Dean of Arts and Sciences

Dr Cate Thill

  • Biography

    Dr Cate Thill is Dean and Professor of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Cate’s research focuses on social justice listening in the context of policy, Indigenous sovereignty and disability. She is currently writing a co-authored book for Routledge on disability and listening with Prof. Gerard Goggin (USyd) and Rosemary Kayess (UNSW). From 2009 -2010, Cate co-convened the ARC Cultural Research Network funded Listening Project exploring the practices, technologies and politics of listening with Dr Tanja Dreher (UNSW), Dr Justine Lloyd (MQ) and Penny O'Donnell (USyd). The project has contributed to an emerging international research interest in political listening and media justice with a network of scholars including Prof. Nick Couldry (LSE), Prof. Jonathan Sterne (McGill), Prof. Kate Lacey (Sussex), Prof Charles Husband (Bradford) and A/Prof. Anthea Garmon (Rhodes).

  • Teaching areas

    Sociology of disability
    Sociology of childhood
    Sociological theory
    Social policy

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Voice and Listening
    Social policy

  • Books

    Thill, C. Goggin, G. & Kayess, R. (2018 forthcoming) Listening to Disability: Voices of Democracy. Routledge.

  • Book chapters

    Thill, C. (forthcoming) Listening with Recognition for Social Justice. In A. Mondal & T. Dreher (eds) Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference. Palgrave.

  • Journal articles and proceedings

    Thill, C. (2014). Listening for policy change: how the voices of disabled people shaped Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme. Disability and Society, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2014.987220

    Thill, C. (2009). Courageous Listening, responsibility for the other and the Northern Territory Intervention. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 23(4), 537-548, DOI: 10.1080/10304310903012651

    Brown, W., Colegate, C., Dalton, J., Rayner, T. and Thill, C. (2006). Learning to love again: An interview with Wendy Brown. Contretemps: An on-line journal of philosophy 6: 25-42.

  • Conference papers

    • Disability, Listening & Media Justice. Presented at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, University of Sydney, 5 - 7 July, 2017.
    • Listening for Media Justice. Presented at Crossroads in Cultural Studies, University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, 14 - 17 December, 2016
    • Listening as Feminist Politics Roundtable invited speaker at Listening as a Feminist Intervention Workshop, convened by Dr Tanja Dreher and hosted by the Feminist Research Network, University of Wollongong, 19 April, 2016
    • Against the Process of Recognition: Listening for Social Justice. Invited speaker at Ethical Responsiveness: Listening and Reading Across Difference, convened by Dr Tanja Dreher, University of Wollongong, 18 March, 2016
  • Professional affiliations

    Convener, with John Gilroy and Karen Fisher, of the Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group of The Australian Sociological Association

    Member of the The Australian Sociological Association

  • Community engagement

    St Vincent de Paul Society

  • Awards

    Christopher Newell Award, with Tanja Dreher, for the paper Disability, Listening and Media Justice at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association 2017 Conference.