Keynote speakers

Professor Baden Offord
Curtin University, Australia

Baden Offord holds the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights and is a Research Professor in Cultural Studies and Human Rights. He took up the position as Director of Curtin University's Centre for Human Rights Education in January 2015. Baden was born in Aotearoa/New Zealand of Maori and Pakeha heritage, and has lived most of his life in Australia, as well as several years in Spain, South India and Japan. He was educated at The University of Sydney, Australian National University and Southern Cross University. A recipient of several national teaching awards including an ALTC and Carrick, he has an abiding passion for the purpose of higher education and its tranformative potential. An internationally recognized specialist in human rights, sexuality, culture and education, he is part of a scholarly and activist community that works collectively to decolonize and destabilize the study of sexuality in Southeast Asia. Prior to Curtin University, he has held positions at Southern Cross University (1999-2014); in the Centre for Pacific and American Studies, The University of Tokyo (2010-2011) and in the Facultad de Filología at The University of Barcelona. He remains an Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. In the field of human rights he is known for initiating a series of landmark Activating Human Rights conferences and books.