The Racial Politics of Australian Multiculturalism

Please be advised that this recording is solely in audio format.

This webinar is a collaboration between the Australian Centre and Sweatshop.

Recorded: Wednesday, 31 May 2023

Professor Ghassan Hage has been at the forefront of critical understandings of Australian racism and multiculturalism. The ideas that have stemmed from his intellectual labour has generated fresh thinking across disciplinary and generational divides.

Join Professor Ghassan Hage and Dr Andonis Piperoglou for a conversation on The Racial Politics of Australian Multiculturalism (published by Sweatshop Literary Movement). This groundbreaking new book includes Ghassan’s major works, White Nation: Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society and Against Paranoid Nationalism: searching for hope in a shrinking society, as well as an assortment of his later writings. Available and affordable for generations to come, this republication of Ghassan's key works speaks to the continued relevance of his approachable scholarship for anti-racist scholars, activists, thinkers, and creatives today.

Read free excerpts and order print and digital copies of The Racial Politics of Australian Multiculturalism by Ghassan Hage here.

The image is original artwork Amani Haydar.


Dr Andonis Piperoglou is the Hellenic Senior Lecturer in Global Diasporas.

He grew up on Ngunnawal country and has Cypriot and Castellorizian cultural heritage. Prior to commencing at the University of Melbourne, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University. Andonis is a specialist in migration and ethnic history, with a particular interest in the dynamics of whiteness and Greek diasporisation in Australia. He works on historical connections between colonialism, racism, and the formation ethnic identities, as well as human movements between the Mediterranean and the Pacific.

In the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Andonis teaches subjects on migration, diaspora, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, and globalisation. He is passionate about inclusive historical practice and engagement with migrant communities. For many years he has been propelled to think with the intellectual labour produced by Professor Ghassan Hage, and avidly enjoys his transparent Facebook postings.

Professor Ghassan Hage is a professor of anthropology and social theory at the University of Melbourne and a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Germany. He is internationally renowned for his research on migration, on the intersection of racism, nationalism and colonialism, and for his development of critical anthropological theory. Along with the works re-published in The Racial Politics of Australian Multiculturalism, Hage’s most recent sole-authored books include: Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropology and the Radical Imagination, Is Racism an Environmental Threat? and The Diasporic Condition: Ethnographic Explorations of the Lebanese in the World.