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Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Director

Pal Ahluwalia is the Director of the centre, as well as the Pro Vice Chancellor of the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences. In 2008 he was awarded a UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies. His main teaching and research interests lie in the areas of African studies and social and cultural theory, in particular postcolonial theory and the processes of diaspora, exile, migration and the complexities of identity formation. His work is internationally renowned for breaking down disciplinary boundaries and challenging orthodoxy. His most recent books are Reconciliation and pedagogy (co-edited with S Atkinson, P Bishop, P Christie, R Hattam and J Matthews) (Routledge, London, 2012) and Out of Africa: post-structuralism's colonial roots (Routledge, London, 2010). He is the editor of three Routledge journals: Social Identities, African Identities and Sikh Formations. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Elspeth Probyn, Member

Elspeth Probyn is an Adjunct Professor in the Hawke Research Institute, and also Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney. She has taught media studies, sociology and literature in Canada and the US. Her work focuses on questions of identity, and material and cultural practices. She has theorised these through the grounded analyses of a wide-ranging set of areas: from eating, sex, emotions and affects, spatiality and writing. Elspeth has published several books in these areas, including Sexing the self, Outside belongings, Carnal appetites, Sexy bodies and Blush: faces of shame (University of Minnesota Press and UNSW Press, 2005). Her current research brings together her interests in a new way: focusing on questions of food security she bridges the paradigms of production and consumption through the study of fish, fishing and fishers globally and in regional Australia. This study, which elaborates a more-than-human perspective and methodology of fish-human communities, reveals alternative forms of globalisation forged through routes of trade and technology, and brings into focus questions of ethnicity and gender.

Professor Alan Mayne, Member

Alan Mayne has a Research SA Chair at the University of South Australia, and is Professor of Social History and Social Policy in the Hawke Research Institute. He is also Head of School at the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Research. He holds a Visiting Professorial Fellowship in the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His core interests revolve around sustainable communities in urban and rural society. His publications include Fever, squalor and vice (Brisbane, 1982), The imagined slum (Leicester, 1993), The archaeology of urban landscapes (with Tim Murray, Cambridge, 2001), Hill End: an historic Australian goldfields landscape (Melbourne, 2003), Eureka: reappraising an Australian legend (Perth, 2006), Beyond the black stump: histories of outback Australia (Adelaide, 2008), and Building the village: a history of Australia's Bendigo Bank (Adelaide, 2008).

Dr Gilbert Caluya Postdoctoral, Research Fellow

Dr Gilbert Caluya is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and South Australian Research Fellow in the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia. He has published widely on the intersections of race and sexuality in cultural studies and cultural geography. His current research explores the relationship between racism, intimacy and security.
 


Robert Lee, Research Associate
 
Simone Bignall, Affiliate
 
Dr Ben Golder, Affiliate

Ben Golder is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of NSW, with an interest in legal theory and post-structuralist philosophy. He has written several articles on Foucault and is, with Professor Peter Fitzpatrick, the author and editor, respectively, of Foucault's law (Routledge 2009) and Foucault and law (Ashgate 2010). 
 
 

Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith, Affiliate

Ian Goodwin-Smith comes to the centre with a longstanding belief in the utility of postcolonial theory as a political tool. For Ian, postcolonial theory offers a chance for a meaningful and progressive engagement and agency that reclaims the important political referents of structure and identity. It is through postcolonial theory that Ian thinks on the progressive left side of the ideas debate, and it is through a progressive left orientation that Ian thinks through postcolonial theory. Overall that thought process is one of charting new theoretical directions for progressive politics and social policy. But that's not an abstract process: as Ian says, 'if you're not talking to policy, you might as well pack up and go home'.

Dr Katrina Jaworski, Affiliate

Katrina Jaworski is a lecturer in cultural studies in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages. Katrina was awarded a PhD for her thesis The gender of suicide which received the Ian Davey Research Thesis Prize for the most outstanding thesis in 2007. The dissertation questions how knowledge about suicide becomes knowledge through the lens of gender. Race and sexuality were also examined as further conditions for understanding gender in suicide. Katrina's research interests are diverse, working with researchers at Health Sciences as well as Hawke Research Institute. Such work often includes crossing disciplinary boundaries. Her research interests revolve around death and dying, and suicide in particular, gender and bodies as well as issues related to health, space and visual culture.

Dr David McInerney, Affiliate

David is a lecturer in sociology in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages. He has a forthcoming book with Routledge titled James Mill and the despotism of philosophy: reading 'the history of British India'. David has also been an editor (and later, associate editor) of borderlands e-journal since 2003, and he has recently joined the advisory board of the new e-journal Sextures. David's interests include the relations between debates on 'oriental despotism' and political struggles in Britain and France in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and he has also been involved in the resurgence in interest in the work of Louis Althusser in the English-speaking world over the last decade, including editing a special issue of borderlands e-journal on Althusser.

Assoc Prof Thomas Mical, Affiliate

Thomas Mical is Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Art and Design. He has practiced architecture in Chicago and Tokyo, and wrote his PhD at Georgia Tech on metaphysical urbanism. He edited Surrealism and architecture (Routledge, 2004) and has helped develop a PhD program in spatial alterity at Carleton University. He recently participated in the US National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Modernity in India, and is interested in the unfulfilled promises of globalisation theory for speculative urban architecture. His research interests include modernist architectural history-theory, and he is supervising students in the areas of projective urbanism and spatial alterity.

Cliff Tswai, PhD student

Mel Baak, PhD student

Mel commenced her PhD candidature in 2008. Her research is examining negotiations of belonging for diaarjang (Dinka women/wives) through a consideration of kinship, place and the body across spatial and temporal transitions. Her research uses narrative, ethnographic and autoethnographic approaches. She graduated from the University of South Australia in 2007 with a Bachelor of Education with Honours. Her Honours research considered the educational experiences of children from Sudanese backgrounds in countries of initial asylum in Africa and then in Australia.

Mel is the postgraduate representative on the committee of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP). She spent time in both 2007 and 2008 living in South Sudan with her husband and his family where she experienced the challenges of living a subsistence lifestyle in a country recovering from the devastation of two prolonged postcolonial civil wars. Mel has also spent time living in a number of other African countries including Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.

Her research interests include identity, belonging, diasporic and refugee studies, education, gender, 'race' and place.

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