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Professor Mansouri was invited by the Secretary General of the Arab League, H.E. Amr Moussa, to present and chair a session at the first Migration Conference organised by the league. The conference took place in Cairo in December 2010 and was chaired by the Secretary General under the general theme “A Bridge for Communication”. The event came out of a number of recommendations made previously by Arab Ministers in charge of expatriate affairs and migration, who considered it important to host a conference for Arab expatriates. As stated by Professor Mansouri, the idea was motivated by a belief that people of Arab descent living in the West are the key to solving many of the problems of the Middle East.
There were five sessions at the conference around the following themes:
• The role of the Civil Society Organizations in the advancement of the Arab Communities
• The role of the Arab Expatriates in the development and strengthening of the dialogue of civilizations, cultures and religions
• Towards Establishing an Organizational and Information Framework for Arab Expatriates
Professor Mansouri chaired the fifth session on ‘Reinforcing Communication between Second Generation of Expatriates and their Culture of Origin’. Formal presentations were made by all delegations of the 22 member states, as well as individual presentations by invited researchers from the key hosting societies for Arab migration. Professor Mansouri was the only participant invited officially from Australia.
Professor Mansouri was awarded the Dean's Distinguished Researcher for the Faculty of Arts and Education for 2010. Recipients of this award are selected for their performance and contribution to research in the Faculty over a period of three years. This award reflects the depth and breadth of Professor Mansouri's research agenda within the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation.
Melinda Chiment visited the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation to attend a project meeting for an ARC linkage grant project ‘Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among migrant youth’. Melinda is working as a research assistant on the ARC Linkage project. This project is being completed in collaboration with UQ, the Australian Red Cross and the Centre for Multicultural Youth. Ms Chiment is currently a research higher degree student in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. Melinda’s research interests include youth well-being, multicultural policy and service design and delivery. Melinda is actively involved in the community service sector in Brisbane and the US.
Ela Ogru joined the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation as a Research Assistant in November 2010. Ela is currently working on the project 'Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth in Australia' for theCCG. Ela Ogru is a PhD student at Monash University researching the topic Citizenship and Identity: Young Africans in Australia. She completed her Bachelor and Masters degrees also at Monash and has worked as a researcher for a number of different research centres at the university. Her main areas of interest have been around identity formation, nationalism, political religions, and minority groups- particularly in the Middle East and Turkey. More recently, her research has shifted to an Australian context.
Professor Claire Parfait, Director, Centre de recherches interculturelles sur les domaines anglophones et francophones (CRIDAF), University Paris 13, France will be a Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, starting from 11 November - 29 November 2010. Prof. Parfait is also a Professor of American Studies and Book History at the English Département at Paris 13 University, Villetaneuse, France.
Prof. Parfait completed her PhD in 2000 from University Paris 7-Denis Diderot and her thesis was on the "The American Editions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, from 1852 to 1999". Prof. Claire Parfait’s research interests are in the fields of Book history (United States), Popular literature and publishing (comparative approach, United States/France/ Britain ; 19th century) and African American Studies : history, historiography and representations ; African American literature from a book history perspective.
Since January 2009 Claire has taken up the position of Director, CRIDAF. Here her tasks include drafting the guidelines for a 4 year program, initiating projects on the national and international levels, organizing events/overseeing the organization of events, inviting scholars, promoting the lab and its researchers, keeping track of collective and individual publications (assessment process), looking for funding and managing the budget. She also has responsibilty in the organization and co-organization of a number of conferences, in France and abroad (mostly in book history and history). Since 2010, Prof. Parfait has been a member of the External Advisory Board of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation ( Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia). Claire was the External Affairs Director for SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) for 2007-2009 and a member of the editorial board of Library of the Written Word—The Industrial World, responsable général Michael Winship (Boston & Leiden, Brill) ; of Revue Française d’Etudes Américaines ; of E-rea and also a member of the scientific committee of Mémoires du livre/Studies in Book Culture (Quebec). Prof. Parfait’s ongoing projects are the following ; with M-J Rossignol, annotated translation of Wiliam Wells Brown’s, Narrative of William Wells Brown, A Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself (1847), (université de Rouen) and a monograph on African American historians 1840s-1930s, viewed from a double perspective : historiography and Book History.
As part of her visit Prof. Parfait also presented a seminar tilted 'Transatlantic Publishing and the Anti-Slavery Debate, 1840s-1850s' on Thursday 18 November 2010. This paper explored the publication and reception of anti-slavery literature in the United States, Britain, and France in the 1840s and 1850s. It highlighted the significant differences between slaves narratives and the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin in terms of publication, distribution, and reception. The difference also applied to the trajectories of these works: slave narratives crossed the Atlantic but did not generally cross the English Channel into France. Uncle Tom’s Cabin did, and was a resounding success and publishing phenomenon in the US, Britain and France. Both types of texts (fiction and nonfiction) participated in the fight against slavery, but to different degrees, and this can be accounted for partly by their publishing histories. The analysis of the reception of H.B. Stowe’s novel in the US, Britain, France and a few other countries provides intriguing insights into the representations each country had of itself and of the others. The novel also represents one of the first examples of “global” literature.
Professor Mansouri was an invited speaker at the annual Australia and New Zealand Race Relations Roundtable meeting in Canberra held on Wednesday 10 November 2010 held at the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety. The annual meeting was hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The roudtable discussions were chaired by the Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes and the New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner, Joris de Bres and were attended by state and territory Equal Opportunity Commissioners, key academics and community representatives. The purpose of the roundtable sessions were to coordinate human rights issues of national importance that the Commission would like to (I) give profile to and (II) develop strategic national responses to. The 2010 roundtable session focused on the Convention on (I) the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Reporting and (II) planning for a national anti-racism strategy.
