Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our confirmed keynote speakers.

Associate Professor Nerida Blair – Australian Catholic University

Yvette Taylor

Nerida was born in the Kulin Nation, lives in Darkinjung Country and works in Cammeraygal Country. She is the National Director of Indigenous Education for the Faculty of Education and Arts, the Australian Catholic University. She has spent three decades working in higher education institutions in New South Wales and Victoria and over one decade in the Public Service Canberra, Department of Education and Department of Foreign Affairs and with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Sydney.

Her research interests include Indigenous Knowings and Indigenous research methodologies. Researching in culturally relevant and appropriate ways and contexts is a focus of her interests. She recently published a book entitled ‘Privileging Australian Indigenous Knowings: sweet potatoes, spiders, waterlilys & brick walls’ by Common Ground Press, USA that draws on these interests.

Education is Ned’s passion and she believes education is the most powerful tool that we as Indigenous peoples have to fully engage in a safe and fulfilling lifestyle: education that is participatory, imagined, creative, holistic, sensual and story-based.

Professor Greg Noble – Western Sydney University

Yvette Taylor

Greg Noble is Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Greg has been involved in research in multiculturalism and education for thirty years. His interests have centred around the relations between youth, ethnicity, gender and schooling, as well as on broader issues of migration and intercultural relations, with a particular focus on the Lebanese diaspora. He has published seven books: Cultural Pedagogies and Human Conduct (2014), Disposed to Learn (2013), On Being Lebanese in Australia (2010), Lines in the Sand (2009), Bin Laden in the Suburbs (2004), Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime (2000) and Cultures of Schooling (1990). His latest book – Multicultural Education for a Culturally Complex World: Doing Diversity Differently, with Megan Watkins – will be out in 2018. He has also worked with many community and government organisations, including the NSW Department of Education, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Human Rights Commission.

Professor Yvette Taylor – University of Strathclyde

Yvette Taylor

Yvette Taylor is Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde. She has obtained a wide variety of funding, including ESRC projects ‘From the Coal Face to the Car Park? Gender and Class in the North East of England’ (2007-2009), ‘Making Space for Queer Identifying Religious Youth’ (2011-2013) and British Academy mid-career fellowship ‘Critical Terrain: Dividing Lines and Lives’ (2013-2014). Yvette has published four sole-authored books: Working-Class Lesbian Life (2007); Lesbian and Gay Parenting (2009); Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities (2012) and Making Space for Queer Identifying Religious Youth (2015). Edited titles include Educational Diversity: the Subject of Difference and Different Subjects (2012) and The Entrepreneurial University. Public Engagements, Intersecting Impacts (2014). Yvette edits the Palgrave Gender and Education Series and co-edits the Routledge Advances in Critical Diversities Series.

We are also excited to announce Ms Linda Burney MP will be delivering a special address at the Welcome Reception on Sunday, 26 November 2017.

Ms Linda Burney MP – Shadow Minister for Human Services, Labor Member for Barton

Linda Burney

Linda was elected federal member for Barton in 2016, following a 14-year career in the NSW Parliament as Member for Canterbury. During her state political career she served as minister in a number of senior portfolios including as minister for Community Services and later as Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Following her election to the Federal House of Representatives she was immediately appointed as Shadow Minister for Human Services. As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives. Linda’s commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years. She began her career as a teacher in western Sydney and then as an education bureaucrat before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000. Charles Sturt University awarded her, its first Aboriginal graduate, an Honorary Doctorate in Education in 2002. Linda has a long-held commitment to the prevention of domestic violence and family violence and has detailed publicly her personal experience with it. Linda has held senior positions in the non-government sector serving on a number of Boards including the SBS, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, and the NSW Board of Studies.

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