2020 Conference

Melbourne Grammar School
27 – 29 March 2020

Our current age has been described as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. We seem to be preparing our young people for a future of unparalleled change and uncertainty.

The environmental crisis, artificial intelligence, advances in gene editing, rising wealth inequality, the evolution of social media, fake news, geopolitical tensions, challenges to democracy … The list can go on … and, amidst all of this, young people struggle with questions as ancient as human civilization – Who am I? and How shall I live? – and many struggle to find meaning and purpose in a world that can seem individualistic, competitive and shallow.

There are clearly larger questions here about schooling and life-long education – how best to equip students with the critical and emotional skills they will need to make good decisions and live fulfilling lives.

Religious Education and Philosophy can play a significant role in this broader educational landscape and this Conference will bring together international academics and successful classroom teachers to explore these important issues.


  • Tim Costello AO (Former Chief Executive of World Vision Australia)
  • Dr Felicity McCutcheon (Head of Teaching & Learning, Melbourne Grammar School)
  • Professor Toby Walsh (Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and Data61)
  • Mark Case (Deputy Head of Pastoral, Oxley College, NSW)
  • Dr Luke Russell (Lecturer in Moral Philosophy and Critical Thinking, University of Sydney)

Plus practical workshops led by experienced classroom teachers.

Conference workshop proposals

There is still the opportunity to submit a workshop proposal for the 2020 DAN Conference. The workshops will have a practical classroom focus and broad guidelines are as follows:

  • Teaching ethics
  • Critical and creative approaches
  • Introducing a scheme of work or lesson plan
  • Secondary or primary curriculum

Topics to include:

  • Teaching ethical theory
  • Applied ethics
  • Christian ethics
  • Comparative religious ethics
  • Inter-disciplinary approaches
  • Ethics and film
  • The General Capabilities and the Australian Curriculum

Please send proposals to Jeremy Hall (dan@dialogueaustralasia.org) as soon as possible and no later than Friday 31 January 2020.