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Conferences for 2005

  March 2005

Social Inclusion Unit SA logo Young People taking the lead in Social Change
International Youth Leadership Event
Adelaide, Australia 1-4 March 2005

The South Australian Government, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is staging a unique International Youth Leadership Event to be held in Adelaide from 1 to 4 March, 2005.

Be the change you want to see in the world
Young People Taking a Lead in Social Change is set to challenge, focus and inspire delegates in a supportive environment where they can consider and debate issues relevant to their lives. It will also support, assist and encourage delegates to develop practical ideas and solutions about how to apply the ideas that emerge from the event into their own home environment. The focus will be on practical ways of putting ideas into action when they return home.

This program builds on current UNESCO youth agendas and discussions that have been canvassed in member countries. A range of exciting presenters from around the world showcasing their experiences and how they have led social change in their community. The event aims to support young people from across the globe making connections, networks and associations through a range of social gatherings and space for discussion.

Wherever possible young people will be invited to be involved in the event as speakers, mc's, facilitators or in other organisational roles.

Importantly, a series of post event actions to strengthen the ideas and discussions are currently being developed.

Who will be participating?
The event will bring together a broad range of young people aged 18- 25 years from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who have been identified through a range of organisations. The SA Government has made a commitment to support and encourage young people to participate in their futures and the life of the State. The event will engage young people who may not normally have the opportunity to attend this kind of event and would thrive and develop from the experience, connections and learning.

The event will be delivered in English.

Find Out More About the Event
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Presenters - Information and bios for the various presenters involved in the event will be published shortly.

Contact Information
For further information on the International Youth Leadership Event contact:

Event Manager:
Audra Cooper
Social Inclusion Unit
P: +61 8 8226 0916

General Enquires:
Tim Moss
Social Inclusion Unit
Government of South Australia
P:+61 8 8226 3563

Social Inclusion Unit SA logo Thank you to those of you who attended the International Youth Leadership Event in March 2005.

For those who didn't make it there,the Social Inclusion Unit has produced a Special Edition Newsletter which is attached for your information.

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  May 2005

Connecting Up 2005 Image Connecting Up 2005 'Information and Communications Technology for Australian Communities'

Australias only Not-For-Profit ICT Conference

2-3 May, 2005
Adelaide, South Australia

Connecting Up 2004 brought together around 270 delegates from communities, governments and businesses around Australia (many from remote and rural areas) to showcase initiatives and projects that use information and communications technologies to build and support Australian communities. It was a great success, with 100% of the delegate feedback sheets received rating their overall conference satisfaction at 4 or 5 on a 5 point scale and 94% indicating that they would return if we did it again. So we are!

Organisers are planning to make Connecting Up 2005 even bigger and better, with international keynote speakers and compelling breakout presenters (see below for the list so far).

Delegate Bookings are now open. Delegate fees are the same price as last year.

Early Bird registrations receive a discount until 4th of March, 2005!

To view the conference themes, book or join in the discussion forums just visit

Keynote speakers already committed this year include:

•Hon Trish White, SA Minister for Science and Technology
•Sen Stephen Conroy, Fed Oppn spokesperson on Communications
•Jody Mahoney from Compumentor – operators of Tech Soup (largest not for profit technology supplier in the US)
•Nicola Thompson, ICT Consortium ( which is aiming to be the UK ICT hub for the voluntary and community sector
•Paul Budde, Australia's leading independent communications commentator
•Rosemary Sinclair, Executive Director, ATUG
•Mark Bagshaw, Manager, Australia and New Zealand Accessibility Centre, IBM Australia

Those that have expressed an interest to speak include:

LGA – Northern Territory
Open Access College – Virtual Classroom Project
The Smith Family
Vectra Corp - Security Management
Stage Governement – DFEEST - STI
Novita Tech – AcessABLE Project
Seniors Information Service - SA
South West Institute of TAFE – Flexible learning leader
NetNation - SkillsNet
On the Stone Publishers
CISA – Community Hubs
Community Broadband Aggregation, SYP & Broadband SA
Anglicare SA
CISCO – VOIP Telephony
DCITA – Community ICT Transformation: Next Steps
Australian National Sustainability Network
Community Information in SA
Murray Mallee Community Education Network
ILC Australia
Royal Society for the Blind SA - Future Solution Project
Inspire Foundation
PY Media - iConnect Project
WA Telecentre Network Program
Brisbane Youth Service
Disability Information Resource Centre (DIRC) SA
Mobile learning for Expanding Education
Teen Challenge Murray Bridge
...and this year...the CommunIT Project!
………just to name a few

For more information visit

  June 2005


Dynamics of Communication: New Ways and New Actors
Zagreb, Croatia, 9-12 June 2005, Mimara Museum

CULTURELINK, the Network of Networks for Research and Cooperation in Cultural
Development – focal point at the Institute for International Relations (IMO), Croatia
UNESCO; Council of Europe; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia; Ministry of
Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Croatia; City of Zagreb

In partnership with:
• CIRCLE – Cultural Information and Research Centres Liaison in Europe, The Netherlands
• Centro de Estudios Europeos, Universidad de Navarra, Spain
• CICIBA – Centre International des Civilisations Bantu, Gabon
• OCPA – Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, Mozambique
• Cátedra UNESCO de Derechos Culturales y Intelectuales, Argentina
• Fundación Libre, Paraguay
• APRCCN – Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of Culturelink, Korea

The First World Culturelink Conference on Dynamics of Communication and Cultural
Change: The Role of Networks was held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 8-11 June 1995. Over one
hundred cultural researchers and professionals and fifteen international organizations from all
continents gathered for the conference, in spite of the wartime conditions in Croatia at the time.
Since the First World Conference, the Culturelink Network has grown substantially, having
developed further research activities, data bases and publishing activities, and having held a
number of significant conferences (on e-culture, transitional processes, Mediterranean
cooperation, etc.).

Ten years later, the Second World Culturelink Conference is organized with the aim to examine
different aspects of new ways and actors of global communication and dialogue among cultures
in the 21st century.

Ours is a time of ever faster changes, and we live in societies which are, or are increasingly
becoming, multicultural and ready to participate in open and dynamic intercultural
communication. The recognition of differences between cultures as the key constituent of their
identity stimulates dialogue and cooperation. In a globalized world the full affirmation of
multiculturalism/interculturalism is a challenge that requires new efforts in international cultural
cooperation and intercultural competence. The benefits of globalization must be shared more
equitably by people and by cultures, and must have an inclusive/networking effect. Innovative
ways to promote intercultural dialogue and communication need to be examined.

The Second World Culturelink Conference is part of Culturelink Network's efforts to promote
cooperation and dialogue among cultures, in line with the Global Agenda for Dialogue among
Civilizations adopted by the United Nations in 2001.

The Second World Culturelink Conference is organized with the principal objective to search for
and analyse new ways, new instruments and new actors in cultural communication, and research
the role of networks in creating and strengthening a global context for sustainable development
and dialogue among cultures.
The second objective is to discuss the new public cultural policies, and particularly their role in
creating partnerships among public sectors and civil society. Public policy, developed in
partnership with civil society and the private sector, is of vital importance to ensuring democratic
access to the means of cultural communication. Investing in public cultural policy research is
becoming a sine qua non of global cultural development.
The conference also aims to examine aspects of international mobility, primarily based on
networking and information exchange. New actors (e.g. regions, local communities) have
appeared in this area. The networking of heterogeneous actors offers a multiplicity of new types
and areas of cooperation and initiatives in the globalized world.
Within such a framework, it is central to redefine the role of all actors, including states and
national cultures, as well as local communities, civil society, professional organisations and
individuals participating in the processes of globalization. The transformation processes initiated
by globalization have brought to the fore the establishment of new cultural identities, particularly
presented through virtual communication technologies. Cultures appear to be both actors and
mediators of these changes.

    • **

    The conference is expected to bring to Zagreb cultural researchers and professionals dealing with
    processes of cultural communication, with cultural policy and cultural development. As they will
    be coming from different continents and many different cultural backgrounds, this diversity of
    views on issues related to the dynamics of communication will give the participants a broader
    perspective on cultural trends and changes under way throughout the world, and provide ample
    opportunity for the establishment of collaboration and new projects.

    The official languages of the conference are English, French, Spanish and Croatian.
    The conference venue is the Mimara Museum.

    Please, register for the conference at your earliest convenience. Registration forms are available online at or in HTML (preferable), Ms Word or PDF format. The Culturelink team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and offer additional information.

