Centre Members and Associates attended, presented and played vital supporting roles at the bi-annual Timor-Leste Studies Association (TLSA) 2017 in Dili, Timor-Leste.
Among the record number of conference attendees were Sam Carroll-Bell (PhD Candidate and Member of CGR Executive – HDR Representative), Damian Grenfell (Associate Professor and Centre Researcher), Amy Stevenson (Associate Member), Emily Toome (PhD Candidate and Associate Member) and Bronwyn Winch (PhD Candidate and Associate Member).
Speaking at the event, Sam Carroll-Bell said, "the TLSA Conference is an unique interdisciplinary and multilingual event (Tetum, Portuguese, English or Indonesian) focusing on all aspects of East Timorese society, including politics and history, development, economics, communications, health, language, agriculture and science. The conference is also very inclusive, with a wide range of people presenting research, including academics, researchers, activists, community groups and policy makers".
"During this year's conference there were two special streams. The first on the theme of 'Elections' was co-convened by Clinton Fernandes and Mica Barreto Soares. The second stream explored the theme of 'Gender research in Timor Leste' and was co-convened by Sara Niner and Therese Tam."
"The CGR had a significant presence and impact at the conference. We four presented research papers and moderated a number of panels. Amy Stevenson also supported and mentored a number of our East Timorese colleagues (Many Hands International) who were presenting at an international conference for the very first time."
The four papers were:
Sam Carroll-Bell – Here to Help: Exploring the Motivations of International Development Workers in Timor-Leste.
Damian Grenfell – Friction Across the Time and Space: The Colonial Encounter in Ending Violence Against Women in Timor-Leste.
Emily Toome – Looking Back and Looking Forward: Questioning How Trauma is Understood and Addressed in Timor-Leste.
Bronwyn Winch – The Spiritual Landscape in Timor-Leste: Ways Forward for Human Security Research.
Each of the above presenters has been invited to submit their paper for the TLSA 2017 Conference Proceedings.