Jeff Crisp is Head of UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Service at the organisation’s Headquarters in Geneva. In addition to the 24 years he has spent with UNHCR, Jeff has held senior positions with the Global Commission on International Migration, the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues and the British Refugee Council. He has first-hand experience of refugee situations in more than 50 countries around the world and has published widely on refugee, humanitarian and migration issues, as well as African affairs. He has a PhD in African history from the University of Birmingham in the UK.
Peter Arndt has been Executive Officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane since 2001. His work’s principal areas of focus are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples justice issues, asylum seeker and refugee policy, climate change, workplace relations and human rights in Sri Lanka and West Papua. He is currently the Chair of Queensland Churches Together Indigenous Peoples Partnership, Convenor of the Sri Lanka Justice Forum, Convenor of the West Papua Solidarity Group Brisbane and Convenor of the Minority Peoples Working Group of the Asia/Pacific Justice and Peace Workers Network.
Professor Loretta Baldassar is Professor in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia and Adjunct Principal Research Fellow Political and Social Inquiry Monash University. Her research topics include; How migrant and refugee families manage their care obligations across geographical distance; and The integration of second generation migrants. Major publications include Refugee Protection and the Role of Law (with Kneebone and Stevens, Routledge forthcoming 2014); Transnational Families Migration and the Circulation of Care: understanding mobility and absence in family life (with Merla Routledge, 2013); Families Caring Across Borders (with Baldock & Wilding, Palgrave 2007) and Visits Home (MUP 2001).
Father Frank Brennan Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest, Professor of Law at Australian Catholic University and Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He was the founding director of Uniya, the Australian Jesuit Social Justice Centre. He is a board member of St Vincents Health Australia. His book Tampering with Asylum compares Australia’s asylum policies with other first world countries. The National Trust classified him as a Living National Treasure at the same time that Paul Keating labelled him “the meddling priest”. In 2009, he chaired the Australian National Human Rights Consultation Committee.
Professor Brian Castro is the author of ten novels and a volume of essays on writing and culture. His novels have won a number of state and national prizes including the Australian/Vogel literary award, The Age Fiction Prize, the National Book Council Prize for Fiction, three Victorian Premier’s awards, two NSW Premier’s awards and the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction. In 2007 he was appointed Professorial Research Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. He currently holds the Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide and is the director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. Castro is recognised internationally as an authority on issues of melancholy, diaspora, hybridity and nationalism.
Sonia Caton is a Brisbane-based solicitor/migration agent and a former member of several commonwealth review tribunals and former Director and Principal Solicitor of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service; the Service was awarded a National Human Rights Award under her leadership. Sonia now chairs the Refugee Council of Australia; is a consultant to a number of organisations working with asylum seekers (she was integral to the successful launch of the Community Placement Network – a scheme by which asylum seekers are placed in Australian homes). She has worked in detention centres on Christmas Island and elsewhere; and has recently visited Afghanistan and Turkey, where she inspected conditions of refugees and returnees in camps and urban situations.
Brad Chilcott founded a movement called ‘Welcome to Australia’ in April 2011 designed to give everyday Australians an opportunity to personally and practically engage in the task of cultivating a culture of welcome in their local communities and nation. ‘Welcome to Australia’ is now a national organisation with branches in 6 cities and a large network of volunteers, partners and high-profile ambassadors. Welcome to Australia was responsible for the ‘Walk Together’ events in 15 cities during Refugee Week 2013 where thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate diversity and call for a more inclusive public discourse.
Professor Mary Crock has worked in the area of immigration and refugee law since 1985. She is Professor of Public Law (and Associate Dean (Research)) at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. An Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law, she has been Chief Examiner/ Head Assessor in various Specialist Accreditation programs in Immigration Law across Australia since 1994. She helped to establish and run the Victorian Immigration Advice and Rights Centre Inc. in Melbourne, now the Refugee and Immigration Law Centre (Vic). She is author of eight books and reports and many articles on immigration and refugee law and is a very busy researcher in this field.
Robin de Crespigny is a Sydney film-maker, producer, director, writer and a former Directing Lecturer at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Most recently she is the author of the Penguin title The People Smuggler, which won the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature and the Queensland Literary Award, as well as being shortlisted for a Walkley Award.