    Ms Aleksandra Uzelac, Conference Secretary
    Culturelink / IMO
    P.O. Box 303, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
    tel.: 385 1 48 77 490
    fax: 385 1 48 28 361
    web: or

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  July 2005

Students of Sustainability 2005
This year's Students of Sustainability conference finally has a venue confirmed and registration is now open!!! This year, the fourteenth annual SoS will be held at Monash (Clayton) University in Melbourne, from the 10th - 15th July.

Registration is still open. Please register if you haven't done so already! Please note, early bird registration has ended.

Students of Sustainability (SoS) is the largest student-run environment based conference in Australia. Each year SoS offers an amazing opportunity for students, activists, academics, environment and Indigenous groups, and members of the wider community from around Australia to come together to share and gain knowledge, skills and information on environmental and social justice issues. Featuring a vast array of inspiring speakers, practical workshops, field trips and empowering activities, SoS is the most important event of the year for environment activists and people wishing to learn more about how to create positive social change in their communities.


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  August 2005

The Australia Council and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) will host an international symposium on education and the arts in 2005.

The symposium will be followed by a 2-3 day national summit to examine the interrelationships between research, policy and practice in creative arts experiences in educational settings.

As part of our education and the arts strategy, the Australia Council has established a working group on an international research network in education and the arts. We know that by strengthening local networks and our connections with existing international networks like UNESCO's Linking Education and Arts (LEA) International and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA), Australia can actively participate in the formation of a global network of practice-based research on arts in learning.

The aim of the network is to move beyond one-off research partnerships and projects between single universities, arts companies and/or schools, thereby enabling rich and long-term information sharing between countries and regions. The network will encourage sustainable research structures that acknowledge existing highly effective practice in arts-rich education and the innovative and effective approaches already being taken in some arts-related research.

In an effort to strengthen the network, the Australia Council is collaborating with IFACCA and UNESCO to plan for two events in 2005: an International Symposium and a National Summit on education and the arts to be held in Australia in August / September 2005.

The Symposium will be on invitation-only event for IFACCA members and will focus on the important connections between research and policy decision-making. Immediately following the Symposium, the National Summit will be an open invitation event that is inclusive of all artforms. The program will focus on the interrelationships between policy, research and practice in education and the arts.

For More Information go to the Australia Council Website

  September 2005

National Education & the Arts Symposium 2005
Backing Our Creativity - Education & the Arts

Research, Policy & Practice
In Melbourne on 13 & 14 September 2005, the Australia Council for the Arts will host Backing Our Creativity – a national symposium to explore the role of arts and creativity in education for children and young people. The symposium is one of several regional preparatory events taking place around the world in the lead up to UNESCO's World Conference on Arts Education in Lisbon 2006.

In Melbourne on 13 & 14 September 2005, the Backing Our Creativity will profile the positive impacts of an education rich in creativity and the arts, examining the links between practice, policy and research in this area of growing interest and priority for governments and communities around the world. The event aims to:

    • provide an opportunity for researchers, educators, artists and other creative practitioners to interact – examining and discussing the role of the arts and creativity in learning for children and young people and exploring existing and new partnerships between the education and arts/creative sectors
    • encourage discussion of the common agenda items for the World Conference based on local knowledge and experience
    • consider ways to strengthen and promote creativity and arts education across Australia
    • prepare for Australia's participation in the World Conference – an opportunity to globally demonstrate our knowledge and excellent practice in the fields of arts and creative education

The symposium will be of interest to teachers, artists, students, youth arts workers, educators, teacher education providers, policy makers, parents and researchers interested in the role of the arts and creativity in education. The program is being developed in association with the University of Melbourne's Dialogues and Differences event, to be held later in the same week.

International Keynote Speaker
Highly esteemed creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson will be the keynote speaker for the symposium. Currently Education Adviser at the Getty Institute, Sir Ken is the author of the reknowned report All Our Futures: Creative and Cultural Education and Out of Our Minds – Learning to be Creative.

Important dates to mark in your diary:
Submission of abstracts Mon 30 May 2005
Notification and comments to paper authors Mon 20 June 2005
Submission of final papers for publication in proceedings Mon 25 July 2005
Deadline for Speakers to register Mon 15 August 2005

Organised by: ICE Australia
All enquiries to Gillian Gardiner –, Telephone: +61 2 9215 9095.

Email: _
Conference website:

  October 2005

RISKY BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM - the creative arts as an intervention activity for young people at risk.