Dr Louise Jenkins joined the Centre in October, 2007 as a Research Fellow. Louise is leaving our Centre to take up a new position as the Associate Director, Urbis Consultancies based in CBD, in her new role she will be working in the Social Policy Unit focusing on research, education and multiculturalism.
Louise worked on many projects while at the Centre and one of her major task was the coordination of a national research project for the Foundation for Young Australians about the impact of racism upon the health and wellbeing of young Australians. Eighteen Australian secondary schools were involved in the project with a total of 823 participants. Of these participants, 125 were interviewed on an individual basis and 698 participated in the survey component. The project report was released in November at the CCG International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations at Deakin University.
An exciting initiative was the production and publication of the book Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity, Louise co-authored this book with Fethi Mansouri, Michael Leach and Lucas Walsh. The publication has been distributed to all Victorian Secondary schools as a practical teaching and learning resource in the area of multiculturalism. The book consists of a Model of Best Practice, Teaching and Learning Resources and Community-School Engagement Models. In particular, the teaching modules aim to broaden student awareness of cultural diversity and develop a more informed understanding of Australia as a culturally diverse nation. This is an exciting development which supports Victorian secondary teachers in their work with culturally diverse student communities. A number of school principals have already written to thank CCG for the resource and confirmed that it will become part of their curriculum development for 2010.
In 2010 Louise worked with Prof. Fethi Mansouri on the project ‘Social networks, Belonging and active citizenship among migrant youth in Australia’ which is an ARC linkage project with the Australian Red Cross and the Centre for Multicultural Youth. This project will investigate the extent to which young people use formal and informal networks to build social capital and develop a sense of social connectedness and belonging in a host society environment.
The School of International and Political Studies presents "World in Crisis - business as usual?" an International Public Lecture and Workshop Series to be held from 11 - 13 November 2010 at Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus. This series invites participants from a range of disciplines to consider if the world is in a crisis unique in character and scale, or whether ‘crisis' is simply the term we used to describe the normal patterns and fluctuations of human society.
The key researchers from Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation will present at a panel convened by Professor Fethi Mansouri, Chair, Migration & Intercultural Studies, titled 'Transnational Mobility, Citizenship and Social Inclusion'.
Panel convenor: Professor Fethi Mansouri (Director, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation)
Prof. Fethi Mansouri, invited speaker at the Inaugural Forum of Global Dialogue Foundation, Melbourne on "Unity in Diversity - 10.10.10" Bridging Cultures, Building Peace Grassroots Solutions for Understanding and Cooperation Among People and Cultures held on Sunday 10 October 2010 to Tuesday 12 October 2010. Prof. Mansouri spoke at the roundtable on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, as seen from the Asia Pacific Region. The other speakers in this session were Sam Sefuiva, Human Rights Commission, New Zealand, Hon John Pandazopolous MP - State Member for Dandenong, Vinod Mirchandani - Country Manager (India), University of Melbourne and also Dr. M. Syafi'i Anwar - Executive Director of ICIP (International Center for Islam and Pluralism), Indonesia.
"Unity in Diversity - 10.10.10" is organised by the Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF) under the auspices of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. This event will showcase some of the most innovative and successful grassroots initiatives aimed at promoting mutual understanding among people and cultures in the Asia-Pacific Region. The aims of the inaugural "Unity in Diversity - 10.10.10" event are to create an innovative platform for the exchange of practical experiences and solutions aimed at developing cultural understanding and cooperation among communities in the Asia Pacific Region, and in so doing contribute to the mission of the UN Alliance of Civilizations; to learn from the experience of community leaders who are working successfully at the grassroots level to bring people of diverse cultures together for a common purpose; and to adopt a Plan of Action for the next year and to come up with a list of pledges that individuals can implement in their daily lives to contribute to mutual understanding and cooperation. The Plan of Action and list of pledges will be promoted through the Global Dialogue Foundation website with a view to having a follow-up Forum in 2011.
Prof. Fethi Mansouri was invited to attend the “Unity in Diversity”, Think-tank, organised by the Global Dialogue Foundation on 1st of October 2010. The purpose of the think-tank was to establish support for GDF Project" Unity in Diversity", currently working under the auspice of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. The other attending organisations were Museum Victoria, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Foundation for Young Australians, Municipal Association of Victoria, Committee for Melbourne, Commonwealth Bank, Ernst & Young and Global Dialogue Foundation. The project 'Understanding and Cooperation Among People and Cultures' by engagng organisations working at the grassroots level will contribute to the mission of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. The vision is to work with United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, to establish the model throughout Asia Pacific region, to maintain and protect Cultural Identity and Heritage, to assist Cultural Community Development and integration into mainstraem society.
Prof. Fethi Mansouri was a panel member at the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria ECCV 2010 State Conference. The conference discussed contemporary issues such as: social cohesion, racism and discrimination; services for international students; interpreting and translating services and youth engagement; identity and belonging. The conference was held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Tuesday 28 September 2010.
The youth panel focussed on Engagement: Identity and Belonging facilitated by Wesa Chau, Direct Services Manager, ADEC. The othere panelists were Nyadol Nyuon, Executive Member, eccv, Rachel Bongiorno, Youth & Women’s Officer, National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters' Council, and Dr Steve Francis, National Manager - Movement Relations & Advocacy, Red Cross.
