Category Archives: Multiculturalism

The contribution of Indonesian Islam to Western Civilisation

This week I delivered the opening keynote at the annual conference of universities that are overseen by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) in Indonesia. Though not an expert in Islamic Studies or religion, I was asked to attend to speak … Continue reading

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Mutualism: Chinese Contemporary Ink Wash Painting Exhibition

Recently I was asked to curate an exhibition of Ink Wash Paintings at the Chinese Culture Centre. The work was launched in August 2016. As the curator, I also wrote the essay titled Mutualism: a connection across worlds which I have reproduced … Continue reading

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Brexit: Musings from a progressive non-expert…

The decision of the majority of the population to leave the European Union – or the so-called ‘Brexit’ – has sent shockwaves around the world.   It seems that very few people expected this to actually happen: even the leaders … Continue reading

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Paris: How do we react to this madness?

The events in Paris have left us all feeling bewildered. I, along with the rest of the world, watched in horror as everything unfolded.   Though I love Paris – it is a place close to my heart as I … Continue reading

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Re-defining literacy: Internationalisation as a form of literacy…

One focus of my research areas has been to consider the skills that, as educators, we should be teaching our students. It is a project which includes a collaboration with Dr David Hornsby (from Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa) – who … Continue reading

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On Cultural Humility

One of my favourite things about living in a multicultural society is the opportunity to work with people from many cultures. Diverse and multicultural societies are fulfilling, from the sharing of food, music and traditions, to an appreciation of the … Continue reading

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On social construction and expectations…

One of the topic areas I teach that creates the most comment and controversy is the area of ‘social construction.’ The idea here is that things we expect to be ‘natural’ or ‘innate’ are actually learnt behaviours.   There are … Continue reading

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The Gillard Government… the good and the bad

Over the last few years, I have written, debated and analysed many different aspects of Australian politics. It has been a torrid time.   Many conservative commentators have described the Gillard Government as ‘the worst in history’. This is a … Continue reading

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Whiteness and literature: learning about superiority

Whiteness studies is a research area I have been working on over the last few years. It is a complimentary way of studying the issue of ‘racism’. This is an interdisciplinary area of inquiry looking at the various cultural, historical … Continue reading

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Racism: are we a racist country?

I cannot help but wonder what drives prejudice. Yes, for sure, we all have had negative interactions with some people from some cultures, like other cultures have had negative interactions with ours, but is that enough to take a position … Continue reading

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