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Cultural Diversity and News in Australia Symposium

Deakin University

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)

Cultural Diversity and News in Australia Symposium

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This ticket-type is for those who have been accepted to present a research paper at the symposium. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by August 7 2017.
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This ticket-type is for those who wish to attend the symposium as audience members only. PLEASE NOTE: we are currently at capacity for audience-only attendance. Please email Rebecca Hutton (r.hutton@deakin.edu.au) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list to attend if a place becomes available. Those who are placed on the waiting list will be notified by August 13 if a place becomes available, and places will be allocated in the order that requests are received. There are still places reserved for those presenting or participating in a discussion panel. Any questions, please contact r.hutton@deakin.edu.au
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Call for research papers and discussion panels

It is well-documented that the media have a significant impact on intercultural relations in contemporary societies. This symposium will explore the role of the media in strengthening or weakening social cohesion on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 at Deakin University, Downtown. 

The 'Cultural Diversity and News in Australia Symposium' has two aims --- to present research on the media’s coverage of multicultural events and issues, and facilitate a dialogue between media representatives, community leaders, scholars and policy makers to identify strategies to strengthen the role of journalism in building and maintaining multicultural resilience among Australian communities.

In this globalised world, we know almost instantaneously when a violent incident is either motivated by racial or religious views takes place no matter where it occurs. This often results in dissemination of information about the incident when political leaders and citizens react to the incident, which in turn are reported on traditional media, new media and social networking sites. At times these views can be extreme, they can increase tension among citizens and undermine social cohesion. Questions can be asked about how the media frames the incident and people’s views in this context result in a sense of exclusion in broader society. 

Increasing fragmentation of news media has meant that audiences have new and greater access to a variety of media sources and platforms to find news of their personal interest. This has complicated the debate about the impact of the media and public discourse on new media platforms. The 'Cultural Diversity and News in Australia Symposium' will explore how the media covers transnational and multicultural events and issues. The symposium will also provide participants an opportunity to commence dialogue with various stakeholders to help challenge inflexible, intolerant and discriminatory views and behaviours wherever they may exist.

 

Participants 

 Confirmed participants include:

  • Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Right Commission
  • Tracey Spicer, journalist, writer & co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media
  • Gaven Morris, Director of News, ABC
  • Jim Carroll, Director of News and Current Affairs, SBS
  • Michael Short, Chief Editorial Writer, The Age
  • Professor Andrew Markus, Pratt Foundation Research Chair of Jewish Civilization, Monash University
  • Professor Karen Farquharson, Swinburne University
  • Alan Sunderland, Head of Editorial Policy, ABC
  • Clare O’Neil, Director of Corporate Affairs, SBS
  • Dr Irene Bouzo, Executive Officer, Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
  • Ahmet Keskin, Australian Intercultural Society
  • Andrew Holden, Cricket Australia (former Editor-in-chief, The Age)
  • Anna Parle, Director of Community Resilience and Social Inclusion, DPC, Victoria Government
  • Other representatives from the media, community organisations, scholars, and Victoria Police.

 

Registration

Registrations have now closed. Please email Rebecca Hutton (r.hutton@deakin.edu.au) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the event.


This symposium is supported by the Victoria Government’s Social Cohesion Research Grant, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV). The Cultural Diversity and News in Australia symposium conveners are Dr Usha M. Rodrigues and Professor Yin Paradies, Deakin University. 

 

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Deakin Downtown
727 Collins Street
Docklands, VIC 3008
Australia

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)


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