It's the stuff of dreams, says Alfred Deakin Fellow Dr Michele Lobo.
Dr Michele Lobo is quick to syndicate the credit, but still accepts launching two significant books at the same time is something about which to be just a little bit chuffed.
“There was more than me involved in writing the books,” she says.“It was a real team effort and I had a lot of support from my peers and colleagues.
“But it is a nice feeling.”
The two books that feature Dr Lobo’s name on their cover are Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations, co-written with Professor Fethi Mansouri, the Director of Deakin’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG); and Intercultural Relations in a Global World, co-authored with Dr Vince Marotta and Dr Nicole Oke.
Dr Marotta also works in the CCG while Dr Nicole Oke, formerly an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin, is now at Victoria University.
Both books will be launched at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation on February 15th by Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander.
Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations reflects on a subject vital to researchers at the CCG: the tensions and contradictions that arise within debates on social inclusion.
The book argues 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 challenges 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.
In turn, Intercultural Relations in a Global World explores 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 authors expose the power relations underpinning such encounters as well as explore the possibilities for meaningful dialogue.
Originally from Calcutta, Dr Lobo worked first worked at Monash after moving to Australia “for a change of experience”.
At Deakin, she is the holder of one of the prestigious Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, a scheme set up four years ago to help talented Early Career Researchers to fast track their careers by undertaking research full time.
“The books were already well underway when I got my Fellowship,” Dr Lobo explained.
“I was working on them as a part-time researcher under an ARC grant”
“However, from July last year, when I started my Fellowship, I had some extra time to concentrate on completing them, which was really important to me.
“And since then I have been able to focus on my research project which has included a trip to Darwin where I am looking at relationships between indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities in public space.
“I am also planning to attend an international conference this year”.
“It is a privilege to receive an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. As a mature-aged migrant woman of Indian heritage it has opened doors - the stuff of dreams has become living reality”.
The book launch will be held at Deakin’s Burwood Campus on Wednesday, February 15th, at 12.30pm.