Social Events

Please see below a list of social events happening during the conference.

Welcome Reception

A welcome reception for all delegates will be held in the trade exhibition area at the conclusion of the first day. This will be a fabulous opportunity for all delegates to meet colleagues, preview posters and meet the exhibitors.

Date: Sunday, 2 December 

Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: University of Sydney, Exhibition Hall, New Law Annex

Cost: Included with Full Registration or purchase additional tickets for AU$65 guests


First Timers' Lunch

Is this your first time to a AARE conference or perhaps the first one in a while? You are warmly invited to join us at the First Timers’ Lunch on Monday 3 December at 12:30pm. Members of the AARE executive and Special Interest Group (SIG) convenors will be available for casual conversations over lunch about making the most of your conference experience, getting to know AARE as an organisation, and becoming involved as a SIG member.

Date: Monday, 3 December

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Room NLLT 101

Cost: Included with full registration


Book launch titled Challenges for Public Education 

Challenges for Public Education in Australia: Reconceptualising Educational Leadership, Policy and Social Justice as Resources for Hope examines the educational leadership, policy and social justice implications of national and international trends towards the dismantling of public education as part of ongoing modernisation, marketisation and privatisation of educational provision.

It maps this movement through shifts to school-based management in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden and recent moves such as the academies programme in England and charter schools in the United States. It draws on the creation of ‘independent public schools’ in Western Australia and Queensland and global policy moves in order to provide a truly international dialogue and debate.

This book moves beyond critique. It innovatively brings together Australian and international perspectives and a rich range of diverse theoretical lenses: practice philosophy, feminism, relational and postmodernism. It provides a crucial forum for illuminating alternate ways to conceptualise educational leadership, policy and social justice as resources for hope.

Location: NLSR 102

Date: Wednesday, 5 December

Time: 12:00pm

Contact: Jane Wilkinson


Book launch of two volume edited collection on Resisting neoliberalism in higher education edited by Dorothy Bottrell and Catherine Manathunga.

Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell from the University of Sydney will launch the two volume edited collection Resisting neoliberalism in higher education: seeing through the cracks vol. 1 Edited by Dorothy Bottrell and Catherine Manathunga and Resisting neoliberalism in higher education: prising open the cracks vol. 2 Edited by Catherine Manathunga and Dorothy Bottrell and published by Palgrave Macmillan in their Critical University Studies series

Location: NLSR 107

Date: Tuesday, 4 December

Time: 6:30pm

Contact: Catherine Manathunga - 


Book launch titled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women of Higher Degree: Standing on the shoulders of giants

The Australian Journal of Education (AJE) is proud to present its Special Issue: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women of Higher Degree: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, guest edited by Melitta Hogarth and Tracey Bunda.

This Special Issue has arisen from the intersection of an announcement and an idea. The announcement from the National NAIDOC Committee (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) that the theme for 2018 would be ‘Because of Her, We Can’ coincided with an idea from Dr Melitta Hogarth to celebrate this event through the heralding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a collection of articles that would come to acknowledge and praise their work and raise relevant issues as a result of knowing, being and doing within the university and their agentic efforts for change.

Articles are available now online, with the Special Issue being released in early December 2018.

Location: NLSR 107

Date: Thursday, 6 December

Time: 12:30pm

For further information please contact the AJE Editorial Team:

Australian Journal of Education


Book launch titled Bourdieu and Chinese Education: Inequality, Competition, and Change

This book uses Bourdieu’s sociological approach for research as a jumping-off point for framing our understandings and analyses of China and Chinese education. Three major themes—inequality, competition, and change—are explored across several theoretical and contextual bases. Bringing together top scholars in the field, the volume examines empirical studies that analyse social (im)mobility through education for students affected by the social divides of class, culture and rural/urban locations; teacher identity and the field of schooling in the current Chinese environment and going forward; and the university as an institution for the production of knowledge about education in the globalising academy. Offering insights into the historical and cultural context for China’s educational landscape, the contributions of this book revisit Bourdieusian concepts from a new empirical vantage point and bring together key studies that illuminate new pathways for the study of Chinese sociology of education.

