the schools attempt to steer it into a different direction. I will argue that while the students and their parents often have a narrow instrumentalist view of education as a preparation for an increasingly globalized economy and labor market, the elite schools struggle to work with a broader vision of cosmopolitanism and education that seeks to combine various competing traditions of thinking around cosmopolitanism. In the process they do not entirely abandon a Kantian moral view of cosmopolitanism but seek instead to dissolve the tension between moral and economic purposes of education. However their attempts are often rendered ineffective in light of the governing logic of their class location and formation.

Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne and also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Much of Fazal¹s recent research has focused on issues of identity, culture and education; global mobility of students; and theories of globalization and the internationalization of higher education. His current projects include an examination of the ways in which Indian universities are negotiating pressures of globalization and the knowledge economy, as well as a more theoretical exploration of the cosmopolitan possibilities of education.

RSVP   The CREFI coordinator, or (03) 925 17141.


What editors are looking to publish
by Prof Jill Blackmore on Friday, 18 May.

Venue: N3.11
Time: 2.30-5pm
Please bring along your ideas and a publication plan to this session.

This seminar will be followed by a writing workshop conducted by Prof Pat Thomson (The University of Nottingham, U.K.) on 4 and 11 June.
Time: 9-12
Venue: N3.11
Please bring along a draft of your paper to the June sessions for feedback and workshopping.

Please RSVP to the CREFI coordinator: by COB Thursday, 17 May.


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