On behalf of the Institute for Social Justice we warmly welcome all of you to the third annual gathering of the Sydney School for Critical Social Thought.
The first two years of the Sydney School have been exciting events, with panels and talks by ISJ researchers as well as invited 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.
This year we are experimenting with a new format, combining a series of public lectures in the evenings with full-day “Masterclasses” that are open to the public, and a week of discussions involving all of the ISJ community.
This year’s Sydney School also includes a postgraduate student conference, organized by students in our Doctoral Program for Social and Political Thought.
As always, we have arranged the presentations and discussions of the next two weeks to create opportunities for conviviality and dialogue, and to foster mutual learning and critical engagement. The members of the Institute for Social Justice, from here and abroad, look forward to an intense and exciting two weeks of discussion and to the formation of warm collegial relationships.