Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Identities: Difficult Dialogues, Sensible Solutions
The Diversity Conference, hosted jointly by the University of Technology, Sydney and RMIT University, Melbourne in December 2000, brought the focus of a number of Australian politicians, community leaders and prominent academics to bear around the central themes of:
- Australia in the World - the wide-ranging issues raised by globalisation, Indigenous and human rights, immigration, refugees and the controversial Australian visa system.
- Imagining Ourselves - focussed on the way reconciliation between Indigenous and immigrant Australians is being represented in the National imagination; how multiculturalism, under threat worldwide, is currently viewed in Australia and a call for us to approach cultural diversity as a cause for celebration, not fear.
- Everyday Diversity - practical thoughts about the nuts and bolts issues - how we can create anti-racism strategies that work; how best to manage diversity in workplaces, places of learning and local communities and how to ensure access and equity and equal employment opportunity.
This collection is an attempt to create neutral ground for considered reflection of the issues that arise from our Indigenous diversity, our immigrant diversity and our location in a region where diversity is a central and pressing issue.
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 1.
Book: Print (Paperback), ISBN: 1863350799.
Book: Electronic (PDF File; 645.509KB), ISBN: 1863350802.
Mary Kalantzis is an Innovation Research Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and is President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education.
She was a part time Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission from 1994 to 1997 and Chair of the Queensland Ethnic Affairs Ministerial Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1997.
Her publications include co-authorship of Minority Languages and Dominant Culture with Cope and Slade (Falmer Press, London, 1989); Cultures of Schooling: Pedagogies for Cultural Difference and Social Access with Cope, Noble and Poynting (Falmer Press, London, 1990); and Productive Diversity (Pluto Press, Sydney, 1997). Her latest books are an edited collection, with Bill Cope, based on the work of the New London Group, Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures (Routledge, London, 2000) and A Place in the Sun: Re-creating the Australian Way of Life (Harper Collins, Sydney, 2000).
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