The Deakin Organising Committee, Pharma Conference 2010 would like to thank the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation for the support and assitance provided for making the conference on Pharmaceuticals in Developing and Emerging Economies: Production, Innovation, and Access to Medicines in the Wake of TRIPS a great success . The conference was co-sponsored by University of Hyderabad, India and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and was held from Friday 17 September 2010 - Sunday 19 September 2010 at University of Hyderabad, India.
The conference examined the state of drug production and innovation in the global south in the wake of the implementation of TRIPS-mandated intellectual property rights. The interface between industrial capabilities, and access to essential medicines, is a second major theme. The aim was to provide a landmark assessment of these critical areas in global health and development.
(From Left: Organising Committee members - Dean Coldicott, Chippy Sunil & Dr Hans Lofgren)
Colleen Murrell presented her recently published article on news gathering in Iraq
on Thursday 9 September at 12 ‐ 1pm. The data for this paper form part of a larger
research project which explores the working relationship between foreign
correspondents and their locally‐hired fixers. Colleen's findings reveal that the
inherent dangers of reporting in Iraq mean that the location is effectively a "game‐changer" in this relationship. Using Bourdieu's theories relating to the acquisition of social and cultural capital, Colleen has found that the balance of power shifts more in the fixers' favour as they effectively possess in their hands the keys to accessing the streets and locating the stories. This paper concentrates on the news gathering processes of the two Western broadcasters that have retained large bureaux in Baghdad ‐ the BBC and CNN.
Murrell, C. (2010) Baghdad bureaux: an exploration of the interconnected world of fixers and correspondents at the BBC and CNN. Media, War and Conflict, 3(2) 125‐137.
Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific and Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation jointly invited Prof. Taher Ghalia as a visiting Fellow to Deakin University. Prof. Ghalia is the Director, National Bardo Museum Tunis, Researcher, National Institute of the Heritage of Tunisia and also a Professor associated with the University of Manouba. There are number of opportunities to exchange exhibitions and organizing workshops on knowledge transfer around conservation and development of digital media. (As always, it depends on further funding)
As part of his visit Prof. Ghalia presented a seminar on Cultural Identity and National Heritage in Tunisia on Tuesday 7 September 2010. In his seminar he talks about legacy of Tunisia from antiquity to present day. Prof. Ghalia in his talk emphasised that today, legacy from antiquity is not yet fully recognized and claimed by the majority of Tunisians who assume that there is no continuity between antiquity and the ancient Arab‐Islamic culture. He said this lack of understanding of their origins is the result of a historical process dating back to the period of the French rotectorate (1881‐1955) when the question of national identity was acute.
The Tunisian educational curriculum was torn between a commitment to modernism and to Arab Islamic culture with the former as the main tool for integration sought by the authorities of the Protectorate and the latter as a form of resistance. After independence the nationalist political discourse developed by Bourguiba highlighted a Tunisian identity based on the legitimacy of the struggle for independence and stripped of any reference to a rational historical process. Since the 1990s a new political discourse has been established whose main axes are the place of Tunisia within the Mediterranean with reference to its history and its past there and its multiple membership of the Arab‐ Islamic world. This new direction is being developed through the ideological discourses in textbooks and through the re‐interpretation of archaeological heritage sites and museum collections which are being used to help anchor a Tunisian cultural identity marked by openness, authenticity and tolerance of cultural diversity. The power of this ideology is at the heart of a shift in the cultural identity that characterizes contemporary Tunisian society, based on managing the tension between a modernity based on Western culture and the legacy of the Islamic culture.
Associate Professor Stan van Hooft presenter a paper titled
Humanity or Justice on 26 August 2010 at the CCG seminar series
2010. This paper reflected on a critique of cosmopolitanism
mounted by Tom Campbell, who argues that cosmopolitans place
undue stress on the issue of global justice. Campbell argues that aid
for the impoverished needy in the third world, for example, should be given on the Principle of Humanity rather than on the Principle of Justice. This line of thought is also pursued by “Liberal Nationalists” like Yael Tamir and David Miller. Thomas Nagel makes a similar distinction and questions whether the ideal of justice can even be meaningfully applied on a global scale. The paper questions whether the distinction between the Principle of Humanity and the Principle of Justice might be a false dichotomy in that both principles could be involved in humanitarian assistance. At a more theoretical level, it will suggest that both principles might be grounded in an ethics of caring and that the ethics of caring cannot be so sharply distinguished from the discourse of justice and of rights. As a result, the Principle of Humanity and the Principle of Justice cannot be so sharply distinguished either. Caring is fundamental to both of them. There are not two ethical systems here but only one. It is because we care about others as human beings (Principle of Humanity) that we pursue justice for them (Principle of Justice) and the alleviation of their avoidable suffering. Because cosmopolitanism is motivated as much by considerations of humanity as it is by considerations of justice its scope is as global as humanity itself.
From left: Dr John Forge (winner) who wrote on the ethical responsibilities of scientists; Dr Deborah Zion and Assoc Prof Bebe Loff who, with Prof Linda Briskman, wrote on the health problems of asylum seekers; Assoc Prof. Stan van Hooft, from School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University, who wrote on Cosmopolitanism.” Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics is awarded for the investigation of theoretical or practical ethical issues that contributes to an integrated body of work represented by a book, monograph or a series of related articles that contribute to the understanding and development of ethical standards.
The Australian Sociological Association Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism Thematic Group & Deakin University Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation convened a successful and well attended symposium on Multiculturalism & Social Inclusion on Thursday 8 July 2010 at the Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. This free half-day event brought together academics, policy makers and practitioners to advance dialogue on multiculturalism and social inclusion. It also aimed to foster networking in this key social policy area through group discussions on key areas such as employment, education and new & emerging communities. Recommendations and outcomes will be forwarded to the Social Inclusion Board.
