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CCG researchers Professor Fethi Mansouri and Dr Michele Lobo with the University of Western Sydney's Professor Bryan Turner have been successful in their ARC Discovery bid for Islamic religiosity and challenge of political engagement and national belonging in multicultural western cities. This project, administered by Deakin University will investigate how participation in Islamic religious practices strengthens attachments to the western cities where Muslims have chosen to live. It will contribute to global, national and local policy outcomes that focus on the challenges of accommodating minority religions in diverse western cities.
CCG congratulates Fethi and Michele on their achievement.
CCG congratulates researchers Dr Michele Lobo and Dr Christopher Smith who have each been granted a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to further their research. DECRA's are a prestigious achievement, providing focused support for early-career researchers.
Dr Lobo, a CCG Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, was awarded funding for her project, Shared belonging in Australia: public space and intercultural relations in suburban Darwin which aims to develop a multi-layered and multidimensional understanding of public spaces in suburban Darwin, a Larrakian city. In particular it seeks to respect and value insights from people who have experienced dispossession and displacement such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and racialised migrants.
Dr Smith's project, User driven interventions in the reduction of drug-related harm: analysing structural barriers and capacity building among drug user organisations argues that although Australia's consumer-centred approach to harm reduction has been widely praised, consumer participation remains limited in countries such as Britain and Canada. Entailing an international comparative analysis of these three sites, this project focuses on building capacity and reducing structural barriers among drug user organisations.
CCG congratulates Michele and Christopher on this fantastic achievement.
Deakin University is looking for an outstanding scholar for a full time PhD scholarship (2012-15) to join an Australian Research Council qualitative study examining school students' experiences of cultural diversity and their biographical pathway/s to intercultural understanding. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of the project's leaders, Prof. Christine Halse and Prof. Fethi Mansouri.
Candidates with disciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences, humanities and education are encouraged to apply.
Applications close 5pm 31 October 2012.
For more information see the flyer.
CCG's Dr Anna Halafoff and Dr David Hundt were recently awarded a CRGS Grants. Deakin Central Research Grants (CRGS) provide funding for early- to mid-career Deakin University research staff to undertake quality research projects and is highly competitive.
Dr Halafoff's project is titled 'Religions and Beliefs Education (RBE) in Schools: Social Inclusion, Citizenship and Countering Extremism'. The central aim of this project is to investigate the controversial issue of religions and beliefs education (RBE) in schools. This study is both significant and innovative as it will compare RBE in the local context of Victoria with other Western multifaith societies. A pilot study will also be conducted investigating levels of religious and interreligious understanding among Victoria’s secondary school students, and a new theoretical framework of cosmopolitan governance and religion will be developed. The findings of this project will thereby generate new knowledge regarding the role of RBE in advancing social inclusion and countering extremism in and beyond Australia.
Dr Hundt's project is titled Varieties of Capitalism in Asia. This project investigates the diversity of Asian capitalism, the defining feature of which is the government's direct promotion of economic development. We examine the ideas behind economic policy making in Asia, collaboration between states and business, and the effectiveness of development strategies. This investigation of the Varieties of Capitalism in Asia is timely given that the neoliberal model of American capitalism, in which markets rather than states drive economic development, has been crisis-prone in recent years. By identifying the strengths and weaknesses of Asian capitalism, this project informs debates about how to strengthen Australian economic security as our interests are increasingly entwined with Asia.
CCG congratulates Anna and David on this fantastic achievement.
In October, the Deakin University Council conferred an Alfred Deakin Professorship upon CCG Director, Fethi Mansouri. Granted for exceptional contribution to the University, this title is the highest honour that Deakin can bestow upon its academic staff members.
CCG congratulates Professor Mansouri on this outstanding achievement.
Find out more here.
In August, CCG Principal Research Fellow Danny Ben-Moshe’s ARC linkage report Diasporas in Australia: Current and Potential Links with the Homeland was launched in the Australian Parliament by Senator, the Hon. Bob Carr MP and the Hon. Bill Shorten MP.
This three year project was undertaken by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from five universities and a number of collaborating researchers and partner organisations from government and ethnic community sectors.
For more information on the project, or a copy of the report contact CCG or read more here.
CCG Director Professor Fethi Mansouri met with the Hon. Bob Carr and other experts at a roundtable on cultural and religious dialogue in late July.
The roundtable, set up by the Minister, sought to promote understanding and respect for the worlds’ cultures and religions, taking the ‘best aspects’ of intercultural dialogue in Australia to the international stage.
Following the meeting, Professor Mansouri and others will continue to work with the Department on proposals to further develop opportunities and ‘best practice’ intercultural and interreligious dialogue in the region.
