The Institute for Social Justice was established at ACU in 2014 as a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research space, combining original normative reflection and research and with innovative forms of public engagement. On April 28 2016, Professor Charles Taylor officially launched the Institute for Social Justice at the Sydney Opera House.
Annually, our institute organizes a School of Thought which brings together all of our domestic and international staff as well as external scholars for two weeks of intensive interdisciplinary and thematic intellectual exchange.
In the past years we have brought together academics, public intellectuals, and activists from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Britain, and the United States, and from the Yidindji , Nuu-chah-nulth, Chippewa, and Tanganekald, Meintangk, Boandik nations.
These gatherings, with their focus on sustained and developing dialogues over a 2-week period, have opened our horizons, broadening and deepening our convivial forms of dialogue and exploration.
The Sydney School for Critical Social Thought is an occasion for responding to the great challenges of this age, and a forum in which to explore new theoretical insights and to test new practical possibilities. Through two weeks of intensive and sustained discussion we are able to develop new insights and connections, and to build a strong and vibrant research community, focusing on key social justice issues.
Past themes have included:
2016: Decolonizing/Transnationalizing Feminism; Indigenous Politics of Recognition and Sovereignty; Refugees In/Between States; Violence, Trauma, Peace; Academics, Publics, Encounters.
2015: Neo-Liberalism, Critique and Resistance; Gender and Postcolonial Critique, the Human and Non-Human in the Anthropocene, Migration, Borders, and Security; Religion, Secularism and Democracy.