Dr Steve Francis, Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation presented a paper on ‘In-Between Days - Exploring Indigenous Articulation in Oceania’ as part of his visit. In his paper Steve wanted to test the boundaries of the insider/outsider dichotomy that is often assumed in the articulation of indigeneity and anthropology. He explored the debate that flows from this interaction with reference to the inevitable collision and collusion of authenticity, power and representation. Clifford (2001) once asked “How should differently positioned authorities (academic and non-academic, Native and non-Native) represent a living tradition’s combined and uneven processes of continuity, rupture, transformation, and revival?” (Clifford 2001:480). Referring to his own experiences as a Tongan born in Australia, Steve explored how constantly moving “between” can offer possibilities for a more inclusive and collective Pacific anthropology.
Dr Steve Francis is the National Manager for Movement Relations & Advocacy, Red Cross Australia. Dr Francis will be a Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation until 22 December 2010 and is currently working with Prof. Fethi Mansouri on the ARC Linkage - Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth in Australia. Steve is also working on finalizing an authored book. Steve has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne and is an Honorary Fellow with the School of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne. His anthropological interests include a focus on transnationalism, movement and migration in Oceania. He has written papers, chapters and monographs on these areas of interest and presented at conferences in many parts of the world. He is currently a partner investigator on two Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants: Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth in Australia (a partnership between Deakin University, University of Queensland, Australian Red Cross and Centre for Multicultural Youth) and Australian Diasporas and Brain Gain: Exploring Current & Potential Transnational Linkages (a partnership between Victoria University, University of Adelaide, University of Western Australia, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Australian Vietnamese Women’s Welfare Association, Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia, and the Council for International Trade and Commerce).
Professor Fethi Mansouir will be one of the Chair and distinguished participant at the national symposim on 'Migrant Security: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era'. The event will be held at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) on 15 -16 July 2010.
The symposium will explore new formulations and experiences of citizenship and social inclusion from the migrant perspective and the organisers invite papers on topics relating to migrants’ conceptualisation of citizenship, building secure communities, the politics of forgiveness and belonging, and transnational identities. The Keynote speaker is Niklaus Steiner, Director of the Center for Global Initiatives, Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina.
Chairs and distinguished participants include:
For More details on the Migrant Security Symposium.
Professor Fethi Mansouri was one of the plenary speaker at the Eighth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities held at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA from 29 June to 2 July 2010. Professor Mansouri presented a paper on 'Transnationalism, Multiculturalism and the Limits of Normative Citizenship- The Case of Muslim Diaspora in the West'.
The Conference addressed a range of critically important themes in the various fields that make up the humanities today. Plenary speakers were some of the world’s leading thinkers in the humanities, as well as numerous papers, workshop and colloquium presentations by teachers and researchers.
The Humanities Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. Over the past six years, the Humanities Conference has established a reputation as a focal point for new ideas and new practices in humanities research and teaching. The conference was held at the Beijing, China in 2009, at the Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2008, at the American University of Paris in 2007, at the University of Carthage in Tunis in 2006, at Cambridge University in the UK in 2005, at the Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy in 2004, and the University of the Aegean in Rhodes, Greece in 2003.
Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Communication, English, Fine Arts, Geography, Government, History, Journalism, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology or Religion-these are just some of the many disciplines that were represented at the Humanities Conference. The focus of papers ranged from the finely grained and empirical to the expansive and theoretical.
Professor Fethi Mansouri chaired a panel discussion on ‘Supporting Muslim communities in Australia’ at the Diversity in Health 2010 on Wednesday 9 June 2010 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Diversity in Health 2010 was held from 7-9 June 2010. The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH) presnted the Diversity in Health 2010. CEH provides specialist resources and training to the health and community sector, and also works with migrant and refugee communities on culturally sensitive health issues. The Diversity Health Institute is a consortium of public health organisations that work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse community. The Diversity in Health Conference is an initiative of the institute.
Professor Boulou Ebanda de B’béri will be a Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, starting from 1 - 9 June 2010. Boulou presneted a paper on Multicultural Articulations in Cinema: A Comparative Analysis of some Contemporary Australian, Canadian, and South African Films as part of his visit to CCG. This seminar explored the politics of representation in three specific film traditions: Australian, Canadian and South African. We shall practically trace and comparatively analyze the following key-topics: (1) Cultural history in Australian, Canadian and South African Cinemas; (2) Thematic similarities and differences in Australian, Canadian and South African Cinemas; and (3) The politics of multicultural representation in Australian, Canadian and South African Cinemas.
Professor Boulou Ebanda de B’béri is the Founding-Director of the Audiovisual Media Lab for the studies of Cultures and Societies, a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Communication. He has been a Visiting Scholar and Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Northeastern University, Boston (MA). He is the winner of various prizes and scholarships, including the 2006 Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Innovation Funds, and the 2003 Van Horne Prize to list but a few. He is the Principal Investigator of a Community-University Research Alliance, focusing on 'historical amnesia' vis-à-vis the contribution of 19th-century black pioneers' in Chatham-Kent (ON), and the role this multicultural group of blacks, whites, and Natives played to end slavery and to fight for Civil Rights in Canada, the United States and abroad. Professor de B’béri's research focus on the relationship between mass media representations' and cultural identities and cultural memories. His works appear in a variety academic journals, including: Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of Communication, Critical Arts, The American Journal of Semiotics, TYDSKRIF VIR LETTERKUNDE, and the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. He is the author of Mapping Alternative Expression of Blackness in Cinema, Bayreuth African Studies Series (Breitinger), Germany, 2006; and the Series of Editor of Introduction to Media Studies: A Reader, Toronto, Oxford University Press, 2007.
