Upcoming Events

Children’s participation in Reconciliation – how Australian primary school children learn about Aboriginal history, culture and people

TIME: 3pm – 4.30pm
DATE: Monday 2nd November 2015
VENUE: Graduate Research School, TR7, Queen’s University Belfast,
SPEAKER: Talia Avrahamzon, Research Scholar, Australian National University
REGISTRATION: These are free and open events, but places are limited so please register in advance with

In Australia, there is a growing focus on ethnic-racial socialisation of children regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and people under the banner of ‘reconciliation’.   Yet, little or no evidence exists on whether these approaches being implemented are reducing prejudice, discrimination and racism in the present or for the future, albeit their good intentions.  This talk will provide insight into school-based reconciliation practices in Australia and present a research design that aims to further understand children’s subjective experiences of these practices. 

Speaker Biography:  Talia Avrahamzon is currently undertaking a PhD at the Australian Centre for Applied Social Research Methods (AusCen) at the Australian National University (ANU), as a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar.  Her thesis – children’s participation in reconciliation – is a mixed methods qualitative enquiry into how Australian primary school children are socialised about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and people.  It seeks to understand the messages delivered by different socialisation agents to children and how they are interpreted from the perspective of the child.  Before joining ANU, Talia was employed by the Department of Social Services (DSS) as an assistant director and has extensive experience in the development and implementation of social and community development programs and policies with a particular focus on children and families.

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Peace education in a conflict-affected society: An ethnographic journey

TIME: 3.30pm – 5pm
DATE: Friday 6th November 2015
VENUE: 69 University Street /0G/007
SPEAKER: Dr. Michalinos Zembylas, Associate Professor, Open University of Cyprus, Nicosia

This presentation is based on a recently finished book by Michalinos Zembylas, Constadina  Charalambous, and Panayiota Charalambous (to be published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press) exploring the implementation of a peace education policy in Cyprus in 2008, which aims to promote Peaceful Coexistence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots through schools. Dr Zembylas will discuss a multilevel analysis of the ‘life-cycle’ of the policy, elaborating on:

•   The policy’s textual representations (i.e. policy documents) and the intertextual relations with other policy texts (i.e. ‘I don’t forget’; Intercultural Education).
•   Its reception and interpretation by teachers (e.g. survey and interviews).
•   Its enactment (i.e. teaching practices).
•   Interventions through teacher training and re-enactment.

 The overarching questions to be addressed include:

•   What challenges do peace education initiatives pose to teachers working in conflict-troubled settings?
•   To what extent and how do these challenges influence the trajectories of a peace education policy?
•   How can teacher educators manage them?
•   What issues may contribute to a peace education initiative’s success or failure?

 REGISTRATION: These are free and open events, but places are limited so please register in advance with  Jan Speer

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Exploring Social Network Analysis: Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Applications for Studying Intra and Intergroup Behaviour

TIME: 10:30 am – 1pm, Wednesday 17 June 2015
DATE: Wednesday 17 June 2015
LOCATION: Room 016, 69/71 University Street (Lab119)
SPEAKER: Dr Ralf Wölfer, University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology
REGISTRATION:To register, please contact Dr Danielle Blaylock by email at

 The Centre for Shared Education is hosting a training seminar on the application and analysis of social network data on Wednesday 17 June 2015. The training seminar will be taught by Dr Ralf Wölfer from the University of Oxford, an expert in the application of social networks to examine the social mechanisms that underlie group behaviour. This event will provide training and hands-on experience in the use of social network analysis to explore intra and intergroup dynamics. The seminar will be split into three sessions and participants will be provided with data.  These sessions include,

•           Introduction to social network analysis
•           Analysing intergroup relations in networks
•           Analysing longitudinal network dynamics

This is a free and open event for staff and students, but registration is essential as places are limited. To register, please contact Dr Danielle Blaylock by email at by Monday 15 June 2015.


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