Victoria University has consolidated its research activity. From 2018 research of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW) is located within the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities.
The Centre has a strong commitment to being outward looking and inclusive.
2016 seminars (series convenor: Dr Mario Peucker)
- Re-defining the ‘host’: Stories of resilience amongst international students in the UK, presented by Jodi Gregory (24 October 2016): this seminar is co-sponsored by The Victoria Institute and the Graduate Research Centre.
- Revisiting 'structures', presented by Professor Ghassan Hage (19 October 2016).
- Building peace via action research: African case studies, presented by Professor Geoff Harris (5 October 2016).
- Women in/and planning: looking backwards, outwards and forward, presented by Professor Carolyn Whitzman (21 September 2016): this seminar is co-sponsored by CCDW and the Feminist Research Network.
- The suspect population: rural refugees and America's war in South Vietnam, presented by Dr Robert Kelley Schneiders (Wednesday 24 August).
- The art of belonging: Exploring local (non)belonging among refugee-background Karen youth in Bendigo through arts-based research, presented by Dr Caitlin Nunn (Wednesday 27 July).
- Islamophobia, Aboriginality and Australian authenticity, presented by Dr Shakira Hussein (22 June 2016).
- Finding the solution to "Wicked Problems". Foresight for Public Policy in Melbourne (and beyond): Opportunities and Challenges, presented by Dr José Ramos (15 June 2016).
- Dancing the feminine: Gender and identity performances by Indonesian migrant women, presented by Dr Monika Winarnita (18 May 2016).
- Cultural citizenship, image-making and ‘radicalisation’: a comparative overview of Somalis in Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom, presented by Dr Vivian Gerrand (20 April 2016).
- Combating Islamophobia through history teaching, presented by Associate Professor Yosanne Vella (17 March 2016): this seminar is co-sponsored by CCDW and the Victorian Institute.
2015 seminars (series convenor: Dr Isabelle de Solier)
- Digital humanities seminar, presented by Professor Sarah Pink and Associate Professor Scott McQuire (26 November 2015).
- Refugee Resettlement, Belonging and Disaster Risk Reduction, presented by Dr Jay Marlowe (13 November 2015).
- Digital ethnography seminar, presented by Associate Professor Heather Horst and Dr Yolande Strengers (4 November 2015).
- Dr Tony Birch presents on climate change, presented by Dr Tony Birch (29 October 2015).
- Active citizenship of Muslims in Australia and Germany, presented by Dr Mario Peucker (24 September 2015).
- Double seminar on Cultural history of migration & health in Victoria, presented by Dr Karina Smith and Dr Caroline Clark (27 August 2015).
- Australian attitudes towards immigrants & asylum seekers, presented by Professor Andrew Markus (28 July 2015).
- Alcoholism & drug addiction: A historical exploration, presented by Dr Caroline Clark (30 June 2015).
- Opening gates and windows: The ethics and aesthetics of representing a cross-cultural parenting relationship via documentary: a 20-minute talk accompanied by a 4-minute film, presented by Paola Bilbrough (26 May 2015).
- Symposium: Diversifying contexts and pathways to community resilience (5 May 2015).
- Keepers of Ghosts: Exploring urban identity and belonging through old signs, digital media practices and a community project in Melbourne's inner west: presented by Dr Stefan Schutt of CCDW. (2 October 2014).
- Sleep-related problems & psychological difficulties of former South Sudanese refugees: presented by Professor Dorothy Bruck (9 September 2014).
- Food blogging: Making the self through food in a digital world: presented by Isabelle de Solier (26 August 2014).
- Addiction and moral identity: User views and experiences of how drug use impacts values and ethics: presented by Associate Professor Craig Fry of CCDW and Dr Robyn Dwyer of CCDW (26 June 2014).
Disenchantments: Counter-terror narratives and conviviality: presented by Professor Michele Grossman of CCDW (15 April 2014).
Throughout 2013, the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW) was host to a series of 'pop-up' seminars. Some of our past seminars include:
- The role of community policing in countering violent extremism: a seminar presented by Amin Kosseim. (19 November 2013).
- Current ethical challenges and needs in Australian e-research: a seminar presented by Associate Professor Craig Fry of CCDW. (31 October 2013).
Food, gender and refugee community moments: security and freedom?
Presented by Dr Hannah Lewis from the University of Leeds, this seminar will look at the cultural and symbolic significance of food for recently arrived refugees in the UK. (17 September 2013).