Friday October 21 & Saturday October 22 2005

A Conference at The University of Melbourne (School of Creative Arts, Department of Criminology and Department of Language, Literacy and Arts Education)

The Risky Business Symposium is a cross-disciplinary investigation of creative arts as an intervention and diversionary activity for young socially marginalised people in urban and rural communities. The symposium will focus on youth and the arts and the notion of ‘risk taking' in arts practice in the institutional and broad community contexts.

Themes include:

• Youth culture and notions of risk in contemporary society
• Intervention or prevention? Arts and socially marginalised youth
• Challenges for research with high risk youth: methodological approaches
• Social inclusion/exclusion: marginalised youth, arts and community resources
• Different art forms and practices, diverse outcomes
• The role of the community artist and mentor
• Models of effective arts practices
• Arts, risk and well-being
• Social difference: Gender, sexuality and cultural identity
• Inside and Outside: Arts, high risk youth and juvenile justice

We seek responses from a wide range of disciplines: creative arts, cultural studies, sociology, education, criminology, mental health, community arts, and other relevant areas.

A Refereed publication will be produced from the Symposium.

Email an abstract of your proposal (200 words maximum) and details of your proposed paper or presentation on the Conference Papers Submission Form to Assoc. Prof. Angela O'Brien or Kate Donelan or
Fax to 61 03 8344 8362.

Submission (and registration) forms available at: .

Deadline for Abstracts: May 1, 2005

Notification of acceptance of conference papers on July 1 2005
Deadline for submission to refereed publication is December 1 2005

Symposium venue: The Open Stage
School of Creative Arts University of Melbourne
Cnr of Swanston & Grattan Streets
Parkville Australia 3010

Postal Address: School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne,
Parkville, Australia 3010
Fax: 61 03 8344 8462

Modes of Presentation
Modes of presentation include papers and panels. There will be some space available for creative presentations.

The Risky Business Research Project is an ARC Linkage project.

Submission and registration forms on the Risky Business website:

Research project at:

Gabrielle Baker at or 61 03 83449039,
Kruno Martinac at or 61 03 8344 8698
Christy Dena at

PASCAL International Conference

Making Knowledge Work: Building Sustainable Communities through Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning.

Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 October 2005 University of Stirling, Scotland


This third international conference to be hosted by the PASCAL Observatory on place management, social capital and learning regions provides an opportunity for all with an interest in policy and programme development to share their knowledge and experiences in policy-making, community-building, regeneration and sustainability projects with others from a wide range of fields at local, regional, national and international level.

The conference aims to examine the implications for policy and practice of contemporary research in different models of place management, the role of social capital and the development of learning regions, and to raise fresh questions from practice for further research.

Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 October 2005
University of Stirling, Pathfoot Building,
Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

We invite contributions to conference themes from a range of discipline areas and multi-disciplinary contexts including architecture, planning, urban and rural development, education, community learning and social policy. In addition to the conference proceedings, papers will be considered for a proposed book based on the themes of the conference. To submit an abstract:

Conference website:

Conference themes:

Download the conference brochure:

Download registration form:

Online registration:

  Plans for 2006

Working with the stories, songs, drama and poetry of people's lives

An international festive conference
linking the realms of drama, song, film, fiction, poetry, therapy & community work.

Coinciding with the Adelaide Festival in early 2006, this event is to be hosted by Dulwich Centre, an independent centre involved in the development of narrative therapy and community work. This is a form of working with the stories of people's lives that has creative links to the literary world and realms of performance. For the first time this festive conference will bring together writers, film-makers, song-writers, poets, performers, therapists and community workers to discuss creative inter-relationships between these fields.

    • How can we work with people's stories in our respective fields to generate meaningful rich descriptions of their lives?
    • How can we respond to the narratives of people's lives in ways that will assist them in dealing with the problems they are facing?
    • How can communities respond to current social issues using literary and dramatic means?
    • What is the relevance of imagination, character-development and plot-lines in therapy and community work?

    We hope you will join us for this adventure!

    As this is a new project, we would be very interested to hear from you if you have ideas and suggestions as to possible themes to address, and presentations or performances to include! Please write to us c/o

  Conference Papers

DARE Conference 1997

DARE Conference 1997

DARE Conference (97 Archive)
The papers published here were presented at DARE, the 1997 National Community Cultural Development Conference.

DARE brought together more than 300 people from across Australia. Community cultural development workers, artists and representatives of the many fields in which community cultural development practice is taking place gathered to discuss their work, to make new connections and to consider key issues.

Go to DARE papers >>

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