Tamara Domicelj is the Regional Refugee Protection Adviser with Act for Peace (the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches Australia) and Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network – with over 120 civil society member organisations from over 20 countries. Tamara’s previous roles include: National Policy Director of the Refugee Council of Australia; Director of the Asylum Seekers Centre of NSW; and consultant on asylum seeker policy to the Australian Human Rights Commission and Oxfam Australia. Tamara has sat on the management committee of several organisations, including the Refugee Advice and Casework Service NSW.
Geraldine Doney worked as an Occupational Therapist and Work Health Consultant before shifting focus to research and advocacy in the area of forced migration. While completing a Masters in Social Development, she began working as a research associate with the Centre for Refugee Research (CRR) at UNSW. She is now a PhD candidate while continuing her work with CRR. Geraldine and her CRR colleagues engage in research and advocacy activities locally and internationally, and facilitate self-advocacy of displaced communities from local to global levels, including at UN meetings. Geraldine has undertaken projects with grass roots refugee organisations, protection and settlement services, resettled refugees, and asylum seekers.
Judge Rolf Driver was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (formerly the Federal Magistrates Court) with effect from 31 July 2000. Previously, he had worked for 11 years as a senior litigator with the Australian Government Solicitor. Since his appointment to the Court, Judge Driver has heard cases in almost all areas of the Court’s jurisdiction and has sat in almost all of the Court’s registries. Judge Driver currently hears cases in migration, bankruptcy, human rights, copyright, industrial law, national security law and administrative law. Judge Driver is the Vice President of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges.
Mohamed Dukuly works for the NSW Service for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). He is part of a team that runs the Families in Cultural Transition (FICT) program. Born in Liberia, Mohamed later sought refuge in Nigeria fleeing from the civil war in Liberia. Mohamad arrived in Australia in 2005 and has more than eight years experience in running groups for refugee individuals and families. Mohamed is also a qualified Family Dispute Resolution practitioner. He holds a Bachelor degree in Education and postgraduate qualifications in Social Science and Family Mediation. Mohamed is presently undertaking his Master degree in Social Work.
Rebecca Eckard is the Research Coordinator for the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) and leads RCOA’s asylum policy work. Rebecca convenes several policy and advocacy networks, visits onshore detention facilities to meet with people held in detention and gather information about their concerns, drafts submissions and testimony for Parliamentary Inquiries and delivers information and education sessions on Australia’s asylum and refugee policies. Rebecca regularly participates in representative work on behalf of RCOA, including representing Australia at an international human rights forum. Before joining RCOA, Rebecca worked in policy and strategy at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. She first arrived in Australia on a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, having spent the previous years working with young people at risk of gang-related violence in the US.
Professor Anthony Elliott is Director of the Hawke Research Institute, where he is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and is the author and editor of some thirty books, translated into over a dozen languages. His most recent books include Making The Cut: How Cosmetic Surgery is Transforming our Lives (Chicago University Press, 2008), The New Individualism (with Charles Lemert, Routledge, 2009), and Reinvention (Routledge, 2013).
Louis Everuss is a PhD Candidate at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. His PhD, Tracing the Conception of Irregular Maritime Arrivals, aims to analyse the public presentation and private perception of ‘boat people’ in Australia. His main area of study is Australian immigration discourse in particular that which surrounds Irregular Maritime Arrivals.
Dr Michelle Foster is an Associate Professor and Director of the International Refugee Law Research Programme in the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of public law, international refugee law, and international human rights law. Michelle has published widely in the field of international refugee law, and her work has been cited extensively in the international refugee law literature and also in judicial decisions in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Her current research is focused on an ARC Discovery Project with Professor James Hathaway entitled ‘The Law of Refugee Status: A Theoretical and Comparative Analysis.’
Professor Raimond Gaita is Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and Professor Emeritus of Moral Philosophy at King’s College London. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Gaita’s books include: Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception, Romulus, My Father, which was made into a feature film of the same name, A Common Humanity: Thinking About Love & Truth & Justice, The Philosopher’s Dog, Breach of Trust: Truth, Morality and Politics and, as editor and contributor, Gaza: Morality Law and Politics and Muslims and Multiculturalism. His most recent book is After Romulus.
Dr Peter Gale is Associate Professor in Australian Studies at the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, University of South Australia. He has researched and published in the areas of racism and media discourse, immigration and diaspora, relations between Australia and India, and rights and transnationalism. Publications include articles and chapters such as ‘Transnationalism and the recognition of rights across borders’; ‘Rights beyond citizenship’, and a book titled The Politics of Fear. He is also co-convenor of the Human Rights and Security Research and Innovation Cluster at the University of South Australia.
