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Symposium: Migration, Social Inclusion and the Multicultural City

Friday, 14 Sep from 9am to 5pm. Western Sydney University, Parramatta City Campus.

The symposium will bring together academics, government and NGO agencies, community workers and industry, with the aim of identifying and discussing the pertinent challenges today – new and persistent – in the intersections of global migration and social inclusion in Australia’s multicultural cities. In the recently convened 2018 United Nations World Urban Forum, the issues of migration, integration and social inclusion featured prominently in deliberations around new urban agendas. The World Urban Forum recognised that cities remain at the center of processes of international migration flows and challenges of diversity – as the principal destination for migrant settlement, as the localised site for articulations of national border anxieties, as the space through which modes of human mobilities, rights and citizenship are facilitated or constrained, and as the everyday mediating ground for racial and ethnic tensions but also of cosmopolitan futures. The symposium will provide opportunities for networking and collaborative discussion between academic researchers, policy-makers and community practitioners in how we can build inclusive cities.

The symposium will have 2 academic research panels and 2 non-academic policy and community panels. The academic research panels will showcase current and innovative social science research on migration and multiculturalism issues in Australia.

Academic speakers:

A/Prof Farida Fozdar
Dr Randa Abdel Fattah
Dr Shanthi Robertson
Dr Jacqueline Nelson
A/Prof Amanda Wise
Dr Christina Ho
Dr Kristine Aquino
Dr Jennifer Cheng
Zarlasht Sarwari
Doug Cronin
Charlotte Sefton

Non-academic speakers:

Senior Constable Maha Sukkar, Victoria Police
Nirary Dacho, Refugee Talent
Nickie Flambouras, AFL Multcultural Programs NSW/ACT

There will be a concise theme to which all of the presentations will be required to speak, ensuring a focused Q&A and discussion. Breaks will facilitate networking and collaborative discussion.

Full details of this event will be available soon.

This event is hosted by the Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Thematic Group of The Australian Sociological Association, in conjunction with the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University and the School of International Studies, Global Studies Program at the University of Technology Sydney.