Seminars, events and working papers

2016 seminars

Intercultural Encounters Seminar Series

Please don’t forget to register via as places are limited for each seminar.

'Unconscious Bias at Work' - Presented by Mr Greg Cook

Monday 18 July 2016, 12 noon to 2pm (this is a a 2 hour seminar) 

Greg Cook Greg Cook is a psychologist with more than twenty years of experience in organisational consulting.  Greg also holds qualifications as a teacher and social worker. He has worked in a wide range of organisations - as a front line clinician, staff-supervisor, manager and internal consultant; as a lecturer in both tenured and contract positions in three tertiary academic institutions; and as a psychotherapist in private practice. Greg provides process consultancy and coaching to executives, senior managers and teams in universities, public sector organisations, not-for-profit organisations and community groups across Australia.

Unconscious bias affects our relationships, communication and decision making at work. We have become more socially aware of these implicit tendencies – about gender, ethnicity, class or sexual preference, yet these implicit biases are largely outside our conscious awareness automatically shaping our attitudes, emotional responses and  behaviour - towards fellow staff, students and external partners. We understand that this is unfair but it is increasingly recognised that it also undermines our staff and student selection processes, assessment, promotion, team work, creativity and organisational capability. This seminar will review the impact, explanations and some strategies for reducing the effects of unconscious bias at work - with particular attention to higher education. 

Equality Challenge Unit, 2013, Unconscious Bias and Higher Education, ECU Lincoln’s Fields, London 
This is available online at: 

As an added bonus, we will have (3) copies of the following book as door prizes
Howard Ross, 2014, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgements in our Daily Lives, Rowman & Littleford. Don’t forget to pick up your ticket on the way in!


  • Melbourne Burwood Campus - BCC Level 2, Please go to reception to be advised of room.
  • Geelong Waurn Ponds ic.3.108
  • Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool will be advised upon request. Please dial in via Virtual Meeting Point on 522 39354

Please don’t forget to register via as places are limited.

Indigenous Race Relations in Australia - Presented by Professor Yin Paradies

Tuesday 6 September, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Prof Yin Paradies Professor Paradies conducts interdisciplinary research on the health, social and economic effects of racism as well as anti-racism theory, policy and practice.
He has authored 140 publications including 100 peer-reviewed articles/book chapters. Prof Paradies has delivered 217 presentations (63 international), including 129 invited presentations as well as 37 guest lectures and 11 invited keynotes. He is an investigator on 11 current and 31 completed grants (10 as CIA) worth over $16.5 million as well as an invited reviewer for 62 peer-reviewed journals. Prof Paradies is a grant assessor/reviewer for the NHMRC, ARC, NZ Health Research and U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation Council as well as serving on NHMRC and Fulbright Commission scholarship/ fellowship and grant review panels.

This presentation will briefly outline the poor state of Indigenous health/social indicators in relation to non-Indigenous Australians, before unpacking the distinct lenses through which these disparities have been viewed. Both positive and negative aspects of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships will then be detailed, before concluding with a discussion of relational futures framed through the three Rs of recognition, reconciliation and refusal.

Paradies, Yin. Colonisation, racism and Indigenous health. Journal of Population Research (a copy will be emailed to all those who book to attend the session).

As an added bonus, we will have (3) copies of the following book as door prizes. Kowal, Emma, 2015, Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Australia, New York, Berghahn.

Don’t forget to pick up your ticket on the way in!


  • Melbourne Burwood Campus - BCC Level 2, Please go to reception to be advised of room;
  • Geelong Waurn Ponds ic.2.122
  • Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool will be advised upon request. Please dial in via Virtual Meeting Point on 522 39354

Please don’t forget to register via as places are limited.

'Muslim Women - Challenges in Australia' - Presented by Ms Joumanah El Matrah

Tuesday 10 May 2016, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ms Joumanah El Matrah Ms Joumanah El Matrah trained as a psychologist and has been working in the community welfare sector for 15 years. Her active role and influence in the sector and as representative on issues of race, faith and gender has been recognised by her peers and the government. She has served on many government and community boards including the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council. In addition to her Australian work she is a member of a number of international initiatives by Muslim women seeking to empower Muslim women.

