The Inclusive Education Summit

Deakin University, Waterfront Campus | 26-28 October 2018

Community Grants funding available to support the attendance of people with disabilities

Community Grants funding is available to support the attendance of people with disabilities to attend TIES. If you have a disability, a family member with a disability, or if you know of someone who might be interested in attending and could benefit from financial support, make contact with Ben Whitburn by 25/10/2018 to inquire. Eligible delegates will have a disability and be able to travel to Geelong for all or part of the conference. Please note, funding is limited and will be made available on a first come first serve basis. Please outline in your email the nature of your accessibility needs and a reason why you would like to attend TIES.

Inclusive education is a Right, right?

Overarching principles of human rights shore up a nearly 30-year history of international efforts to develop educational systems that are responsive to the needs of all.

Arguably the most widely recognised international inclusive education policy, the Salamanca Statement released in 1994 from the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), recognised that every child has a basic right to education.

In so doing, however, it drew a line around special needs as a particular emphasis, in globalising efforts towards equal opportunity through decrees for first principles of universally attainable privileges. Considered a watershed moment in global responses to educational exclusion, the Salamanca Statement was core to increasing awareness among nations of the need for fostering more inclusive education policy and practice. Nonetheless, the liberal ideologies that frame human rights in inclusive education are seldom called into question, despite perpetual marginalisation and disadvantage post Salamanca.

The Inclusive Education Summit invites the many to come together to consider educational democracy  at a moment in global history where the political order fractures populations, and the displacement of socio-economic participation is displayed in every news bulletin – true, fake or otherwise. Under these conditions, the significance of academic activism, wherein diverse perspectives, methodologies and theoretical approaches are put to work to increase equity in education, has perhaps never been so stark.

The Inclusive Education Summit seeks to engage with researchers, students, education professionals and leaders, advocacy organisations, and people experiencing exclusion to consider human rights in relation to inclusive education.


2018 Summit program

Download the Inclusive Education Summit 2018 program.

PDF Summit program1.3MB

Call for papers

You are invited to submit a proposal for the Inclusive Education Summit 2018 to be held at Deakin University Waterfront Campus in Geelong.

Find out more about submissions

Important dates

April 2018Registration and Call for Proposals opens
Friday 27 JulyAuthor Notification
Friday 3 AugustCall for Proposals closes
Friday 10 August Authors to confirm their acceptance into the Program
Friday 21 SeptemberEarly Bird registration closes

Keynote speakers

Professor Michalinos Zembylas - Open University of Cyprus

Michalinos Zembylas is Professor of Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies at the Open University of Cyprus. He is Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of the Free State, South Africa and Research Associate at Nelson Mandela University (NMU) – Chair, Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation.

He has written extensively on emotion and affect in relation to social justice pedagogies, intercultural and peace education, human rights education and citizenship education. His recent books include: Psychologized Language in Education: Denaturalizing a Regime of Truth (with Z. Bekerman), and Socially Just Pedagogies in Higher Education (co-edited with V. Bozalek, R. Braidotti, and T. Shefer). In 2016, he received the Distinguished Researcher Award in “Social Sciences and Humanities” from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation.

A Posthumanist Critique of Human Rights: Towards an Agonistic Account of Rights in Inclusive Education

Responding to recent human rights critiques, this talk draws on some of the literature in posthumanism to critique the liberal framework as well as the moral superiority of humanism on which the human rights regime has been built.

Posthumanism is based on two important premises that favour an agonistic account of rights: the first is that human beings are regarded in social and relational rather than in atomistic terms or as individuals without connections; secondly, a reading of human rights through this perspective highlights a critical post-humanist engagement with human rights, conducted in the name of an unfinished and ambiguous humanity connected to other sentient beings and the environment, rather than a singular or absolute political identity of humanity.

This reading recognizes the social, economic and political consequences of human rights and thus their potential to upset the dominant social, economic and political order, rather than accepting human rights as universal norms of social life while ignoring the ideological frame in which they are exercised. The talk will conclude with a discussion of some implications for inclusive education.

Associate Professor Susanne Gannon - Western Sydney University

Susanne Gannon is Associate Professor in Education at Western Sydney University, and was Equity theme leader of the Centre for Educational Research from 2012-2017.

Social justice issues and inclusive educational practices and policies have driven several careers in secondary schools and in academia. Her research interests include gender, sexualities, sustainability, poverty and place in education, and aspiration and higher education. Theoretically, her work explores the research implications of poststructural and new materialist paradigms. She draws on a range of qualitative research methodologies including collective biography, autoethnography, narrative and poetic methods and media and textual analysis.

Her coedited books include Resisting Educational Inequality: Reframing policy and practice in schools serving vulnerable communities (2018, with Hattam & Sawyer), Contemporary Issues of Equity in Education (2014, with Sawyer), Becoming Girl: Collective Biography and the production of Girlhood (2014, with Gonick), Deleuze and collaborative writing (2011, with Wyatt, Gale & Davies), Pedagogical Encounters (2009, with Davies), and Doing Collective Biography (2006, with Davies). She is current co-editor of Gender and Education and regional editor for the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Matthew Wright

Matthew is the Branch Manager Engagement and Inclusion at the NDIA and has responsibility for Strategic Engagement, National Events and Inclusion.  Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in the disability sector. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations and Murray Human Services, and a senior manager with Oakleigh Centre and Able Australia.  Matthew was an Adviser Diversity at National Australia Bank developing the NAB's Disability Action Plan.

Matthew has represented Australians with disability at the U.N Conference of State Parties, has been a member of the AHRC Reference Panel on the National Enquiry into Employment Discrimination, IAC’s Housing Innovations Working Group, the Australian Law Reform Commissions Disability Advisory Committee, the National Disability Workforce Strategy Committee, the Victorian Governments NDIS Implementation Task Force, and was one of the three members of the National Disability and Carers Alliance.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts and Post-Graduate Diploma in HRM and IR from the University of Melbourne.  He is a fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program with Leadership Victoria and has a severe hearing loss from birth and identifies as part of the Deaf community.

TIES 2018 conference organising committee

TIES 2018 is proudly convened by Dr Ben Whitburn, a member of Deakin’s Inclusive Education Teaching and Research Group.

Conference Chair
Dr Ben WhitburnSchool of Education Deakin University
Dr Tim CorcoranSchool of Education Deakin University
Dr Matthew Thomas  School of Education Deakin University
Associate Professor Louise PaatschSchool of Education Deakin University
Dr Leanne Coll  School of Education Deakin University
Ms Merrin McCrackenEquity and Diversity Deakin University

Contact details

To learn more about the conference and get in touch, please contact the conference organisers at

Phone: +61 9244 5148