A Conference for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers

University of Queensland

10 - 11 June 2010












The Challenging Politics conference brings together postgraduates and early career researchers who are interested in power and politics, and are engaging with perspectives, knowledges and concerns that may fall outside the preoccupations of conventional political science.

Sponsored by the School of Political Science and International Studies at UQ, this event will offer emerging scholars the opportunity to begin conversations across narrow disciplinary boundaries, to interact with more established voices, and to discuss opportunities and challenges in undertaking ethically and politically engaged work within the contemporary academic environment.

In addition to key plenaries and skills development sessions, the conference also provides emerging scholars a chance to present their work in a stimulating and supportive space. Postgraduate students and early career researchers were invited to submit proposals for an individual paper presentation or entire panels. We also welcomed proposals for skills-based workshops that participants may have been able to present or facilitate. The deadline for paper abstracts and panel/workshop proposals was 26 March 2010.


The conference program is located here. Please click here for a complete list of presenters at the conference and their abstracts. Individual papers are also available to download.


The conference will include a keynote address by:

Professor Raewyn Connell
University of Sydney
with confirmed guest speakers and panel participants:
Associate Professor Barbara Baird (Flinders University)
Dr Libby Connors (University of Southern Queensland)
Mr Victor Hart (Queensland University of Technology)
Mr Lyndon Murphy (Griffith University)
Dr Fiona Nicoll (University of Queensland)
Dr Rebecca Stringer (University of Otago)
Dr Barbara Sullivan (University of Queensland)


The conference is being organised by Alissa Macoun, Danielle Miller, Ellyse Fenton, Erin O’Brien, Helen Berents and Lesley Pruitt, members of the POLSIS Postgraduate Feminist Reading Group at the University of Queensland. They can be reached at: challengingpoliticsconf@uq.edu.au.

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