[Professor Boulou Ebanda de B’béri with CCG, Director, Professor Fethi Mansouri & Professor Boulou Ebanda de B’béri with CCG Co-ordinator, Mrs Chippy Kurian Sunil ]
As a part of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation seminar series, Dr Maša Mikola held a presentation with the title ‘Desiring and Designing a Happy Multicultural City: cultural politics of emotion and the management of the cultural diversity in Melbourne’. In the seminar, she talked about the city of Melbourne, discussed the issues of difference, otherness and boundaries, as well as examining the possibilities and limitations of the social use of space in the context of cultural and social diversity. Connecting the techniques and practices of designing multiculturalism through an exploration of both: the concepts of dialogue and relation; and a critique of the politics of emotion, especially the promotion of happiness, Maša illuminated the tension between the rhetoric and the actual functioning of ‘spaces of desire’, focusing on Federation Square as an example to ground concepts relevant to the nation as a whole. Exploring the concepts of dialogue and relation, Maša drew primarily from the ideas of two French theorists; Jean-Luc Nancy and Luce Irigaray, to promote the dialectics of co-existence, or, ‘being-in-common with others’.
From this perspective Maša stressed that a community is made up of and defined by individuals, and so that plurality is only meaningful when seen in relation to the singular; that subjectivity is essential to plurality and that this dialogue between the individual and the many is the basis of any meaningful discussion concerning ‘spaces of desire’ and multiculturalism. The particular and individual connections that we build with one another when we talk about living together, as well as the regulations and designs that arise as a result of the implementation of the politics of multiculturalism, render the public space and its various functions. In extension to this Maša, referring to the work of Sara Ahmed, emphasised that a feeling or emotion comes as a result of sharing an object, of ‘passing things around’, rather than an attribute inherent to the object in isolation, further analysing the interplay between the objective and subjective in relation to the emotional dimension of a space. And so the first section of the talk laid down some over-arching theory to be ‘plug-in’ or grounded in the second part of the talk, specifically; the promotion of and desire for happiness through Federation Square as a national space. In the second part of the seminar, Maša discussed some characteristics of Federation Square as an important public space for diversity in Melbourne and considerations that the space, its design and the way people use it bring into the questions of multiculturalism and the politics of difference. She argued that what is offered to the newcomer, or a migrant to this space (and the city), is a link or an attachment to an ‘object of desire’. This link is always conditional and offers proximity without intimacy (or proximity that cancels out intimacy). As an important national space, the Square offers also the proximity to future happiness, which is always in and for the future and is as such always impossible. As a national space, it promises happiness in the form of objectified difference. The link between the proximity to the desired object, or the objectification of difference in space, and the construction and the confinement of the object of desire, keeps this promise of a happy multicultural society alive in the city space, and so feeds into the national mythos and ideology that is then identified with the land itself.
Maša concluded the seminar with the conceptual reference to Australia as a lucky country, a ‘society of unified diversity’ or a ‘promised land’, which we always yearn for, yet may never reach. Tying in the message of a Federation Square advertisement that read ‘Get under my skin’ (that suggested the politics of multiculturalism were physically embodied by the crumpled, fractal facades of the buildings of the square) with the national ideals of a multicultural society, Maša ended by commenting on a citation from a participant in one of her studies: ‘Maybe once you get to that flat area in the centre, maybe that is when you get to the promised land.’
In April this year Professor Fethi Mansouri and Dr Louise Jenkins visited the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland to attend a project meeting for an ARC linkage grant project ‘Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among migrant youth’. This project is being completed in collaboration with UQ, the Australian Red Cross and the Centre for Multicultural Youth. The hosts for the meeting were Professor Zlatko Skrbis, the Dean of the UQ Graduate School and Melinda Chiment the project research assistant. The meeting was also attended by Dr Steve Francis, the National Manager, Movement, Relations and Advocacy at the Australian Red Cross. A teleconference enabled consultation with Carmel Guerra from the Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues and Carol Hubert from the Australian Red Cross. A focused approach was established which will include the assistance of service providers from government, non-government and community sectors. The meeting was highly successful and all attendees conveyed their satisfaction in relation to the discussion, proposed strategies and outcomes. Another project team meeting is planned to take place later this year at Deakin University.
Professor Baogang He was invited to attend Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s speech on his China policy and his announcement on the Federal government’s initiative to launch the ‘Australian Centre on the China in the World’ in ANU on 23 April 2010. After the speech Baogang had a chance to talk with him very briefly. Professor He is a member of Europe and Global Challenges program for the year 2010.
In March 2010, Prof. Fethi Mansouri visited Yorkshire (Leeds and Sheffield) in the United Kingdom to work with colleagues from the University of Leeds, Prof. Gary Craig and Dr Hannah Lewis on a current ARC Discovery project exploring issues of local governance and active citizenship in the cities of Melbourne, Paris and Sheffield.
Dr Michele Lobo is the research fellow working on this ARC project which is in its final year. Dr Lobo reports that this year has been very productive she has co-authored research papers looking at Muslims and the Australian way of life, and a comparative study of the Muslim experience of social inclusion in Australia and France. At present Dr Lobo, with Professors Mansouri and Kenny, is finalizing data analysis and working on a range of papers that examine the experience of cultural diversity, everyday spirituality and local governance in the three cities.
Professor Fethi Mansouri and Professor Sue Kenny from Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation appreciated all Research Fellows and the Centre Coordinator for their hard work through out the year 2009.
Dr Nicole Oke was felicitated for her significant contributions towards the research project on temporary migration in Australia as part of Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Citizenship & Globalisation, (formerly ICG).
