The Curtin Critical Disability Studies Research Network was officially launched on 29 February 2016 with a keynote presentation on Re-imagining Australia by Graeme Innes AM, LLB, FAICD, Chair of the Attitude Foundation and former Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner. Graeme gave an inspiring talk about the changes in the lives of people with disabilities over the past ten years and his vision for the future.
Professor Baden Offord officiated the evening, with a Welcome to Country by Elder in Residence, Associate Professor Simon Forrest. Associate Professor Michele Willson, Head of the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts (MCCA) at Curtin gave an official welcome to the guests and Dr Katie Ellis introduced the background to and aims of the Research Network.
The Curtin Critical Disability Studies Research Network aims to develop relationships and support for researchers in the critical disability studies field both within and outside Curtin University. Members include Curtin staff and HDRs, people with disabilities and advocacy organisations. Network membership is free and open to anyone with research interests in critical disability studies. The Network is coordinated by Katie Ellis builds on the work of Katie Ellis, Mike Kent and Rachel Robertson in the Curtin School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts and Baden Offord in CHRE.
The launch was funded by the Faculty of Humanities and MCCA. Our thanks to Katie Ellis in MCCA, Gaylene Galardi in CHRE, and Corporate Events for organising this event.
(Text by Rachel Robertson and Gaylene Galardi, photographs by Gaylene Galardi)