Data Justice workshop 12 April at UNSW

A community engagement workshop on the theme of Data Justice which brought together community advocates and researchers from a range of organisations and disciplines to start a dialogue on the social justice implications of datafication. Representatives of Islamophobia Watch Australia, the National Justice Project / Copwatch, SACOSS and Uniting Communities contributed to panel discussions on Data, anti-racism and overpolicing; and on Human services, data and social justice. The workshop was timed to coincide with the visit to UNSW of Lina Dencik, Co-Director of the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University. The workshop built connections across diverse interests and approaches and identified possibilities for further research and collaborations.

Click on the link to view the workshop program booklet Data Justice_UNSW Lina Dencik April 2018


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PhD Scholarship – Data Justice: Technology, policy and community impact

Seeking interested applicants for PhD scholarships at UNSW, Sydney, to research Data Justice – an emerging research agenda on media and social justice in the age of datafication. The research theme highlights community impacts for ‘marginalised’ groups, which could include focus on First Nations, disability, refugees and asylum seekers, racialised communities, welfare recipients, people experiencing homeless and further intersectional approaches.

Please forward to all relevant networks and potentially interested applicants:

UNSW Sydney is offering 4 year PhD scholarship(s) for interested applicants to work on Data Justice: Technology, policy and community impact. We welcome Expressions of Interest (EOI) from qualified applicants with an interest in researching the social justice implications of datafication, with a focus on community impacts.

Expressions of Interest are due before 20 July, 2017 at the following link:

Research theme: Data Justice: Technology, policy and community impact

With growing concerns that data mining, ubiquitous surveillance and automated decision making can unfairly disadvantage already marginalised groups, this research aims to identify policy areas where injustices are caused by data- or algorithm-driven decisions, examine the assumptions underlying these technologies, document the lived experiences of those who are affected, and explore innovative ways to prevent such injustices. Innovative qualitative and digital methods will be used to identify connections across community, policy and technology perspectives on ‘big data’. The project is expected to deepen social engagement with disadvantaged communities, and strengthen global impact in promoting social justice in a datafied world.

Further details on the UNSW Scientia Scholarship scheme are available here:

Prospective applicants should contact Tanja Dreher at and / or Heather Ford at to discuss their application as soon as possible.

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First Nations Activism and Media – Roundtable at UNSW 28 August

4S Affiliated Event

Hosted by the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Convened by Tanja Dreher


First Nations Activism and Media

International Roundtable

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

6 – 8pm (drinks and nibbles from 5pm)

Robert Webster Building, Room 327, UNSW

NB: The roundtable is preceded by a SAM Seminar ‘Being-entrepreneurial: a desirable narrative’ presented by Dr Collin Chua (3.30 – 5pm). Further details below

This international roundtable brings together scholars and producers of First Nations media to discuss the relationship between media and activism in a range of contexts including Australia, North America and Central America. Speakers will share examples of media production and research focused on First Nations activism on topics including environmental justice, Indigenous sovereignties, community resilience and diverse communications strategies.

Topics for discussion include:

– media and communication practices in the struggle against extractivist projects (mining, hydroelectric plants, wind energy, and the like)

– the role of media in Indigenous environmental justice, including how the media relates to Indigenous efforts to achieve climate and environmental justice, especially how the media portrays the deeper sources of injustice in our societies, such as histories of biased laws and land-use practices that degrade the environment.

– gendered violence and gender politics online, including Indigenous women’s activism online, the politics of identity and the policing of Indigenous women online, toxic masculinity and gender violence, and the silencing of Indigenous women through colonial politics of ‘protection’

Further speakers will be announced shortly

Speaker bios:


Professor Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW Australia. She is a scholar with both a national and international reputation in the field of Indigenous Studies. She has vast teaching and curriculum development experience and has published in scholarly journals, nationally and internationally. Professor Carlson maintains a strong connection between Indigenous Studies pedagogy and research. She is the author of the book, The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today? (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016) and a co-editor of The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity (University of Technology Sydney E-Press, Sydney, 2013). She is the founding and managing editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity. Professor Carlson established the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE) which is an international interdisciplinary research network of scholars interested in Indigenous related research. She hosted two recent international symposiums: ‘Cultured Queer/Queering Cultures: Indigenous Perspectives on Queerness’ and ‘Reterritorialising Social Media: Indigenous People Rise Up’.


