An abbreviated version of Abiola Ajetomobi’s keynote address during our recent conference ‘Solidarity in Diversity: Highlighting Marginal Voices in Academia, Practice, and Society’ convened with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, from 19–23 July 2021.

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The role of allies and advocates is more important than ever in amplifying marginalised voices. …

There are daily online panels featuring scholars, practitioners, and community members from Australia and around the globe from Tuesday 20 July — Friday 23 July.

Tuesday 20 July — Academic Panels Day 1

Welcome to Country (Wurundjeri Elder Tony Garvey)

Welcome from the 2021 ASG Conference Chair (Kennedy Liti Mbeva)

Welcome from Head of School of Social and Political Sciences (A/Prof. Jennifer Balint)

Chair: Dr. Kwabena Mintah (RMIT University)

Vince Dogbey (University of Melbourne) — Development for whom? The past, present and future…

An Oxford Union-style debate between graduate students of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.

As part of its annual international conference, the African Studies Group and its partner institutions present the Unimelb-Africa Dialogue. It is a novel addition featuring a debate between the University of Melbourne and the University of Newcastle, New South Wales on the motion: ‘Solidarity in Diversity is a mirage’.


Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities

In this lecture based on his recently published book ‘Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities’ (HUP, 2020), Prof. Mahmood Mamdani argues that the nation-state and the colonial state created each other. …

Ms Abiola Ajetomobi, the Director of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Innovation Hub, will speak on the critical role allies and advocates play in changing systems and policies to make society fairer.

Allies and advocates play a critical role in changing systems and policies positively to make society fairer for those that may otherwise be left behind. As individuals, small groups, movements, organisations, academia, social, public and political sectors, we have a pivotal role in gathering allies and advocates to activate change…

A two-hour Masterclass to be delivered by Associate Professor Bina Fernadez and Professor Karen Karen Farquharson.

We hope to be able to run the session in-person later in the year and will be in touch with details as soon as alternative arrangements are confirmed. If you made a donation when registering and would like a refund now, please get in touch.

A researcher’s intersectional social positioning…

19–23 July 2021
Online and at the University of Melbourne

The call for papers is now open.

The conference seeks to highlight the voices of, knowledge and experiences of people of African descent, and from other marginalised groups and communities. …

African Studies Group

ASG is an association of researchers with interests in African studies hosted by the University of Melbourne.

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