ADI Public Seminar Series

20 June 2018
Melbourne Burwood Campus

The ADI Public Seminar Series is a forum for members of the Alfred Deakin Institute to share emerging research and exchange ideas on a wide range of topics.

Event details

The ADI Public Seminar Series is a forum for members of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation to share emerging research and exchange ideas on a wide range of topics. Selected papers presented at seminars may be considered for publication in the Journal of Citizenship and Globalisation Studies.

Seminars are held monthly (and linked across campuses via VMP video conferencing) between 12:00 – 1:00 pm held in seminar rooms across all campuses (we will be using Burwood C2.05, Waurn Ponds ic3.108, and Deakin Downtown).

Wednesday 16 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Dr Matteo Vergani – Radicalisation in Southeast Asia

Wednesday 20 June, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Professor Anita Harris – Youth Transition and Transnational Mobility: Rethinking Conceptual Frameworks for Lives on the Move

Wednesday 18 July, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz and Dr James Barry – Minority Perspectives of Home: Turkish Alevis, Armenians and Kurds in Australia

Wednesday 29 August, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Dr Dara Conduit – The Iran 19 May 2017 presidential election, polling and transparency

Wednesday 19 September, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Professor Greg Barton and Dr Matteo Vergani - Islam’s Other Nation: Faith in a Democratic Indonesia

Wednesday 10 October, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Billy Griffiths – Submerged histories: the flooding of Sahul in archaeological evidence and oral history

Wednesday 7 November, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

A/Prof. Eben Kirksey - Justice in West Papua: A Para-ethnographic Study of the Biak Tribunal

On July 6th, 1998, Indonesian soldiers violently disbanded a large encampment of Papuan people on the island of Biak.  They were protesting against the violence of Indonesian rule over West Papua. On the fifteen year anniversary of this massacre, on July 6th 2013, a Citizens Tribunal was held on the campus of the University of Sydney by prominent legal professionals, international human rights advocates, and survivors of the massacre.

Evidence of rape, torture, and the mass killing of civilians was formally tendered to the Biak Tribunal.  While the Tribunal had no authority to apply the law, it functioned as a “para-ethnographic” event that facilitated unconventional ways of speaking and thinking about justice (cf. Marcus 2000; Holmes and Marcus 2005).  “Justice is an experience of the impossible,” in the words of Jacques Derrida.  Law (droit) is the application of the rules, while “justice is incalculable, it requires us to calculate with the incalculable” (1992: 16).

The Tribunal was an opportunity to reflect on why international rules had not been applied to the Biak massacre.  The event functioned as a diagnostic opportunity for considering situations where the distinction between the just and the unjust is never insured by a rule.

Key information

Date and time

Monthly, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Check the monthly details above for specific days)


Burwood Campus, C2.05
Waurn Ponds Campus, ic3.108
Deakin Downtown, VMP Deakin 04 39384