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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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Presenter 11/08/2017 Free  
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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.


Submission guidelines

Presenters: We welcome potential presenters to submit a 250-word abstract for scholarly/research based papers on topics related to the media and cultural diversity in Australia for the mid-morning sessions. 

Discussion Panels: We also welcome a 250-word summary for discussion panels on topics related to the media and cultural diversity in Australia from representatives of the media, community organisations, scholars and those working in the policy formulation space for the afternoon sessions. 

We look forward to receiving your abstracts for this inaugural conference addressing the media’s role in Australia’s multicultural society.  Please send research paper abstracts and panel discussion proposals to Rebecca Hutton at no later than July 31, 2017.


Presenters and panellists will be notified of acceptance by August 7, 2017.



Places are limited, so we encourage all attendees to register for the 'Cultrual Diversity and News in Australia Symposium' as early as possible. Registrations for the event will close at 5pm on August 11, 2017. To register as a presenter, panellist, or audience member, please use the Register button on this page.

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. 

Have questions about Cultural Diversity and News in Australia Symposium? Contact Deakin University

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Deakin Downtown
727 Collins Street
Docklands, VIC 3008

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

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