In July, CCG welcomed Associate Professor Yin Paradies as a principal research fellow. Yin comes to CCG from Melbourne University where he held the position of Senior Research Fellow in the School of Population Health and the McCaughey Centre. He is the lead chief investigator in several Australian Research Council Grants including ‘Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools’, ‘Countering racism and promoting diversity through museums’, ‘Bystander anti-racism’ and ‘Ethnic discrimination in the private rental housing market’. Yin has a masters in public health (MPH) and a PhD in social epidemiology (plus other degrees in statistics/quantitative research, maths/sciences etc..) and his research focuses primarily on the health effects of racism as well as anti-racism theory, policy and practice. Yin also taught multicultural competence to researchers and professionals in Indigenous affairs. He has received a range of awards including a Fulbright scholarship to study at the University of California, Berkeley, the Australia Day Council’s 2002 Young Achiever of the Year award, and Scholar of the Year in the 2007 National NAIDOC Awards. Yin currently holds a number of non-ARC grants and four ARC Linkage grants (three of which start in 2012).
For more information, visit Yin's profile.
Professor Christine Halse and CCG's Professor Mansouri were recently awarded an ARC linkage grant titled 'Intercultural Understanding in Primary and Secondary Schools'. The project, which will run between 2012 and 2015, will investigate what facilitates or impedes intercultural understanding in children, adolescents and schools, and explore how this can be addressed, and how we know we've made a difference. These questions will be answered at the individual, school and national level using a novel cultural systems approach and methodological and technological innovations.
For more information about the project and others, including partner organisations, visit our research website.
Visit our publications page to see more information about new books from CCG researchers including Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics and Discourse edited by Dr Isakhan, and The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East edited by Professor Mansouri, Professor Akbarzadeh, and Dr Isakahn and The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions by Dr Anna Halafoff.
CCG's Dr Benjamin Isakhan was recently awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher. As part of this award, Dr Isakhan will receive a $5000 grant to contribute to the costs of his research.
Dr Isakhan is currently working on his project 'Heritage Destruction and Spikes in Violence in Iraq', funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) grant which began this year. The project aims to empirically test the assumption that a significant relationship exists between heritage destruction and spikes of violence in Iraq since the invasion in 2003.
Find out more about Dr Isakhan and his project.
CCG welcomes the appointment of A/Professor Danny Ben-Moshe as a Principal Research Fellow within CCG in charge of grants developments and research partnerships. Danny comes to CCG from VU where he held previously the position of Director Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (ICEPA) from 2011-08 and then the Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (2008-12). He is currently the lead Chief Investigator on a three year $388,000 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant ‘The Nature of Transnationalism: Linkages and Identity of diasporas in Australia’.
In addition to working on his own projects, Danny will assist CCG members in their research and grants development activities especially those from industry and philanthropic organisations and to facilitate collaborative partnerships with external bodies.
Applications are now open for Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2013.
The Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowships were established to support excellence in research undertaken in areas of research strength at Deakin University.
The Fellowships are designed to support early career researchers.
Applicants must have an outstanding track record relative to opportunity in order to be short-listed.
Successful applicants are expected to be based full-time at the University for the duration of the Fellowship and will be supervised by a University staff member.
A Deakin University staff member may only supervise one 2013 Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow but may supervise existing Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellows.
Read how Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellows have succeeded at CCG.
CCG's Professor David Walker was recently awarded the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, in recognition of his achievements and contribution to the University. The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is the highest honour that Deakin (via its Council) can bestow upon its academic staff members and it is testament to the calibre of awarded staff.
Professor Walker commenced at Deakin University in 1991 as Chair in Australian Studies. He is widely published, specialising in the historical examination of Australian responses to Asia. He has long been recognised, in Australia and internationally, as a leading cultural historian and has contributed to the development of Australian Studies programs in universities in Indonesia, China and Japan.
Prior to joining Deakin University Professor Walker graduated from Adelaide University with an honours degree in History. He completed his PhD in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in 1972. He lectured in History at Auckland University before moving to the History Department at the University of New South Wales in 1977, serving as Head of the School of History in 1990.
In 1997/98 Professor Walker held the Monash Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. In 2001 he was elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and in 2005 he was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Since 2005 he has been a Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Studies at Renmin University, Beijing.
In 2010 Professor Walker held the ‘Distinguished Visiting Chair of Australian Studies’ at the University of Copenhagen and he received the Deakin University Award for Research Excellence.
Professor Walker’s book, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850-1939, has received much attention and recognition since its publication in 1999; it was awarded the Ernest Scott prize for the best history of Australia or New Zealand published in 1999/2000 and Professor Walker has subsequently been awarded two ARC Discovery Grants for two further volumes of this study.
In 2011 Professor Walker’s latest book, Not Dark Yet: A Personal History, was published; it is a memoir about the history of his family from the time of their settlement in South Australia in the late nineteenth century. He has also signed a contract for a new co-edited publication to appear later this year.
The CCG team congratulates Professor Walker on this prestigious achievement.
In March 2012, CCG welcomed Dr Anna Halafoff to the Centre as a Research Fellow. Prior to coming to CCG, Anna was a lecturer at the School of Political and Social Inquiry, and a researcher for the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations - Asia Pacific, at Monash University (2005-2012).
Anna holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology (Monash University), Master of Letters, Peace Studies (University of New England) Graduate Diploma in Education (University of New England) and a Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne). Anna’s current and recent research projects/interests include: intercultural and interreligious relations; cosmopolitan governance; multiculturalism; community engagement and countering violent extremism; religions and beliefs (worldviews) education; and Buddhism in Australia.
