Category Archives: Politics

When Festivals Go Wrong

 

 

 

  • Producer Michael Schubert
  • When Festivals Go Wrong

You know what it’s like.  You’ve saved for months and queued for hours just to buy the ticket.  It’s a big event, a festival, big for you and logistically bigger for the organisers.  When the bands are great, or the sport is incredible or the religious experience is humbling, life is good.  That’s when festivals go right, but sometimes festivals go wrong.  Like the Love Parade in 2010 in Germany; the Cambodian Crush or the Hajj Pilgrimage in 2015 – people die.

To anticipate and prevent such tragedy the Event Manager is part engineer; part psychologist; part sociologist; and a human resources manager capable of micro managing as well as seeing the big picture.  And all without the participants knowing it is even happening.

Michael Schubert talks with Dr Peter Wynn-Moylan, of Southern Cross University, who is currently writing the book on Event Management.

FEATURED

Dr Peter Wynn-Moylan

AUDIO

Kai Engel: Between Nothing and Everything
Kai Engel: Curtains Are Always Drawn
Podington Bear: Floating in Space

ABC World Today: Hundreds Killed in Bridge Stampede
ABC MId North Coast
: Learning The Lessons of The Love Parade
ABC AM: 717 Deaths in Hajj Pilgrimage

A Conversation on Race for The London School of Economics

 

  • SPECIAL PRESENTATION FOR
    THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
  • A CONVERSATION ON RACE BLOG

INTRODUCTION
Dr Jacqueline Nelson

The geographies of racism, or how racism manifests spatially and temporally, are of increasing concern to racism scholars. Communicating research about different geographies of racism to wider public audiences can be a difficult task. This special SoundMinds Radio LSE blog post sits at the intersection of two political projects, research and communication.

SoundMinds Radio is a research communication project funded by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. The SoundMinds team recently produced two 15-minute radio episodes on themes relating to the geographies of racism:

  1. The Migrant, The Refugee and The Border
  2. Navigating The City as a Young Muslim

The first is about how 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 and the second is about how claims of Islamic terrorism in social media will affect how young Muslims navigate the city.

The importance of geography is striking in the two podcasts. The way places are experienced, right from urban localities through to nations, depends very much on our racialised subjectivity. Boundaries or borders are central to how we collectively imagine the nation and our cities, delineating between the inside and the outside. Under pressure, from people seeking asylum (in the case of the nation) or from criminal activity involving the taking of hostages in the Sydney CBD (at the urban level), the edges or limits of these imaginings become evident.

One way that I have thought about how protective people can be in relation to place is through the concept of place defending. Applied to the issue of racism, I’ve found that people are highly motivated to protect their local area from unfavourable assessments, in the case of my research, from being labeled as a racist space. We could also apply the idea of place defending to a preferred imagining of the nation or city. Concerns about increasingly porous national borders and the possible shifts in national identity that result from this, could be constructed as place defending operating at a national level.

Similarly, we could construe the effects on mobility experienced by young Muslims at the time of the Sydney Siege as an example of urban level place defending, whereby Muslim Australians are constructed as not belonging to the city. Conversely the #Illridewithyou campaign in support of Sydney Muslims that occurred at the same time could also be seen as an alternative process of place defending, in this case to define and construct Sydney as a place where Muslim Australians belong.

FEATURING

Professor Ien Ang, Professor of Cultural Studies and founding Director of the Institute for Culture and Society.
Dr Shanthi Robertson, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society.
Rhonda Itaoui, PhD candidate member of the Challenging Racism Project and sessional academic at Western Sydney University’s School of Social Sciences and Psychology.

AUDIO : The Migrant, the Refugee and the Border

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

AUDIO : Navigating the City as a Young Muslim

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

 

 

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.

FEATURED

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.

 AUDIO

 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

IMAGE

Kamal Zharif Kamaludin

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.

 FEATURED

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.

 AUDIO

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