Episode 6: Nikos Papastergiadis and Russell Goulbourne
Place, culture, and diaspora in modern Melbourne
Do terms like ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘cosmopolitanism’ adequately capture the richness, creativity and vibrancy of a city like Melbourne? In this Dean’s Forum conversation, Professor Russell Goulbourne and Professor Nikos Papastergiadis interrogate these ideas in an effort to better understand how they’ve shaped our society, locally and nationally.
Taking Melbourne’s Greek community as an important case study, they discuss how this community has navigated their need to remain connected to heritage while also looking forward, and continuing to play a crucial role in the making of Australia’s multicultural identity.
The Hellenic Chair in Global Diasporas is supported by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The Faculty of Arts also acknowledges the contribution to this project of the Greek Community of Melbourne and its President Bill Papastergiadis OAM.
About Professor Nikos Papastergiadis
Professor Nikos Papastergiadis is the Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures and a Professor in the School of Culture and Communication. He was educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the School of Culture and Communication, he was Deputy Director of the Australia Centre at the University of Melbourne, Head of the Centre for Ideas at the Victorian College of Arts, and lecturer in Sociology and recipient of the Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester.
Throughout his career, Nikos has provided strategic consultancies for government agencies on issues relating to cultural identity. His long involvement with the ground breaking international journal Third Text, as both co-editor and author, was a formative experience in the development of an interdisciplinary and cross cultural research model, which continues to inform his research practice.
About Professor Russell Goulbourne
Professor Russell Goulbourne is Dean, Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a noted French literature scholar. He was previously Professor of French Literature at King’s College London, where he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this, he taught for more than a decade at the University of Leeds, after education at Keble College, Oxford. Professor Goulbourne has published and taught extensively on major figures in French intellectual culture of the 17th and 18th centuries including Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau. His research interests include the history of the book and textual editing, and reception of classical antiquity in early modern France.
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