News from the Centre in 2011

Professor Mansouri at UNAOC Forum

Professor Mansouri at UNAOC Intercultural Dialogue to Boost Development forum in Doha

CCG Director, Professor Fethi Mansouri has been in Doha this week at the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) forum. While there, Professor Mansouri chaired a session on new narratives for dealing with difference.

The forum, which ran from December 11th to 13th, brought together around 2000 world leaders and civil society organizations to promote peace and development through intercultural dialogue.

In Qatar, the UNAOC sought to "define the conditions that will allow global intercultural dialogue to emerge as a key driver for development, security and peace." One key aim of the Doha Forum was to place culture at the heart of the world's development agenda, reinforcing the cultural and intercultural approach in each of the Millennium Development Goals in an effort to strengthen social cohesion and harmony, accelerate positive change and improve the sustainability of the initiative.

The Doha Forum, Intercultural Dialogue to boost Development included 3 days of debate and discussions. Recent changes taking place in the Arab world prompted the Qatar Committee for the UNAOC and the Alliance to make the Doha Forum a platform for the common values expressed during the so called "Arab Spring".

Furthermore, the Doha Forum sought to build a results-oriented set of recommendations, by proposing a comprehensive and ambitious roadmap and by designing monitoring and impact assessment tools with political and corporate leaders, mayors, Civil Society representatives, Youth, journalists, Academics, Foundations, Intercultural Organizations and religious leaders.

For more information on the forum visit the website.

Professor Mansouri Visiting Researcher at University of Ottawa

Professor Mansouri awarded a "Distinguished Visiting Researcher Program" at the University of Ottawa, Canada

Congratulations to CCG Director  Professor Fethi Mansouri who is currently in Canada where his took up  a position within the Distinguished Visiting Researcher Program (DVRP) at the University of Ottawa. The DVRP fosters collaborations and partnerships between the University of Ottawa and outstanding internationally recognized researchers. Applicants are evaluated on their excellence in research, and international stature.

See more information about Professor Mansouri's seminar

DECRA Success

CCG Research Fellow Dr Benjamin Isakhan Wins Major National Grant

Congratulations to CCG Research Fellow, Dr Benjamin Isakhan, who has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

The DECRA scheme ran for the first time in 2011 and is designed to support research in areas of critical national importance by enabling outstanding Australian early-career researchers to conduct their research.

The DECRA scheme includes a full-time salary for 3 years and a significant research budget, totalling AUD$375,000.

Dr Isakhan's successful research proposal was entitled 'Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq'.

This project focuses on the fact that since the invasion of 2003, Iraq has suffered an unprecedented era of both heritage destruction and devastating spikes in violence. The core aim of this project is to empirically test the assumption that a significant relationship exists between these two phenomena.

To do this, the project will develop the world's first database of heritage destruction in Iraq. The database that Dr Isakhan creates will then be correlated with existing measures of violence in Iraq to determine the precise nature of their relationship.

This will set the precedent for studies of both heritage and violence and enable policy formation towards the minimization of heritage destruction and spikes in violence during times of conflict.

As part of this fellowship, Dr Isakhan will spend one month as a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago in the US, which houses The American Academic Research Institute of Iraq (TAARII).

Dr Isakhan will also undertake 3 one month long visiting fellowships in Iraq to conduct interviews and archival research. He will also visit several significant heritage sites across Iraq and document the destruction that has occurred.

This is a great achievement for Dr Isakhan and we wish him every success with his research.

See more information here.

Social Inclusion Interview

Middle East in Revolt

Professor Fethi Mansouri - Keynote Speaker at The Middle East in Revolt: The First Anniversary

Professor Mansouri will be a keynote speaker at the international conference; 'The Middle East in Revolt: The First Anniversary' in March 2012

The conference will revisit the Arab revolution on its first anniversary. The fall of the government in Tunisia in January 2011 was soon followed by the departure of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. The popular uprising spread rapidly to other Arab states, threatening entrenched regimes and the status quo. In Libya the prising turned into a bloody civil war. While many observers have drawn...parallels with the crumbling of the Soviet bloc and the eastward spread of democracy to Eastern Europe, the outcome of the Arab uprising is far from clear. This popular uprising has challenged authoritarian rule and highlighted the widespread desire for political accountability and responsible government. Yet it may be premature to celebrate the 'Arab Spring' as heralding democracy to the region. Democracy in the Middle East remains a difficult and long-term project.

For more information on the event, or to submit a paper, please visit the NCEIS website.

Download the event flyer.

Exploring Intercultural Encounters Project

Exploring Intercultural Encounters Project

CCG's Dr Michele Lobo is exploring intercultural encounters in the Darwin-Palmerston urban area.
The focus of the research project is meeting places in the city and suburbs. 
If you live in Darwin and are interested in participating in the project, please contact Michele.

New Book: Intercultural Relations in a Global World

New Book from Dr Michele Lobo, Dr Vince Marotta and Dr Nicole Oke - 'Intercultural Relations in a Global World'

The exploration of cross-cultural contact in a global and transnational world is essential for understanding how we can learn to live with difference in ways that go beyond tolerance. This book explores such contact in Euro-American/Australian societies as well as non-western multiethnic societies such as China, Malaysia, Indonesia and countries within Easter Europe. The contributors in this book expose the power relations underpinning such encounters as well as explore the possibilities for meaningful dialogue.

New Book: Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations

New Book from Professor Fethi Mansouri and Dr Michele Lobo - 'Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations'

Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural relations reflects on the tensions and contradictions that arise within debates on social inclusion, arguing that both the concept of social inclusion and policy surrounding it need to incorporate visions of citizenship that value ethnic diversity. Presenting the latest empirical research from Australia and engaging with contemporary global debates on questions of identity, citizenship, intercultural relations and social inclusion, this book unsettles fixed assumptions about who is included as a valued citizen and explores the possibilities for engendering inclusive visions of citizenship in local, national and transnational spaces.

Organised around themes of identity, citizenship and intercultural relations, this interdisciplinary collection sheds light on the role that ethnic diversity can play in fostering new visions of inclusively and citizenship in a globalised world.

Special Seminar

Special Seminar - Muslim Revivalism and Failed Secularism in Southeast Asia

On 28 September, CCG will host a special seminar titled Muslim Revivalism and Failed Secularism in Southeast Asia by Assistant Professor Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied. Khairudin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of many books and has published extensively on Islam and contemporary Malay society, relgious life of the Malay's and Malay's and modernisation.

UN Alliance of Civilizations Integration: Building Inclusive Societies Forum

CCG to host UN Alliance of Civilizations 'Integration: Building Inclusive Societies Forum'

Deakin University's CCG, under the auspices of the UN Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC), will bring the UN Forum on Social Inclusion to Australia for the first time on 7 October at Melbourne Town Hall.

The forum will facilitate discussion of different perspectives on policies of migrant integration, intercultural relations and governance of cultural diversity.
One of UNAOC's key fields of action is migration and its IBIS "Integration: Building Inclusive Societies" program showcases best practice research and projects related to migrant integration across the world.

A key aim of the Forum will be to launch the IBIS initiative in this part of the region, and to use the occasion to explore and debate multiculturalism, citizenship, identity and social inclusion.

Speakers include former President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio (who is the UN Higher Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations); The Hon Nicolas Kotsiras, Victorian minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship; The Hon Chris Bowen, Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and Senator Kate Lundy. Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd also agreed to take part in a pre-forum public seminar on the morning of 6 October.

FECCA Conference Keynote

Professor Fethi Mansouri Keynote Speaker at 2011 FECCA Conference

Prof. Fethi Mansouri will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) Conference in November.

The conference will bring together pre-eminent decision makers, thinkers and practitioners to consider issues in the context of Australia's cultural and linguistic diversity, including multicultural policy and social cohesion.

Alexander Naraniecki joins CCG

Dr Alexander Naraniecki joins the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation

The CCG is very pleased to welcome Dr Alex Naraniecki. Dr Naraniecki is a newly arrived Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Comparative Social Research in the Faculty of Arts and Education. Dr Naraniecki comes to us from Griffith University where he completed a doctoral thesis titled 'Popper Revised: New Perspectives on Karl Popper's Method and its Applications' which was supervised by Professor Wayne Hudson and Dr Bruce Buchan, and examined by Professor Geoff Stokes and Professor Jeff Malpas. He has spent time as Researcher in Residence at the Popper Archives in Klagenfurt, Austria where he worked on Popper's unpublished works and letters. Dr Naraniecki has published articles, book chapters and given lectures in a range of fields including the philosophy of science, history of ideas and topics on multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism. His current research project is titled New Foundations for Multiculturalism and he is currently working on various projects including a joint article on multiculturalism with Professor Baogang He, assisting Geoff Stokes and Wayne Hudson with a project on secularism and publishing a book on Popper's method.

Special Seminar

CCG Special Seminar with Professor Paul Morris

Prof. Paul Morris is the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious Understanding and Relations in New Zealand and the Pacific and is based at Victoria University in New Zealand. The CCG was very pleased to host him on Wednesday 16 March for a seminar on the current international debate around multiculturalism. Prof Morris presented a very interesting and stimulating talk, discussing the varying critiques of multiculturalism from both the left and the right. Prof Morris discussed recent examples such as the events at a Asian Studies conference at Otago University where the president of the NZ Sikh Association reported that the NZ Sikh community had 'rejected multiculturalism' in favour of 'their rights as citizens', to highlight the complexities in the current debate. He raised and discussed questions, such as: How serious are the critiques of multiculturalism? Is the choice between a monocultural, 'one law' regime and the existing multicultural policies? What drives the rejection of multiculturalism? How are we to understand the underlying causes of this discourse?

Professor Mansouri at UNAOC Conference

Prof Fethi Mansouri attends the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Conference in New York

Professor Fethi Mansouri, joined six other global experts to advise the United Nations (UN) on the drafting of the Millennium Development Goals for member states on migration, integration and youth. The invitation to join the UN panel is a career highlight for Professor Mansouri, who flew to New York early March to start preliminary discussions on the drafting of the goals. Professor Mansouri's passion is understanding the complexities and issues refugees and migrants face as they arrive and settle in their host countries, particularly Australia and their varied paths to citizenship. He is specifically interested in the integration of migrant youth into the host country. He is also a leading expert on the relationship between Australia and the Middle East.

Professor Mansouri has previously argued for better integration policies and increased educational resources for youth and migrant youth especially. His research has called for young migrant youth to be better engaged into the wider society.

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