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Main Speakers

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Keynote addresses by some of the world’s leading thinkers in the fields of cultural diversity and globalisation.

  • Ashish Nandy, Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. India.
  • Brendan O'Leary, Professor of Political Science in Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics, and just appointed to the University of Pennsylvania. Author or editor of 11 books including Politics of Ethnic Conflict Regulation.
  • Michael Shapiro, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i. He is the author of Violent Cartographies: Mapping Cultures of War; Cinematic Political Thought: Narratives of Race, Nation, and Gender; and For Moral Ambiguity: National Culture and the Politics of the Family.
  • Mike Featherstone, Professor of Sociology and Communications at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Director of the Theory, Culture and Society Centre, and author of numerous books including Global Modernities and Spaces of Culture.
    Withdrawn: January 2003
  • Anthony Barnett, London-based author of a number of books including This Time: Our Constitutional Revolution. Editor of the on-line journal, Open Democracy.
    Withdrawn: January 2003
  • Jonathan Friedman, Directeur d’Etudes, Centre d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains, Paris.
  • Walter Mignolo, Professor of Literature and Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, USA. He is author of numerous books, including Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking.
  • Praful Bidwai is a former senior editor with the Times of India and is now an Independent Journalist, Delhi, India.
  • Ien Ang, Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Institute for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. Author of a number of books including On Not Speaking Chinese: Living Between Asia and the West.
  • Owens Wiwa, Executive Director, Africa Environmental and Human Development Agency, Toronto, Canada.
  • Mililani Trask, Indigenous Expert to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues of the Economic Council of the United Nations Assembly and Executive Director of the Gibson Foundation, Hawai’i.
  • Paul James, Editor of Arena Journal, Professor of Globalism and Cultural Diversity, and Director of the Globalism Institute at RMIT. He is editor and author of a number of books including Nation Formation: Towards a Theory of Abstract Community.
  • Mary Kalantzis, Dean, Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services, RMIT University, Melbourne. Author of Productive Diversity and editor of Multiliteracies.
  • Barry Gills, Director, Globalization Research Center, University of Hawai’i. He is the co-editor of Low Intensity Democracy: Political Power in the New World Order.
  • James White, Associate Director, Globalization Research Center, University of Hawai’i.
  • Jackie Huggins, Director, Reconciliation Australia, and Deputy Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland.