Australian multiculturalism—a policy strategy aimed at facilitating effective social integration of non-British immigrants and managing cultural diversity—was devised in the 1950s and 60s, and adopted as government policy in the 1970s. As a number of recent publications in the European and Australian media suggest, this multicultural strategy has been misunderstood and confused with ethnic pluralism and assimilationist ‘melting pot’ approaches. These confusions, particularly widespread in Europe, mar public debates about multiculturalism. This is hardly surprising considering the scarcity of public clarifications of what multiculturalism is, the strong political backlash against uncontrolled migrations, and the paucity of informed debate about long term strategies of migrant settlement and adaptation. The paper outlines the principles of Australian multiculturalism, identifies its theoretical foundations, and highlights some of the popular confusions about its meaning, objectives and effectiveness.
Professor Pawel Spiewak, prominent writer and public intellectual, winner of the 2013 Josef Tischner Prize
The Australian Institute of Polish Affairs (AIPA) together with Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and Australian Society of Polish Jews and Their Descendants invite you to Public Lectures by Professor Pawel Spiewak, prominent Polish Writer and Public intellectual, winner of the 2013 Josef Tischner Prize. Professor Pawel Spiewak will give two public lectures [...]
Australian Institute of Polish Affairs would like to invite you to a lecture “Is Polish Democracy under Threat” by the writer and diplomat Jerzy Surdykowski. This is the first Inaugural Andrzej Ehrenkreutz lecture established in honour of AIPA founder, Professor Andrew Ehrenkreutz. WHEN: SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2013, 5PM WHERE: ARMARGH, 26 KOOYONG ROAD, TOORAK DONATION: [...]