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Theme 1: Defining Diversity and its Relation to the Local and the Global


• Defining the dimensions of diversity—ethnicity, gender, race, socio-economic, indigenous, gender, sexual preference, disability.
• Locating diversity—individuals, groups, intersections, identity layers.
• Identifying the dynamics of diversity—exclusion or inclusion, assimilation or pluralism.
• Managing diversity—what does it mean? What does it mean to talk about 'productive diversity'?


Theme 2: Governing Diverse Communities from 'Above'


• Responding to global human movement and its consequences—immigration, asylum seekers, refugees, diasporic communities and settlement.
• Developing multicultural policies and practices.
• Responding to racism—its causes, effects and remedies.
• Developing a public service for a diverse community—towards a civic pluralism.
• Points of intensity—where disability meets ethnos meets gender.


Theme 3: Governing Diverse Communities from 'Below'


• First nations and indigenous peoples—strategies for community development.
• Indigenous rights and colonial wrongs.
• Capacity building in communities—access, participation, autonomy.
• The politics of community leadership—challenges for local government.



Theme 4: Managing Diversity in Organisations and Institutions


• Managing and developing a diverse human resource base.
• Diversity measures—the future of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
• Beyond legislative and regulatory compliance—disability, harassment, discrimination.
• Mediation—cultural assumptions and practical outcomes.



Theme 5: Projecting Diversity Across Nations and Beyond
• The 'mainstream' and 'minorities' in nation-states.
• Truth and reconciliation—examining the past for the sake of the future.
• International human rights and local sovereignty.
• Transnational regionalism—EU, NAFTA and emerging regionalisms.
• North to South, First to Fourth, developed to developing—the language and realities of global inequality.