Faculty of Arts and Education

Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation


CCG Lunchtime Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar


The Seminar Series

CCG hosts a fortnightly lunchtime seminar series exploring issues such as:

  • migration and intercultural relations
  • international relations
  • Asia-Pacific regionalism
  • Asian culture and society
  • the politics and culture of the Middle East
  • issues surrounding governance, democracy and citizenship at a global, national and local level

For more information about any of our seminars, or to express interest in attending or presenting, please contact Ms Cayla Edwards

21 March - Re-imagining and Re-mapping the Politics of Class Locations: Short Stories of South Asian Diaspora in Australia

Time: 12pm | Location: HE2.016

South Asian migrants and diasporic communities have been the focus for relatively constant studies by anthropologists and sociologists, like De Lepervanche, Sharma and others, for an inquiry into the interrelation of gender, race and ethnicity in Australian society. However, class consciousness in these diasporic communities often gets masked by ethnical affiliation and fails to be highlighted. In this paper I have selected literary narratives that illustrate the diversity and clash of class experiences within the South Asian migrant community. South Asian diaspora writers are among the best observers of a society under transition and the issues they are raising today in Australia helps in creating a dynamic multicultural oeuvre. Their work alerts us to put an equal emphasis on the workings and carrying forward of the baggage of South Asian class issues in Australia. I contend that the trends observed with reference to South Asian class structures in these short stories facilitate projections into the future although it remains to be see how the next generations of diaspora negotiate their identities within inherited class networks and structures.

AmitDr Amit Sarwal

Dr Amit Sarwal is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG), Deakin University, Australia and also the Founding Convenor of Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN). He has taught as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at SGND Khalsa College and Rajdhani College, University of Delhi, India. He was an Honorary Visiting Scholar (2006-2007) at Monash University as an Endeavour Asia Award winner. His areas of interest include South Asian Diaspora Literature, Australian Literature and Popular Fiction on which he has organised and presented in many conferences and published in various journals and books. He has co-edited a number of books on Australian studies, latest being: Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions (2012); Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia (2013); and Enriched Relations: Public Diplomacy in Australia-Indian Relations (2013).


18 April - Secularist conceits in Foucauldian scholarship? Reconsidering Foucault’s Iranian and Zen ‘experiments’ of 1978

Time: 12pm | Location: B2.20

This paper discusses Foucault’s journalistic engagement with the Iranian revolution, and his lesser-known interest in Buddhist thought and practice, in order to locate the place of ‘political spirituality’ in his critico-political itinerary. I join recent studies in arguing that Foucault’s writings on Iran ought not be passed over in silence because of their seeming miscalculations. As Joanna Oksala suggests, they represent ‘an attempt to imagine the possibilities of a different political ontology for [the Western context]’. Working with Foucault’s definition of ‘political spirituality’ as ‘the will to discover a different way of governing oneself through a different way of dividing up true and false’, she further contends that he was attempting a spiritualisation of the liberal tradition. However, she insists that to understand the concept ‘correctly we should place emphasis on political as opposed to religious spirituality’, and that Foucault was not ‘putting forward a critique of secular culture and politics’, or ‘attempting to introduce religious ideas to politics in order to give it a deeper meaning...[P]olitical spirituality rather names an attempt to find new meaning in politics itself.’

If it were possible to erect an impenetrable wall between ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’, does Oksala mean to imply that ‘politics itself’ could be partitioned on the side right side, on the side of ‘the secular’? But isn’t this precisely what burgeoning scholarship on political theology and the conceits of secularism have demonstrated to be a problematic, if not hubristic, Eurocentric presumption? I interrogate Oksala’s claim by re-contextualising Foucault’s ideas. How would a narrowly secularist interpretation of ‘political spirituality’ read alongside, for example, the Security, Territory, Population lectures of January-March 1978, which together with The Birth of Biopolitics lectures of the following year, uncovered the historico-practicaltheological substratum of modern state power? The Iranian revolution broke out during the course of the 1978 lectures, and shortly after, at a round table in May, Foucault formulated the aforementioned hypothesis about ‘political spirituality’. What if we also take into account the little known fact that in the preceding month of April, Foucault visited Japan where he stayed at a Zen temple and experimented with meditation, about which he has said: ‘if I have been able to feel something...then that something has been new relationships which can exist between the mind and the body, and moreover, new relationships between the body and the external world’? What new trajectories of inquiry might be extrapolated from his musings about the Iranian uprising: ‘For the people who inhabit this land, what is the point of searching, even at the cost of their own lives, for this thing whose possibility we have forgotten since the Renaissance and the great crisis of Christianity, a political spirituality’?

