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Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh
Deputy Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Professor Boulou Ebanda de B'beri
Director, The Audiovisual Media Lab for the Study of Cultures and Societies, Ottawa University, Canada
Professor Afef Benessaieh
Professor of International Studies, University of Quebecc, Canada
Associate Professor Danny Ben-Moshe
Principal Research Fellow (Grants and Partnerships), The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia
Emeritus Professor Gary Bouma
Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations - Asia Pacific, Monash University, Australia
Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker
Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University, Australia
Dr Steve Francis
National Manager - Movement Relations & Advocacy, Australian Red Cross, Australia
Professor Michele Grossman
Deputy Director and Research Program Leader (Mobilities, Transitions and Resilience), Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University, Australia
Professor Patrick Imbert
Chair of University Research, Canada: Social and Cultural Issues in a Knowledge Society, Ottawa University, Canada
Professor Peter Kivisto
Chair of Sociology, Augustana College, United States of America
Professor Fethi Mansouri
Director, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia
Dr Vince Marotta
Deputy Director, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia
Associate Professor Gabriele Marranci
Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Australia
Professor Kevin McDonald
Director of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University, Australia
Professor Paul Morris
Professor of Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Associate Professor Yin Paradies
Deputy Director, The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia
Associate Professor Adam Possamai
Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Dr Naomi Priest
Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Associate Professor Elizabeth Rata
Director of the Knowledge and Education Research Unit, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professor Zlatko Skrbis
Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training, Monash University, Australia
Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh (PhD) is Professor of Asian Politics (Middle East and Central Asia) at Asia Institute, and Deputy Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has an active research interest in the politics of Islam and Muslims in Australia, as well as the Middle East. He has published more than 40 research papers. Among his publications are Uzbekistan and the United States (Zed 2005), and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East (Routledge 2008 with K Baxter). His recent works are The Routledge Handbook on Political Islam (Routledge 2011); and Challenging Identities: Muslim Women in Australia (MUP 2010). Prof Akbarzadeh is a regular media commentator.
Professor Boulou Ebanda de B’beri is the Founding Director of the Audiovisual Media Lab for the studies of Cultures and Societies (AMLAC&S), a Professor of Film, Communication, and Cultural Studies at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Communication, and a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses. He has been a Visiting Scholar and Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Northeastern University, Boston. He is the winner of various prizes and scholarships, including the 2005 Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Innovation Funds, and the2003 Van Horne Prizeto list but a few.
Professor Afef Benessaieh is Professor of International Studies at the Tele-universite (e-university) of the University of Quebec (TELUQ). Her research interests include: sociocultural approaches to globalization, international migration and multiculturalism, transcultural perspectives on diversity, and critical international relations theories. Among her most recent publications: Transcultural Americas/Ameriques transculturelles (Ottawa: Ottawa University Press, 2010); the chapter with Patrick Imbert Bouchard-Taylor a l’UNESCO: ambivalences interculturelles et clarifications transculturelles (in K. Ertler, S. Gill and S. Hodgett, Peter Lang, 2011); the article Multiculturalisme dense ou violence massive: quatre scenarios possible (in RELIEF Revue electronique de litterature francaise, January 5 (3) 2012).
Associate Professor Danny Ben-Moshe is a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. He completed an undergraduate degree in law and politics at the school of Oriental and African studies at the University of London and a PhD on racist and antisemitic ideologies at Melbourne University. Associate Professor Ben-Moshe's two main areas of research interest include racism and antisemitism, and diasporas and identity.
Emeritus Professor Gary D Bouma is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations - Asia Pacific at Monash University and an Associate Priest in the Anglican Parish of St John's East Malvern. From 2006-2010 he was Chair, Board of Directors for The Parliament of the World's Religions 2009. His research in the sociology of religion examines the management of religious diversity in plural multicultural societies, post modernity as a context for doing theology, religion and terror, religion and public policy. He is the author of over 20 books. Recent books include: Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press); Democracy in Islam (Routledge); Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands: National Case Studies (Springer); and Freedom of Religion and Belief in 21st Century Australia (Australian Human Rights Commission). His latest book is Being Faitfhful in Diversity: Religions and Social Policy in Multifaith Societies (Australasian Theological Forum).
Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker is an Associate Professor (sociology) in the School of GSSSP. She previously worked at Monash and Murdoch Universities and University of Western Australia.
Before becoming a full-time academic, Val worked as a radio-producer at the Croatian National Radio in Zagreb, a journalist and translator in the Croatian Press Agency (HINA) and as a freelance author. She has published extensively, in academic and mainstream media.
