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Michael Peters Professional Inaugural Lecture 2013

Held on 26th March 2013

Anxieties of Knowing: Academic Pathologies, Critical Philosophy and the Culture of Self

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At his successful inaugural lecture Professor Micheal A. Peters, Professor of Education, international writer of numerous papers, books and chapters explored the notion of the one paper that had evaded him over the last decade. As his inaugural lecture Professor Peters explored this elusive paper theorising the concept of "academic pathologies" and interrogating what he described as the "anxiety of knowing". Drawing upon the works of American philosopher and film-Maker Woody Allen, Danish philosopher Søren Kieregaard, widely appreciated as one of the foundational thinkers of existentialism, and Jacques Derrida, among other thinkers, Professor Peters talked about the culture of the "academic self". 

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Tina Besley Professional Inaugural Lecture 2012

Held on 10th October 2012

Becoming a Global Citizen: Identity, Openness and Intercutluralism 

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In her Inaugural Professorial lecture Professor Tina Besley, Director of the university's Centre for Global Studies in Education, discussed how different organizations, including schools, tertiary intuitions and corporations, promote global citizenship to their members. Professor peters identified two different approaches taken by schools and universities emphasizing themes like social justice, diversity, human rights and sustainability development, while corporations emphasize the global marketplace, international management strategy, cultural competencies and business ethics. 

Professor Besley highlighted that recent international examples have shown that at a social level there is still plenty of development still to be done to address the issues of interculturalism "We do live in a global world, so we need to find ways of living with each other".

You can purchase a publication based on this inaugural lecture through WMIER: TBA

To listen to the lecture itself at