Past Events

As part of its goal to shape agendas and inform debates ADI convenes a variety of free public and research events. Catch up with some of the discussions we have had by exploring the events below.

Future of the Middle East conference

The Middle East has experienced endless turmoil since the turn of the millennium. Its complex environment prompts us to bring together leading scholars from across Australia to ask about the future of the Middle East. This conference posed a number of questions. Will the region’s sectarian divide continue to widen? What future do minorities and women have in the region? Will democratic change come from within? And what does the future hold?

Treaty: Victorian leadership on a national project of restorative justice

The Yothu Yindi song’s chorus ‘Treaty Yeh, Treaty Now’ is known to many Australians. But unlike other settler colonial societies like the USA, Canada and New Zealand - Australia has never completed any historical or modern treaties with Indigenous First Nations.

Any attempts to constructively progress such institutional innovation as a form of restorative justice quickly dissipate in political disputation among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous constituencies.

This forum discussed the process for treaty making, progress to date and challenges, what a Treaty framework might look like, and what the implications are of Treaty for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living in Victoria and for Australia more generally.


Refuting the Theological Foundations of Extremism

There is no doubt that the emergence of violent extremism, in particular ISIS, has created a major political and security challenge not only to the world but also to the global Muslim community. This conference explored the causes of radicalisation from theological as well as sociological perspectives with an objective to offer authentic theological responses and sociological understandings of literalist/selective religious interpretations and radical narratives.


Dr Arnold Zable - Here is Where We Meet: The Humanising Power of Story

Dr Zable has worked in many cross-cultural projects, and conducted workshops for refugees, immigrants, the homeless, the deaf, problem gamblers, bushfire survivors, and other groups, using story as a means of self-understanding. Dr Zable’s address Here is Where We Meet: The Humanising Power of Story urged people to make the effort and meet ‘the other’ and cut across the racial, cultural, gender and class divides.


2016 Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference

The Australian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) aimed to provide a broad intellectual forum for academics and postgraduates working in the European philosophical tradition. Its annual conference is the largest event devoted to European philosophy in Australasia.

The conference featured a number of curated streams, including ‘Philosophies of Self-Formation’, ‘Continental Philosophy and Other Traditions’, ‘Phenomenologies of Oppression’, ‘Law and Continental Philosophy’, ‘Philosophy and Creative Practice’ and ‘Politics and Technology’.

Other past events

2016

DateTitleOverview
7 December2016 Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy ConferenceFeaturing a number of curated streams, including ‘Philosophies of Self-Formation’, ‘Continental Philosophy and Other Traditions’, ‘Phenomenologies of Oppression’, ‘Law and Continental Philosophy’, ‘Philosophy and Creative Practice’ and ‘Politics and Technology’.
30 NovemberValues and Vistas: Heritage, Memory and PreservationLisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at World Monuments Fund (WMF) spoke on the challenges of heritage preservation in the face of global developments.
24 NovemberUNESCO Chair OrationArnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate.
2 NovemberThe Future of the Middle EastIn this forum, speakers addressed questions such as: Will the region’s sectarian divide continue to widen? What future do minorities and women have in the region? Will democratic change come from within? And what does the future hold?
20 OctoberTreaty: Victorian leadership on a national project of restorativIn this Policy Forum convened by Professor Jon Altman,three experts - Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett VACCA , Mr Jason Mifsud, Aboriginal Victoria, and Associate Professor Sarah Maddison, from the University of Melbourne, discussed the process for treaty making, progress to date and challenges.
20 OctoberThe Land is our History: Indigeneity, Law and the Settler StateIn this talk Professor Miranda Johnson, lecturer in the Department of History, University of Sydney, discussed her new book, The Land is Our History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), which tells the story of Indigenous legal activism at a critical juncture in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as these three countries sought out new postcolonial identities in the Asia-Pacific region.
13 October3rd Australian Conference on IslamThis conference aimed to explore the causes of radicalisation from theological as well as sociological perspectives with an objective to offer authentic theological responses and sociological understandings of literalist/selective religious interpretations and radical narratives.
13 SeptemberHarry Redner, “What Wittgenstein got wrong about language”Harry Redner was Reader at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and has been visiting professor at Yale University, University of California–Berkeley, and Harvard University.
29 AugustWinning the Peace and Post Conflict Resolution WorkshopThis workshop explored vexing questions of post-conflict transformation and development by interrogating its key elements from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives.
22 AugustWhat went wrong with the Arab RevolutionsThis discussion addressed the major issues that are shaping Middle East politics today, most importantly, the Iran-Saudi cold war, terrorism, counter-revolutions, external intervention, and the Israel-Palestine conflict.
29 JulyThe Violence of NeoliberalismProfessor Simon Springer (Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, Canada) questioned how neoliberalizing processes often comes suffused with processes of Othering that result in conflict, arguing that neoliberalism itself might be productively understood as a particular form of violence.
11 JulyInternational symposium – Decentralisation and Local Democracy In Post-Arab Spring TunisiaThis international symposium focused on the critical role of local governance and decentralisation especially for countries undergoing democratic transitions.
16 JunePreventing the next Kunduz bombing: Increasing compliance with international humanitarian lawThis seminar focused on how complying with international humanitarian law (IHL) poses one of the most significant challenges faced by the humanitarian sector, and by the international community more broadly
7 June“Scientific Realism and Phenomenology: A Show down?”Professor Jack Reynolds discussed whether phenomenology is antithetical to scientific realism and instead supports versions of scientific anti-realism, whether instrumentalism, van Fraassen’s constructive empiricism, or Fine’s NOA.
6 JuneAddressing sociospatial disadvantage: A Geelong case studyIn this seminar Professor Louise Johnson addressed Australian cities and regions that have been hard hit by current economic restructurings in the manufacturing sector.
24 MayDeakin Philosophy Seminar SeriesMonima Chadha (Monash University) talked about the Phenomenology of Ownership and Abhidharma-Buddhist philosophers.
23 MayGulf Security and Regional DynamicsAbdullah Baabood, director of the Gulf Studies Centre at Qatar University talked as part of the International Speakers Program supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)
19 MayJonathan Goodhand, Borderlands, Brokers and Peacebuilding: War to Peace Transitions Viewed from the MarginsThis talk was based upon ideas generated by a recently initiated ESRC research project that compares centre-periphery dynamics in post-war Nepal and Sri Lanka.
13 MayUS Elections The next American RevolutionThis seminar brought experts from both sides of American politics to look at the current presidential campaign and those of the past and show how American voters are forcing a major change in American politics, whether American politicians want it or not.
12 MayHuman Rights Watch: Democracy in TunisiaDr Amna Guellali discussed her findings and conducts about local and international advocacy.
6 MayChance to ‘rap’ with the master at special screening of Don’t Panik: Rap and IslamThe screening will be followed by an audience discussion about the questions raised in the film with French Rapper Medine, filmmaker Keira Maameri and Belgian Professor Farid El Asri.
2 MayProfessor Farid El Asri - Made in Belgium RadicalismThis lecture examined the media’s various portrayals of Belgian radicalism in order to arrive at more nuanced analysis of the slide towards the sort of rupture in which young people turn upon their own countries, and of the environments that feed and enable such radicalisation.
22 FebruaryAudra Simpson. Recognition or RefusalAudra Simpson, a Mohawk scholar from Columbia University, challenged thinking around state recognition of indigenous peoples.
17 - 19 FeburaryNew Landscape of Terrorism conferenceThis multilingual three day conference showcased practical efforts being made to stop the spread of ISIS and extremism.

