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You’re invited to Third Webinar of Re-imagining ‘Quality of Life’ Webinar Series

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Please join us on 27 August (11.30 am AEST) for the third in the ‘Reimagining Quality of Life’ workshop series run by the Alternative Futures Research Network of the University of Newcastle and New Economy Network Australia. Funded by the UON College of Human and Social Future.

Please join us on 27 August for the third in the ‘Reimagining Quality of Life’ workshop series run by the University of Newcastle and NENA.

About this event

From June to October 2021, UoN-AFRHub (a UON’s community partnered research hub) has been hosting monthly online workshops that invite guest speakers and participants to explore, challenge and re-define the concepts of ‘quality of life’ and ‘social wellbeing’ in Australia.

You are invited to join one or more of our workshops, listen to thought-provoking guest speakers, join the discussions and share your views. This webinar series is part of the UoN research project: “Reimagining Quality of Life Post-COVID”, funded by the UON College of Human and Social Futures and hosted by the Alternative Futures Research Hub (AFRHub)

WEBINAR 3: 27 AUGUST 2021, 11.30 am – 1 pm AEST



  • Adjunct Professor Victoria-Grieve Williams – “Everywhen: Autonomy, Altruism and Living Well”
  • A/Prof. Sara Motta – “Democracy (M)otherwise: Enfleshments from the Margins of Modernity
  • Prof . Ashish Kothari – “Ecoswaraj: a Radical Ecological Democracy Towards Justice and Sustainability”

Chaired by Dr Chris Krogh and Dr Michelle Maloney
**For speaker bios, please scroll down**

About Alternative Futures Research Hub: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/research/centre/alternative-futures-regional-prospects/afrhub

About the Well-living Lab: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/research/centre/alternative-futures-regional-prospects/the-well-living-lab


**To read about the whole series and watch the recordings from previous webinars, please visit this webpage: https://www.neweconomy.org.au/nena-online/quality-of-life-webinar-series/
Watch the whole series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcsh9Y5F4G4&list=PLqmNr-LTaqGOnH9Nlcw-Ro6JHYtx62R9a

People have been thinking about, describing, and striving for ‘the good life’ or ‘quality of life’ for millennia. Since the 1950s, the concept of gross domestic product (GDP) has dominated discussions about economic progress and economic growth by nation-states, and narrow concepts around income and financial value have come to dominate individual notions of worth and wealth. However, the past few decades have seen a rising movement of people trying to describe and define ‘wellbeing’ and ‘quality of life’ in alternative ways – challenging the dominant capitalist and financial growth mode of thinking and building policy.

This workshop series seeks to share information about different perspectives and stimulate discussion on these topics. The workshops are part of a larger project that invites individuals and organisations within the NENA network to share their ideas about how to define ‘quality of life’ and wellbeing in 21st Century Australia.


In each online workshop, guest speakers will present their views on how quality of life and social wellbeing can be defined and then offer provocations on the subject, to stimulate thinking and discussions. Participants will then be invited in real-time, to share their ideas and experiences.



Victoria Grieve-Williams is Warraimaay and a historian engaged with Aboriginal philosophy, truth-telling, decolonisation and its ramifications, in a world hurtling toward an uncertain future.


Sara C. Motta is of Colombia-Chibcha, Eastern-European Jewish and Celtic lineages currently living, loving and resisting on Awabakal and Worimi peoples’ unceded lands. She is a mother, poet, political theorist, popular educator, and Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle. Sara has worked for over two decades with communities in resistances/re-existencias against and beyond heteronormative capitalist-coloniality in Europe, Latin America and Australia. Her latest book (2018) Liminal Subjects: Weaving (Our) Liberation (Rowman and Littlefield) won 2020 best Feminist Book, International Studies Association.


Founder-member of Kalpavriksh; member of many people’s movements. Prof. Ashish Kothari has taught at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan, as well as served on boards of Greenpeace International & India and ICCA Consortium. He helps coordinate Vikalp Sangam (www.vikalpsangam.org), Global Tapestry of Alternatives (www.globaltapestryofalternatives.org), & Radical Ecological Democracy (www.radicalecologicaldemocracy.org). Co-author/co-editor of Churning the Earth, Alternative Futures, and Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: events@neweconomy.org.au

** Please join NENA’s mailing list, to stay up to date with our workshops and exciting guest speakers – you can sign up to our mailing list on our website: https://www.neweconomy.org.au/ (scroll down to the bottom of the homepage) **
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FRIDAY 10 Sept, 9.30 am AEST
Chaired by Dr S A Hamed Hosseini
and Dr Michelle Maloney
Please join us on 10 September for a special workshop on 
Re-imagining ‘quality of life’ post-COVID
Free event but registration is required athttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/re-imagining-quality-of-life-and-social-wellbeing-tickets-164821971955

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