All posts by Dallas Rogers

Dr Dallas Rogers is a member of the Institute for Culture and Society and lecturers into the Urban Research Program within the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, at Western Sydney University. His research investigates the intersections between global cities, technology networks and housing poverty and wealth. He has a Diploma in Digital Content Radio from the AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School), with skills in location sound recording and radio documentary.

Childbirth, midwives, hospitals and home; & never the twain shall meet?




  • Dallas Rogers
  • Childbirth, midwives, hospitals and home; & never the twain shall meet?

Professor of Midwifery Hannah Dahlen talks to sociologist and mother to be Dr Jacqueline Nelson about being a sociologist and 37 weeks pregnant. It has raised a few questions for Jacqueline.

  • Why do we only hear negative birth stories?
  • Why do birth classes talk about labour in different ways?
  • Should I choose a midwife or an obstetrician to help me during childbirth?
  • How should we think about the relationships between women’s
    bodies, childbirth, hospital and the home?

Jacqueline and her husband, producer Dallas Rogers, talk to Professor Hannah Dahlen about the way we think about and describe pain before, during and after childbirth, the relationship between time and labour in the birthing room, and the role of the home, hospital, midwife and obstetrician in contemporary childbirth practice.


Professor Hannah Dahlen is a Professor of Midwifery and Higher Degree Research Director in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Hannah has experience with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and her area of expertise includes: midwifery, normal birth, birth interventions, media, water birth, perineal trauma, incontinence, epigenetics, oral health, health policy, acupuncture, homebirth, birth centres, fear, risk, birth trauma, human rights in childbirth, models of care, vaginal examination, maternal death, maternal complications, perinatal outcomes, young parents, obesity, CALD women’s outcomes, birth positions and birth experiences.

Dr Jacqueline Nelson is a Chancellor’s Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Social Inquiry Program, at the University of Technology Sydney. She is interested in how racism manifests, and exploring how we can respond to racism, both as individuals and by challenging cultures and practices that reproduce racism and inequality. In previous work, Jacqueline has examined local or place-based responses to racism and discourses of denial. Her Chancellor’s Post Doctoral Research uses ideas of performativity to look at how people respond to racism within their own families.


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Trans Alp, Gnossienne No.1
Trans Alp, Gnossienne No.1
MGee, Atlantic state of mind (a long winter)


Copyright © 2015 Dallas Rogers

LGBTI & Disaster Relief




  • Producer Dallas Rogers
  • LGBTI & Disaster Relief

Following a referendum in May same-sex marriage will soon to be legal in Ireland. There are calls in Australia to follow suit, and to recognise same-sex marriage.

Many see the legalisation of same-sex marriage as a symbolic victory. But legalising same-sex marriage could have far more important practical effects. Dallas speaks with Scott McKinnon about the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities during a natural disaster event.

When a natural disaster strikes the impact varies significantly across different social groups. LGBTI communities are poorly accounted for in disaster management policy and practice. Legal recognition could help emergency services, policy-makers and aid agencies better respond to LGBTI populations.

This episode features an additional interview with Scott recorded in 2016. In this follow-up interview we ask Scott about the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, where Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States.

Dr Scott McKinnon – Research Fellow on an Australian Research Council funded project investigating the experiences of LGBTI people in natural disasters. He also has his own podcast: PridePod

Hydroscope by Gallery Six
Tweedlebugs by Poddington Bear
RTÉ news The Declaration
TVNZ News Christchurch Earthquake: John Key Declares State of Emergency


Wikipedia/NASA Hurricane Katrina

Navigating the City as a Young Muslim

  • Producer : Dallas Rogers
  • Navigating the City as a Young Muslim

Have a look around you right now. Now what if I told you I could make you feel uneasy, perhaps even scared for your safety, with a few simple text messages. Would you believe me? Rhonda Itaoui says if you are young and Muslim, then claims of Islamic terrorism in social media will affect how you navigate the city. Rhonda is a part of the new Muslim vanguard in Sydney, young Muslims who are researching and speaking up against Islamophobia in Australian cities.


