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  • Teaching while Black: Navigating Race and Racism within Higher Education

    Teaching while Black: Navigating Race and Racism within Higher Education

    All day
    University of Technology Sydney Building 10, Level 5 Room 580 15 Broadway Ultimo, NSW 2007

    (Information via the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, The University of Queensland)

    Indigenous academics play a critical role in embedding Indigenous perspectives and knowledges within the curriculum, however the task of teaching can be a source of stress, particularly in encountering hostile and resistant students. While these challenges are increasingly recognized, there has been a limited response from a teaching and learning perspective about how to navigate race and racism within the classroom. The purpose of this Symposium is to identify culturally safe pedagogies for Indigenous educators tasked with teaching Indigenous knowledges and perspectives within Australian Universities.

    Guest Panelists include:

    Professor Bronwyn Fredericks (Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Central Queensland University)

    Professor Dennis McDermott (Poche Chair in Indigneous Health and Wellbeing, Flinders University)

    Dr Chelsea Bond (Senior Research Fellow, Poche Center for Indigenous Health, The University of Queensland)

    Dr Bryan Mukandi (Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland)

    Mr David Sjoberg (Associate Lecturer in Indigenous Health, Poche Center for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing, Flinders University)

    Ms Debbie Bargallie (PhD Candidate, Central Queensland University)

    While the focus of this Symposium is on the experiences and practices of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander educators involved in teaching Indigenous knowledges within an Australian University, it is also open to non-Indigenous eductators working in this space.

    Lunch will be provided and spaces are limited so please secure your ticket as soon as possible.

    This Symposium is funded as part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship.

  • Book Launch: Australia’s New Migrants: International Students’ History of Affective Encounters with the Border by Maria Elena Indelicato

    Book Launch: Australia’s New Migrants: International Students’ History of Affective Encounters with the Border by Maria Elena Indelicato

    18:00 -20:00
    169 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia

    ACRAWSA is thrilled to be hosting the launch of Maria Elena Indelicato’s book, Australia’s New Migrants: International Students’ History of Affective Encounters with the Border.

    The book will be launched on April 13 at Western Sydney University, Parramatta Centre, 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia. Room: PC-01.9.25 (Lounge).

    Maria Elena Indelicato will be joined in conversation by Roanna Gonsalves, Sukhmani Khorana and Alana Lentin. The event will be chaired by Remy Yi Siang Low.

    About the book:

    This book offers a comprehensive and critical analysis of the tropes employed in the categorization of international students living and studying in Australia. Establishing the position of migrant students as ’subjects of the border’, the author employs various models of emotion in an analysis of the ways in which public debates on migration and education in Australia have problematised international students as an object of national compassion or resentment in relation to other national concerns at the time, such as the country’s place in the Asia-Pacific region, the integrity of its borders and the relative competitiveness of its economy.

    Applying an innovative methodology, which combines the breadth of a diachronic study with the depth afforded by the close analysis of a diverse range of case studies – including the protests staged by Indian international students against a spate of violent attacks, which led to their labelling as ‘soft targets’ in national discourses – Australia’s New Migrants constitutes an important contribution to our understanding of the ways in which emotions shape national collectives’ orientation towards others. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, cultural studies and education with interests in migration, race and emotion.’

    Chair and Discussants:

    Remy Yi Siang Low is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. In his teaching and research, Remy draws on cultural theory and historical inquiry to examine contemporary educational contexts and practices, with a particular focus on issues of identity and difference.

    Roanna Gonsalves came to Sydney as an international student from India. She is the author of the acclaimed ‘The Permanent Resident’ (UWAP), and a four-part series of radio documentaries, On the tip of a billion tongues, ( Earshot, ABC RN). ‘The Permanent Resident’ has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Multicultural Prize, is on several lists of must-read books, and on the syllabi of courses at a number of universities. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales. See more at https://roannagonsalves.com.au/

    Sukhmani Khorana is Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture, and Academic Program Leader of the South West Sydney campus at the University of Wollongong. She is the editor of a Routledge anthology titled Crossover Cinema (2013). Sukhmani has published extensively on transnational film and television, refugee media and the politics of empathy. She holds a current ARC Linkage project (with the Museum of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image) examining the role of television in the experience of migration to Australia. She has a new research monograph on food cultures in Australia (published by Rowman and Littlefield International).

    Alana Lentin is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at the Western Sydney University and current ACRAWSA President. She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. She is co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies. Her latest books are Racism and Sociology (with Wulf D. Hund 2014) and The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Gavan Titley, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, European Journal of Social Theory, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice. www.alanalentin.net.

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  • Screening of ‘Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time’ by Behrouz Boochani

    Screening of ‘Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time’ by Behrouz Boochani

    18:00 -20:00
    The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

    ACRAWSA is happy to inform you about the upcoming screenings of Behrouz Boochani’s film.

    Presented in collaboration with DocPlay and The Saturday Paper.

    In conjunction with the 21st Biennale of Sydney, we are pleased to present two screenings of the documentary, Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time (2017) on 6–8pm, Wednesday 18 April and 2–4pm, Sunday 22 April (tickets below).

    Detained on Manus Island, journalist Behrouz Boochani is determined that his narrative will not get reinterpreted and lost within history. Boochani secretly captured footage on his mobile phone, sending it across the world to be shaped into a film.

    The film ties to this year’s Biennale theme, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, which examines notions around conflicting ideas across all levels of humanity. It looks at different cultures; readings of nature and the universe; political ideologies and systems of government; and interpretations of human history.

    The Wednesday 18 April screening will include a Q&A with a special guest speaker.

    Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time (2017)

    Director: Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani, duration: 1 hour 30 minutes, rating: unclassified ages 15+, languages: English, Persian, Kurdish, with some subtitles

    Manus Island is the setting for this collaboration between an Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee and an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, made with footage from a mobile phone.

    Filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani and journalist Behrouz Boochani shared a love of cinema. They decided to create a record of daily life in the Manus Island detention centre. Boochani secretly captured footage on his mobile phone, sending it to The Netherlands to be shaped into a narrative. He filmed detainees phoning anxious relatives, ambulances arriving and fences being erected around the ramshackle camp. Their intention was to document the situation so that in the future no political leader can present a distorted narration of the events.

    Please note this film is recommended for ages 15+.

    *Concession: Tertiary/TAFE/ESL Students with photo ID, Senior’s Card holders, Unemployed/Concession Card holders, NAVA card holders.



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