Edwin NgMr Edwin Ng

Edwin Ng is completing a PhD in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. Based on a broadly autoethnographic study of his coterminous pursuits of ‘Western Buddhism’ and academia, the thesis examines the shared problematics between an emergent Buddhist social theory and current thinking on the politics of affect, subjectivity, and spirituality. His research stages a hospitable encounter between sacred and scholarly understandings to participate in broader debates about religion and secularism, and to explore the role of faith in academia and micropolitics more generally. In all senses of the word: what is demanded of us by our profession, when we make a profession?



9 May - Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS): Global Engagement and Future Collaborations

Time: 12pm | Location: B2.20

QPS is a growing centre of excellence which has as its focus the conduct and implementation of patient safety research. A key strategic goal of QPS is to become a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Research and Training in Patient Safety and Quality Care. A related initiative is to develop and progress a ‘patient safety beyond borders’ network. It has been suggested that CCG researchers may have a commensurate interests in this initiative.

This presentation will be conducted in two parts. First, Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone, the QPS Director, will provide a brief overview of the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research and its aspiration to become a WHOCC. Following this Rinchen Pelzang, an international PhD student from Bhutan, will present his research - the first study of its kind - which is scoping patient safety issues in Bhutanese hospitals (visit: http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/stories/2012/06/26/patient-safety-in-bhutan ).

Megan-Jane Johnstone Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone

Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone is Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Director of the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research at Deakin University, Melbourne.  One of Australia’s foremost nursing scholars, Megan-Jane is renowned internationally for her scholarly research in the areas of nursing and health care ethics, with a particular focus on patients’ rights, cross-cultural ethics, patient safety ethics, professional conduct, and end-of-life ethics including end-of-life decision-making in an aging society. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and commentaries on health care ethics, and is the author of several books, including the internationally acclaimed: Bioethics a nursing perspective (Elsevier Science, released as a fifth revised edition in 2009). Megan-Jane writes a bi-monthly column on nursing ethics for the Australian Nursing Journal and is also the author of a new controversial  book just released titled: Alzheimer’s disease, media representations and the politics of euthanasia: constructing risk and selling death in an aging society (by Ashgate, Surrey).


Rinchen Pelzang Mr Rinchen Pelzang

Rinchen Pelzang is currently completing a PhD ‘Exploring patient safety issues and risk management strategies in hospitals in Bhutan’ under the supervision of Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone and Professor Alison Hutchinson, within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. His program is funded by an Endeavour Award scholarship, which was awarded to him in 2012 for the duration of his PhD program.

Rinchen grew up in a small village in eastern Bhutan where education opportunities were limited. He received his initial qualification, a Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery, from Royal Institute of Health Sciences, Thimphu, Bhutan. Subsequently, he successfully completed a Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience in India and worked for several years as General Nurse Midwife and Psychiatric Nurse in various hospitals under Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan. With the support of ¬†WHO funding he was later able to undertake a Bachelor of Nursing from La Trobe University, Melbourne. Following the successful completion of his degree, in 2006, he received the La Trobe University Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship to undertake a Post Graduate Diploma and Master Degree at La Trobe University.

