Antonios Ktenidis has recently been on a two-month (February-March 2018) secondment to Melbourne for the Makey project, looking into how accessible makerspaces are to disabled students. During his time there he presented his work on the biopolitics of growth and storytelling in three universities: School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney (organised and chaired by Dr Ilektra Spandagou), College of Arts & Education, Victoria University (organised and chaired by Dr Mark Vicars) and School of Education, Deakin University (organised and chaired by Dr Tim Corcoran and Dr Ben Whitburn). You can see the abstract of the presentation on the Deakin University website.
Antonios was also invited by Belinda Webb (sessional lecturer in Victoria University) to give three classes in the College of Arts and Education for two undergraduate courses: Critical Contexts in Disability & Social Justice and Celebrating for Diversity. The title of the classes was ‘Heigh(ism) as the Elephant in the Class(room)’ and the aim was to explore the intersection of the biopolitics of schooling with the biopedagogies of heightism.
Overall, Antonios’ placement in Australia enabled him to establish a strong network with academics from a range of Australian universities as well as to disseminate his work around posthumanism, storytelling and the biopolitics of growth in different formats (presentations, classes). Finally, Antonios is thankful to the brilliant research team of the MakEY project, particularly Professor Jackie Marsh, for giving him the opportunity for this secondment, and his supervisors, Professor Dan Goodley and Dr Kirsty Liddiard for recommending him for the secondment and their incessant support before, during and after his time in Australia.