Faculty of Arts and Education

Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation


CCG Special Seminars

During 2013, CCG will present a series of special public seminars on a range of topics. These special seminars will compliment our regular Lunchtime Seminar Series. For more information about CCG events and to express your interest in attending or presenting, contact us.

View previous special seminars in our archive.

Upcoming Seminar


Contact Information

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

Seminar Schedule

31 January 2013
The Arab Spring and the Future of Arab Democratic Transitions
Dr Larbi Sadiki

4 June 2013
The 'Muslim Writer' and Why We Need Them
Ms Amal Awad

4 July 2013
Democracy and Demography
Professor Bryan S. Turner

17 July 2013
Using Content Analysis to Study News and Opinions about U.S. Local Governments
Professor Stephen Lacy

27 August
Targeting Khadafi: Secret Warfare and the Media
Professor Richard Keeble

11 September
Hate Crime and Symbolic Violence
Dr Nicole L Asquith

17 September
All the Spaces in Between: Human Rights, Asian Values and ASEAN
Ms Janneke Koenen

20 November 2013
The Impact of Political Events on the Social Fabric in Egypt
Ms Neven Melek

20 November - The Impact of Political Events on the Social Fabric in Egypt
Time: 12pm | Location: GA2.26 (Burwood Campus)

MelekMs Neven Melek
Ms Melek is a leading Egyptian Human Rights and political activist. She is a well known political commentator and appears regularly on Aljazeera news channel.

Ms Melek is a spokesperson for the Al-Dameer (Consciousness) Front in Egypt, a member of the Executive board for the Egyptian Al-Wasat party and a leading member of the National Coalition for defending legitimacy.

More recently, she is a founding member of 'Christians against Coup' in Egypt. She has been a balanced and vocal voice against the military coup in Egypt and the consequential degradation of human rights in Egypt.

She is currently the defense lawyer for many anti-coup individuals who were prosecuted by the current regime including the Muslim Brotherhood leader: Dr Beltagi. She is well known for her principled stances for human rights and has defended the rights of Egyptians to protest peacefully.

Prior to political work, she was a humanitarian and community worker through many associations including the Association of Copts for Love and Peace in Egypt.


17 September - All the Spaces in Between: Human Rights, Asian Values and ASEAN
Time: 12pm | Location: C2.05 (Burwood Campus)

jannekeDomestic human rights practice is influenced by a multitude of factors and can shape the way a way a state is perceived; at the same time the discourse and practice is constantly under the influence of fluid processes at both the global and local levels, creating a multi-layered, complex and rich dialogue. This can be exemplified in the way in which the debate on Asian values was borne out of a discussion on human rights, and the way in which this debate informed not just the human rights discourse, but also practice at a regional level, namely within ASEAN. In this manner, the discourse and practice of human rights can be regarded as operating in an organic cycle, which continually engages with global, regional and local levels and all the spaces in between.

Ms Janneke Koenen
Ms Janneke Koenen is currently completing an internship at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation as part of her Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2013. Ms Koenen previously graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2007, majoring in Political Science and Asian Studies. Her Honours thesis was on human rights and Islamic feminism. Her interests lie in issues related to human and women’s rights; feminism; and globalisation within a Southeast Asian context.


11 September - Hate Crime and Symbolic Violence
Time: 1pm | Location: ic3.108 (Waun Ponds Campus)

Nicole AsquithWhile many democratic nations have responded to hate crime with a variety of legislative, policy and practice initiatives, few have wrestled with, or solved the challenges raised by the regulation of verbal and textual hostility - whether as standalone acts of hatred, or as part of more traditional forms of hate crime such as assault, vandalism or harassment. Data generated from a Critical Discourse Analysis of 100 000 hate crime cases reported to the London Metropolitan Police Service between 2003 and 2008 will be used to illustrate the Austinian illocutionary force and perlocutionary effects of verbal and textual hostility, and to demonstrate how key speech-text indicators may assist frontline police officers to better assess the harms of prejudice-related violence and the risk of increasing lethality in hate crime.

Dr Nicole Asquith
Dr Nicole Asquith is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, and Associate Senior Research Fellow with the Tasmania Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, University of Tasmania. Nicole has worked as a practitioner and academic in the areas of policing hate crime, and policing in culturally and linguistically diverse societies, for over 15 years. Her recently completed research with the London Metropolitan Police Service uses forensic linguistics to understand the context of hate speech in hate crime. Her work has been published in a range of edited collections and journals, and she is the co-author of Crime and Criminology (with Rob White and Janine Haines) and Policing Vulnerability (with Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron).

27 August - Targeting Khadafi: Secret Warfare and the Media
Time: 12pm | Location: C2.05

keebleThis presentation will examine the UK media’s coverage of Col. Khadafi, focusing on the secret 40-year campaign of the West to eliminate the President of Libya. The American attack on Tripoli in 1986 was the most overt attempt to assassinate Khadafi. But there were many others - mostly conducted in secrecy - before he was finally butchered to death in October 2011. Thus the presentation will raise a number of issues: to what extent do the corporate media fail to cover the activities of the secret state and their secret warfare activities - thus giving a completely distorted picture of contemporary conflicts. In an age of information and news overflow, how useful is it, rather, to consider the silencing function of media? How important are the links between the intelligence/security services and Fleet Street in influencing coverage - of both war and peace. And to what extent do journalists’ routines need to change radically if they are to cover covert warfare adequately?

Professor Richard Keeble
Richard Lance Keeble has been Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln since 2003 - and Acting Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism from 2010-2013. Before that he was the executive editor of the Teacher, the weekly newspaper of the National Union of Teachers and he lectured at City University, London, for 19 years. He has written and edited 25 publications on a wide range of subjects including peace journalism, literary journalism, journalism ethics, practical reporting skills, George Orwell, the coverage of US/UK militarism and the links between the intelligence services and Fleet Street. He is also the joint editor of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics and the winner of a National Teacher Fellowship in 2011 - the highest prize for teachers in higher education in the UK. He is chair of both the George Orwell Society and Louth Male Voice Choir.




17 July - Using Content Analysis to Study News and Opinions about U.S. Local Governments
Time: 3pm | Location: C2.05

Stephen LacyProfessor Lacy has used content analysis on more than 47,000 stories from more than 800 news outlests to publish numerous articles and reports. He will discuss this line of research as an introduction to a discussion of content analysis and its uses.

Following the seminar, Professor Lacy will be available to meet informally with attendees to discuss, and answer any questions about content analysis as a technique for generating social science data.

Professor Stephen Lacy

Professor Lacy, visiting Thinker in Residence at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, is an internationally known authority on news content analysis and media management and economics. For 30 years, Professor Lacy has studied a wide-range of media, including commercial newspapers, radio and television. Since 2007, he has studied the citizen journalism movement in the United States with funding from National Science Foundation, Knight Foundation, Pew Foundation, and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. His citizen journalism research is an extension of his earlier work on African-American newspapers and non-mainstream newspapers at the end of the 19th Century.

Professor Lacy has authored or coauthored more than 150 scholarly articles and papers, 12 book chapters and four books. He is former co-editor of the Journal of Media Economics. In addition, Professor Lacy has held several senior portfolios and received numerous awards, including the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for career scholarship from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2010.

4 July - Democracy and Demography
Time: 12pm | Location: C2.05
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Brian TurnerIn many respects the so-called ‘demographic transition’ - the decline in infant mortality rates, the decline in fertility rates, the improvement in life expectancy and the corresponding ageing of the population - has been at the core of social change in the late twentieth century. The notion that there was one demographic change characteristic of all forms of modernization has been disputed. However, what appears to be common to all forms of demographic change is the dramatic decline in total fertility rates. All developed societies are now characterized by dramatically low (that is often sub-optimal) fertility rates, increasing life expectancy and ageing of the population. In retrospect it is now clear that declining total fertility rates (TFRs) have been the most important cause of the social transformations of the family and the status of women in the twentieth century and have been critical in improving women’s social participation as active citizens, not only in the formal economy, but in civil society. The TFR is defined by reference to a hypothetical or imaginary woman who has completed her reproductive life cycle (15-49 years of age). It is the average number of children that would be born to such a woman assuming she would experience the exact current age-specific fertility rate in her life time and assuming that she survived through her complete reproductive life. The replacement fertility rate for any given society is above 2 on the assumption that there is some inevitable mortality of young children. Many developed societies, without inward migration, are below the replacement rate and hence their replacement is ‘sub-optimal’.While these changes in the family, reproduction and women’s status have had important and direct consequences for citizenship in the twentieth century.