She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights, and has published research and opinion works on Muslim women in Australia. Under her directorship, the Centre has come to be recognised as key organisation for Muslim women in Australia and increasingly overseas.

Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, will introduce Ms El Matrah.

Our seminar will pose and discuss these questions, and more!

  • What are the challenges faced by Muslim women in Australia?
  • Are service providers delivering to Muslim families?
  • Is there a prevalence of family violence in Muslim communities

Some reading material for you to peruse prior to the seminar:

On the website for the Australian Muslim Womens’ Centre for Human Rights, you will find publications co-written by Joumanah:


‘Muslim women don’t deserve this’, The Herald Sun, 2014:

‘Shutting out the sinners feeds bigotry’, The Age, 2013:

‘Misrepresenting migrant violence,’ The Drum 2012:

‘Forced marriage, Muslim women treated like entertainment fodder’, Crikey, 2012:

Listen to Joumanah’s address to the Victorian Legislative Assembly during a special sitting on the prevention of family violence held on 26 November 2015:

The 2016 series of Intercultural Encounters seminars is supported by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education and the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

Philosophy Seminar Series in 2016

2015 events

Can aid be delivered effectively in insecure environments? Reflections on the Children of Uruzgan program
This symposium is part of Save the Children's reflection on its flagship four year health and education program in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the symposium will bring together aid organisations, academia, government, donors and members of the public to focus on: program delivery and community engagement in insecure contexts; work in religious and culturally diverse communities; and methods for undertaking remote monitoring and measuring impact.

Professor William Maley, AM FASSA from The Australian National University and Dr. Nadira Hayat, Former Deputy Minister of Public Health Afghanistan will lead key note addresses.

Confirmed speakers include Leonard Blazeby, Head of Mission International Committee of the Red Cross; Beth Eggleston, Director Humanitarian Advisory Group; Professor Robert Power, Head of Centre for International Health; Geoff Chan, International Health and Development Officer of The Burnet Institute; Professor Matthew Clarke, Head of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University; and Dr. Abdul Basir Sherzad, Technical Adviser to the Children of Uruzgan Program.

When: Thursday 7 May 2015, Registration from 9am. Symposium finishes at 5.15pm.  This will be followed by the opening of the Children of Uruzgan Exhibition until 8.30pm
Where: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

2013 events

Furthering Australia-China Engagement: Issues, Challenges and Ideas
Diplomatic relations between Australia and China have now entered the fifth decade. Buoyed by close economic links, this crucial relationship appears to be healthy and growing. But is there room to further strengthen and develop this relationship? How could Australia and China better engage with each other in political, strategic, cultural, educational as well as economic realms? What are the opportunities and challenges that face this relationship in the new century?

Debating and understanding such issues and questions is vital to Australia's place in the 'Asian Century'. Specifically, it is central to the development and implementation of a balanced, nuanced and responsive country strategy on China as Australia prepares itself for the rise of a dynamic and complex Asia. In this context, it is important that from the outset Australia should engage in close and regular dialogue with China on both how to understand these common challenges and how its China strategy might take shape.

This conference aims to facilitate such dialogue between Australian and Chinese scholars to address some of the broader questions noted above. It will invite scholars and observers from various disciplines and fields in Australia and China to provide a wide range of perspectives. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the conditions for cross-cultural understanding and misunderstanding; the roles of language and history teaching, educational links, and research collaboration; the political, strategic and economic dimensions of engagement; cross-cultural perspectives on identity, literacy, citizenship, development, and globalisation; and how and what ideational and institutional changes may be required to give this relationship more resilience. Through discussion and dialogue, the conference will strengthen ongoing collaboration and linkage between Australian and Chinese scholars, students, writers and journalists, and contribute to the broader debate on Australia-China relations.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University
Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
Australian Studies Centre, Renmin University of China

When: 3-4 October 2013
Where: Deakin University, Melbourne City Centre Level 3, 550 Bourke Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Australia and ASEAN: Partners in more than Dialogue?
In 2014, Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) celebrate 40 years of Dialogue Partnership. Since becoming ASEAN's first Dialogue Partner in 1974, the Southeast Asia region has undergone enormous change. It is now home to some of the world's fastest growing economies, new participatory democracies, and multilateral challenges such as health pandemics, people-smuggling and cross-border environmental risks. To manage these increasing regional complexities, ASEAN is now central to a range of processes - the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Plus Three - that engage not only Australia but also major powers, including China, Japan, Russia and the United States.

