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Prepare for Theme 1

*Please prepare for Theme One and your part in this dialogue by reading this letter from Tracey, Kathryn and ‘Mabokang.

The first theme Contemplative beginnings invites you to hold a space for new beginnings and new stories for yourself and the academy.

Across this conference we honour and acknowledge the philosophies and knowledges of First Nations peoples. Our Theme One speakers Tracey, Kathryn and ‘Mabokang invite us to consider our experience of relationship and kinship with others in our local, academic and global communities. Tracey, Kathryn and ‘Mabokang engage us in a dialogue that speaks into complexities and into the lived experiences of First Nations women and their stories of the academy.

You can support your reflection and preparation by reading the conference theme focus. What words resonate? What is the invitation or provocation? Get to know the presenters for this session by looking at their bios. Read the webinar titles and descriptions of the sessions planned for this theme.

As you listen, engage in inspirational journaling and documentation of what matters to you. What meaning are you making? What ideas or questions are rising for you? What questions would you like to ask? What action would you like to take?

Prepare for Theme 2

*Please prepare for Theme Two and your part in this dialogue by reading Alison, Trina, Ranu, Jennifer and Margaret’s fabulous journal article: For Slow Scholarship: A Feminist Politics of Resistance through Collective Action in the Neoliberal University

 Mountz, A., Bonds, A., Mansfield, B., Loyd, J., Hyndman, J., Walton-Roberts, M., Basu, R., Whitson, R., Hawkins, R., Hamilton, T., & Curran, W. (2015). For Slow Scholarship: A Feminist Politics of Resistance through Collective Action in the Neoliberal University. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(4), 1235-1259. Retrieved from https://www.acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/1058

The second theme Building caring communities encourages us to consider how we might change our work situations and workplaces to support an ethic of care and caring.

Our Theme Two speakers Alison, Trina, Ranu, Jennifer and Margaret invite us to employ a feminist ethics of care so that we can challenge the isolating and competing conditions of the neoliberal university. Alison, Trina, Ranu, Jennifer and Margaret offer their stories and propose collective forms of resistance underpinned by strategies for Slow Scholarship.

You can support your reflection and preparation by reading the conference theme focus. What words resonate? What is the invitation or provocation? Get to know the presenters for this session by looking at their bios. Read the webinar titles and descriptions of the sessions planned for this theme.

As you listen, engage in inspirational journaling and documentation of what matters to you. What meaning are you making? What ideas or questions are rising for you? What questions would you like to ask? What action would you like to take?

Prepare for Theme 3

Please prepare for Theme Three and your part in this dialogue by reflecting on your own stories of academia, dressing comfortably, quieting yourself for contemplation, and having basic writing and/or art materials of your choice nearby (for example, journal, sketchbook, writing and drawing tools, paint, fabric and thread, clay). Also, please have a candle and matches at hand to help co-create a ritual for opening the space-time together. Each participant will also be invited to acknowledge the particular Indigenous communities/Elders who are the traditional stewards of the land on which she lives.

The third theme Lived experiences of women invites us to consider why it is important to shed light on our lived experiences and how we might – in deliberate, activist, celebratory and heartful ways – use research methodologies to unearth our individual and collective voices and stories.

Our Theme Three speakers Susan, Barbara and Ruth call us to reflect on ways we can find our voice and not lose our soul. Susan, Barbara and Ruth each share stories of their lives and connect us to writing and research practices that have offered them sustenance and care within and beyond the academy.

You can support your reflection and preparation by reading the conference theme focus. What words resonate? What is the invitation or provocation? Get to know the presenters for this session by looking at their bios. Read the webinar titles and descriptions of the sessions planned for this theme.

As you listen, engage in inspirational journaling and documentation of what matters to you. What meaning are you making? What ideas or questions are rising for you? What questions would you like to ask? What action would you like to take?

Prepare for Theme 4

Please prepare for Theme Four and your part in this dialogue by reading Barbara and Niki’s inspirational journal article: The university as an infinite game: Revitalising activism in the academy

Harré, N., Grant, B.M., Locke, K., and Sturm, S. (2017). The university as an infinite game [online]. Australian Universities' Review, The, 59 (2), pp. 5-13. Retrieved from https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1157040.pdf

The final theme Reimagining academia uses the metaphor of the university as an ‘infinite game’ (Harré, Grant, Locke, Sturm, 2017) to connect us to imagination, hope, and inclusion. In this theme we are realising our potential as connected women interested in deep listening and collective care.

Our Theme Four speakers Barbara, Niki, Catherine, Agnes and Janet explore the characteristics of the infinite game, and the distraction of finite games. Barbara, Niki, Catherine, Agnes and Janet encourage us to (re)connect to the purpose that guides our work and lives. They offer suggestions for activism in the academy through STARs (Slow Tiny Acts of Resistance). This final theme helps us reimagine academia and embark on collective action to MAKE shiFt HAPPEN!

You can support your reflection and preparation by reading the conference theme focus. What words resonate? What is the invitation or provocation? Get to know the presenters for this session by looking at their bios. Read the webinar titles and descriptions of the sessions planned for this theme.

As you listen, engage in inspirational journaling and documentation of what matters to you. What meaning are you making? What ideas or questions are rising for you? What questions would you like to ask? What action would you like to take?

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