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Ko te manu kai i te miro, nōna te ngahere, ko te manu kai i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.


The bird that partakes of the Miro berry reigns in the forest, the bird that partakes of the power of knowledge has access to the world.



Dear colleague,

Does disobedience, creativity and various forms of expression resonate with you as an intellectual and producer of knowledge? If so, please join us at the 3rd International Conference on Postdisciplinary Approaches (2-5 February, 2018). The final submission for abstracts is now open and available at If you simply wish to attend the conference and be inspired by our keynote speakers, fellow creative thinkers, and an exciting conference programme, you can register online.


We are excited to bring you the most inspiring speakers from New Zealand on the chosen conference theme: Knowledge as Disobedience, Expression and Creativity. In addition to Prof Welby Ings – an award-winning filmmaker, TED Talks presenter, designer and author, and Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith - one of the most profound authors on indigenous methods, we are pleased to announce our 3rd keynote speaker: Frith Walker, Manager of Place Making, Panuku Development Auckland. Frith is responsible for making Auckland the wonderful city it is. You can read about each speaker below and on our website.


We are starting to put together a conference programme that will leave you inspired and intellectually energized. Be prepared to experience a playful environment, stimulating talks, A pōwhiri (Māori welcoming ceremony), music, dancing, yoga and much more! We are looking forward to welcoming you at AUT, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our website.




Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development at the University of Waikato and holds the position of Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori. She is a Fellow of the American Association for Research in Education, and serves on a number of New Zealand’s research organisations and funding bodies. Dr Smith was awarded a New Zealand Honour in 2012 and a Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit. Her book Decolonising Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples has been an international best seller in the indigenous world since its publication in 1998. 


Professor Welby Ings

Professor Welby Ings is a writer, filmmaker, designer and educational reformer. He promotes the idea of Disobedient Thinking as an agent for change. He has given keynote addresses at conferences in Vienna, Prague, Helsinki and Gottenburg on the role of such thinking in relation to leadership, creative research practice and survival in damaged hierarchies.  In February 2018, Professor Ings will join the line-up of keynote speakers at the 3rd International Conference on Postdisciplinary Approaches.

His controversial book Disobedient Teaching: Surviving and Creating Change in Education was published in 2017. Professor Ings’ other notable contributions include film - his cinematic stories have been selected for numerous international festivals including Berlin and Cannes, and his short film Boy was shortlisted for the 2006 Academy Awards.

Professor Ings sees creativity as integral to influencing change and he argues against the micromanaging of thinking, learning and performance.


Frith Walker

Frith Walker is the manager of Place Making, Panuku Development Auckland. Panuku Development Auckland is the first of Auckland Council's organisations to have a name that represents the connection to Maori culture and identity, managing around $1.9 billion of land and buildings owned by the council. Frith's work concentrates on creating successful public space networks and supporting the programming and activation of public spaces in Auckland. She champions the difference a healthy public realm can make in terms of creating liveable cities. Her philosophy is that if we focus solely on the aesthetics of the physical setting, we miss a fundamental factor in planning a new, positive addition to the city – the people. 


For more information and updates please visit our conference website: or click HERE

We are looking forward to exploring disobedience, creativity and a multitude of expressions with you in Auckland!


Tomas Pernecky (Conference Chair)

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  • What a powerful title! Great. Thank you for sharing this, Tomas.

    • Thank you, Astrid. It will be a powerful event :)! 

  • Oh to be about to teleport. I am glad and thankful to feel your disobediant, creative expression again dear Tomas. LIfe giving.

    • Dear Louise, 

      Thank you for the comment. It is lovely to hear from you.

  • Wild blessed thunder here tonight in Santa Fe...rain falls. we kiss the wet Mother Earth;s sweet fragrant Face.

    I am happy to hear back from you dear Tomas and see your bright spirited eyes in my heart's sight.

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