Reclaiming Multiculturalism

3rd Annual International Symposium on Multiculturalism

Reclaiming Multiculturalism:
Global Citizenship and Ethical Engagement with Diversity

Hosted by the Centre of Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG)

15-16 November 2012


Multiculturalism has been vehemently criticised at the turn of the 21st century, and academics and state actors have made many recent efforts to 'reframe' and 'rethink' it. However, others have argued for the need to preserve multiculturalism, more or less in its original form, and to align it with other terms such as interculturalism, rather than replace it with new, and less developed, concepts. Therefore, it is possible that the 'multicultural turn' needs to be rectified by restating the importance of multicultural and cosmopolitan principles. Anti-multicultural rhetoric, perpetuated by public figures and the media, has led to a rise of xenophobia that threatens the rights and safety of citizens. Rather than rejecting or reconfiguring multiculturalism this conference will explore whether multiculturalism can be reclaimed in culturally and religiously diverse societies as a foundation of ethical citizenship, social inclusion and peaceful societies.

The conference will bring together scholars, state and community actors specialising in the fields of multiculturalism, intercultural and interreligious relations across diverse disciplines and geographical regions. Participants will build on the discussions of previous CCG and AMLSCS symposia and debate multicultural, intercultural and interreligious policies, practices, theories, histories and controversies. Papers will address the following themes:

  • Differences between Transculturalism, Interculturalism and Multiculturalism
  • Effects of Anti-multicultural and Anti-cosmopolitan Political and Media Rhetoric
  • Benefits and Challenges of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue and Action
  • Rights, Religion and Governance
  • Cosmopolitanism and Ethical Citizenship
  • Racism, Disempowerment and Recognition
  • Addressing Gender Inequalities in Multicultural and Multifaith Societies
  • Multiculturalism, Community Engagement and Countering Violent Extremism
  • Reconfiguring Self and Other in the Context of Plural Societies

Download the conference program


Relationship, Familiarity and Intent, Influence What Australians See as Racist

Associate Professor Yin Paradies, Co-Deputy Director, The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia

Visit the Deakin Newsroom to read more and listen to the paper.

Racism Stops With You. Race Discrimination Commissioner Sets Challenge for Australian Academics and Business

Dr Helen Szoke, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia

Visit the Deakin Newsroom to read more and listen to Dr Szoke's address.

Special Guests

Dr Helen Szoke, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Dr Helen Szoke was appointed as Australia's full time Race Discrimination Commissioner on 5th September 2011 for a five year term. She is responsible for leading the National Anti-Racism Strategy and has recently launched the Agenda for Racial Equality 2012-2016 which sets out the priorities for her term.

Previously, Helen Szoke was the Commissioner with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and worked with the Commission from 2004 until August 2011. During this period she managed the expansion of the Commission's functions under the Charter of Human Rights Act and the modernisation of the Equal Opportunity Act in that state.

She is currently Co-Chair of Play by the Rules, a Board Member of Multicultural Arts Victoria and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for International Mental Health, School of Population Health University of Melbourne.

She has held various other Statutory and Directors positions including the Adult Migrant Education Services, National Health and Medical Research Licensing Committee, Consumers Health Forum, the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Key Centre for Women's Health, Women's Health Victoria and various community agencies.

Helen is a Patron of New Beginnings which is an NGO set up to deal with peaceful conflict resolution with a focus on people of African Descent.
She is also Patron of the Australian Arabic Women's Foundation Inc, which aims to empower, encourage and support women from Arabic backgrounds to become independent.

In 2011, Helen was awarded the Law Institute of Victoria Paul Baker Award for contribution to Human Rights.

Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Arts and Education), Deakin University, Australia

Professor Brenda Cherednichenko commenced at Deakin as Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Education on 1st December, 2011. Brenda came to Deakin from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia where she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement, Equity and Indigenous and Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts from 2007.

With a teaching background in schools and then in teacher education and the social sciences, Brenda's research has focussed on educational equity and community-university partnerships for improved educational opportunity and socially just outcomes. She has worked on many projects and partnerships with Indigenous Australian leaders and communities to enhance educational and social experiences for Aboriginal peoples. Brenda has her earliest qualifications from Deakin's predecessor institutions, her Master from the University of Rochester, NY and her PhD is from the University of Melbourne. She has been a director and board member of several boards and is currently President-elect of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. In previous roles Brenda was Director, Access and Success, Head of Campus at the outer urban campus in Melton and Head, School of Education at Victoria University.

In 2009 she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and studied community-university partnerships at the University of Texas, El Paso. Her commitment to the role of the Arts and Education as essential to community building and social inclusion is realised as a Chief Investigator on current ARC linkage project with a consortium of Australian universities which examines social inclusion through community embedded university education.

Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor and President, Deakin University, Australia

Professor Jane den Hollander has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University since July, 2010. At Deakin, Professor den Hollander has introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does.

Professor den Hollander holds a BSc (Honours) First Class in Zoology and a Master of Science degree from Wits University, Johannesburg. Her PhD is from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Professor den Hollander is currently a board member of Universities Australia, Education Australia Limited, and UniSuper, a member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Learning and Teaching, and a trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council. From 2005-2008, Professor den Hollander was a Board member of Graduate Careers Australia, and from 2008-2011 on the Board of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.

Mr Chin Tan, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Australia

Mr. Chin Tan is the Chairperson of The Victorian Multicultural Commission. Chin was previously a Commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission between 1997-2001 and has had continual involvement and interest within the multicultural community.

Chin has broad experience and involvement in the legal profession, business and community service. Chin is committed to active involvement in the area of multiculturalism having held various community and government board positions. Chin brings to his role at the Commission valuable legal, community and leadership skills.

He previously served as President of the Chinese Professional and Business Association and Secretary of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and other associations. He has experience with local government having served on a number of planning and steering committees.

He was also a legal practitioner for more than 24 years and has had extensive legal experience in his practice with large corporate to mid and small sized firms.  Chin was admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister in the State of Victoria and the Federal and High Courts of Australia since 1987. He specialised in commercial and property law and has acted for various foreign investors and interests in Australia.

Chin is the joint Chair of the Police and Community Multicultural Advisory Committee (PACMAC) and is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council for a Multilingual and Multicultural Victoria

Chin obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from La Trobe University and his Bachelor of Laws (Graduate) from the Australian National University.

Chin is married to Theresa, with two adult children, both presently studying interstate.

Chin is also a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Group.

Plenary Speakers



Professor Fethi MansouriDirector, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

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 (2008); Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism in the West, (2007); Identity, Education, and Belonging: Arab and Muslim Youth in Contemporary Australia (2008); Youth Identity and Migration: Culture, Values and Social Connectedness (2009); Australia and the Middle East: A Frontline Relationship (2011, second edition); Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations: Looking Through the Lens of Social Inclusion (2011), Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging (2012) and The Arab Revolutions in Context: Socio-Political Implications for the Middle East and Beyond(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, Co-Deputy Director, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

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) andMuslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging (MUP, 2012).

Professor Boulou Ebanda de B'beriDirector, The Audiovisual Media Lab for the Study of Cultures and Societies, Ottawa University

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 the 2003 Van Horne Prizeto list but a few.

Dr Anna HalafoffResearch Fellow, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

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 peacebuilding.


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