But how well do Australians know ASEAN? And do we understand the potential the Australia-ASEAN relationship holds for navigating a century of dynamic change in our region?

To help us better understand the role that ASEAN plays in regional affairs - and the value of Australia's Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN - Deakin University and Asialink have assembled an expert panel for this public discussion. Panel members - former Secretary-General of ASEAN, Rodolfo Severino, Associate Professor Tan See Seng and Dr Avery Poole, together with Chair, Professor Baogang He - will consider the 40-year evolution of the Australia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership and its future prospects as Australians contemplate their place the 'Asian Century'.

Associate Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Associate Professor See Seng Tan, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore
Dr Avery Poole, The University of Melbourne

Event Chair
Professor Baogang He, Deakin University

When: 10th Jul 2013 Time: 6:15pm for 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne

Max Charlesworth: Crossing the Philosophy and religion divide
The Editors and staff of Sophia and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University invite you to celebrate with us the publication of a special issue of Sophia, 'Max Charlesworth: Crossing the Philosophy and Religion Divide' (Sophia, 51:4, 2012).

This issue of Sophia is a Festschrift in honour of Professor Max Charlesworth, AO, who co-founded Sophia in 1962. He was Reader in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne before going to Deakin University as Planning Dean of the School of Humanities. He remained at Deakin as Professor of Philosophy until 1991 before retiring as Emeritus Professor of Philosophy. He is the author of a number of significant books and articles and an exemplary educational innovator. In a career of public engagement that has spanned some seven decades, Professor Charlesworth has been a major voice in a range of contemporary academic, religious and intellectual debates in the Australian community and internationally.

Where: Gryphon Gallery, Graduate Centre (1888 Building)
Grattan Street, University of Melbourne
Access is at the north side of Grattan Street, just west from the junction of Swanston & Grattan Sts
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 5.30pm-7.30pm

2012 events

Indonesian Roundtable Event
The Faculty of Arts and Education and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a Roundtable event on 14 and 15 November 2012 at the Burwood campus with a large group of visiting Indonesian university leaders.

Around 70 representatives from 38 Indonesian public, private and religious universities have confirmed their participation, including many Rektors (vice-chancellors). Several consortia of universities will be represented. Geographical distribution of attending universities (PDF, 82.6 KB)

The aim of the Roundtable is to enhance our increasingly significant engagement with Indonesia by demonstrating Deakin's capacity to host Indonesian HDR students and to explore the potential for extending existing collaborations in research and publications.

The VC will make an official welcome and sign an MOU with a representative of a number of a consortium of the Indonesian Universities

Recording from Deakin Week 2012: The challenges of modern life - Towards an intellectual self-defence.

2012 Seminar Series

School HDR Seminar Series

Philosophy Seminar Series

Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific Seminars

2011 events

Conference - An Australian Approach to Development? People, Practice and Policy
ACFID - Universities Linkage Network Conference
12 - 13 December 2011

Public lecture - Professor Noam Chomsky
'Changing Contours of Global Order'
4 November 2011

Conference - ADRI
'Hard Labor? The crisis of social democracy in the Australian state level'

Raising the Bar: Tackling Global Poverty through Sport
One Just World regional forum
11 October 2011

'Crime and the regions: from the local to regional, national and international'
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference 2011
28 - 30 September 2011

'Australia-US Relations and the Rise of China: From Bilateralism to Trilateralism?
Fulbright Symposium
11 - 12 August 2011

2010 events

'The World In Crisis - business as usual?'
International Public Lecture and Workshop Series
11 - 13 November 2010

'Anthropology and the Community to Come'
Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2010
23 - 24 September 2010

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