Social Sciences Week celebrated at Western Sydney University
Western Sydney University will deliver a range of exciting online research seminars as part of national Social Sciences Week 2021 from 6-12 September.
Associate Professor Kate Huppatz, who is the Discipline Lead for Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, said the University was a proud partner of Social Sciences Week.
“Social Sciences Week is an opportunity to highlight Western Sydney University’s innovative research that is addressing some of the most complex challenges of our time,” said Associate Professor Huppatz.
“Our multidisciplinary teams will present their cutting edge research including on the topics of education, tourism, conspiracies theories and social justice.”
In a highlight of the week, Associate Professor Nida Denson from the School of Social Sciences will lead a panel that will explore conspiracy theories and misinformation during the pandemic.
“Given the COVID-19 pandemic and beliefs in conspiracy theories and misinformation, this session will discuss the psychology of why people believe in conspiracy theories and misinformation, and the impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing during these uncertain times,” said Associate Professor Denson.
“I look forward to Social Sciences Week every year to hear about all the exciting research that is going on at the University and beyond.”
Seminars presented by Western Sydney University over the week will include:
- Championing the humanities and social sciences in Education: research, policy and partnerships (opens in a new window), 6 September, 3.30-5pm.
- Tourism, vector, virus: Managing tourism and public health in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic (opens in a new window), 7 September, 10-11.30am.
- Micro-chips, big pharma, 5G, the virus escaped the lab’: the conspiracy theories and misinformation of COVID-19 (opens in a new window), 7 September, 12-1.30pm.
- Muslim women’s narratives and representations: Creative methodologies and expressions for Social Justice (opens in a new window), 7 September, 2-4pm.
- Researching Automated Worlds (opens in a new window), 8 September, 10-11.30am.
- People, Heat, Dust and the Stars: Social Science at the Extremities (opens in a new window), 8 September, 2-3.30pm.
- Sociology and Disability Justice: Transforming our World (opens in a new window), 9 September, 10-11.30am.
- Critical Race Theory: Transforming Knowledge in the Australian Social Sciences and Humanities (opens in a new window), 10-11.30am.
Social Sciences Week is an initiative of several of Australia’s Social Sciences associations and is coordinated by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
For more information or to register to attend an event, please visit the Social Sciences Week web page (opens in a new window).
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