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Ah, just back from dinner, and three amazingly crammed full days of stimulation!  This is simply my own overview of what I’ve seen and heard over the last few days, would love anyone else to provide their own experiences and thoughts about this year’s conference…

Day One:  Postgraduate Day, thematic group meeting and Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s keynote.

Getting Published, Joshua Pitt from Taylor and Francis gave a helpful talk about publishing, no longer a case of ‘publish or perish’, but it is now ‘be discoverable or die’.  Stats show that work from China is rapidly increasing, and that international collaboration/cooperation is imperative – Singapore being an excellent link to pursue.   A lot of advice that is commonly heard, that too many people do not follow the guidelines, do not modify their work to ‘fit’ in a particular journal, do not effectively ‘sell’ themselves or their work.  Advised to ‘join a conversation’, to beware of fake/disreputable journals, and to utilise the websites available:  Altmetric; orcid; kudos; impactstory; storify; scholarlyoa.com/publishers.

Reasons for Rejection:

  • say nothing of significance
  • wrong journal, not appropriate
  • not contextualised for wider readership
  • not journal article – too many ‘grey’ references
  • approx one in five get published…

Gill Westhorp gave an informative talk on “Realist Methods:  A Consultant’s View” that described the ‘realist’ approach very well – somewhere between Positivism and Constructivism – I could see how this approach may well appeal more to my students who resist constructivist approaches, and demand clear outcomes and links to ‘reality’.

Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s keynote Indigenous Studies in the First World: Contested Territory, Cultural Entrapment and Race in the 21st Century received a great and appreciative applause.  I personally found it rather impenetrable; the indigenous scholars she was critiquing were not familiar to me, and what I did know about her provocative position and previous work did not help me access her message/s.  However I did seem to be in a minority as most people I spoke to found it quite exhilarating, and presumably enlightening.  However, the best part of it was the Q and A session, in which she clearly relaxed and her key message seemed to be the lack in contemporary Sociology in focusing on a clear theory of Race in an Australian context, or even an acknowledgement of race in the sociological context.  – This certainly made me think about ‘race’ and indigeneity in terms of education, and the challenges still confronted in trying to include this in the conversations necessary in education contexts.

My computer is telling me it is nearly 2am so I probably should take a break … to be continued (because there has been some great stuff presented!)  Good night for now..

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