Themes

1.    Review of Global Trends in Social Cohesion

  • Social cohesion in diverse societies.
  • Best practice examples of an effective balance between universalism and cultural and religious specificity.
  • Do identity politics threaten social cohesion?
  • What defines a well-functioning multicultural society?
  • Populism, racism and the threat to social cohesion.

2.    The Concept of Cohesion in a Diverse Society

  • What are the unifying standards or mechanisms for a modern society?
  • What are the key pillars of a cohesive society?
  • Universal values, cultural specificity and safe spaces for disagreement.
  • The linkages between social cohesion, citizenship and economic opportunities.

3.    What are Key Obstacles to Social Cohesion?

  • To what extent is economic and social equality important to social cohesion?
  • What are the unique challenges to social cohesion posed by religious pluralism?
  • Are there other issues of special relevance to cohesion, such as homophobia, or lack of freedom of expression, or other specific groups experiencing exclusion?
  • Key sources of structural and systemic racism and how to address them?
  • Challenging the denial of racism and confronting cultural privilege.

4.    Nourishing Social Cohesion and Advance Tolerance, Respect and Intercultural Understanding

  • What could / should governments do to advance social cohesion and intercultural dialogue?  In search for opening new opportunities.
  • What should education institutions do to advance social cohesion and intercultural dialogue?
  • The role and / or impact of social media and the sharing economy on social cohesion.
  • The role of civil society and citizenship in advancing social cohesion.
  • What are the potential and limits of multicultural drift?
  • How to make inter cultural contact work positively within micro publics?
  • (Re)Territorialisation and the role of transversal enablers.
  • Human rights based approach, and human rights education, for advancing social cohesion.

5.    Key National Initiatives to Advance Social Cohesion

  • Prime Minister’s Multicultural Statement of March 2017
  • The merits of a Multiculturalism Act or other legislation.
  • Advancing economic and social equality and upward mobility for CALD Australians.
  • Refugee and humanitarian intake, initial settlement and integration.
  • Eliminating racism, the development of anti-racism policy.
  • At what scale (institutional, regional, local) and perspective (targets, bystanders, perpetrators) should anti-racism be set?
  • Promoting respect for and tolerance of others, challenging stereotypes.
  • Promoting positive intercultural and interfaith understanding.
  • Building positive cross cultural networks and leadership.
  • Which initiatives work the best – comparative analysis?
  • How to evaluate cohesion programs?
  • Best practice research methods on the state of social cohesion.
  • Research for multicultural policy development and practice.

6.    Dealing with Social Conflict

  • Human rights training for those dealing with conflict (example, military, police and humanitarian workers).
  • Safe spaces for dissent and disagreement.
  • The application of human rights in disaster contexts.
  • Peace building and long term solutions to social cohesion.
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