Blogging for a better world? ANU Bell School Horizons Seminar Series

When: Friday 30 September, 12.30pm-2.00pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Rd and Liversidge St, ANU

Those of us who work in universities like to think that academics and their ideas have the power to make the world a better place.

But all too often, scholarly insight and knowledge fails to reach the wider world. So how do we liberate this expertise?

One proven approach is to harness the power and potential of academic blogging — the re-packaging of lofty scholarship in accessible, bite-sized formats.

In this Horizons 2016 seminar, three practitioners will look at the promise and pitfalls of academic blogging and why it is an activity that modern places of research and teaching must undertake – for both theirs and the globe’s sake.

Speakers will examine how academic blogging can fill the gap left by the retreat of traditional media, speak truth to power and hold elites to account, scrutinise politicians’ claims with peer reviewed fact checks, and drive and deepen public debate and knowledge.

This seminar forms part of the ANU Bell School’s Horizons 2016 seminar series, Digital vision: agency, power and the future of Asia-Pacific affairs.

The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided beforehand (12pm) and registration is essential.

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About the Speakers
Sunanda Creagh is Fact Check Editor for The Conversation. Prior to this role she worked as a political and general news correspondent in the Reuters Jakarta bureau, and as a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald where she covered politics, urban affairs, arts, features and sport.

Sam Roggeveen is Director of Digital at the Lowy Institute. He oversees the Institute’s digital strategy across its two websites and its social media channels. Sam joined the Lowy Institute in 2007 as founding editor of its digital magazine, The Interpreter. In that role he was privileged to work with some of Australia’s best international policy minds to put together one of the smartest, wittiest, most informative sites on the web.

James Giggacher is editor of New Mandala a specialist academic blog on Southeast Asia’s politics and society, teaches courses on strategy for digital platforms and writing for public audiences, and co-convener of the Bell School’s 2016 Horizons seminar series.

About Horizons
Hosted each year by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, the Horizons seminar series aims to enhance research innovation by supporting and showcasing collaborative, interdisciplinary, innovative and accessible thinking and work in Asia-Pacific affairs. The 2016 series, Digital vision: Agency, power and the future of Asia-Pacific affairs, explores how and why academics need to take scholarly debate and knowledge to wider audiences.