Dr Louise Jenkins was appreciated for her contributions made towards the project on ‘the impact of racism upon the health and wellbeing of young Australians’ conducted by the CCG.
Dr Michele Lobo was congratulated for her significant contributions made towards the ‘Local Governance, Multiculturalism and Active Citizenship’ project conducted by the CCG.
Dr Emily Potter in recognition of significant research contributions made towards the Faculty of Arts & Education as a whole and CCG and Chippy Kurian Sunil for her significant service and contributions towards the coordination and running of the Centre for Citizenship & Globalisation, (formerly ICG).
[From left: Dr Louise Jenkins, Mrs Chippy Kurian Sunil, Professor Sue Kenny, Professor Fethi Mansouri, Dr Emily Potter, Dr Nicole Oke & Dr Michele Lobo]
Deakin University’s Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights and the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization presented a Forum on ‘Climate Change’ at which Dr Philip Lawn, leading ecological economist in Australia from Flinders University was the invited keynote speaker. Dr Philip spoke about how in order to resolve the climate change dilemma, many believe that a global emissions protocol must be negotiated with the aim of stabilising greenhouse gases at no more than 450 parts-per-million (ppm) of CO2-equivalent. However, more is required than this to deal with climate change and to promote the broader goal of sustainable development. It will also be necessary to: initially stabilise human population numbers at no more than 8 billion, but eventually stabilise numbers at much less than this; reduce the rate of resource use so it is again within the Earth’s sustainable carrying capacity (resource use currently exceeds biocapacity by 35%); improve the distribution of income and wealth between and within nations and make the transition from a growth-based economy to a qualitatively-improving steady-state economy (QISSE).
The Forum was held at the Burwood campus of Deakin University on Tuesday 13 April 2010.
The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation was part of 'A Taste of Harmony' celebrations initiated by The Scanlon Foundation. CCG organised a harmony lunch on Thursday 18 March 2010. Our lunch was full of flavours, we had Australian cheese and crackers for nibbles, Turkish bread with olive dips, Chinese barbequed chicken wings for starters, main was North Indian pulao with chick pea curry, to lighten it we had South Indian Dhahi Vada and and to top it all our dessert was pavlova...Yummm....In short it was delicious...Thanks to everyone who participated and made this a wonderful afternoon.
Since 2004, CCG and Scanlon Foundation had a strong relationship, our work 'Cultural Diversity- An Educational Advantage' was a great success. The project studied the challenges faced by students in culturally diverse secondary schools, focussing on the experiences of Year 9 and 10 students from Arabic-speaking backgrounds. The project – Cultural Diversity: An Educational Advantage – has developed over a number of years and concluded at the end of 2007. The project would not have taken off without Scanlon Foundation's commitment to the Project’s ideals and generous financial support for the period of 2004 - 2007. The other supporters were the Australian Research Council's Linkage funding scheme (2004-07: project number LP0455056)and important partnership with Victorian Arabic Social Services (VASS). We take this opportunity to thank the Scanlon foundation for their support and understanding. the creation of a larger, cohesive Australian society. The Foundation supports a number of social cohesion research projects and makes grants for charitable purposes in Australia, particularly in the areas of cultural diversity and social cohesion.
A Taste of Harmony is about recognising and celebrating the rich cultural diversity that exists in Australian workplaces. An initiative of The Scanlon Foundation, A Taste of Harmony took place during the week of 15 - 21 March 2010 and coincides with National Harmony Day. A Taste of Harmony encourages all workplaces to celebrate their diversity by gathering colleagues together over a delicious lunch made up of foods from different lands.
For more information on 'A Taste of Harmony'.
[From left: Nicole Oke, Louise Jenkins, Chippy Kurian Sunil, Hakeem Kasem, Simon Fox, Paula Muraca & Michele Lobo]
Dr Masa Mikola will be a Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation for a period of 3 months, starting from 1 March 2010 - 31 May 2010. Dr Mikola will spend this period working on joint research activities in CCG as well as her ongoing research project, ‘Places of affect. Institualization of diversity and navigation of Feeling’.
Masa Mikola is an independent researcher in multicultural, intercultural and urban studies. She has been researching in the fields of the Australian multiculturalism, linguistic diversity and social spatial practices since 2003. In December 2009, she received her doctorate from the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia, for the PhD thesis titled ‘Traces of diversity: multiculturalism across socio-political practices in Melbourne’. Between 2004 and the end of 2009, Masa was a researcher at the Slovenian Institute of Migration at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2006 and 2008 she was a holder of the Australian Endeavour Award and she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Masa’s research interests are in the fields of migration, perception and emotions, urban design and urban practices, phenomenology and poststructuralism.
Dr Steve Francis, National Manager - Movement Relations & Advocacy, Red Cross Australia will be a Visiting Fellow to the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation for a period of 11 months, starting from 1 February 2010 - 22 December 2010. Dr Francis will spend this period working with Prof. Fethi Mansouri on the ARC Linkage - Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth in Australia and will also be working on finalizing an authored book. Steve has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne and is an Honorary Fellow with the School of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne. His anthropological interests include a focus on transnationalism, movement and migration in Oceania. He has written papers, chapters and monographs on these areas of interest and presented at conferences in many parts of the world.
He is currently a partner investigator on two Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants: Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth in Australia (a partnership between Deakin University, University of Queensland, Australian Red Cross and Centre for Multicultural Youth) and Australian Diasporas and Brain Gain: Exploring Current & Potential Transnational Linkages (a partnership between Victoria University, University of Adelaide, University of Western Australia, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Australian Vietnamese Women’s Welfare Association, Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia, and the Council for International Trade and Commerce).
Steve has 15 years experience in the community sector and currently works with Australian Red Cross. He has applied his research, evaluation, policy, advocacy and stakeholder liaison skills to a range of fields including the human services sector (multicultural, justice and youth), the academy and government. A key focus of his work has been the needs of the vulnerable, particularly those impacted by the process of migration including refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant communities, and with a focus on specific cohorts such as young people and women. As Manager – Movement Relations & Advocacy, Steve is tasked with managing relationships on behalf of Australian Red Cross with the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (including IFRC, ICRC and other National Societies). As a senior member of the strategy team, he is responsible for a range of strategic activities across the organisation including the development of a policy on human trafficking and the creation and implementation of a National Cultural Diversity Engagement Strategy for Australian Red Cross. Steve was also the Policy Manager at the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) for seven years, where he was responsible for research collaborations, policy development and data collection within the organisation. During his time in the community sector, Steve has authored over 10 policy background papers and supported the development (editing, structure, writing, research) of over 30 policy papers and documents. While at CMY, Steve was a member of the Police and Community Multicultural Advisory Council which provided advice to the State and Federal governments in relation to community policing, multicultural communities, justice and crime issues (including trafficking). Steve has provided advice to the Victoria Police, Departments of Justice, Human Services, Education, and Planning and Community Development in relation to migration, transnationalism and refugee community engagement, youth gangs, juvenile justice and effective approaches to community policing.
Steve has extensive experience in consultancy, particularly in the development of background papers and reports, research and evaluation. Steve was commissioned by the Australian Research Alliance on Children and Youth to write two background papers focusing on multicultural youth. One paper was a review of the literature and evidence on the needs of refugee youth and the other focused on current policy and program responses to the needs of multicultural young people. Steve also wrote Schools in for Refugees, a report and resource guide developed for teachers working with students from refugee backgrounds commissioned by the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. The resource now forms the basis of a refugee student program now operating in 50 schools across the state.
In 2009, Emily continued work on her ARC Discovery Project, ‘From the Tap to the Bottle: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water’. This involved a field trip to undertake research in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, India, in June. She and her fellow chief investigators on this project secured a contract with US publisher MIT Press to publish a monograph based on this project. Titled Plastic Water, this book will be published in 2011.
Earlier this year, Emily presented conference papers in Salzburg, Austria and London. In addition, during 2009, she published four refereed journal articles, two book chapters and guest co-edited special journal issues of Australian Humanities Review (May) and Cultural Studies Review (forthcoming March 2010). Emily was also a CI on a successful ARC Linkage Project Application – ‘Indigenous Place-making in Central Melbourne: Representations, Practices and Creative Research’ – that commences in 2010.
Emily’s projects for 2010 include her current ARC projects (above), as well as the edited collection Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction (with Dr Tania Lewis) that will be published by Routledge in October this year, and to which she has also contributed a chapter on the ethical branding of bottled water. Her biggest project of all, however, will be her baby, who is due in June.
Over the past 18 months, while holding an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral fellowship, Nicole has been working on a research project investigating the experience of temporary migration in Australia. Temporary migration is now a very significant component of Australia’s migration program yet there has been little research undertaken into the implications for migrants of this trend. This project has investigated the experience of temporary migration for individual migrants in Australia; the response by unions and NGOs to temporary migration; and the transnational implications of this trend, especially in terms of a transnationalization of the political sphere through increasing links between unions and NGOs in our region around this issue.
Last year Nicole submitted three articles, one of which was accepted and published in International Political Sociology, another accepted and forthcoming in Social Alternatives and the third is still under review. Through the year Nicole presented four papers at symposia or conferences, including The Australian Sociological Association annual conference and the International Industrial Relations Association conference.
She was also a member of the organising committee of the International Conference on Migration and Intercultural Relations, which the Centre of Citizenship and Globalisation hosted last November. At this conference she coordinated the Transnational Work and Temporary Migration stream. In the remaining few months of her fellowship Nicole is focusing on writing up articles from the temporary migration research project.
In 2010, Dr Michele Lobo will continue to coordinate and manage the ARC Discovery research grant, Local Governance, Multiculturalism and Active Citizenship: The case of Arab-Muslim Diaspora in the West along with Professor Fethi Mansouri and Professor Sue Kenny. This project that focuses on intercultural understanding is in the final phase, and Michele’s main focus is the preparation and submission of articles for publication. Dr Lobo is also working with Professor Fethi Mansouri, Dr Vince Marotta and Dr Nicole Oke to prepare edited books and a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Studies that focuses on issues of migration and citizenship. This year she has applied for an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship with the support of Professor Fethi Mansouri and Professor Bryan Turner (University of Western Sydney/Wellesley College, USA) to explore the increasing visibility of Muslim religiosity in the West, and the implications this has for understanding multicultural co-existence and inclusive citizenship and hopes to be successful.
In July/August 2009 Michele had the opportunity to engage in collaborative work with Dr Rim Latrache, a senior academic at Université Paris 13-Villetaneuse to explore Muslim experiences of social inclusion in St Denis, Paris. In November 2009, she co-organised the International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations at Deakin University that attracted 190 participants from Australia and overseas. The presentations by keynote speakers of international repute, Professor Ruth Fincher (The University of Melbourne), Emeritus Professor Riaz Hassan (Flinders University), Professor Stephen Castles and Professor Michael Humphrey (University of Sydney) stimulated lively discussion, and the excellent quality of papers presented at the parallel sessions ensured that the conference was a success. She co-presented a paper with Professor Fethi Mansouri on Muslims and the ‘Australian way of life’ at the conference. Last year Dr Lobo presented a refereed paper at a major national conference, the State of Australian Cities conference, Perth, providing insights to inclusionary local governance in suburban Melbourne. The session was well attended and the paper stimulated considerable discussion.
