Inaugural conference on understanding others through narrative practices

The School of Liberal arts is organizing its inaugural conference – Understanding Others through Narrative Practices – on Friday 5th April 2019 at the Research Hub in Building 19, main campus, University of Wollongong.


Narrative practices matter to how we understand ourselves and others. Clarifying how they do so – how they can help or hinder such understanding and what other factors are involved – is vital in our efforts promote peaceful relations with one another. Bearing this in mind, this workshop explores the following four main themes:


 How do narrative practices instil knowledge and moral values in ways that a matter to how we understand ourselves and others?


 How might socio-cultural practices matter and make difference to cognition?


 How might getting better understanding of embodied and implicit attitudes help in our efforts to overcome differences and divisions between individuals and groups?


 To what extent do narrative practices enable and limit our capacity to understand ourselves and others?


Members of our local community will deliver the two opening sessions of the workshop. Other contributions will examine the conference themes from the perspective of academic philosophy, drawing on philosophy of mind and cognition; philosophy of psychology, philosophy of action, epistemology and ethics.



 Welcome, tea/coffee and opening words


 To be people for peace

 Judith Hurley, member of Illawarra People for Peace, Director of Identity, Edmund Rice College


 “That you may know one another” (ref: Holy Quran)

 Sheikh Jamil El-Biza, Masjid As-Salaam, Wollongong


 Understanding reasons: Narratives not theories

 Daniel D. Hutto, University of Wollongong




 Understanding others, social identity and implicit bias

 Glenda Satne, University of Wollongong


 How culture changes what we see

Inês Hipólito, University of Wollongong


 Tea / coffee break


 How to understand others (Without going mad)

Constantine Sandis, University of Hertfordshire


The event is funded by the School of Liberal Arts.


All are welcome to attend. There is no registration fee, but places may be limited due to restrictions on space. Please indicate interest for catering purposes, by emailing Teresa Crosland,, Manager for the School of Liberal Arts, with the subject line ‘UONP’.