20 June - Toward an International Law of People

Time: 12pm | Location: B2.20

International law is currently conceptualised as a law of individuals. This claim has both an uncontroversial and a controversial, or at least a provocative, aspect. The uncontroversial aspect of this claim includes the familiar point that the international law of human rights, including much of humanitarian law (law in circumstances of armed conflict) is overwhelmingly a matter of the protection of individuals. The same applies to the international law of criminal prosecution, because the crimes that come to be dealt with by international tribunals are typically serious abuses of human rights perpetrated by individual persons whether in time of war or in time of state oppression. The more challenging aspect is the proposal that the law of state interaction is also a law of individuals. Moreover, the international law of self-determination - the law of 'peoples'- is also a law of individual entities, 'nations', 'tribes', or 'races' by another name.

It could be argued that international law has attempted to be a law of individuals at any expense, forcing its collective subject-matter into an individualistic explanatory framework. The effect of this is almost as if international law has been a law of sovereigns, of human Princes, Presidents and Popes, all along. The sovereign as the law-giving mobiliser of armies may be international law’s nightmare from which it still struggles to awake. To mix the cultural referents, if there is any hope for the conceptualisation of international law it lies in the proles: in populations, not in potentates. All international law is law of collectives, and that, I suggest, is where the hopes and the fears of a global population meet. 

Dr John R Morss

Dr John R Morss is Senior Lecturer in the Deakin University Law School, Burwood, Victoria, Australia. He has degrees from Sheffield University (BSc), Edinburgh University (PhD) and the University of Otago (LLB). He is admitted to practise law in New Zealand and in the State of Victoria. He is author or co-editor of five books in theoretical aspects of psychology and more recently numerous journal articles in conceptual aspects of international law. His book The Law of People (which is in part a rejoinder to Rawls’ The Law of Peoples), in press with Ashgate (2013), argues that international law must be seen as a law not of individuals (such as states) but of collectives.

18 July - Investigating the Dynamics of Migration and Health in Australia: A Longitudinal Study

Time: 12pm | Location: B2.20

Many observational studies have shown an association between migration and health. However, much of the recent international literature on immigrant health has used single or repeated cross-sectional datasets which provide only snapshot(s) in time of differences in the outcome between migrants and non-migrants. Moreover, estimating migration effects presents additional challenges because exposure to migration is not a random event. Developing a better understanding of complexities of temporal and heterogeneous trajectories (say in health between migrants and non-migrants over time) requires detailed data on both migration and health events over time at an individual level. In the absence of randomised controlled trials or natural experiments, longitudinal studies provide data rich enough to examine migrant health trajectories.

Using multiple rounds of panel data from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), and longitudinal techniques, the aims of this presentation are to discuss regression approaches to investigate the trajectories of changes in health over time among Foreign-born (FB) relative to Native-born (NB) in Australia. The results of the study challenge some of the widely held assumptions about migration and health.

santoshAssociate Professor Santosh Jatrana

Associate Professor Santosh Jatrana is a Principal Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute. Santosh joined Deakin University in February 2011 after working six years in the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, Wellington where she led a longitudinal research project on Primary Health Care in New Zealand.  She also currently holds an honorary senior research fellow position at the University of Otago. She is a demographer and social epidemiologist with particular research interest in the field of migrant health, ageing and health, gender, primary health care, and infant and child health. Santosh holds a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University and a postgraduate diploma in Public Health (DPH) from the University of Otago. Santosh has won many competitive research grants (worth $9.00 million as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI) and published numerous academic papers and book chapters in peer reviewed journals and books.  Santosh has undertaken collaborative research work with academics from the UK, USA, Singapore, Israel and New Zealand. She is the sole PI on a current ARC-Discovery project 'investigating the dynamics of migration and health in Australia: A Longitudinal Study'. In 2012, she was also awarded a fellowship from the Australian Academy of Science for her project ‘Brain drain there, brain gain here: Understanding the health impact, regulation and health policy implications of health workforce imbalances in an Indian context’.

29 August - Performing the 1950s ‘New Australian’

Time: 12pm | Location: B2.20

My Recent Visual Research has investigated the pre-multicultural process of becoming a New Australian in 1950s Australia.

