News from the Centre in 2012

ARC Discovery Success

CCG's ARC Discovery Success

CCG researchers Professor Fethi Mansouri and Dr Michele Lobo with the University of Western Sydney's Professor Bryan Turner have been successful in their ARC Discovery bid for Islamic religiosity and challenge of political engagement and national belonging in multicultural western cities. This project, administered by Deakin University will investigate how participation in Islamic religious practices strengthens attachments to the western cities where Muslims have chosen to live. It will contribute to global, national and local policy outcomes that focus on the challenges of accommodating minority religions in diverse western cities.

CCG congratulates Fethi and Michele on their achievement

DECRA Success

CCG Congratulates Dr Michele Lobo and Dr Christopher Smith on their DECRA Success

CCG congratulates researchers Dr Michele Lobo and Dr Christopher Smith who have each been granted a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to further their research. DECRA's are a prestigious achievement, providing focused support for early-career researchers.

Dr Lobo, a CCG Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, was awarded funding for her project, Shared belonging in Australia: public space and intercultural relations in suburban Darwin which aims to develop a multi-layered and multidimensional understanding of public spaces in suburban Darwin, a Larrakian city. In particular it seeks to respect and value insights from people who have experienced dispossession and displacement such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and racialised migrants.

Dr Smith's project, User driven interventions in the reduction of drug-related harm: analysing structural barriers and capacity building among drug user organisations argues that although Australia's consumer-centred approach to harm reduction has been widely praised, consumer participation remains limited in countries such as Britain and Canada. Entailing an international comparative analysis of these three sites, this project focuses on building capacity and reducing structural barriers among drug user organisations.

CCG congratulates Michele and Christopher on this fantastic achievement.

Dr Anna Halafoff and Dr David Hundt awarded CRGS Grants

CCG's Dr Anna Halafoff and Dr David Hundt awarded CRGS Grants

CCG's Dr Anna Halafoff and Dr David Hundt were recently awarded a CRGS Grants. Deakin Central Research Grants (CRGS) provide funding for early- to mid-career Deakin University research staff to undertake quality research projects and is highly competitive.

Dr Halafoff's project is titled 'Religions and Beliefs Education (RBE) in Schools: Social Inclusion, Citizenship and Countering Extremism'. The central aim of this project is to investigate the controversial issue of religions and beliefs education (RBE) in schools. This study is both significant and innovative as it will compare RBE in the local context of Victoria with other Western multifaith societies. A pilot study will also be conducted investigating levels of religious and interreligious understanding among Victoria's secondary school students, and a new theoretical framework ofcosmopolitan governance and religion will be developed. The findings of this project will thereby generate new knowledge regarding the role of RBE in advancing social inclusion and countering extremism in and beyond Australia.

Dr Hundt's project is titled Varieties of Capitalism in Asia. This project investigates the diversity of Asian capitalism, the defining feature of which is the government's direct promotion of economic development. We examine the ideas behind economic policy making in Asia, collaboration between states and business, and the effectiveness of development strategies. This investigation of the Varieties of Capitalism in Asia is timely given that the neoliberal model of American capitalism, in which markets rather than states drive economic development, has been crisis-prone in recent years. By identifying the strengths and weaknesses of Asian capitalism, this project informs debates about how to strengthen Australian economic security as our interests are increasingly entwined with Asia.

CCG congratulates Anna and David on this fantastic achievement.

Fethi Mansouri Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

CCG's Director, Professor Fethi Mansouri Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

In October, the Deakin University Council conferred an Alfred Deakin Professorship upon CCG Director, Fethi Mansouri. Granted for exceptional contribution to the University, this title is the highest honour that Deakin can bestow upon its academic staff members.

CCG congratulates Professor Mansouri on this outstanding achievement.

Find out more here.

ARC Report on Diaspora's in Australia

CCG's A/Prof Danny Ben-Moshe launches ARC Report on Diaspora's in Australia at Parliament House, Canberra

In August, CCG Principal Research Fellow Danny Ben-Moshe's ARC linkage report Diasporas in Australia: Current and Potential Links with the Homeland was launched in the Australian Parliament by Senator, the Hon. Bob Carr MP and the Hon. Bill Shorten MP.

This three year project was undertaken by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from five universities and a number of collaborating researchers and partner organisations from government and ethnic community sectors.

For more information on the project, or a copy of the report contact CCG or read more here.

Professor Mansouri meets with Minister for Foreign Affairs

CCG Director Professor Mansouri meets with Minister for Foreign Affairs

CCG Director Professor Fethi Mansouri met with the Hon. Bob Carr and other experts at a roundtable on cultural and religious dialogue in late July.

The roundtable, set up by the Minister, sought to promote understanding and respect for the worlds' cultures and religions, taking the 'best aspects' of intercultural dialogue in Australia to the international stage.

Following the meeting, Professor Mansouri and others will continue to work with the Department on proposals to further develop opportunities and 'best practice' intercultural and interreligious dialogue in the region.