2015

Date Title Overview
16-17 December Rethinking the Enlightenment This two-day conference was devoted to reconsidering the complex legacies of the European enlightenments: the realities of its history, and the vicissitudes of its contestation and receptions in the light of the events of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
14 December Comfort Futures This one-day workshop addressed the future of thermal comfort and the environmental consequences surrounding the rapid uptake of air conditioning across Asia and the Middle East
14 December The ‘Muslim Question’citizenship And Racism In Australia The ‘Muslim Question’citizenship And Racism In Australia
18 November Intercultural Studies The first annual conference of the Journal of Intercultural Studies. The Journal of Intercultural Studies showcases innovative scholarship about emerging cultural formations, intercultural negotiations and contemporary challenges to cultures and identities.
29 October Entanglements This interactive discussion focussed on pressing policy issues regarding terrorism. 
20 October Book Launch The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation celebrated the launch of Homicide Law Reform in Victoria: Retrospect and Prospect.
16 October Practicing Nonviolence The Alfred Deakin Institute hosted Professor Emeritus Magnus Haavelsrud, Patron of International Centre of Nonviolence Australia, from Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management in Norwegian University, to deliver a public lecture on practicing nonviolence in education
7 October Rights-Based Approach This one-day Round Table sought to better understand the enabling factors and barriers to adopting rights based approaches to conservation in heritage practice and policy making.
30 September Strategic Plan Launch In September, the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation launched the Institute's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan with special guest speakers Colleen Hartland and Matthew Albert.
10 August Islamic State & Martyrdom The Middle East Studies Forum welcomed Professor Hamdy, who is an esteemed expert on Islamic discourses in Africa and the Middle East, holding concurrent positions at Zayed University in Dubai and Cairo University. 
29 July UNESCO Oration The 2015 UNESCO Chair's Oration was hosted by Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander and delivered by Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Dr Rigoberta Menchú.
28 July UNESCO Chair's Workshop Bringing together international experts on civil society, women and democracy, this workshop took place as part of a series of events hosted by the UNESCO Chair in partnership with the Council for Arab-Australian Relations (DFAT) considering the role of civil society organisations in Tunisia's democratic transition.
27 July An Arab Exception? This symposium debated the role of civil society in Tunisia's democratic transition.
11-12 July Symposium Post Arab Spring Tunisia This international symposium explored the critical role of local governance and decentralisation for countries undergoing transition to democracy.
2 July Indonesia Conference The ICOC  was a multi-disciplinary conference which provides a forum for the presentation of new and innovative work on Indonesia with particular emphasis on encouraging engagement between newer Indonesianists and established scholars.
16 June ISIS, Sectarianism and Islamophobia The Middle East Studies Forum, the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights co-hosted a public workshop on the rise of ISIS and its subsequent challenges.
11 March Andrea Teti - Iraq in the Middle East 25 Years after Desert Storm This talk used quantitative and survey data from recent studies to challenge the myth that ethnic and religious identities are fixed and mutually exclusive, and shows the continuities in people's priorities both across religion and ethnicity, within Iraq and the Middle East generally, and beyond the region itself
17-19 February Addressing the New Landscapes of Terrorism This conference focused on youth and reflected an increased need to go beyond the security approach and instead enable Muslim youth to counter terrorism by being a force for positive social and political change.
22 February Overcoming sectarian faultlines after the Arab uprisings Tracing the trajectory of sectarian discourse from its origins to the present day, this special volume weighed the indigenous and extraneous factors which have shaped sectarianism.
22 February Recognition or refusal? Audra Simpson, a Mohawk scholar from Columbia University, challenged thinking around state recognition of indigenous peoples. Associate Professor Simpson argued Indigenous peoples could take alternate route.
29 February Kerim Balci, Editor-in-Chief of Turkish Review Journal Balci is a frequent columnist in Today’s Zaman and Zaman dailies, both the largest circulating newspapers in their boulevards, and correspondents to several local and international TV channels on issues related to the Middle East.

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