Val’s research is interdisciplinary, theoretically as well as policy-oriented, spanning sociology, political science, social psychology and economics, and uses qualitative as well as quantitative research methods. Val’s central research interests are in the areas of migration, mobility, globalisation, cosmopolitnism and Australian immigration and settlement policies. Her research has focused on notions of ethnicity/race, identity, community and class. Val’s recent publications cover topics such as labour and residential integration of immigrants in Australia, especially those from NESB; development of Australian multiculturalism; and homeownership in Australia.
Dr Steve Francis has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne and is a Visiting Fellow with the Centre for Citizenship & Globalisation at Deakin University. His anthropological interests include a focus on transnationalism, movement and migration in Oceania, as well as diaspora studies, refugee settlement and migrant youth. Steve is currently working on two major collaborative research projects funded by the Australian Research Council: Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth in Australia in partnership with Deakin University, University of Queensland, Australian Red Cross and Centre for Multicultural Youth; and Diasporas in Australia: Current and Potential Links with the Homelandin partnership with Deakin University. In addition to his academic interests, Steve has 18 years experience in the community sector and currently works as National Manager, Advocacy & Diversity with Australian Red Cross.
Professor Michele Grossman is Deputy Director of VU’s Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, where she also leads the Centre’s research program on Mobilities, Transitions and Resilience. Michele was previously Associate Dean (Research) in the Arts Faculty at VU from 2005-2012. Her research interests, grants and publications span the areas of Indigenous Australian culture and representation, refugee settlement and wellbeing, and cultural diversity and policing, with a particular focus on countering violent extremism and community engagement. Michele has partnered with Victoria Police researchers on major competitive grants funded by COAG’s Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, as well as with a range of other research projects and partners in the areas of community policing, culturally diverse young people and refugee community wellbeing. She is a member of the national Countering Violent Extremism Research Panel and of VicHealth’s Reducing Race-Based Discrimination Advisory Committee. Michele’s essay, ‘We are all learners now’ (Griffith Review 29/2010) was shortlisted in 2010 for an Australian Human Rights Award. Her current research focuses on understanding the relationship between cultural diversity and community resilience in order to develop innovative strategies for countering violent extremism. Her latest book is Entangled Subjects: Indigenous/Australian Cross-Cultures of Talk, Text and Modernity (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2013).
Dr Anna Halafoff is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. Previously, Dr Halafoff 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). Her current and recent research projects/interests include: intercultural and interreligious relations; cosmopolitan governance; multiculturalism; community engagement and countering violent extremism; religions and beliefs education; and Buddhism in Australia. In 2011, Dr Halafoff was named a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations' Global Expert in the fields of multifaith relations, and religion and peace building.
Associate Professor Anita Harris is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University. Her programme of research includes an international study of young people and social inclusion in multicultural cities, as well as an ARC Discovery Project on civic life and belonging amongst young Australian Muslims. Her research interests are centred on youth identities and cultures; citizenship, participation and multiculturalism, and girls’ studies. Her books include Young People and Everyday Multiculturalism (Routledge, in press); Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism (edited, Routledge, 2008);Young Femininity: Girlhood, Power and Social Change (with Sinikka Aapola and Marnina Gonick, Palgrave, 2005); Future Girl: Young Women in the Twenty First Century, (Routledge, 2004); and All About the Girl: Culture, Power and Identity(edited, Routledge, 2004).
Professor Patrick Imbert studied semiotics and literature at the University of Ottawa, and obtained his PhD. In 1974 for his research on "Semiotique de la description chez Balzac". He started his academic career in 1974 as an assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. In 1975, he taught at the University of Ottawa where he became a Full Professor in 1984. He was professor of the year of the Faculty of Arts 1998, and has a University Research Chair entitled: Canada: Social and Cultural Challenges in a Knowledge-Based Society. He was Executive Director of the International American Studies Association (2005-2009), and has been the President of the Academy of Arts and Humanities of the Royal Society of Canada from 2009 to 2011. He is co-founder and vice-president of the City for the Cultures of Peace. He is director of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded project (2010-2013) entitled Etablir des paradigmes operatoires pour comparer les variations discursives dans les Ameriques menant des identites enacinees, de leur inclusion ou exclusion, aux identites transculturelles dans le contexte de la glocalisation. While working on interdisciplinary problematic, his main areas of research are inclusion/exclusion, multiculturalism, cultural and discursive changes in the context of glocalization, and the dynamic of a knowledge-based society, particularly in the context of Canada and the Americas.