Date: Tuesday, 4 December

Time: 12:30pm

Location: NLSR 107

Contact: Michael Mu -


Book launch titled Research through, with and as storying

Research Through, With and As Storying explores how Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars can engage with storying as a tool that disassembles conventions of research. The authors explore the concept of storying across different cultures, times and places, and discuss principles of storying and storying research, considering Indigenous, feminist and critical theory standpoints. Through the book, Phillips and Bunda provide an invitation to locate storying as a valuable ontological, epistemological and methodological contribution to the academy across disciplines, arguing that storying research gives voice to the marginalised in the academy. 

Providing rich and interesting coverage of the approaches to the field of storying research from Aboriginal and white Australian perspectives, this text seeks to enable a profound understanding of the significance of stories and storying. This book will prove valuable for scholars, students and practitioners who seek to develop alternate and creative contributions to the production of knowledge.

Date: Monday, 3 December 

Time: 12:30pm

Location: NLSR 107

Contact: Eleanor Adams (Routledge)


School and System Research SIG Dinner 

Date: Wednesday, 5 December

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Old City Bar and Kitchen, 189 Missenden Road, Newtown -

Cost: Set banquet options are preferred for large groups costing: $45 per head (Vegetarian) or $49 (Meat) menu attached. A la carte is also available for people not wishing to purchase the banquet options.

Contact: Rebecca Libke -

Please RSVP by 27 November


Global Contexts for Education SIG Networking

A networking and strategic planning event to discuss future priorities for our SIG. Finger food will be provided. Drinks at bar prices. 

Date: Tuesday, 4 December

Time: 6:30pm

Location:  The Courtyard Restaurant, Holme Building, Science Rd, The University of Sydney


Language and Literacy SIG Networking

Lang & Lit at the Pub - A friendly and informal get together for SIG members and friends.

Date: Tuesday, 4 December

Time: 6:00pm

Location: The Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen, 74 Rose Street Chippendale

Cost: Each person to pay for her/himself

Contact: Sue Nichols -


Middle Years of Schooling SIG Special Event

Activist-orientated research and practice in the middle years

Date: Monday, 3 December

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm with light refreshments

Location: Sydney University, Room NLSR 105

Facilitated by Professor Marie Brennan this Middle Years SIG special event will explore the research around the middle years and provide opportunity for participants to discuss what is needed in the current context for good curriculum and pedagogies to flourish and respond to barriers. It will finish with discussions about directions for activist-orientated research and practice including opportunities for collaborative research and writing. Professor Marie Brennan began her career as a humanities teacher in Victorian technical schools and subsequently went on to working in the Victorian Department of Education before moving into the university sector. Her writing and research with teachers and students includes a strong focus on the middle years, something that she claims is ‘still dear to my heart’. She is an honorary Professor at Victoria University, an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia and Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.


Technology and Learning SIG Lunch Bytes

Date: Tuesday, 4 December

Time: 12:00 -1:00pm

Location: Rooms 113/114, grab lunch and bring it in

Contact: Ulla Freihofner ( / Kate McLay ( )

T&L Lunch Bytes is a great opportunity to catch up with Dr Chris Campbell after her workshop presentation and meet other SIG members over a lovely lunch in a more private setting on campus. Discuss research ideas with other SIG members, find out about cutting-edge research projects from your fellow researchers, and join us in connecting research interests and ideas for possible future collaboration and publications. Kate and I are looking forward to welcoming you!


Assessment and Measurement SIG Events and Networking

A range of events connecting research and social activities has been planned for this year’s AARE conference in Sydney.

Event: Panel-discussion session: Assessment as big business - In dialogue with teachers

Date: Monday, 3 December

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Location: Room EASR 406 

This is a session not to be missed. It engages researches and practitioners in discussion of the big issues affecting assessment in Australian classrooms.

The panel discussion will involve practitioners (teachers; school leaders and union representatives) sharing their views of the biggest issues in classroom assessment practices for them. Discussion will focus on what is working well, and the challenges that teachers experience in enacting assessment. Impact of policy and research on practice will also be discussed.

Key questions addressed will be:

  • How can research help address challenges that teachers are experiencing?
  • Can assessment really improve student learning?
  • Data and evidence: Whose interests are being served here?

The aim of the session is to connect teachers and researchers, promoting an understanding of the issues affecting teachers in classroom assessment.


