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UNISA Guest Seminar
Tue 10 November 2015, 16:15 – 19:00 GMT
You are warmly invited to join us for a special seminar on Tuesday 10 November from our guests from the University of South Australia. The seminar is free and open to all.
Refreshments 16.15 - 17.00
Seminar 17.00 - 18.00
The Challenges of Visible Migrant Settlement in Regional Australia
Presenter: David Radford
The nature of Australia's growing multicultural society requires individuals and communities to meaningful engage and negotiate with one another's 'differences and sameness''. Pardy and Lee have argued that increasing diverse communities living in the same physical location 'is not something to be accepted, rejected or debated', rather, '…it is a fact of life' (2011, p. 300), influenced in no small part by globalisation and increased mobilities (Urry 2007; Elliott & Urry 2010). What is important is how individuals, and in this case study, Australian regional communities, respond or react to this 'fact'. Recent work into the nature of Australia's multicultural society has investigated how diverse local and immigrant communities negotiate their interpersonal relations in everyday life experiences, what has been called 'everyday multiculturalism' (Wise & Velayutham 2009; Harris 2009; Noble & Poynting 2010). This paper draws on this concept and seeks to unpack tensions and innovations in regional Australian communities which are facing a growing influx of 'visible migrants', mostly from Asia, the Middle East and Africa. I argue that keys to promoting inclusion, cohesion, resilience in regional communities necessarily includes identifying and strengthening capacities for intercultural understanding and 'entrepreneurship' by both long-term regional residents and new migrants.
Dr David Radford is Senior Research Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute (HRI), University of South Australia. He is also a lead researcher in the Hawke-EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations based at the HRI, with a Superdiversity and Human Rights research focus. David’s research interests are in mobilities, identities and social change. He is presently investigating diverse (refugee) migration in regional Australian communities, and religious and ethnic identity transformation in post-Soviet Central Asia.
The Cultural Exclusion of Irregular Maritime Arrivals
Presenter: Louis Everuss
Irregular Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) are a population of asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat. Despite the high success rate they have achieved when they have been allowed to apply for refugee status, they are characterised in the Australian media as deviant outsiders and harshly treated by the Australian Government. The aim of this paper is two-fold. It first seeks to demonstrate that the representation and treatment of IMAs is not without precedent in Australia. Instead it is seen as the most recent iteration of a long standing cultural practice in which specific minorities have been excluded, such as in the case of Indigenous Australians and Asian Migrants. Placing the exclusion of these populations within the same cultural practice draws heavily on the theory of Giorgio Agamben, who argues that modern group formations require the exclusion of certain populations from the majority. The second aim of this paper is to investigate the key aspects that distinguish the exclusion of IMAs from the exclusion of past populations in Australia. I argue that the most notable new features of the exclusion of IMAs are the grounds on which it is justified. While it was the perceived racial and ethnic differences that were used to exclude Indigenous Australian’s and ‘Asian Migrants’, it is the perceived ‘moral’ and ‘economic’ differences that are used to exclude IMAs. With reference to the social theories of Zygmunt Bauman and Mary Douglas, I argue that this fundamental shift has occurred because the forms of human togetherness promoted within Australian culture have changed. The Australian group formation is now based on the idea that Australia is a modern ethical nation that is globally ‘open for business’, a sentiment that is reinforced by the exclusion of IMAs who are cast as ‘queue jumpers’ and ‘economic migrants’.
Louis Everuss is a PhD Candidate at the Hawke Research Institute (HRI), University of South Australia. His research analyses the representation of asylum seekers in Australia’s media and political discourse. His work has recently been published in Media International Australia. In 2013, he co-authored a report for the Australian National Asylum Summit, which was funded by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the UNESCO chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies.
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