Professor Peter Kivisto is the Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of Sociology at Augustana College and Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Turku. His current research involves a collaborative project on multiculturalism with colleagues in Finland. His interests include immigration, social integration, citizenship, and religion. Among his recent books are Key Ideas in Sociology (Pine Forge, 3rd edition, 2011), Illuminating Social Life (Pine Forge, 5th edition, 2011), Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration (Pine Forge, 2010, with Thomas Faist), Citizenship: Discourse, Theory and Transnational Prospects (Blackwell, 2007, with Thomas Faist), Intersecting Inequalities (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007, with Elizabeth Hartung), and Incorporating Diversity (Paradigm, 2005). He is the immediate past editor of The Sociological Quarterly and the current President of the Midwest Sociological Society. He serves on the editorial boards of Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Journal of Intercultural Studies and on the publication committee for Sociology of Religion.
Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the strategic research Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, holds a Chair in Migration and Intercultural Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University. He is the editor of the prestigious Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge) and an expert advisor to the United Nations (Alliance of Civilizations) on cultural diversity and intercultural relations. His recent publications include: Political Islam and Human Security (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008); Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism in the West, (I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, 2007); Identity, Education, and Belonging: Arab and Muslim Youth in Contemporary Australia (MUP, 2008); Youth Identity and Migration: Culture, Values and Social Connectedness (On Diversity, 2009); Australia and the Middle East: A Frontline Relationship (I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, 2011, second edition); Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations: Looking Through the Lens of Social Inclusion (Ashgate, 2011), Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging (MUP, 2012) and The Arab Revolutions in Context: Socio-Political Implications for the Middle East and Beyond (MUP, 2012). His forthcoming book is entitled Reframing Multiculturalism for the 21st Century (2013). His 2004 book Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection was short-listed for the 2004 Human Rights Medals and Awards.
Dr Vince Marotta is Deputy Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation and is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. Dr Marotta's main research interests include social theory, urban sociology, immigration, multiculturalism and cultural identity, cosmopolitanism and theories of the stranger. As Deputy Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Dr Marotta has assisted in the leadership of the Centre and managing its team. He has also worked on the establishment and maintenance of collaborations with industry partners and community stakeholders. As Managing Editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge), Dr Marotta brings together a range of high quality research papers for publication. In addition, he has organised and edited the Citizenship and Globalisation Research Papers, an in-house research paper series. In 2011 Dr Marotta sat on the organising committee of the CCG/UNAOC 'Integration: Building Inclusive Societies' Forum. Dr Marotta was also on the organising committee for the 'International Multicultural Symposium' which took place in November 2011 at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr Marotta's recent books include Intercultural Relations in a Global World (Common Ground Publishers, 2011) and Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging (MUP, 2012).
Associate Professor Gabriele Marranci has recently joined the Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University and was until recently Associate Professor within the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. A/Prof Marranci is an anthropologist by training working on youth, religion and cosmopolitan society and multiculturalism with a specialization in Muslim societies. His main research interests concern youth identity, religion, extremism, political Islam and secularization processes. Dr Marranci has widely published on these topics in peer-reviewed journals and in book chapters. He is the author of four monographs, Jihad beyond Islam (2006, London, New York: Berg), The Anthropology of Islam, (2008, London, New York: Berg), Understanding Muslim Identity, Rethinking Fundamentalism (2009, London, New York: Palgrave Macmillan) and Faith, Ideology and Fear: Muslim Identities Within and Beyond Prisons (2009, London: Continuum Books). He is the founding editor of Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, published by the international publisher Springer and the Chief Editor of the Handbook of Contemporary Islam, which is part of Springer Live Reference works. He has established (with Prof. Bryan Turner) the book series Muslims in Global Societies (Springer).
Professor Kevin McDonald is sociologist and director of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing at Victoria University. He has held appointments at the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Goldsmiths College in London and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He recently completed a Marie Curie International Fellowship exploring paths into jihadi-related activism in Europe, and is currently completing an ARC-funded study into Muslim activism.
Professor Paul Morris is Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is the holder of the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious Understanding and Relations in New Zealand and the Pacific. His current research interests include: conceptualising religious diversity and human rights in modern nation-states; religious change in the Pacific; and, the accommodation of religious diversity in health systems. Recent publications include a volume on Islamic Studies in the modern university (forthcoming, Routledge, 2014); Religious Diversity in the New Zealand Workplace(2011); and essays on religious education in New Zealand; Biblical justice and restorative justice; and, LDS (Mormons) in the Pacific.
Associate Professor Yin Paradies conducts internationally recognised research on the health, social and economic effects of racism as well as on anti-racism theory, policy and practice. A/Prof Paradies has authored 83 publications, including 48 peer-reviewed articles/book chapters. He has delivered 118 presentations, is an investigator on grants worth $13 million and an invited reviewer for 27 referred journals.
