Disability, Democracy, Media & Listening Workshop


NOTE NEW DATE: 10 October, 10-5pm, UNSW

Convenors: Gerard Goggin & Rosemary Kayess (UNSW)

In rich and suggestive senses, listening has emerged as a pivotal theme in contemporary, critical understandings of disability. Accordingly this workshop seeks to explore the practices, ethics and politics of listening from the perspective of critical disability studies, new social forms and relations of disability, the reshaping of disability institutions, and the movements around disability. Thinking about disability and listening has much potential to open up fertile new ways to conceive democracy and media – and to challenge, and cross-fertilize, discussions of recognition, inclusion, social change, power, citizenship, culture, and indeed the nature of what it is to be human.


Gerard Goggin(with Rosemary Kayess) is convenor of the Disability, Democracy, Media and Listening workshop. He is Professor of Digital Communication and Deputy Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. Gerard has a long-standing interest in disability research and policy, especially related to technology and media. WIth Christopher Newell he is author of Digital Disability(Rowman & Littlefield, 2003) as well as many other papers and special editions on technology, disability and society. Their second book Disability in Australia: Exposing a Social Apartheid (2005) was awarded the Human Rights and Equal Opporunities Commission Arts Non-Fiction prize. Gerard is also editor of the journal Media International Australia.


Rosemary Kayess (with Gerard Goggin) is convenor of the Disability, Democracy, Media & Listening workshop. She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of New South Wales in international human rights law and Acting Director of the Disability Studies and Research Centre. Rosemary also chairs the Management Committee of the NSW Disabililty Discrmination Legal Centre. She has had extensive involvement in the United Nations (UN) development process for the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and was a member of the Australian Government delegation to the General Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on the Convention in New York.


Download the Disability, Democracy, Media & Listening Workshop Report by Gerard Goggin [PDF]

Download the Disability, Democracy, Media & Listening Workshop Booklet [PDF]



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