The Unwanted Land installation at the Museum Beelden Aan Zee in The Hague, Netherlands (2011-12) explored my 'abduction' from the Netherlands by my parents as an eight year old boy. This event performed a traumatic split on a migrant child, a fracture re-iterating the impact on Europe of WWII and a break bringing into focus an unspoken racist complicity with Australia’s ‘White Australia Policy’.

The found footage film WAP (10 minutes, 2012) further addresses the White Australia Policy, a racist policy shaping migration into Australia into the 1950’s. WAP’s technique enables the voices of the deferred and dispossessed to speak their trauma, to speak as ventriloquist through the cracks of the oppressor’s body and voice.
For an article outlining this work see ‘Performing The 1950s New Australian’ at http://www.academia.edu/3069635/Performing_The_1950s_New_Australian

Dr Dirk de BruynDirk

Dr Dirk de Bruyn research interests focus on trauma, migration and the moving image. He is a Senior Lecturer in Animation and Digital Culture at Deakin University and a member of the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention. He has made numerous experimental, documentary and animation films, performance and installation work over the last 40 years and was a founding member and past president of MIMA (Experimenta). He has written on and curated various programs of film and video art internationally. His Multi-screen performance work has been presented at MIFF, Melbourne (2008), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan (2009) Wellington Film Archive, NZ (2009), Colour Out of Space Festival, Brighton UK (2011) Elisabeth de Brabant Gallery, Shanghai (2011).

Recent publications include:

de Bruyn, Dirk (2012) Recovering the hidden through found footage films, in Bolt, Barbara and Barrett, Estelle (eds), Carnal knowledge : towards a new materialism through the arts, I. B. Taurus, London, England

de Bruyn, Dirk (2010) Dancing out of trauma : from Charcot's hysteria to Haitian voudoun, in Broderick, Mick and Traverso, Antonio (eds), Trauma, media, art : new perspectives, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle, England

26 September - Community and Radicalisation - Exploring Current Australian Community Perspectives on Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

Time: 12pm | Location: B2.20

Within the last decade, forms of terrorism and terrorism-related activities conducted by organisations and individuals who claim to act in the name of Islam have dominated the domestic and international discussion on, and response to, terrorism. Yet many Muslim and non-Muslim communities, in Australia as elsewhere, have been disturbed by the way in which - especially following the US terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the British bombings of 7/7 - perceptions of Islam as a religion and a culture have seemingly become inextricably associated with terrorism. The ability to hear a range of community and stakeholder voices across a broad national sample is a critical component of Australia’s ability to understand and engage with community concerns, and solutions, in developing effective strategies for addressing contemporary forms of radicalisation, extremism and terrorism.

This presentation examines some of the key findings emerging from a newly released year-long qualitative national study conducted by Hussein Tahiri (Victoria Police) and Michele Grossman (Victoria University) with support from the Australian Multicultural Foundation, including how communities understand the meanings of and relationship between radicalisation and extremism; perceptions of the underlying drivers for radicalisation and extremism; perceptions of the impact of radicalisation and extremism on sense of community and social harmony and cohesion; and community views about effective approaches to and solutions for eliminating or reducing the threat of violent extremism in Australia.

Liudmila KirpitchenkoProfessor Michele Grossman

Michele Grossman is Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing at Victoria University in Melbourne. Michele’s research interests focus on countering violent extremism and community engagement, policing and cultural diversity, and refugee settlement, health and wellbeing. She is a member of the Countering Violent Extremism Research Panel convened by the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee. Her current research project (with Dr H Tahiri, Victoria Police) focuses on understanding culture as a dimension of resilience capital in diverse communities to counter violent extremism (ANZCTC, 2012-2013).



24 October - Academic Mobility, Intercultural Encounters and Cosmopolitan Knowledge Creation

Time: 12pm | Location: B2.20

In this presentation, I examine contemporary international encounters and intercultural interactions in academia as a researcher and recent participant in the ever-expanding global academic mobility programs. Academic mobility is a part of the modern continuing changes in the teaching and learning processes that higher educational institutions are undergoing globally. These changes are often termed ‘internationalization of education’ and they are expressed in the transformations in both the curricula and recruitment practices of students and staff. Global scale of academic mobility opens up prosperous opportunities for intercultural knowledge interchange, knowledge creation, and knowledge enrichment, all leading to the broadening of cultural imagination and creation of shared cosmopolitan cultural meanings.