Associate Professor Adam Possamai is Associate Professor in Sociology. He is the author of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach (Pearson, 2010 with James Henslin and Alphia Possamai-Inesedy), Sociology of Religion for Generations X and Y (Equinox, 2009), Religion and Popular Culture: A Hyper-Real Testament (Peter Lang, 2007) and In Search of New Age Spiritualities (Ashgate, 2005). He is the editor of The handbook of Hyper-Real Religion (Brill, 2012) and, with Jack Barbalet and Bryan Turner, of Religion and the State: A Comparative Sociology (Anthem Press, 2011). He is the current President of Research Committee 22 on the Sociology of Religion from the International Sociological Association, was a former President of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions, and was the 2002-2007 co-editor of the Australian Religion Studies Review. He has been Associate Head of School in the School of Social Sciences, UWS, specialising in research, and he is currently Acting Director of the Religion and Society Research Centre. His work has been published in English, French, Spanish, Romanian and Slovakian. His fictions have been published as Perles Noires (Nuit d’Avril, 2005; Lokomodo, 2011) and Le XXIeme Siecle de ickerson et Ferra (Asgard, 2012).
Dr Naomi Priest is a Senior Research Fellow and leader in racism, child public health and health inequalities. Her disciplinary background is in public health and her current research is focused on addressing child health inequalities through combating racism and promoting diversity and inclusion. She is also conducting research to understand how school-aged children are socialised to think about race and culture at home and school.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Rata is associate professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education, Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. She is also the Director of the Knowledge and Education Research Unit in the School. Her current research is into the effects of globalisation on the socio-political organisation of multi-ethnic liberal democracies. Her most recent book is The Politics of Knowledge in Education, published by Routledge which argues that increasing inequalities and limited access to conceptual knowledge for the working-class and minority groups are consequences of the retreat from scientific knowledge for localised ‘knowledges’.
Professor Zlatko Skrbis is Professor of Sociology and currently Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Queensland, Australia. He is the author of Long-distance Nationalism (1999),Constructing Singapore (2008, with Michael Barr), and The Sociology of Cosmopolitanism (with Kendall and Woodward, 2009). His articles have appeared in various journals, including theSociological Review, Nations and Nationalism, Theory, Culture and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He is currently a chief investigator on the longitudinal study of young people in Queensland, and a study of social networks, belonging and active citizenship among migrant youth in Australia. His most recent monograph titledCosmopolitanism: Uses of the Idea (with Woodward) is currently in print.
Stefanie Thomas is a Director of Artistic Expressions Limited, a non-profit organization focused on the promotion of the visual and performing arts in the Caribbean. Stefanie is also Creative Editor of 'Cultural Voice eZine' a digital magazine that highlights the development of Cultural Trends and emerging talent. Stefanie holds a Master of Science degree in Economic Development Policy from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Economic and Studies at the University of the West Indies, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Biology from Colgate University, New York and has worked in Policy Development and Implementation and Business Development in both the public and private sectors. She served as a CARICOM Youth Ambassador for Jamaica and represented youth on both the Cultural and Youth Advisory Committees of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO. Stefanie is active within the UNAOC Network, having represented the youth of the Americas in 2008 in Madrid, Spain and also as a representative of Artistic Expressions and the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO in 2011 in Qatar. Stefanie is a proud member of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica since 2005 touring with the company throughout the Caribbean and North America.
Ian Woodward is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Humanities, Griffith University, Australia, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University. His research on material culture, consumption, taste and material performativity is widely published. His reconstruction of the field of consumption studies via a sociology of materiality, 'Understanding Material Culture', was published by Sage in 2007. Woodward also researches dimensions and practices of cultural openness and his research on cosmopolitanism has been published in journals such as Theory, Culture and Society, The Sociological Review, Journal of Sociology and The British Journal of Sociology. His collaborative research in this area, which connects classical sociological theory to ideas on mobility, hospitality, technology and community, ‘The Sociology of Cosmopolitanism’ (with Gavin Kendall and Zlatko Skrbis), was published by Palgrave in 2009. A further book in this area, ‘Cosmopolitanism: Uses of the Idea’ (with Zlatko Skrbis), will be published in the Sage TCS Book Series in early 2013. With a group of Griffith colleagues and an international team of authors, he is a co-author of the book ‘Cultural Sociology: An Introduction’, published by Blackwell (2012). Woodward has served on the Executive Board of The Australian Sociological Association. He is a board member on the new journal outlet, the American Journal of Cultural Sociology, and an Editor of The Journal of Sociology. In 2010-2011 he was a Fellow of the Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg, University of Konstanz, Germany.