Rhonda Itaoui is a PhD candidate member of the Challenging Racism Project and sessional academic at Western Sydney University’s School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Rhonda’s 2016 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship funded PhD project investigates the geographical links between Islamophobia and the way young Muslims use the public spaces of ‘Western cities’, such as Sydney and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her 2014 honours study showed how Islamophobia negatively impacts the way young Muslims in Sydney engage in social and recreational spaces across the city.

Emily Eaton, BayFM, voiceover for the text message conversation.
Sarah Long, BayFM, voiceover for the text message conversation.


 ABC News The Sydney siege as it unfolded
9 NEWS Social Media Campaign supporting Muslims goes viral
The Verdict Mark Latham targets western Sydney
Free Music Archive Cylinder Seven by Chris Zabriskie
Free Music Archive La tapa del miércoles by Circus Marcus
Free Music Archive Bumble by Podington Bear
Free Music Archive Pacific by Psychadelik Pedestrian
Free Music Archive Impact Prelude by Kevin MacLeod


Kamal Zharif Kamaludin

Graffiti, street art, crime and creative cities




  • Producer : Dallas Rogers
  • Graffiti, Street Art, Crime and Creative Cities

What is the difference between graffiti and street art? Is one artistic form a crime and the other a reputable creative practice?

Emerging in North America in the 1960s, graffiti crossed the Pacific with hip-hop and break dancing in the 1980s.

Australian governments have long classified graffiti as a form of vandalism. Many cities have adopted tough legal measures to deter graffiti artists from tagging walls and trains.

The city of Hobart recently “declared a war” on graffiti. But other cities have begun to value and promote another form of public artistic practice, street art – effectively a legal form of graffiti.

We talk to Cameron McAuliffe about the new cultural and economic value of street art, and how many of the older graffiti artists have transitioned to street art to capitalise on the idea of the creative city.


Dr Cameron McAuliffe is a Lecturer in Human Geography and Urban Studies. He researchers the relationship between graffiti and street art, and the value of these art forms to the economies of our cities.


Ten NEWS New Graffiti Laws
Free Music Archive Highlights by Kris Anderson
Free Music Archive Hotel Rodeo ft. DSpliff by Anitek
Free Music Archive Contact by mo-seph

The Migrant, the Refugee and the Border




  • Producer : Dallas Rogers
  • The Migrant, the Refugee and the Border

Questions about Australia’s refugee intake and skill migrant programs pivot on two key ideas: the notion of the border and the construction of a national identity.

What role will the migrant, the refugee and the border play in Australia in the Asian century? This episode explores these two ideas within the context of a changing geopolitical world.

Australia is a country of migrants. In 2014, 28.1% of Australia’s 6.6 million people were born overseas. To manage the flow of migrants many different visa types underwrite Australia’s skilled migration program.

Australia also has a long history of taking in refugees at times of crisis. More than 80,000 Vietnamese people moved to Australia in the decades following the Vietnam War. Many came as refugees.

The latest figures from the United Nations show over 200,000 people made the perilous Mediterranean crossing into Europe in October 2015 alone. Thousands of refugees are fleeing an escalating war in Syria and beyond. Australia’s long-term role in Syrian refugee settlement is still unclear.


Professor Ien Ang is a Professor of Cultural Studies and founding Director of the Institute for Culture and Society. She is an international leader in field of cultural studies, with interdisciplinary work spanning many areas of the humanities and social sciences.

Her interdisciplinary work deals with patterns of cultural flow and exchange in our globalised world, and focuses on issues surrounding migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism in Australia and Asia.

Dr Shanthi Robertson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society. Her research interests are broadly around the social and cultural consequences of globalisation, with a specific focus on transnational migration, citizenship, multiculturalism and urban social change within the Asia-Pacific region.


ABC QandA Episode 37, 12 October 2015
ABC NEWS Jenny McGregor, head of Asia-Link
SBS NEWS 25 OCT 2015
Free Music Archive Night Owl by Broke For Free
Free Music Archive Metal Planet by Alasdair Cooper
Free Music Archive Dream (instrumental) by Chan Wai Fat