Lola Forester is a Yuibera (Mackay) / Australian South Sea Islander woman. She is the Producer/Host of Blackchat, the flagship program of Koori Radio. Blackchat informs its national audience on a range of current issues and celebrates the excellence of First Nations people across Australia. Koori Radio presents three hours of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander news and views from the studios of 93.7FM 2LND in Redfern, Sydney, on the home of the Gadigal people. The free Koori Radio app makes means listeners can tune in 24/7 across the globe. Lola is the co-host on the World Music program ‘Roots Music’ on NITV, was the founding chair for the first six years of Show Me The Way, for 6 years was the inaugural Chair of Bangarra Dance Theatre and for 18 years was the Executive Producer / Presenter of the ‘Aboriginal Program’ at SBS Radio. She is one of Australia’s most experienced Aboriginal broadcasters. Lola believes that knowledge is strength and will continue to help in the struggle for Aboriginal self-determination.


Claudia Magallanes-Blanco is Chair of the Masters in Communication and Social Change, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, México. Dr Magallanes-Blanco is an academic/activist in the field of indigenous communication, communication for social change and social movements. She is currently a Co-Vice Chair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section of the International Association for Mass Communication Research and an active member of the international OURMedia network.


A Gomeroi man from Moree NSW, Danny has been studying and working in film for nearly 15 years, and is currently the Output Producer for NITV’s News and Current Affairs program. He worked with Indigenous youth to write and direct “Songline to Happiness”, receiving Best Short Documentary at the 2012 Imagine NATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. His production company, Gondwana Productions has produced over 200 hours of content for NITV. Danny has also produced broadcast works for ABC, SBS, BBC 4 and the Foxtel Network and was the NITV Northern Territory Correspondent for 5 years.


Kyle Whyte is the Timnick Chair in the Humanities, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Associate Professor of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. His research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the anthropocene. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

RSVP: Please register your attendance by email to

Venue: The Roundtable will be held on the Kensington Campus of UNSW, a short bus ride from Central Station or the Sydney CBD.

Robert Webster Building is located mid-way off the UNSW main walkway.
Map Reference G14. Cinema 327 is located on the third floor.
More information on getting to UNSW.

SAM Seminar 3.30 – 5pm, Tuesday 28 August

‘Being-entrepreneurial: a desirable narrative.’

Be entrepreneurial—this is increasingly an imperative addressed to all of us. To be entrepreneurial is a mindset, an attitude, a way of thinking; it is to inculcate a passionate spirit, which you are to develop within yourself, and then to exhibit. Being entrepreneurial offers a sense of agency, and extends the possibility of wealth-creation in an age of precarity. It is a discourse which rationalizes modern subjects—you, too, can be entrepreneurial, and thus be creative, liberated, and successful. This seminar discusses being-entrepreneurial—as a contemporary subject position within communicative capitalism, operating as a coping mechanism for the fragmentation and disruption of traditional work arrangements and structures.

