(Thurs 3 Sept) From the social fractures exposed by the pandemic to new hopes for justice: Social Sciences Week 2020 goes online

From the social fractures exposed by the pandemic to new hopes for justice: Social Sciences Week 2020 goes online

Media Release – Thursday 3 September 2020

Next week (7-13 September) Australia’s top social researchers, commentators and writers will lead over 60 free online events as part of Social Sciences Week.

The talks and presentations will cover the vast range of topics researched by social scientists, such as the social science of COVID-19, the emerging fracture lines in international diplomacy, the global spread of the Black Lives Matter movement, and gender and sexuality in sport.

Organising Committee Chair and event founder, Associate Professor Dan Woodman from the University of Melbourne, said there’s never been a more important time to explore how social science research and education shape society.

“The pandemic has highlighted both the strengths and weaknesses of Australian society. It is clearer than ever that the social sciences are essential to helping Australians meet the challenges thrown at us.

“Australia’s social scientists have spent 2020 providing our policymakers with data and ideas to help Australia through the ‘now’ of the pandemic, advising on the new normal which will follow and on how to rebuild an equitable, healthy society beyond it,” he said.

Now in its third year, Social Science Week showcases the best new knowledge and insights from social scientists. Events for #SSW2020 will be livestreamed across the week and are open to anyone with access to an internet connection.

For a full list of Social Sciences Week events see: www.socialsciencesweek.com.au Updates on Twitter @SocSciWeek.

Social Sciences Week is an initiative of several partner organisations: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; The Australian Sociological Association; Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology; Australian Political Studies Association; Australian Anthropological Society and The Economic Society of Australia. Other supporters include The University of Melbourne, Western Sydney University, Charles Sturt University, Monash University and The University of Sydney.

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