International knowledge mobility is actively sought out and encouraged by many talent attracting nation-states, and Australia has been a beneficiary of the steady inflows of highly skilled migrants including international students in the last decades. Knowledge workers have been perceived as important agents of intercultural knowledge flows and research on the successes of academic mobility is gaining its importance and urgency worldwide. The purpose of this presentation is to explore academic interactions of diverse cultures as rising opportunities for enriching our understanding of the cosmopolitan processes of knowledge exchange, transfer and ultimately, knowledge creation.

Liudmila KirpitchenkoDr Liudmila Kirpitchenko

Dr Liudmila Kirpitchenko is Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. In 2011-2012, she was awarded a prestigious Erasmus Mundus Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and was Visiting Scholar at LUISS University in Rome, Italy. Liudmila’s co-edited book (with L.Voloder) Insider Research Methods on Migration and Mobility: International Perspectives on Researcher Positioning is to be published in December 2013 (UK: Ashgate). She published a book entitled Academic Mobility and Intercultural Dialogue: Eastern European Migrants in Australia, Canada and Italy based on her doctoral research in 2011 (Berlin: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing). In 2012-2013, Liudmila is Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash European and EU Centre (MEEUC) and Adjunct Research Associate in the School of Political and Social Inquiry (PSI) at Monash University. In 2013-2014, Liudmila is co-convenor of the Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Thematic Group of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

21 November - Zonal Banning and Public Order in Urban Australia

Time: 12pm | Location: ic3.315 (Waurn Ponds) and B2.20 (Burwood)

In recent years, Australian governments of various ideological persuasions at local, state and territory and federal levels have introduced a range of zonal governing techniques to manage the flow of people in urban spaces. Zonal governance involves the identification and formal declaration of a specific urban geographic region to enable police and security personnel to deploy special powers and allied forms of surveillance to supplement conventional public order maintenance functions. Despite the impetus towards open flows or movement within sovereign territories or larger territorial groupings, such as the European Union, considerable governmental effort has been directed towards the use of the criminal law to re-territorialize urban space by converging administrative, property law and other regulatory philosophies. These low-level spatial demarcations confer supplementary police powers and discretionary procedures to enhance surveillance within a declared area and promote increased urban security.

However, the legal right to ban or exclude “undesirable” individuals and groups from entering or using certain designated urban zones has specific and highly problematic effects in contemporary Australia. To date, most discussion of the impact of banning and related surveillance measures focuses on illegal migration through ports of entry into sovereign nations and the commensurate burdens this creates for both citizens and non-citizens to authenticate their movements at national borders. This logic is seeping into more localized forms of regulation to control the movement of people in and out of major event sites and in the urban night-time economy. A survey of recent reforms throughout Australia reveals how this new logic of mass-surveillance aims to promote greater levels of urban security, while reshaping the role of public and private police in promoting good order. This paper describes the impact of banning procedures in sanctioning new forms of surveillance and policing authority in and around major event sites and the night-time economies of contemporary Australia.

Ian WarrenIan Warren is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia and a member of the Crime, Surveillance, Security and Justice thematic research group within the CCG. He is involved in ongoing research examining the implications of surveillance in regulating violence in the night-time economy, the competing issues of information privacy and crime prevention and emerging transnational and international crime problems. He is co-author with Darren Palmer of Global Justice: Issues, Controversies and Impediments (Thomson/Reuters, 2014).




Darren PalmerDarren Palmer is an Associate Professor in Criminology at Deakin University and a member of the Crime, Surveillance, Security and Justice thematic research group within the CCG. He has conducted extensive research on the problematic relationships between police, methods of governance and crime control policy in Australia, with a particular emphasis on the politics of police accountability in relation to crime reduction.

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17th December 2013