In 2009 Louise’s major task was the coordination of a national research project for the Foundation for Young Australians about the impact of racism upon the health and wellbeing of young Australians. Eighteen Australian secondary schools were involved in the project with a total of 823 participants. Of these participants, 125 were interviewed on an individual basis and 698 participated in the survey component. The project report was released in November at the CCG International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations at Deakin University.
An exciting initiative in 2009 was the production and publication of the book Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity. The book was co-authored with Fethi Mansouri, Michael Leach and Lucas Walsh. The publication has been distributed to all Victorian Secondary schools as a practical teaching and learning resource in the area of multiculturalism. The book consists of a Model of Best Practice, Teaching and Learning Resources and Community-School Engagement Models. In particular, the teaching modules aim to broaden student awareness of cultural diversity and develop a more informed understanding of Australia as a culturally diverse nation. This is an exciting development which supports Victorian secondary teachers in their work with culturally diverse student communities. A number of school principals have already written to thank CCG for the resource and confirmed that it will become part of their curriculum development for 2010.
In 2010 Louise will be working with Prof. Fethi Mansouri on the project ‘Social networks, Belonging and active citizenship among migrant youth in Australia’ which is an ARC linkage project with the Australian Red Cross and the Centre for Multicultural Youth. This project will investigate the extent to which young people use formal and informal networks to build social capital and develop a sense of social connectedness and belonging in a host society environment. She will also be continuing her work in the area of multicultural curriculum development and aims to produce teaching and learning materials which will be a practical resource for secondary schools at a national level.
Dr Miller rejoined the CCG as a Research Fellow in February 2009 after undertaking a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Dr Miller previously taught at Charles Darwin University and in Deakin’s Master of International and Community Development (MICD) program. She is the author of Rebellion and Reform in Indonesia. Jakarta’s Security and Autonomy Policies in Aceh (London and New York: Routledge 2008/2009), as well as several book chapters and journal articles on the relationship between decentralisation and conflict resolution in Indonesia.
Dr Miller has convened or co-convened a number of international conferences, symposiums and workshops. In 2009, she was awarded funding by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, to organise the International Symposium on Ethnic Minorities in Asia. This symposium grew out of the International Workshop on Autonomy and Armed Separatism, held the previous year at ARI/NUS. The 2009 International Symposium explored the nexus between ethnic minority rights claims and citizenship in Asia and the proceedings will be published as a Special Issue with Ethnic and Racial Studies.
In 2010 Dr Miller will commence new research on the relationship between decentralisation and conflict in urban Indonesia, the results of which will be published as a series of journal articles and as a monograph. She will also marry her beloved fiancé, Tim Bunnell, who shares her research interests in Indonesia and South East Asia and is her greatest inspiration.
Professor Kenny's third edition of Developing Communities For the Future published by Cengage Learning Australia provides excellent theoretical foundations to understanding the nature of community development, and integrates theoretical insights with practical issues through the use of case studies. Current and up to date the third edition of this text reflects the current changes and community developments in Australia.
Paula has joined the Centre for Citizenship & Globalisation as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). Paula also enjoys working as first-year sociology tutor at Deakin. Prior to this she tutored & lectured in third-year social theory at Monash University, where she had earned her BA (Hons.) in Political Science; her honours thesis examined the place for the re-conceptualisation of sovereignty as responsibility in the post 9/11 political climate. She is interested in critical security studies and one day hopes to complete a doctorate in this area.
The CCG has negotiated with the editors of the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge) to host the journal as its signature publication for the next three years. The journal’s associate editor Paula Muraca is now based within the CCG and liaises with Dr Vince Marotta as editor on all editorial and publishing matters.
Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis), JIS is an international & interdisciplinary publication that particularly encourages contributions from scholars in cultural studies, sociology, gender studies, political science, cultural geography, urban studies, race and ethnic studies; it showcases innovative scholarship about emerging cultural formations, intercultural negotiations and contemporary challenges to cultures and identities.
Dr Tseen Khoo - Monash University, Australia
Dr Vince Marotta - Deakin University, Australia
Book Review Editor:
Dr Ajaya Sahoo - University of Hyderabad
Paula Muraca - Deakin University, Australia
Editorial Advisory Board:
Ien Ang - University of Western Sydney, Australia
Floya Anthias - Oxford Brookes University, UK
Rainer Bauböck - Austrian University, UK
Stephen Castles - University of Sydney, Australia
Gary Craig - University of Durham, UK
Fred Dallmayr - Notre Dame University, USA
Nira Yuval-Davis - University of East London, UK
Teun van Dijk - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Roxanne Euben - Wellesley College, USA
Sneja Gunew - University of British Columbia, Canada
Ghassan Hage - University of Sydney, Australia
Koichi Iwabuchi - Waseda University, Tokyo
Andrew Jakubowicz - University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Susan Kenny - Deakin University, Australia
Peter Kivisto - Augustana College, USA
Fuyuki Kurasawa - York University, Canada
Will Kymlicka - Queens University, Canada
Peter Li - University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Allan Luke - Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Fethi Mansouri - Deakin University, Australia
Roxana Ng - University of Toronto, Canada
Suvendrini Perera - Curtin University, Australia
Henry Reynolds - James Cook University, Australia
Zlatko Skrbis - University of Queensland, Australia
Linda Tuhiwai Smith - The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Bryan Turner - The City University of New York, USA
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