Collin Chua lectures in media and PR & advertising at the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Sydney. His current research addresses cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Shifting The Terms of Debate: Speaking, Writing and Listening Beyond Free Speech Debates


Coming soon – Theme Issue of Continuum due for publication June 2018

Shifting The Terms of Debate: Speaking, Writing and Listening Beyond Free Speech Debates

Theme Issue of Continuum edited by Tanja Dreher and Michael Griffiths

Table of Contents

Introduction: Shifting the terms of debate

Tanja Dreher and Michael Griffiths

1. Beyond denial: ‘Not racism’ as racist violence

Alana Lentin

2.You cunts can do as you like: The obscenity and absurdity of free speech to Blackfullas

Chelsea Bond, Bryan Mukandi, Shane Coghill

3. ‘Offscript and Indefensible: the Failure of the Moderate Muslim’

Randa Abdel Fattah and Mehal Krayem

4. ‘Inquiry Mentality and Occasional Mourning in the Settler Colonial Carceral’

Micaela Sahhar and Michael R. Griffiths

5. ‘What Does Racial (In)justice Sound Like? On listening, acoustic violence and the booing of Adam Goodes’

Poppy De Souza

6. The “Free Speech” of the (un)Free

Yassir Morsi

7. Silence and resistance: Aboriginal women working within and against the archive

Evelyn Araluen Corr


8. ‘The shape of free speech: Re-thinking liberal free speech theory

Anshuman A. Mondal

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Beyond Voice: Prospects and Challenges of Listening in Democracy

Beyond Voice

Final Program- Listening Symposium_18 Oct


Democracy is commonly associated with finding a voice, speaking up and out, making oneself heard. The crucial role of listening in this process is often neglected or merely given lip-service. Listening is important for voice to operate not only as speech but as communication. It is an important theme in both democracy and media studies particularly in a time characterised by increasing opportunities for communication in both online and offline settings. This interdisciplinary workshop brings together scholars from both fields to explore the prospects and challenges of listening in contemporary democracies. It seeks to examine political listening in diverse settings and policy contexts such as environmental politics, identity politics and Indigenous affairs. Using case studies from these and other policy areas, the workshop will respond to the following questions:

  • What are the normative and practical conditions for effective listening in a democracy?
  • Can a digital media environment realise its promise to foster political listening?
  • How do marginalised communities innovate to encourage political listening?
  • What are the theoretical and empirical issues that media and democracy scholars face when studying the prospects for listening in a democracy?
  • Are there political contexts or issues when listening is not suitable, desirable, too difficult?
  • How can we listen to those with no voice (for example nonhuman nature, future generations)?

Speakers include: Emily Beausoloeil (Massey University), Romand Coles (Australian Catholic University), Nicole Curato (University of Canberra), Tanja Dreher (University of New South Wales), John Dryzek (University of Canberra), Selen Ercan (University of Canberra), Carolyn Hendriks (Australian National University), Kerry McCallum (University of Canberra), Cate Thill (University of Notre Dame Australia)

If you would like to participate in this symposium, please register by 15 October 2017 by sending an email to Juliana Rocha ( ‘

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PhD Scholarship – Media and Social Justice

Up to 2 PhD Scholarships on the theme of Media and Social Justice may be awarded in the UNSW Scientia Scholarship scheme at the University of New South Wales (in Sydney, Australia).

Expressions of Interest are due before 21 July, 2017. Prospective applicants should contact A/Prof Tanja Dreher at for further details as soon as possible.

Research theme: 21st Century Media for Social Justice

Digital media have opened up unprecedented possibilities for marginalised communities to find a voice, speak up, and share stories. Indigenous and community media are developing rapidly, while digital media are being mobilised for advocacy with refugees and asylum seekers, and used by geographically dispersed communities to maintain long distance relationships. This project investigates the opportunities and challenges for marginalized voices to be heard in the age of digital media. Key questions include: 1. What are the impacts of Indigenous, refugee and community media, online and off? In particular, how do policymakers and mainstream media professionals ‘listen’ in response to Indigenous, community and refugee media? 2. How do new technologies enable the development of transnational cyberpublics, maintaining affective relations over distance and difference? 3. What are the opportunities and challenges for minority media producers in the age of digital disruption? 4. How does the changing media environment impact on mediated identities?

