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 Report on the Darwin Theory Workshop

Tracey Bunda

The Darwin Theory Workshop conducted 15-17th May at the Charles Darwin University was well attended by approximately 40 participants in total including staff and speakers.

Professor Sue Shore had selected the Darwin Sailing Club for dinner on the Friday evening ( a fabulous venue overlooking the bay) which set the tone for building the scholarly community for the weekend.

The focus on delivering the Theory Workshops in rural communities was supported by a stellar speakers list including Professors Jenny Gore –U of N, Michael Singh – U of WS, Eileen Honan and Sandy Musprat –UQ and Kathryn Gilbey –USQ. Professor Timothy Skinner originally nominated as a speaker was unable to attend. It is recommended that organisational glitches with speakers and participants could be overcome by fuller communication between local site, organiser and central office.Overall though positive feedback was received about the Theory workshop week end as reflected in the below comment

"Thanks for a fabulously full-on weekend and for being so warm and welcoming. I found it to be a really productive and worthwhile experience".

The next Theory Workshop

Robyn Henderson

The final theory workshops for 2015 will be held at the Toowoomba Campus of the University of Southern Queensland on the weekend of 2-4 October. As with the previous theory workshops, the focus is on early career researchers and higher degree research students working with experienced researchers. Participants select three workshops to attend from the range available:

  *   Ethnography: Research and writing social worlds - A/Prof Liz McKinlay, UQ

  *   Using Bourdieu in education research - Dr Michael Mu, QUT

  *   Subjectification, individuation and attitudinal alignment - A/Prof Joy Hardy, UNE

  *   Narrative/Aboriginal storying as a critical theoretical tool - Prof Tracey Bunda, USQ

  *   Sociological theory and/in educational research - Prof Michael Corbett, UTAS

  *   Working with concepts of space and place - Prof Simone White, Monash

The Toowoomba location is easily accessible by air from Sydney and by road from Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and northern New South Wales. Further information about the workshops is available from AARE's website:

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