Yin Paradies joins CCG

Associate Professor Yin Paradies joins CCG as Principal Research Fellow

In July, CCG welcomed Associate Professor Yin Paradies as a principal research fellow. Yin comes to CCG from Melbourne University where he held the position of Senior Research Fellow in the School of Population Health and the  McCaughey Centre. He is the lead chief investigator  in several Australian Research Council Grants including 'Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools', 'Countering racism and promoting diversity through museums', 'Bystander anti-racism' and 'Ethnic discrimination in the private rental housing market'. Yin has a masters in public health (MPH)  and a PhD in social epidemiology (plus other  degrees in statistics/quantitative research, maths/sciences  etc..)  and his research focuses primarily on the health effects of racism as well as anti-racism theory, policy and practice. Yin also taught multicultural competence to researchers and professionals in Indigenous affairs. He has received a range of awards including a Fulbright scholarship to study at the University of California, Berkeley, the Australia Day Council's 2002 Young Achiever of the Year award, and Scholar of the Year in the 2007 National NAIDOC Awards. Yin currently holds  a number of non-ARC grants and  four ARC Linkage grants (three of which start in 2012).

For more information, visit Yin's profile.

ARC Linkage Success

CCG Director Professor Fethi Mansouri awarded ARC linkage with Professor Christine Halse

Professor Christine Halse and CCG's Professor Mansouri were recently awarded an ARC linkage grant titled 'Intercultural Understanding in Primary and Secondary Schools'. The project, which will run between 2012 and 2015, will investigate what facilitates or impedes intercultural understanding in children, adolescents and schools, and explore how this can be addressed, and how we know we've made a difference. These questions will be answered at the individual, school and national level using a novel cultural systems approach and methodological and technological innovations.

For more information about the project and others, including partner organisations, visit our research website.

New Books

New Books from CCG

Visit our publications page to see more information about new books from CCG researchers including Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics and Discourse edited by Dr Isakhan, and The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East edited by Professor Mansouri, Professor Akbarzadeh, and Dr Isakahn and The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions by Dr Anna Halafoff.

Benjamin Isakhan recognized for Contribution to Research

CCG's Dr Benjamin Isakhan awarded Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research

CCG's Dr Benjamin Isakhan was recently awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher. As part of this award, Dr Isakhan will receive a $5000 grant to contribute to the costs of his research. 

Dr Isakhan is currently working on his project 'Heritage Destruction and Spikes in Violence in Iraq', funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) grant which began this year. The project aims to empirically test the assumption that a significant relationship exists between heritage destruction and spikes of violence in Iraq since the invasion in 2003.
Find out more about Dr Isakhan and his project.

Danny Ben-Moshe joins CCG

CCG Welcomes Principal Research Fellow

CCG welcomes the appointment of A/Professor Danny Ben-Moshe as a Principal Research Fellow within CCG in charge of grants developments and research partnerships. Danny comes to CCG from VU where he held previously the position of Director Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (ICEPA)  from 2011-08 and then the Senior Research Fellow within the  Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (2008-12).  He is currently the  lead  Chief Investigator on a three year $388,000 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant 'The Nature of Transnationalism: Linkages and Identity of diasporas in Australia'.

In addition to working on his own projects, Danny will assist CCG members in their research and grants development activities especially those from industry and philanthropic organisations and to facilitate collaborative partnerships with external bodies.

David Walker Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

CCG's Professor David Walker awarded title of Alfred Deakin Professor

CCG's Professor David Walker was recently awarded the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, in recognition of his achievements and contribution to the University. The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is the highest honour that Deakin (via its Council) can bestow upon its academic staff members and it is testament to the calibre of awarded staff.

Professor Walker commenced at Deakin University in 1991 as Chair in Australian Studies. He is widely published, specialising in the historical examination of Australian responses to Asia. He has long been recognised, in Australia and internationally, as a leading cultural historian and has contributed to the development of Australian Studies programs in universities in Indonesia, China and Japan.

Prior to joining Deakin University Professor Walker graduated from Adelaide University with an honours degree in History. He completed his PhD in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in 1972. He lectured in History at Auckland University before moving to the History Department at the University of New South Wales in 1977, serving as Head of the School of History in 1990.

In 1997/98 Professor Walker held the Monash Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. In 2001 he was elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and in 2005 he was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Since 2005 he has been a Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Studies at Renmin University, Beijing.

In 2010 Professor Walker held the 'Distinguished Visiting Chair of Australian Studies' at the University of Copenhagen and he received the Deakin University Award for Research Excellence.

Professor Walker's book, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850-1939, has received much attention and recognition since its publication in 1999; it was awarded the Ernest Scott prize for the best history of Australia or New Zealand published in 1999/2000 and Professor Walker has subsequently been awarded two ARC Discovery Grants for two further volumes of this study.

In 2011 Professor Walker's latest book, Not Dark Yet: A Personal History, was published; it is a memoir about the history of his family from the time of their settlement in South Australia in the late nineteenth century. He has also signed a contract for a new co-edited publication to appear later this year.

The CCG team congratulates Professor Walker on this prestigious achievement.

Anna Halafoff joins CCG

CCG Welcomes New Research Fellow

In March 2012, CCG welcomed Dr Anna Halafoff to the Centre as a Research Fellow. Prior to coming to CCG, Anna 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).

Anna holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology (Monash University), Master of Letters, Peace Studies (University of New England) Graduate Diploma in Education (University of New England) and a Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne). Anna's current and recent research projects/interests include: intercultural and interreligious relations; cosmopolitan governance; multiculturalism; community engagement and countering violent extremism; religions and beliefs (worldviews) education; and Buddhism in Australia.

In 2011, Anna was named a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Expert in the fields of multifaith relations, and religion and peacebuilding.

New Book - Muslims in the West

New Book - 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.

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