The Scientia Scholarship Scheme:

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme aims to harnessing cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.  The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants will apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination. The scheme is highly competitive across all disciplines at UNSW. Further information on the Scientia scheme:

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CfP: ‘Indigenous innovation in social media’

Call for Papers

Media International Australia

Theme Issue: Indigenous Innovation in Social Media

Theme Issue Editors: Prof Bronwyn Carlson (Macquarie University), A/Prof Tanja Dreher (University of New South Wales)

Abstracts due by 15 June 2017

Despite often being stereotyped as somehow anti-technology, researchers have found that Indigenous people globally engage with social media at high rates—often higher than non-Indigenous people (Callinan 2014). Indigenous people use social media for a great variety of ends, including connecting with family and community (Carlson 2013; O’Carroll 2013), mourning the death of loved ones (Carlson and Frazer 2015), and seeking and giving support (Carlson et al. 2015). Over the last decade, an important body of scholarly work has emerged focusing on Indigenous peoples’ use of social media for political activities (Petray 2013; Tupper 2014; Carlson and Frazer 2016; Berglund 2016). The ability to create international solidarity as well as elevating Indigenous issues to a global platform remain key strengths for Indigenous activism.

The theme of this Issue is ‘Indigenous innovation in social media’. It will foreground Indigenous voices on, and expertise with innovative uses of social media. Research and policy is too often framed by a ‘deficit discourse’ regarding Indigenous people (Fforde et al. 2013). In contrast, this Theme Issue aims to showcase Indigenous excellence, innovation and achievement. We welcome contributions that focus on, for example, comedic resistance on YouTube, Facebook-enabled cultural practices, campaigns such as #JustJustice, #IHMayDay and #IdleNoMore, new apps to stream Indigenous media and Deadly Bloggers, from social media activism to everyday social media creativity.

The collection also encourages papers from presenters at several highly successful events convened by the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE) at the University of Wollongong (UOW), including the symposiums, Cultured Queer, Queering Cultures: Indigenous Perspectives on Queerness and Reterritorialising Social Media: Indigenous People Rise Up! (UOW 2015); #IHMayDay16 (UOW 2016) and the Indigenous panel ‘Indigenous innovation in social media’ (ANZCA 2016).

This Theme Issue privileges Indigenous voices, however non-Indigenous contributions will be considered if the primary author is Indigenous.

Support for less experienced Indigenous contributors, especially early career researchers and Post Graduate students, will be provided by facilitating opportunities to work with Indigenous and/or non-Indigenous co-authors.

We are inviting proposals for contributions that address the broad themes of Indigenous innovation in social media.


15 June 2017: abstracts due

15 July 2017: authors notified of decision

15 January 2018: paper due for refereeing

15 May 2018: revised papers due

November 2018: Theme Issue published by Media International Australia

About the editors:

Prof Bronwyn Carlson (Macquarie University)

Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW. She has been awarded two consecutive Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous grants for her research on Indigenous people and social media. Aboriginal Studies Press has recently published her book, The politics of identity: who counts as Aboriginal today? which includes a chapter on identity and community on social media. She is currently a Professor of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. She has previously co-edited themed issues for the Australasian Journal for Information Systems, ‘Indigenous people and activism on social media’ Carlson, B., Wilson, A.& Sciascia, A. (2017) and AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, ‘Indigenous people, popular pleasure and the everyday’ Carlson, B. & Harris M. (2016).

A/Prof Tanja Dreher (UNSW)

Tanja Dreher is an ARC Future Fellow in the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales. Tanja’s research focuses on the politics of speaking and listening in the context of media and multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignties, feminisms and anti-racism. She has previously edited themed editions of Continuum, borderlands, and Transforming Cultures journals, as well as the book Dreher, T. and Ho, C. (eds) (2009), Beyond the Hijab Debates: New conversations on gender, race and religion with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

For further details on the Theme Issue, or to submit an abstract for consideration, please email Tanja Dreher or Bronwyn Carlson

Submissions should include a Title, abstract (200 words) and author bio (150 words). Please attach these details in a WORD document and send via email to the Editors by 15 June, 2017

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