- Future directions for food: a mini-conference to look at improving nutrition, cuisine, food markets and rural livelihoods. The mini conference will look at some of the big issues in Timor-Leste with equal access to diverse and nutritious food for all its citizens. (30 August 2013).
- Creating connection: deploying the social potential of technology to improve young people's mental health and wellbeing: a discussion of three current projects that use technology to support youth mental health and wellbeing. (24 July 2013).
To find out more about upcoming or previous seminars, or to suggest a theme for a seminar, please contact us.
The Centre also organises workshops that bring together university researchers, wider networks and organisations working in the area of cultural diversity and wellbeing.
If you are interested in finding out more or getting involved, please contact us.
In the media
- Fake gestures, bullying, empathy, online dating and loneliness (The Australian, 22 May 2015).
- Court of Arbitration decision on Essendon doping was the right one. (The Age (Comment), 13 January, 2016)
- Cyclists: What will you do about doping now? (The Conversation, 5 February, 2016)
- Here’s why the recent changes to NSW cycling laws may be a good move. (The Conversation, 4 March, 2016)
- Can cycling help with grief and depression? (The Conversation, 23 June, 2016)
- Horton wins by naming the elephant in the room at Rio Olympics. (The Conversation, 9 August, 2016).
- Is Sonia Kruger right about ‘reverse discrimination’? (News.com, 3 August 2016)
- Path to Islamic State: families of radicalised Australians to share stories (The Age, 22 June 2016)
- Australian Expert Professor Michele Grossman Chats about Radicalism (Radio Islam International – South Africa, 2 June 2016)
- People more likely to report suspected violent extremists ‘if they trust police’ (The Guardian, 1 December 2015)
- Paris attacks: anti-terror programs ‘don’t reach radicals’ (The Australian, 20 November 2015)
- Melbourne at a crossroads heading to 8 million inhabitants (Sydney Morning Herald, 4 August 2015)
- Terrorism summit: both security and prevention measures needed: professor Michele Grossman (ABC News, 11 June 2015)
- Counter-terrorism adviser: Abbott’s IS ‘death cult’ label is counter-productive (Sydney Morning Herald, 12 May 2015)
- De-radicalisation and the ‘authentic voices’ of reason (ABC Radio National, 29 March 2015)
- Why would young woman Hayat Boumeddiene sign up to a life of terror? (Herald Sun, 17 January 2015)
- Tough is not enough: ten smarter ways to counter violent extremism (The Conversation, 23 October 2014)
- Denmark works to 'rehabilitate' those involved in Iraq, Syria (SBS, 17 September 2014)
- Victoria Police's Priority Communities Division: real change or just more talk? (The Age, 30 April 2014)
- Refugee arts program is on song. (Education Today magazine, 2013)
- Chief Investigators: Professor Michele Grossman (CCDW) and Associate Professor Christopher Sonn (College of Arts). View the full 'New Moves' report.
- Anti-Muslim agenda in media and rallies drags discourse to the political right (The Age, 13 June 2016, together with Debra Smith)
- Muslims 'Radicalised' into Active Citizenship: The Untold Story (ABC Religion and Ethics, 21 December 2015)
- ‘We are not going to sit on the periphery’: how Australian Muslims enact their citizenship (The Conversation, 16 October 2015).
- Anti-Muslim agenda in media and rallies drags discourse to the political right (The Age, 13 June 2016, together with Dr Mario Peucker)
- Radical Rewire (SBS 2, 2nd June 2016).
- Australia's campaign to preserve 'ghost signs' (The Straits Times, 1 June 2014)
- Sign language (The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 May 2014)
- Signs of the times (The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 May 2014)
- Ghost signs of Ballarat show a century of advertising (The Courier, 28 April 2014)
- Sign of the times (State Library of Victoria - Dome Centenary, July 2013)
- Ghost signs: an interview on 'Breakfast with Red Symons' (ABC Radio 774, 12 March 2013)
- 'Retrostalgia' hunters on the trail of ghost signs faded in time (The Age, 9 March 2013)
- Facebook hoaxes, technology and kids with autism (ABC Radio, 29 November 2012)
- Lab holds key to potential (Maribyrnong Weekly, 5 September 2012)
- Byte Into It Interview (RRR Radio, 21 March 2012)
- Small histories project radio interview (RRR Radio, 28 September 2011)
- The writing's on the wall (Maribyrnong Weekly, 25 July 2012)
- A sign of the times uncovered in Footscray (Maribyrnong Leader, 20 July 2012).