Top events revealed for Social Sciences Week

Top events revealed for Social Sciences Week

As the principal sponsor of Social Sciences Week 2023, RMIT is hosting a range of thought-provoking events from 4-10 September.

Now in its sixth year, Social Sciences Week is an initiative of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia designed to foster a deeper understanding of social sciences and their importance to society through an exciting series of in-person, online and hybrid events.

Below are five top events hosted by RMIT you won’t want to miss! You can view RMIT's full event listing here.

to follow the Old Ways

Wednesday 6 September, 6-8pm, The Capitol, 113 Swanston Street

Dolphin in water

This film screening and conversation with RMIT Research Fellow Vicki Couzens and members of The Southern Ocean Protection Embassy Collective (SOPEC) will help you learn about the fight to protect sacred Sea Country.

Social Sciences After Dark: Disturbing Technology

Thursday 7 September, 6:30-11pm, The Capitol, 113 Swanston Street

Characters from Megan and Videodome movies

This double-bill film screening of M3GAN (2022) and Videodrome (1983) features a panel of research experts exploring humanity’s deepest anxieties around the use of technology, including generative AI. Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture.

Society 5.0 Ethics: The Future of Digital Disruptions

Friday 8 September, 3:30-5pm, Kaleide Theatre, 360 Swanston Street

Blue outline of globe representing digital connections

In this interactive plenary panel, internationally recognised RMIT experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. Speakers include Professor Annette Markham, Professor Lisa Given, Professor Jason Potts, Professor Julian Thomas, and Professor Karin Verspoor.

Everyday Oceans

Saturday 9 September, 11am-5pm, RMIT Design Hub Gallery, Building 100, Victoria Street, Carlton

Coral in ocean

Featuring the artwork of Oceans Research and Climate Action Network (ORCA) members: Fiona Hillary, Rebecca Olive and Jordan Lacey, who explore oceanic knowing through sound, film and virtual reality.

Our Social Worlds: (Re)Inventions

Saturday 9 September, 2-5:30pm, The Capitol, 113 Swanston Street

Still of animated girl from movie Coraline

RMIT Culture co-presents Our Social Worlds: (Re)Inventions, a special family day of film and TV screenings at The Capitol that celebrate the power of screen stories to help us understand memory and change. Screenings include Round the Twist (1990), Crazy Fun Park (2023) and Coraline (2009).

RMIT’s Social Change Enabling Impact Platform Director, Professor Lisa Given, said RMIT is a leading university in applied research that is committed to improving people’s lives and acting sustainably. 

“The social sciences are needed now, more than ever, to help humanity restore the planet and address global inequalities. 

“Through RMIT’s innovative and insightful research, working alongside community, government, and business, we strive to better understand human behaviour, societal needs, and the complex issues that affect communities globally, including technological advancements such as generative AI,” Professor Given said.

RMIT’s Social Sciences Week program features innovative work by our leading researchers, including our critical industry partnerships. These events are open to the public, and to RMIT students and staff. 

RMIT’s Social Sciences Week is brought to you by the Enabling Impact Platforms, the College of Design and Social Context, the College of Business and Law, and the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

RMIT is this year’s principal sponsor for Social Sciences Week.


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