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The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, Australia. Our researchers aim to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation, and investigate the imp


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Public Seminar Series

  • Deakin University Burwood Campus Meeting room C2.05, 221 Burwood Hwy Burwood Australia (map)

Held on the first Thursday of each month, our informal monthly seminar series features an ADI researcher presenting on their newest research to Deakin colleagues and the general public.

The seminars are held in Burwood, Building C room C2.05 and Waurn Ponds, meeting room IC1.108. They are also available via VMP 39384. For more details please contact

2019 schedule

Thursday 7 March - Professor Greg Barton

National Security is too important to be abandoned to politics of fear

Thursday 4 April - Professor P. David Marshall

Transforming Politics: The Implications of Pandemic Fame, Persona and Digital Culture

Celebrity articulates a very particular form of public identity that more or less is linked to the extensions of the self beyond one’s primary activity and into the complex dimensions of publicity, fame, and into a wider, and by its very definition, popular culture. Celebrity’s relationship to another form of public identity—the politician/political leader—is conceptually and practically connected by their shared relationship to the popular and its articulation through the various mediated forms of popular culture. This connection to popular culture is one of the ways in which power is legitimized as the politician or celebrity is authenticated by their capacity to embody the citizenry in one sphere and the audience in another. This paper argues that there has been a significant transformation in our constitution of fame in the contemporary moment that has fundamentally shifted this fame/politics nexus. The key element of this shift is the way in which digital media has reconfigured our political-popular cultural landscape. It is argued that via the communicative structures of social media and its avenues of sharing and connecting, there has developed a pandemic will-to-public identity by the billions of users of online culture—what is identified as pandemic persona—that resembles the patterns with which celebrity and politicians have operated over the previous century. Pandemic persona has produced a new instability in the organization of contemporary politics as this new public intermediary insinuates itself in unpredictable ways into the way that the process of representation in both popular and political culture manifests itself in what could be seen as legacy media and legacy formations of political institutions and practices.

Thursday 2 May - Dr Vanessa Barolsky

Is truth a foundation for reconciliation: where to for Australian truth-telling?

Globally truth commissions have emerged as a widespread response to human rights violations in countries as diverse as Sierra Leone and Canada, with over 30 such commissions established since the 1980s. These commissions are generally seen as a non-judicial mechanism to recognise and document human rights violations in the wake of conflict in order to create more inclusive forms of national identity and reconciliation. These global processes and discourses on transitional justice are increasingly intersecting with local expectations and understandings about the possibilities of ‘truth telling’ for tackling colonial harms in Australia.

The discussion of a formal, systematic truth-telling process in Australia is in its early stages and therefore this moment offers unique opportunities to explore the potential form and substance of such an undertaking. The need for truth-telling about the historical violence and injustice of colonialism has been increasingly strongly voiced by Indigenous Australians.

What would such a process entail in Australia? While current discussion of truth has been preceded by a history of engagement with the concept of reconciliation in policy practice and academic analysis, the role of truth in reconciliation and the importance of ‘truth’ per se has been relatively marginal.

Thursday 6 June - Associate Professor Andrew Singleton

When a Religion dies a public death but has a private afterlife: the arc of Spiritualism in Australia

Thursday 4 July - Dr Victoria Stead

Race, labour, and the making of (post)colonial landscapes in rural Australia


Thursday 1 August - Dr Imogen Richards & Associate Professor Matthew Sharpe

Eurasianism and its dissemination in Far Right Networks

Thursday 5 September - Dr Christopher Mayes

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Thursday 8 October - Dr Sherene Idriss

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Thursday 7 November - Dr Rose Butler

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