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Post Graduate Colloquium 2016

12 August 2017

CHRE Annual Postgraduate Colloquium

Curtin University, Bentley

The Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) runs the annual postgraduate colloquium for all CHRE postgraduate students who are encouraged to present a 10 minute presentation. This year the colloquium will be open to Centre for Aboriginal Studies students also.

Presentations focus on elements of the students’ PhD research. This event is open to PhD candidates, supervisors, CHRE staff and Masters students only.

Waleed Aly

19 August 2017

Annual Human Rights Lecture Presented by Waleed Aly

Curtin Stadium, Building 111, Curtin University, Bentley

Time: 3:45-6pm

RSVPs essential

The Curtin Annual Human Rights Lecture, established in 2016, is a key initiative of the CHRE. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

About Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly is a broadcaster, author, academic, musician and one of Australia’s most respected and versatile media talents. He is co-host of Network TEN’s The Project.

In 2016 he won the Gold Logie Award for the Most Popular Australian TV Personality, and Silver Logie Award for Best Presenter. In 2017, he picked up another Silver Logie for Best Presenter.

Waleed has worked as host of ABC radio’s Mornings program in Melbourne and presented political analysis on Q&A and BBC World, as well as making regular appearances on Meet The Press, The 7.30 Report, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, and Offsiders.  He has become widely recognised and trusted by audiences across Australia.

His social and political commentary has produced an award-winning book and multiple literary short-listings. His debut book, People Like Us: How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 2007), was shortlisted for several awards including the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for Best Newcomer at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Walkley Award for Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique.

Waleed is a lecturer in politics at Monash University, working in their Global Terrorism Research Centre.

He is married with two young children.

Dr Elfie Shiosaki

7 September 2017

CHRE Annual Research Seminar Series, Seminar 3

Curtin University, Bentley

Speaker: Dr Elfie Shiosaki

Dr Elfie Shiosaki is an Indigenous Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She completed a PhD (Political Science and International Relations) on nation-building in post-conflict societies in 2015.

Please see our new Research Seminar Series page for more information and to RSVP.

16 September 2017

Public Screening and Q&A with Film maker

The Borneo Case

Bankwest Lecture Theatre, Building 200A, Curtin University, Bentley

Time: 12pm – 2:15pm

The Borneo Case

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Verne Harris

22 September 2017

Public Lecture with Verne Harris

Beyond Archive, Beyond Hope, Beyond Democracy?

Tim Winton Lecture Theatre, Building 213:101, Curtin University, Bentley

Time: 3:45pm for a 4:00pm start

RSVP: by Wednesday 13 September

The Centre for Human Rights Education and the Department of Information Studies at Curtin University would like to invite you to a public lecture by award-winning South African archivist and scholar, Verne Harris. This lecture will explore the role of archive and memory work in struggles for social justice within a frame set up by these questions:

  • What does Nelson Mandela’s legacy mean in South Africa today?
  • Is democracy an oppressive apparatus?
  • Does whiteness still exercise hegemony globally?
  • Is there hope for the human project?

About Verne Harris

Director of Archive and Dialogue at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Verne Harris was Mandela’s archivist from 2004 to 2013. He is an honorary research fellow with the University of Cape Town, participated in a range of structures which transformed South Africa’s apartheid archival landscape, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Deputy Director of the National Archives. Widely published, he is probably best-known for leading the editorial team on the best-seller Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Cordoba in Argentina (2014), archival publication awards from Australia, Canada and South Africa, and both his novels were short-listed for South Africa’s M-Net Book Prize. He has served on the Boards of Archival Science, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Institute, and the South African History Archive.

6 November 2017

AAPI 2017 Seminar Series, Seminar 8

The Pedagogies of Human Rights

Health Sciences Boardroom, Building 400:405, Curtin University, Bentley

Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm


Caroline Fleay, Lisa Hartley, Baden Offord, Elfie Shiosaki and Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes from the Centre for Human Rights Education


Researchers in the Centre for Human Rights Education have an ongoing concern to develop new conceptual and methodological insights for the teaching of human rights, specifically from a perspective that values social and cultural diversity and different ways of knowing. In this paper, we will contextualise the role of pedagogy itself as a core method of communication, language and discourse of human rights. We explore the question of what characterises and informs a critical pedagogy of human rights? From a shared position of activating human rights through considerations of diverse identities, histories, cultures, religions, philosophies and practices, our paper will discuss some of the signature pedagogies that have become germane to how we do human rights education. We will highlight, example, how we engage with refugee rights, Indigenous rights and LGBT rights within a critical human rights teaching framework. A key argument posed in this paper will be that a meaningful approach to human rights requires a radical pedagogy that focuses on questions of social justice and human co-existence.