Many societies, especially Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Singapore and South Korea for example believe that their future economic prosperity cannot be sustained without increasing fertility rates, but these remain stubbornly low. The alternatives include: remove the retirement age, improve labour productivity through continuous technological innovation, increase legal inward migration and discourage emigration, legalize illegal migrants, and all of the above. Many societies - Germany, Singapore, and the United States - are pinning their policy aspirations on migration and naturalization.

Modern societies are confronted by a neo-Malthusian dilemma - how to sustain a youthful and employable population while at the same time managing diversity as a consequence of the need to import fresh labour in response to low fertility rates. In Europe the growth of right-wing movements and general xenophobia has created problems for democratic governments. While claims that immigrants increase social problems (through criminality) may be factuality incorrect, electorates may find a scapegoat in migrant communities for economic decline. The notion that immigrants are ‘stealing’ the jobs of the local working class has an appeal for young, unemployed males. There are in short a bundle of issues for modern citizenship studies - low fertility, ageing populations, privatization of pensions, flexible retirement, persistent high unemployment, austerity packages, the rise of right-wing extremism, intergenerational inequality - that underscore the importance of demography for the sociology of social rights.

Professor Bryan S. Turner

Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York where he is the Director of the Religion Committee. He is concurrently the Professor of Social and Political Thought and the Director of the Religion and Society Committee at the University of Western Sydney. He has previously held professorial positions in Adelaide, Cambridge, Singapore, Sydney, and Utrecht. He was the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College Massachusetts from 2009-10. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Social Sciences. He recently published Religion and Modern Society (2011) and The Religious and the Political (2013).He is the general editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory (forthcoming), the founding editor of the Journal of Classical Sociology (with John O’Neill)and Citizenship Studies. In 2009, he was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Cambridge.




4 June 2013 - The 'Muslim Writer' and Why We Need Them
Time: 12pm | Location: C2.05
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Amal AwadI don't like the term 'Muslim writer', but I get called one all the time. While it's a divisive term, its significance is deeper than any offence I might take. It means we're increasingly represented in different forms of media. I'd like to talk about what this all means - should it be considered significant that a Muslim woman gets published on mainstream websites or in major newspapers?

I will also talk about how my book, Courting Samira, has given me the opportunity to write for mainstream outlets, and what it's like to be seen as a representative of Muslims (I'm not, I'm just a writer who happens to be Muslim, and who writes about things on which she feels passionate). I will discuss what led me to write my novel, Courting Samira, which I market as Bridget Jones, without the sex and alcohol.

Writing this book wasn't so much about addressing a gap in the genre (though there was one) as addressing the lack of representation of Muslims in mainstream fiction. We're not even peripheral characters and our experiences are absent from mainstream media I will consider the images/tropes we've been served until now - mainly veiled-face-fiction.

Ms Amal Awad

Amal Awad is a Sydney-based writer and editor, who graduated university with an arts/law degree. She practised very briefly as a lawyer before words beckoned and she moved into editing and journalism. Amal is a regular contributor to The Vine, Daily Life and Aquila Style, and she has also been published in The Sydney Morning Herald and Frankie magazine. Her debut novel, Courting Samira, is what she calls 'Muslim chick lit', and taps into her experience as an Arab-Australian Muslim growing up in Sydney.


31 January 2013 - The Arab Spring and the Future of Arab Democratic Transitions
Time: 12pm | Location: HE2.018

The paper critically assesses diverse outcomes and responses in the Arab Spring geography, with special reference to the uprisings and nascent reforms under way in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The challenges ahead are contextualised and compared.

Dr Larbi Sadiki

Larbi Sadiki, specialist on Arab democratic transitions and writes on the Arab Spring. His latest work is an edited volume, which has just been released by Routledge, on Middle East democratic transitions. He has taught at ANU, Exeter University and Westminster University, UK. He is currently researching and completing a book on the 2011 Tunisia revolution.

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