UNESCO CHAIR

in Transnational Diasporas
and Reconciliation Studies

UNESCO logoOn 14 October 2008 the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies (809) was established and appointed to Adjunct Professor Pal Ahluwalia at the University of South Australia. Currently based within the Hawke Research Institute, the UNESCO Chair seeks through various research initiatives to make a valuable contribution to international dialogue and policy development on international migration and social integration.

Read Adjunct Prof Pal Ahluwalia's remarks at the launch of the UNESCO Chair
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About the chair 

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is the UN body that ‘works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values’.

An integrated system of research, training, information sharing and documentation between high-level, internationally recognised researchers/institutions and academic staff at UniSA is helping to promote the work of UNESCO.

The UNESCO Chair seeks through various research initiatives to make a valuable contribution to international dialogue and policy development on international migration and social integration.

The objectives of the UNESCO Chair are to:

  • examine how far issues of diaspora, migration and settlement can be rethought in terms of transcultural processes that are endemic to cultures and their mutation over time;
  • theorise cultures in transition by taking greater account of their location by reference to spatialities and temporalities that are increasingly urban, global and heterogeneous;
  • relate the problem of identity in situations of displacement and settlement to the formation and reconstitution of social imaginaries, taking account of new media and information technologies;
  • offer strategies to understand further Australia’s engagement within the Asian region with a focus on terrorism, culture, religion, theology and politics as well as media and communications;
  • elucidate the implications of a better understanding of diasporic violence so that national frameworks and comprehensive national and international policy can be articulated;
  • assemble within a coherent theoretical framework research and scholars relating to the themes and topics of diaspora, identity, migration and reconciliation
  • think past terror, conflict and violence in order to inaugurate processes of reconciliation.


Contact

UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies
Hawke Research Institute
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471, Adelaide SA 5001

ph +61 8 8302 2964
fax +61 8 8302 2973
email: Div-Eas-HawkeInstEnq@unisa.edu.au

Areas of study and research

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