Hassan Ghulam is a Public Relations Officer for the Australian Hazara Federation and case worker at Mercy Family Services QLD in the Community Detention Program. Hassan was previously the Deputy Director of the Austrian Relief Committee for Afghan Refugees in NWFP, Pakistan. He studied English at Griffith University and also studied at Kabul University Letter College.
Professor Murray Goot is an Australian Research Council Australian Professorial Fellow and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and a Visiting Professor at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney. His work focuses on public opinion, political parties, and the media. His publications include Population, Immigration and Asylum Seekers: Patterns of Australian Public Opinion (with Ian Watson), and Divided Nation? Indigenous Affairs and the Imagined Public (with Tim Rowse).
Abdul Karim Hekmat is a freelance writer and refugee advocate based in Sydney. He arrived as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2001 when the Taliban was still in power. Since graduating with Honours from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) under a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV), Abdul has participated in many forums, conferences, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and media debates on refugee issues. He has articles published about refugees and Hazaras in the mainstream media in Australia like at The Australian, National Times, The Age and the Drum. Abdul works at Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre in Sydney helping young people from refugee backgrounds with their settlement and capacity building. In 2012, he was awarded UTS Alumni Community Award and was recognised as a Refugee Ambassador by the Refugee Council of Australia.
Elizabeth Ho is foundation Director of the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at the University of South Australia; Deputy Chair of the Migrant Resource Centre of SA -the State’s peak settlement body; National Fellow of the Institute for Public Administration Australia. She is a People of Australia Ambassador; a member of the SA Women’s Honour Roll; and, holds Australian honours for services to education and women. The community–focused Hawke Centre was awarded a coveted 2011 SA Governor’s Multicultural Award. Elizabeth created the first cultural diversity team of any Australian State Library in SA, and remains steadfastly committed to a national multicultural ethos.
Carina Hoang at the age of 16 demonstrated amazing courage by escaping war–torn Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two younger siblings and 370 other people. She survived harrowing conditions in a refugee camp in Indonesia before being given the opportunity to go to the USA. In March 2011, Carina was inducted into Western Australia’s inaugural women’s Hall of Fame as one of Western Australia’s most courageous and inspiring women.
Robert Hattam is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and leader of Pedagogies for Justice research group. His research focuses on teachers’ work, critical and reconciliation pedagogies, refugees, and school reform. He has published in a range of international journals and has been involved in book projects with others that include: Schooling for a Fair Go, Teachers’ Work in a Globalising Economy, Dropping Out, Drifting Off, Being Excluded: Becoming Somebody Without School, Connecting Lives and Learning, and Pedagogies for Reconciliation.
Dr Eric Hsu is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. His research focuses on the emerging sociological study of sleep, globalization theory, temporal analysis and is co-editor of Globalization: A Reader (Routledge, 2010).
Professor Andrew Jakubowicz is Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney. He is a Board Member of the Institute for Cultural Diversity, a non-government organisation (NGO) dedicated to the advancement of cultural diversity leadership in Australia, and administers its website Cultural Diversity News. His recent research includes a study on the background to African Immigration to Australia for the Human Rights Commission, on the influences on young Australian Muslims for the Australian Government, and on the human rights and wellbeing of international students for Universities Australia and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He consults with SBS on multicultural documentary development, and is the narrative adviser and on-screen analyst on the award-winning multi-series Northern Pictures.
Dr James Jupp has concentrated his studies on immigration and ethnic issues in Australia, Britain and elsewhere and has completed three encyclopedias on Australian immigrants and religions. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Australian National University. He was awarded membership in the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Australian history and and multicultural studies. He has conducted surveys in Sri Lanka and England and returned recently from a visit to Albania, having previously been involved in diaspora studies in Greece and Macedonia. Among his recent writings is a joint work with the late Professor Michael Clyne called Multiculturalism and Integration (ANUE press, Canberra, 2011).
Dr Nahid Afrose Kabir is a senior research fellow at the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia. She was a visiting fellow in the “Islam in the West” program at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, USA in 2009–2011. Dr Kabir is the author of Muslims in Australia: Immigration, Race Relations and Cultural History (London: Routledge 2005), Young British Muslims: Identity, Culture, Politics and the Media (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2010) and Young American Muslims: Dynamics of Identity (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2013). Nahid Kabir was a volunteer at the Association for Services to Torture & Trauma Survivors in Perth, Western Australia and assisted Afghan women asylum seekers in their initial settlement.
