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Julia Gillard launches MnM Centre in Delhi

20 September 2010

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard attended two significant functions in India at the beginning of September 2009 both highlighting the depth of UniSA's engagement in India.
In New Delhi, Minister Gillard launched the South Australian-based International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding globally, with the aim of broadening the scope of the new research centre and attracting research engagement from India and the Asian region. A video was uploaded on YouTube. See also the write-up on the Australian High Commission website.

Dr Ashis Nandy delivers the 3rd UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture

18 September 2010

Jointly presented by the School of Law and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre of the University of South Australia and the Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival, the 3rd UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture was delivered by Dr Ashis Nandy, one of the foremost thinkers of India and a key figure in postcolonialism. Nandy addressed a pertinent question in tense multicultural democracies of the world: is it necessary to love your neighbours? After his talk, Dr Gilbert Caluya and Shvetal Vyas, from the MnM Centre, were lucky enough to be granted an interview with Dr Nandy about his ideas. See the Hawke Centre website for further details about the event.

Rethinking the Postcolonial in the Age of the War on Terror Symposium

18 September 2010

The MnM Centre in conjunction with the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies, held a joint Symposium titled: Re-Thinking the Postcolonial in the Age of the War on Terror, at the University of South Australia, on 16 and 17 September 2010. The aim of the symposium was to explore the postcolonial condition in the era of the 'war on terror' and to rethink postcolonialism in order to reformulate or reinforce its critical insights. This symposium will be the first in a series directed to re-thinking the postcolonial.

Postcolonial thought was for the most part consolidated during the era of the Cold War and as such its critiques and interventions were implicated in the narrative and institutions of that global conflict. The stealthy emergence of a new grammar of international politics centred around the logic of the 'war on terror' demands a reconsideration of some central themes associated with postcolonial thinking. The violent hierarchy between the West and the Rest which characterised much of postcolonial interventions and critiques seems at once inadequate to the contemporary complexities of modernities, societies and cultures, yet at the same time necessary as campaigns of pacification, racisms and exploitations point to the continuities of coloniality.

Speakers included Prof Pal Ahluwalia, Dr Ashis Nandy, Assoc Prof Philip Darby, Dr Eyal Weizman, Prof Barry Hindess and Assoc Prof John Philips. Topics ranged from colonial terror, British colonial warfare, the use of architecture in forensic investigation, everyday cultures of security, the condition of Indigenous Australia, cosmopolitanism, contemporary terrorism and 'the Muslim question'.

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