Event: Continuing the conversation

Date: Monday, 3 December

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Location: Independent Education Union (IEU) Office, 485-501 Wattle Street, Ultimo, an easy 10-minute walk from the conference.

Following this session, the audience is invited to continue the conversations at the IEU Office. Light refreshments provided.


Event: Assessment and Measurement SIG Speed-date walk

Date: Tuesday, 4 December

Time: 6:00pm (after Radford lecture).

Location: We will gather outside of the Radford lecture venue.

To start after the conclusion of the Radford Lecture. The purpose of this event is for SIG members to get to know each other and the focus of their research in an informal setting.


Event: Assessment and Measurement SIG Methodological and theoretical ponderings in the park. SIG Annual Meeting.

Date: Wednesday, 5 December

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Victoria Park, we will aim to find a shady spot close to the northern entrance of the New Law Building (down the steps).

This will be a lunch event, during which researchers will have the opportunity to discuss current methods and theoretical frameworks used in their research. Please grab your lunch first and then join us in the park.


Event: Assessment and Measurement SIG goodbye breakfast

Date: Thursday, 6 December

Time: 7:00am - 8:00am

Location: Something for Jess - SFJ Café, 27 Abercrombie St, Chippendale NSW 2008

Cost: Each person to pay for her/himself.


Motivation and Learning SIG Social Events

Panel and Networking Session: Current Issues Facing Teacher Motivation and Teacher Learning

Date: Monday, 3 December

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Room EALT

Contact: Emma Burns 

This is an event combined with the Teacher Work and Lives SIG and we would like to invite everyone to it and to the networking session. 


Motivation and Learning SIG Drinks 

Date/time: Wednesday, 5 December

Time: 6:30pm

Location: The Rose Hotel (52-54 Cleveland St, Chippendale) 

Cost: Free to attend but pay for your own drinks 

Contact: Emma Burns

We will be going to the Rose Hotel after the Invited Speaker Session with Professor Judy Harackiewicz (3:30 Wednesday session) 


Policy and Politics SIG Dinner

Date: Tuesday, 4 December

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Old City Kitchen and Bar, 189 Missenden Rd, Newtown, New South Wales, 2042

Cost: Group Banquet Options: $45 per head (Vegetarian) or $49 (Meat)

Contact: Glenn Savage

Please RSVP to Glenn by November 20. 


Gender, Sexualities & Cultural Studies 

Name of the event: AARE Raewyn Connell Award for Leadership in and Contribution to Gender and Sexuality Research in Education 

Date: Monday, 3 December

Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm

Location: Sydney University, New Law School building, Room EALT 

Contact: Annette Bromdal -, Lisa van Leent - or Leanne Coll -


Name of the event: Gender, Sexualities and Cultural Studies SIG & Post Structural Theory SIG Dinner

Post the AARE Raewyn Connell Award for Leadership in and Contribution to Gender and Sexuality Research in Education we are inviting Gender, Sexualities and Cultural Studies SIG & Post Structural Theory SIG members to join us for dinner. 

Date: Monday, 3 December

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Thai Riffic Newtown, 224 King Street, Newtown - 

Cost: Set banquet options are preferred for large groups costing $30 or $40 per person menu attached. A la carte is also available for people not wishing to purchase banquet options.

Contact: Annette (Netta) Brömdal - 

 Please RSVP by Thursday 29 November

 We look forward to seeing you there!


Sociocultural and Activity Theory SIG Informal Drinks/dinner

Date: Monday 3rd December

Time:  8:00pm

Location: Bombay Street Kitchen, 2/12 Glebe Point Road Glebe.

Contact: Jenny Martin    

We will head to Bombay Street Kitchen for dinner and/or drinks after the conference day. For some this will be directly after the SIG meeting and for others this will be after the book launch from 6.30pm.


Sociocultural and Activity Theory SIG Dinner

Date: Wednesday 5th December

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Malacca Straits on Broadway (5/66 Mountain St, Ultimo) 

Contact: John Cripps Clarke  

We invite SIG members and friends to join together for a meal of Malaysian and Thai street food. At dinner we will be welcoming our special guests, David Kellogg and Nikolai Veresov, who feature in Up Close and Personal with Vygotsky (our special SIG event on Thursday morning 10am NLLT 024 - check the program for further details). 


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