Professor Ranjana Khanna is Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women’s Studies and Professor of English, Women’s Studies and the Literature Program at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, and Film, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis as well as postcolonial and feminist theory, literature and film. She is the author of Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008.) She has published in journals such as Differences, Signs, Third Text, Diacritics, Screen, Art History, Positions, SAQ, Feminist Theory, and Public Culture. Her current book manuscripts in progress are called: Asylum: The Concept and the Practice and Technologies of Unbelonging.
Mr Ben Lewis is an international lawyer and global Advocacy Coordinator for the International Detention Coalition (IDC). At IDC, Ben coordinates United Nations (UN) advocacy; state engagement toward alternatives to detention; provides technical assistance and transnational advocacy to over 250 non-governmental organisation members, faith-based groups, academics, practitioners and individuals working in 50 countries globally; undertakes strategic research to bolster knowledge of community-based alternatives to detention; and assists in the implementation of pilot projects on alternatives to detention in collaboration with state parties and member organisations around the world.
Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis became President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) in September 2012, having previously been Vice President since 2010. Mayor Lewis hails from South Australia and is the City of Marion’s first-ever female Mayor and the longest serving Mayor of more than ten years. Mayor Lewis is a passionate supporter of reform in local government and was President of the Local Government Association of South Australia in 2009/11. She is also the Disability Champion for SA. Mayor Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in Health Education at Flinders University focusing on health promotion and health education. In March this year, Felicity was awared the 2013 People of Australia Ambassodor.
Kevin Liston was the Director of the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) from 1983 to 2009. In 1998, he set up ARA Jobs Pty Ltd (an employment services provider for former refugees) and served as a Board Member from 1998 to 2007 and Chairperson from 2007 to 2009. He was on the Board of the Refugee Council of Australia from 1994 to 2010 and a member of the Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council (advising the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) from 1996 to 2009. Kevin was the founding Secretary/Treasurer of STTARS (Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service) in 1991, where he is now a board member. He is also on the Australian Red Cross SA Advisory Committee.
Cedric Manen has been the CEO of the Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania) Inc. since April 2007, working with refugees and migrants in the areas of settlement, aged care, employment, youth and community development. Prior to this, Cedric had 25 years of experience in corporate development and has lived, travelled and worked in 43 countries spanning five continents. Cedric has been the Chair of the Settlement Council of Australia since 2010 working alongside Federal Government ministers and stakeholders in improving settlement outcomes for people of migrant and refugee backgrounds. In July 2012, Cedric was part of the Australian delegation to the Annual Tripartite Consultation on Resettlement at the United Nations in Geneva, which is the primary international forum for dialogue and planning on resettlement of refugees.
Professor Robert Manne was Professor of Politics at La Trobe University until 2012. Presently he is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow there. He has published a large number of political essays and has written or edited twenty books. His essays and books have won numerous awards. Between 1990 and 1997 he was editor of Quadrant. From 1987 until 2005 he was a columnist on public affairs for both the Fairfax and Murdoch press and a regular commentator on the ABC. In 2005 he was voted Australia’s leading public intellectual in two polls. He is a member of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Professor Fethi Mansouri holds a research chair in migration and intercultural studies and is the Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation. He is the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge) and founding co-editor of the international Journal of Social Inclusion (Librello). Professor Mansouri is a global expert advisor to the United Nations (Alliance of Civilisations) on cultural diversity and intercultural relations and UNESCO Chair in comparative research on ‘Cultural Diversity and Social Justice’. He is a leading researcher in the University and a prominent scholar nationally and internationally. Professor Mansouri has published fourteen books, ten major research monographs, more than sixty refereed research articles and book chapters.
Peter Mares is an independent writer and an adjunct fellow at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University in Melbourne. In his former role as a journalist with the ABC for 25 years, Peter reported extensively on issues of human rights and human movement. He was author of the first comprehensive analysis of Australia’s approach to asylum seekers and refugees – the award winning book Borderline (UNSW Press 2001 & 2002). Since then Peter has published numerous articles and essays on migration-related topics in newspapers, magazines, journals and books.
