Hawke Conversation Series

In Conversation with Professor Bryan Turner, University of Western Sydney

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Thursday 5 August 2010


Hawke Research Institute

AUDIO transcript available here (25 MB mp3 format)


Bradley Forum, UniSA City West campus, Hawke Building level 5, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide

Jointly presented by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Hawke Research Institute

From religion and citizenship to medical ethics and questions of embodiment, this event will tackle the big questions facing us now.

With Professor Turner, one of the world's leading sociologists, we will also debate the role of sociology in understanding our world.

In conversation with: Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Pro Vice Chancellor, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, UniSA and Professor Elspeth Probyn, Director, Hawke Research Institute and co-Director of the Centre for Postcolonial and Globalization Studies at UniSA

Related events mentioned during In Conversation which may be of interest to those who attended:

Professor Bryan TurnerProfessor Bryan Turner
is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at the University of Western Sydney and has recently been appointed as the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (2010-).  He has taught at the University of Aberdeen, Flinders University, University of Utrecht, Deakin University, Cambridge University and the National University of Singapore. He is the founding editor of the journals Body & Society, Citizenship Studies and Journal of Classical Sociology, and an editorial member of numerous journals including: British Journal of Sociology, European Journal of Social Theory, Contemporary Islam and Journal of Human Rights.


Professor Pal Ahluwalia is Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President of Education Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia. He is the author of many books and articles and was appointed a UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His most recent book is Out of Africa: Post-structuralism's Colonial Roots published with Routledge. He is the co-editor of three Routledge journals: Social Identities, African Identities and Sikh Formations.

Elspeth Probyn is Director of the Hawke Research Institute, Research SA Professor of Gender & Cultural Studies, and co-Director of the Centre for Postcolonial and Globalization Studies at UniSA. She has written extensively on the lived body and her books include: Creating Value. The Humanities and Public Engagement. (eds. E. Probyn, S. Mueke & A. Shoemaker). Canberra: Australian Academy of Humanities; Blush: Faces of Shame. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press. Co-publication with UNSW Press in Australia; Remote Control: New Media and Ethics. Catharine Lumby and Elspeth Probyn (eds.) Melbourne: Cambridge University Press; Carnal Appetites: FoodSexIdentities. London and New York: Routledge; Outside Belongings. New York and London: Routledge; and Sexing the Self: Gendered Positions in Cultural Studies. London and New York: Routledge.

 The Hawke Centre and Hawke Research Institute are pleased to present a series of Conversations between academic leaders at UniSA and visiting scholars and experts.  This series commenced in 2009 and will continue over two years.

This series will enable us to extend our thinking about topics that emanate from a more globalised world view. Among the topics in the spotlight are: Race, Diaspora and Postcolonial Studies; New Media and Technologies; and, Globalization Studies and Education.   If you are interested in attending, prepare to be involved in an in-depth session lasting approximately one hour.


While the views presented by speakers within the Hawke Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia or The Hawke Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: strengthening our democracy - valuing our cultural diversity - and building our future.