In 2011, Anna was named a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Expert in the fields of multifaith relations, and religion and peacebuilding.
Sensational reporting by the media has led to attitudes that racialise Muslims and frame them as potential threats to national security, placing them outside the circle of trustworthy citizenship. Muslims in the West are increasingly confronted with the pressure of conforming to dominant core values and accepting ‘mere tolerance’ from society, or else risk exclusion and even hostility when exercising their rights to maintain diverse cultural norms and religious practices.
Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging offers not only rigourous accounts of current difficulties, but also new thinking and deeper understanding about race relations and intercultural engagement in multicultural societies. It explores the increasing visibility of Muslim migrants in the West and the implications this has for multicultural co-existence, cultural representations, belonging and inclusive citizenship.
About the Editors
Fethi Mansouri is director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation and holds a chair in Migration and Intercultural Relations, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University. He is the author and editor of many books. In 2004, his book Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection was short-listed for the Human Rights Medals and Awards.
Vince Marotta is a senior lecturer in sociology at Deakin University, the managing editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies and co-convener of the Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism thematic group within the Australian Sociological Association. In 2011 he edited a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Studies on virtual ethnicities and co-edited the book Intercultural Relations in a Global World.
Published by Melbourne University Press
Over the last 60 years, the Catholic community in Australia has undergone dramatic changes. The outcome of these changes in society and the Church is that today’s Catholic community looks very different from that of the 1950s. Mass attendance rates have fallen; the number of priests, sisters and brothers is declining and their average age is increasing. The relationship between clergy and people has changed. Old forms of devotion like the Rosary have nearly disappeared but there has been a growth of interest in alternative forms of prayer borrowed from a variety of cultures and traditions. An array of leadership roles has been filled by lay people, and lay people (by no means all Catholics) comprise virtually the entire staff at Catholic schools and the majority of students at Catholic theological colleges. Researcher Robert Dixon comments: 'Some Catholics see these changes as a tragedy but most regard them as welcome evidence of a Church prepared to adapt to meet changing circumstances. Yet the changes that have taken place have primarily been changes in rules and practices. The Church's teachings have been re-interpreted in the light of modern understandings of history sociology the sciences and other fields of human endeavour, and then re-expressed in language more suitable for the times.' This project brings together scholarly perspectives from around the country and internationally and across disciplines whereby the authors explore how a stream of spiritualties and identities express themselves. The authors show ways in which the Church and others are engaged in efforts to restructure institutions, beliefs and practices to effect social change.
This is a book for all who are interested in the present status and the possible future direction of the Catholic Church in Australia.
Dr Abe Ata was born in Bethlehem of Palestinian-Lebanese Christian parents. He graduated in psychology at the American University and was nominated as a delegate to the United Nation's World Youth Assembly in New York. He immigrated to Australia in 1972 and shortly afterwards was employed at Melbourne University where he completed his doctorate in 1980. Since then he has taught in several Australian, American, Jordanian, West Bank and Danish universities and he was an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. His publications span 15 books and 95 refereed articles, including The West Bank Palestinian Family (1986), Bereavement and Heath in Australia (1996), Australia's Christian-Muslim intermarriages (2003); Catholic and other Christian Intermarriages in Australia (2005) and Us and Them: Christian Muslim Relations in Australia (2009). Dr Ata is currently a Visiting Research Fellow within the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation.
Published by David Lovell Publishing
with Professor Philomena Essed
March 7 2012 12pm, The Blue Room
RSVP Essential by COB 1 March - RSVP now
The European unification has been foremost a project of whiteness. Notions of tolerance, multiculturalism and antiracism, somewhat popular in the 1980s, have all but disappeared from political agendas. The turn of the century has been witness to the emergence of what I call entitlement racism: the idea that majority populations have the right to offend and to humiliate the ‘Other’. Expressions of this form of racism vary according to racial, ethnic and religious group attributions and can range from assimilative paternalism to extreme cultural humiliation. The Netherlands is a case in point.
Discover more about the event, including information about Professor Essed's professional background on our event website.
CCG will host a book launch for two recent publications Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations and Intercultural Relations in a Global World at 12:30pm on the 15 February in C2.05.
The event will include special guests, Deakin University Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Brenda Cherednichenko and Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Dr B Hass Dellal OAM.
Visit our event website to view details of the publications including abstracts, reviews and information about the editors.
For more information, or to RSVP to the event email CCG.
Read from Dr Michele Lobo's about her double book launch here.
Deakin University, Centre for Citizenship and Globalization, is currently inviting outstanding candidates to apply for a PhD scholarship to be undertaken as part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) project.
Since the invasion of 2003, Iraq has suffered an extraordinary era of both heritage destruction and devastating spikes in violence. The core aim of this project is to empirically test the assumption that a significant relationship exists between these two phenomena. To do this, the project will develop the world's first database of heritage destruction in Iraq via interviews, archival research and fieldwork. This database will then be correlated with existing measures of violence in Iraq to determine the precise nature of their relationship. This will set the precedent for studies of both heritage and violence and enable policy formation towards the minimization of heritage destruction and spikes in violence during times of conflict.
The project aims are: