Launches

Launches hosted by the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation in 2012

Book Launch: Arab Revolutions in Context

The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East 

With special guests, Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell, and Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Arts and Education) at Deakin University, CCG launched The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East and Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging.

From late 2010 a series of dramatic and unprecedented events swept across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), toppling several autocratic regimes that had held power for decades and ushering in a new climate of dissent and democratization. This book seizes a unique opportunity to reflect on these seismic events, their causes and consequences, and the core issues facing the region as it moves forward. However, this volume aims to be so much more than a collection of detailed thematic essays on the Arab Revolutions. The central argument and the key contribution of this book are twofold. Firstly, it aims to situate the Arab Revolutions within their broadercontextual background, arguing that a unique set of historical events as well as local, regional and global dynamics have converged to provide the catalyst that triggered the recent revolts. Secondly, this book will attempt to situate the events within a new conceptual framework. The argument here is that the Arab Revolutions pose a very specific challenge to conventional wisdom concerning democracy and democratisation in the Middle East.

About the Editors

Fethi Mansouri is director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation and holds a chair in Migration and Intercultural Relations, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University. He is the author and editor of many books. In 2004, his book Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection was short-listed for the Human Rights Medals and Awards.

Shahram Akbarzadeh is Professor of Asian Politics (Middle East and Central Asia) and Deputy Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at Melbourne University.

Benjamin Isakhan is Australian Research Council Discovery (DECRA) Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, Australia.

Book Launch: Muslims in the West

Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging

With special guests, Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell, and Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Arts and Education) at Deakin University, CCG launched The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East and Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging.

Sensational reporting by the media has led to attitudes that racialise Muslims and frame them as potential threats to national security, placing them outside the circle of trustworthy citizenship. Muslims in the West are increasingly confronted with the pressure of conforming to dominant core values and accepting 'mere tolerance' from society, or else risk exclusion and even hostility when exercising their rights to maintain diverse cultural norms and religious practices.

Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging offers not only rigourous accounts of current difficulties, but also new thinking and deeper understanding about race relations and intercultural engagement in multicultural societies. It explores the increasing visibility of Muslim migrants in the West and the implications this has for multicultural co-existence, cultural representations, belonging and inclusive citizenship.

About the Editors

Fethi Mansouri is director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation and holds a chair in Migration and Intercultural Relations, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University. He is the author and editor of many books. In 2004, his book Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection was short-listed for the Human Rights Medals and Awards.

Vince Marotta is a senior lecturer in sociology at Deakin University, the managing editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies and co-convener of the Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism thematic group within the Australian Sociological Association. In 2011 he edited a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Studies on virtual ethnicities and co-edited the book Intercultural Relations in a Global World.

Book Launch: Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations

Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations

With special guests, Deakin University Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Brenda Cherednichenko and Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Dr. B Hass Dellal OAM, CCG launched two recent publications, Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations and Intercultural Relations in a Global World.

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 the 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 inclusivity and citizenship in a globalised world.

Contents

Introduction: social inclusion: exploring the concept, Fethi Mansouri and Michele Lobo; Part I Identity and Social Inclusion: From multiculturalism to social inclusion: the resilience of Australian national values since federation, Giancarlo Chiro; Constructing Australian citizenship as Christian: or how to exclude Muslims from the national imagining, Farida Fozdar; Australian Muslims: indicators of social inclusion, Riaz Hassan; Waves of migration: exclusion and inclusion: the experiences of Polish Australians, Danielle Drozdzewski; The deliberative politics of cultural diversity: beyond interest and identity politics?, Selen Ayirtman Ercan. Part II Citizenship and Social Inclusion: Whiteness and Australian suburbia, Michele Lobo; Avenues for belonging: civic and ethnic dimensions of multicultural citizenship in Australia, Lejla Voloder; Socially inclusive school environments: identity development and active citizenship, Louise Jenkins; Negotiating norms of inclusion: comparative perspectives from Muslim community leadership in the West, Fethi Mansouri, Michele Lobo and Rim Latrache. Part III Intercultural Relations and Spaces of Social Inclusion: Social cohesion/social inclusion in Australia, Andrew Markus; Australian racism and anti-racism: links to morbidity and belonging, Jacqueline K. Nelson, Kevin M. Dunn and Yin Paradies; Transnationalism , social inclusion and the city, Ruth Fincher; Home, mobility and the encounter with otherness, Vince P. Marotta; Bibliography; Index.

About the Editors

Professor Fethi Mansouri holds a Chair in Migration and Intercultural Studies and is the Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Australia. He is the co-author of Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection, and Australia and the Middle East: A Frontline Relationship, and co-editor of Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism in the West.

Dr. Michele Lobo is Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia.

Reviews

'Bringing together leading academics in the field of multicultural studies, this volume addresses the central political questions of our time - social inclusion, subjective belonging and citizenship rights. From an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, these essays offer an authoritative insight into the prospects and problems of majority-minority relationships in multicultural societies in Europe, North America and Australia. The result is a definitive assessment of the politics of cultural diversity.'
Bryan S. Turner, University of Western Sydney, Australia

'This interdisciplinary collection provides valuable perspectives on the challenges of diversity. Migration has killed myths of homogeneous nations. Mansouri, Lobo and their collaborators suggest that focusing on social inclusion could provide ways towards a renewal of citizenship and social participation in all its facets. This collection, which focuses on Australia, has lessons for all countries transformed by immigration.'
Stephen Castles, The University of Sydney, Australia

Book Launch: Intercultural Relations in a Global World

Intercultural Relations in a Global World

With special guests, Deakin University Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Brenda Cherednichenko and Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Dr. B Hass Dellal OAM, CCG launched two recent publications, Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations and Intercultural Relations in a Global World.

The exploration of cross-cultural contact in a global and transnational world is essential in 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 Eastern Europe. The contributors in this book expose the power relations underpinning such encounters as well as explore the possibilities for meaningful dialogue.

Contents

  1. Intercultural Relations in a Global and Transnational World
    Michele Lobo, Vince Marotta and Nicole Oke

    Part I : Immigration, multiculturalism and nationalism

  2. Mismanaging Multiculturalism: The Official English Movement in the United StatesRachel Steven
  3. Comparing perceptions of immigrants and those of the host society: Intercultural views and relations in Salzburg, Austria Wolfgang Aschauer
  4. Paki on-a-bike:Negotiating the racialised terrains of Britain and Australia
    Les Morgan
  5. The role of the Holocaust in the Australian-Jewish post-migration community
    Michele Langfield and Pam Maclean
  6. Stories, Silence and Strategies: (Re)Articulation of Femininities in a Chinese Indonesian Family
    Gloria Arlini

    Part II : Transnationalism and transnational identities

  7. Towards a common model of expatriate voting rights? The case of Italian, Greek and Irish nationals abroad
    Bruno Mascitelli and Simone Battiston
  8. Intergenerational Transnationalism in the case of Japanese Women
    Atsushi Takeda
  9. Performing foreigners: Attributed and appropriated roles and identities of Westerners teaching English in Shanghai
    Phiona Stanley
  10. Online Communities as a Medium for Social Capital and Social Integration: The Case of Malaysia
    Wan Munira Wan Jaafar and Nabila Jaber

    Part III : Interculturalism and cross-cultural contact

  11. The idea of the in-between subject in social and cultural thought
    Vince Marotta
  12. Indigenized Representations in Localized Spaces
    Andrzej Antoszek
  13. From Aphasia to a Celebration in Language: Diasporic writers opening up dialogue between and within cultures
    Anna Dimitriou

About the Editors

Dr Michele Lobo is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. Her research focuses on intercultural relations and the social inclusion of ethnic minorities.

Dr Vince Marotta is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. He is Managing Editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge) and his research and publications focus on social theory, urban sociology, theories of the stranger and migration and multiculturalism.

Dr Nicole Oke is a Lecturer in Sociology & Community Development in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Victoria University, Australia. Her research interests are in the areas of globalisation, transnationalism and migration

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