Conference Archive PESA Conference 2015

Keynote Speakers

Re-engaging with politics: Re-imagining the university
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne   Sat 5 - Tues 8 December, 2015

Keynote Speakers

keynote-burbules nicholasProfessor Nicholas Burbules

University of Illinois, United States

Nicholas C. Burbules is a Gutgsell Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. He is a nationally preeminent scholar in the field of philosophy of education and is internationally recognized for his work on the uses of information technology in education.


celia-keynoteProfessor Celia Hammond

Vice Chancellor
University of Notre Dame, Australia

Professor Hammond was appointed the third Vice Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) in 2008. The Vice Chancellor is Chief Executive Officer and academic principal of the University with responsibility for:
(i) preserving and fostering the essential character of the University as a Catholic University;
(ii) managing the academic, administrative, financial and other affairs of the University;
(iii) leadership, management and development of the University; and
(iv) representing the University before the public.

Professor Hammond commenced her employment at UNDA in 1998, as one of five foundation academic staff members in the Fremantle School of Law. Prior to her appointment Professor Hammond had worked as a legal practitioner in private practice in WA and as an
academic lawyer at other universities.

Throughout her tenure at UNDA and prior to being appointed Vice Chancellor, Professor Hammond undertook a variety of roles including; Head of the University’s School of Law, University General Counsel and Assistant Provost. During her time as an academic lawyer she taught and published in commercial, corporate, property and insolvency law.

Professor Hammond is passionate about Catholic higher education, with its commitment to the harmony of faith and reason, to the rigorous pursuit of truth and wisdom within a Catholic moral framework, and to the provision of a culture and community that is conducive to the development of the whole human person.


Vincent-keynoteProf Vincent Shen

Department of Philosophy and Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Vincent Shen, Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture, Departments of Philosophy and East Asian Studies, University of Toronto. Interested in Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, Phenomenology, and Philosophical Problems of Technology, Culture and Religion. Recently published Anthology of Vincent Shen; Technology, Humanities and Cultural Development; From Matteo Ricci to Heidegger; and edited Dao Companion to Classical Confucian Philosophy.