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Professor Raewyn Connell visits Deakin

Professor Raewyn Connell
Professor Raewyn Connell
January 2010

Internationally renowned researcher, Professor Raewyn Connell, talks with mentees in the Developing Research Leaders Program.

A visit from Professor Raewyn Connell from 12th – 15th October, 2009 was sponsored by Staff Research Development and organised with staff in the School of History, Heritage and Society.

During her visit, Professor Connell spoke and met with mentees at a roundtable discussion on “Creating and Maintaining a Cross-disciplinary Research Project” held on 13th October: 12.30pm - 2.30pm.

This was thought-provoking discussion. Professor Connell talked about the historical development of the universities and academic disciplines as we know them in the North American and European contexts. The way in which knowledge has been compartmentalized into the different academic disciplines has created fundamental difficulties for undertaking research that is genuinely cross and multi-disciplinary.

Moving beyond traditional disciplines with their particular epistemologies and research methods requires an innovative approach that is able to encompass what constitutes “knowledge” in a range of cultures and languages. Professor Connell is currently exploring this possibility in her own research.

During her visit to Deakin, Professor Connell also:

• gave a lecture, “How Can We Understand Gender on a World Scale?” on the Burwood campus
• met informally with Sociology staff on the Waurn Ponds campus
• provided a workshop “Writing for Research” for postgraduate students,
• delivered an Open Lecture, “Australia's Intellectual Culture and the Global South” at RMIT that was jointly sponsored by Deakin and RMIT Universities.

Connell, R, (2009) “Raewyn Connell: Peripheral visions – beyond the metropole” in Jane Kenway and Johannah Fahey eds. Globalizing the Research Imagination. London: Routledge. Pp. 53 – 72.
Connell, R. (2007). Southern Theory: the global dynamics of knowledge in social science. Australia: Allen & Unwin.

Source: Dr Maree Gladwin, Staff Research Development, Deakin University

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