Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Qualitative and quantitative research methods


5 April 2017

The presenter, Dr Anna Hickey-Moody, says discourses of Islamophobia and racism have become part of the Australian everyday. She argues that the Australian public is repeatedly reminded to beware of terrorists on public transport; told over loudspeakers to be on the look out for 'anything suspicious'; and urged to report such unspecified suspiciousness immediately while, on national television, Pauline Hanson warns white people that they are at 'risk' of being taken over by muslims.

Dr Hickey-Moody says human rights are violated daily in offshore detention centres as a message to asylum seekers to 'stay out' of Australia, and discourses of Islamophobia and racism are accompanied by more institutionalised strategies for governance, such as the Australian Strategic Policy Institutes' Counter-Terrorism Policy Centre's Agenda for Change 2016: Strategic Choices for the Next Government. Such policies legitimate and feed the culture of fear and xenophobia accepted as part of Australian public culture.

Epidemiological logics of contagion, infection, risk and bodily threat, constitute our narrow social imaginary around inclusion. Dr Hickey-Moody says this needs to change because a community in which young people from different cultural backgrounds thrive together can not be founded on xenophobia. In this public lecture, she offers a strategy for change through art-based public pedagogies (Hickey-Moody, 2010, 2012, 2014) designed to encourage young people to refuse the racist attitudes at the heart of contemporary Australian Islamophobia. Building on her work on affect as methodology and method (Hickey-Moody, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015), Dr Hickey-Moody takes socially engaged art practice as a cultural pedagogy, or a process and text that changes culture. She will explore a series of arts workshops designed to develop interfaith beliefs and associated aesthetic practices. As well, she will share data arising from the early stages of a four-year research program on interfaith childhoods and arts practice as method.

Event details

Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Where Room 625, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
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5 April 2017

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