News from the Centre in 2010
Arab League Conference on Migration
Professor Fethi Mansouri at the 2010 Arab League Conference on Migration
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.
Faculty Distinguished Researcher Award
Faculty Distinguished Researcher Award for 2010- awarded to Professor Fethi Mansouri
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 visits CCG
Melinda Chiment visits CCG
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 joins CCG
Ela Ogru joins CCG
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 Visits CCG
Professor Claire Parfait, Director, CRIDAF, Visiting Professor at CCG
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.
Race Relations Roundtable
Prof. Fethi Mansouri at the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Race Relations Roundtable, Canberra
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.
Farewell Lousie Jenkins
Dr Lousie Jenkins bids farewell to CCG and Deakin
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.
Unity in Diversity
Prof. Fethi Mansouri at the "Unity in Diversity - 10.10.10"
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 panel member at the ECCV 2010 State Conference
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.
Prize for Research in Ethics
Finalists at the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics
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 interconnected world of fixers
Baghdad bureaux: An exploration of the interconnected world of fixers and correspondents at the BBC and CNN
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.
Heritage in Tunisia
Prof. Taher Ghalia - Heritage in Tunisia
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.
Humanity or Justice?
Humanity or Justice?
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.
Humanities Conference 2010
Professor Fethi Mansouri plenary speaker at the Humanities Conference 2010 - University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Professor Fethi Mansouri was one of the plenary speaker at theEighth 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.
Diversity in Health conference
Professor Fethi Mansouri chair at the Diversity in Health 2010 conference
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 Visits CCG
Hearty Welcome to CCG... Professor Boulou Ebanda de B'béri
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.
Exploring Issues of Local Governance and Active Citizenship
Exploring Issues of Local Governance and Active Citizenship
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.
Day of Appreciation
Day of Appreciation
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).
Forum on Climate Change
A Forum on 'Climate Change'
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.
'A Taste of Harmony' celebrations
'A Taste of Harmony' celebrations at CCG
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.
CCG Welcomes Dr Masa Mikola
Visiting Fellow to CCG, Dr Masa Mikola
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.
CCG Welcomes Dr Steve Francis
CCG Welcomes Dr Steve Francis
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.
New Book: Developing Communities For the Future
Professor Sue Kenny: Developing Communities For the Future (Third Edition)
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.
CCG welcomes Paula Muraca
CCG welcomes Paula Muraca
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.