Professor Penelope Mathew is the Freilich Foundation Professor at the Australian National University. Her main area of expertise is refugee law and she has worked with and for refugees in many capacities. She has presented evidence in numerous inquiries before the Australian Senate concerning legislative amendments affecting refugees, participated in expert forums hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and frequently comments on refugee issues in the media. Her most recent book is Reworking the Relationship between Asylum and Employment (Routledge, 2012).
Professor Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at UNSW. She is the Director of the International Refugee and Migration Law project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law; non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC; and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre. Jane publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change and mobility. She serves on a number of international committees and has undertaken consultancies for UNHCR and various governments on issues relating to forced migration and international law.
Dr Anthony Moran is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Australia. He teaches and researches in the areas of ethnicity, race, Indigenous issues, nationalism, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, political sociology, social policy and community studies. He is the author of Australia: Nation, Belonging and Globalization (Routledge 2005) and the co-author (with Judith Brett) of Ordinary People’s Politics (Pluto Press Australia, 2006). He has published articles in journals including Journal of Sociology, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Nations and Nationalism, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. He is currently completing a book on multiculturalism in Australia.
Claire O’Connor is a barrister who has practiced in a variety of human rights areas of law. For the last decade she has been involved in significant cases around the treatment of detainees and asylum seekers including acting for Cornelia Rau, and for Ahmed Al Kateb in the High Court. She continues to represent people who either have been or are still in detention whose mental health is compromised by the cruel and inhumane way we treat them.
Steve Pennells is a five-time Walkley Award winner and chief writer with The West Australian newspaper. He began his journalism career at The Esperance Express and Kalgoorlie Miner before joining The West Australian, becoming its State Political Editor and heading its Sydney and Melbourne bureaus. He worked for a time as the Nine Network’s Chief-of-Staff in Perth. After four years freelancing in Europe, he returned to the The West Australian as its chief writer– a roving brief which has taken him to war zones and disaster areas across the globe including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, China, Europe, the US and South-East Asia. He the winner of the 2012 Gold Walkley Award, the highest honour in Australian Journalism, and is a four-time winner of the United Nations Media Peace Prize.
Professor Nicholas Procter is convenor of the University of South Australia’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Research Group located within the Division of Health Sciences and co-convenor of the Human Rights and Security Research and Innovation Cluster. He is a member of the Ministers Council for Asylum Seekers and Detention, the Interim Joint Advisory Committee for the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, the Immigration Health Advisory Group (mental health subgroup) and the Steering Committee for the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Own Motion Investigation into Suicide and Self Harm across the Australian Immigration Detention Network. He has longstanding interests in asylum seeker mental health and vulnerability.
Associate Professor Joseph Pugliese is Research Director of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His research areas include: migration, refugee and asylum seeker studies; race, ethnicity and whiteness; cultural studies of law; state violence; and bodies and technologies. Selected publications include the edited collection Transmediterranean: Diasporas, Histories, Geopolitical Spaces (Peter Lang, 2010) and the monograph Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics (Routledge, 2010) which was short-listed for the international Surveillance Studies Book Prize. His most recent book is State Violence and the Execution of Law: Biopolitical Caesurae of Torture, Black Sites, Drones (Routledge, 2013).
Dr David Radford is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute, where he is also a Lecturer in the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia. David is also a member of the HRI Directorate Research Team.
Hussain Razaiat arrived in Australia as a refugee in 2001 and has been involved in the settlement of Middle Eastern communities for over a decade and in his capacity as Settlement Manager of the Middle Eastern Communities Council. He is the President of the Afghan United Association of SA, President of the Australian Hazara Federation and member of the World Hazara Council. Hussein co-founded the Wali-E-Asr Centre which supports the Afghan Community in South Australia. He is also a board member of the Migrant Resource Centre of SA and a Justice of the Peace. In 2012 he was awarded the Governor’s Multicultural Award for outstanding volunteer achievement.
Associate Professor Jennifer Rutherford is Deputy Director of the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia. Her research fields encompass Australian race relations, psychoanalysis, and social poetics. She has published extensively on intercultural relations in Australia, on the psychopathology of the white Australian imaginary, and on melancholia, displacement and loss. She is the Director of the acclaimed documentary, Ordinary People on Pauline Hanson’s One Nation movement.
Robyn Sampson is an emerging scholar in the field of forced migration and border control. Robyn takes an interest in the ways government policies come to shape the lives of forced migrants and, conversely, how forced migrants elicit central issues of governance in terms of identity and territorial sovereignty. In her tenth year in refugee studies, she is currently completing a doctorate on alternatives to immigration detention. This research was undertaken in collaboration with the International Detention Coalition and published as a handbook in 2011. Several governments have since used the work to develop alternatives to detention in their countries.
Professor AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist focusing on cities and regions in Africa and Southeast Asia. Simone is presently Research Professor at the University of South Australia and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. Key publications include, In Whose Image: Political Islam and Urban Practices in Sudan (University of Chicago Press, 1994), For the City Yet to Come: Urban Change in Four African Cities (Duke University Press, 2004), and City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads (Routledge, 2009).
Associate Professor Zachary Steel is Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry, University of NSW and Liverpool Hospital. Dr Steel has led a program of research that has aimed to apply science based approaches to identify the prevalence, social determinants, and intervention models for mental health problems across diverse communities and settings. He has published widely on the mental health and wellbeing of asylum seekers in the community and in immigration detention working to establish a evidence base to evaluate government policies. In 2002 his work with asylum seekers was recognised with a commendation from the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Associate Professor Suresh Sundram is a consultant psychiatrist and research neuroscientist. He has worked in the field of refugee and asylum seeker mental health since 2004 with a number of organisations including the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. He has provided expert consultation to the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Victorian Department of Health and the NSW Coroner. Associate Professor Sundram has written extensively and spoken in national and international forums on the issues of the mental health of asylum seekers.
Andrew Swanson is International Program Manager at the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, one of Australia’s Learned Academies, representing the interests of leading researchers and practitioners across the social science disciplines. He is also President of the ANU International Law Society, Australia’s first student organisation dedicated to the study and enjoyment of international law, at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Mr Josef Szwarc is Manager of the Research and Policy Program at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. His areas of work include research and policy advocacy relating to the treatment of asylum seekers in Australia. Josef previously worked in various governmental and non-governmental positions on social policy and human rights related issues. He is a member of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
Richard Towle has been UNHCR’s Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific since early 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr Richard Towle has held a variety of senior positions, inside and outside of the United Nations, dealing with refugee and human rights issues. He was a Special Advisor in the Department of International Protection at the UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva from 2003-2005, Chief of Mission for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the former Yugoslavia from 2001-2003, Senior Human Rights Officer at the Department of International Protection at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva from 1997-2001, and Regional Protection Officer in the United Kingdom from 1994-1997. Before he worked with the United Nations, he was a lawyer specialising in refugee and human rights in his home country, New Zealand.
Professor Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, taking up her appointment by the Commonwealth Attorney-General in 2012. Professor Triggs’ long-standing commitment to legal education will build upon the Commission’s efforts to inform Australians, especially children, about their fundamental human rights. She has been a consultant on International Law to Mallesons Stephen Jaques, a Board Member of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH), the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, Chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General’s International Legal Service Advisory Council and Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.
Professor Bryan Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York where he is the Director of the Religion Committee. He is concurrently the Professor of Social and Political Thought and the Director of the Religion and Society Committee at the University of Western Sydney. He has previously held professorial positions in Adelaide, Cambridge, Singapore, Sydney, and Utrecht. He was the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College Massachusetts from 2009-10. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Social Sciences. He recently published Religion and Modern Society (2011) and The Religious and the Political (2013).He is the general editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory (forthcoming), the founding editor of the Journal of Classical Sociology (with John O’Neill) and Citizenship Studies.
Associate Professor Adrian Vicary is Dean: International and External Engagement within the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia. His teaching interests include politics, social policy and social theory and has undertaken research in the areas of teacher unionism, contractualism and the human services, and civic and citizenship education. Associate Professor Vicary’s research publications include Welfare History (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2001), Community Services in South Australia: From contracts to the common good? (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1999) and In the Interests of Education: A History of Education Unionism in South Australia (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1997).
Jeanne-Marie Viljoen is a PhD student at the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia. She is also an English Studies lecturer from South Africa that has come to Adelaide to further her studies. The current title of her thesis is Towards an ethical representation of war and conflict: the case of Sabra and Shatila and its literary traces. She is particularly interested in the ineffable in contemporary cultural productions and in research and especially in representations that do not (only) leave traces in writing but might also involve movement, sound and other signals.