Griffith Review 61 - Who We Are
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Join Griffith Review editor Ashley Hay, with chair Peter Marles and our panel of speakers Donna Lu, Stuart Glover and Mirandi Riwoe for the launch of Griffith Review 61 - Who We Are.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull celebrates Australia as ‘the most successful multicultural nation in the world’.
This is a grand claim and important to a sense of identity and belonging, but at times it seems that multiculturalism is more an article of faith than a work in progress. What it really means in the twenty-first century is the focus of Griffith Review 61: Who We Are, which will examine both the opportunities offered and the complexities involved.
The nation’s population has virtually doubled since 1975, and in recent years the rules around migration have been altered significantly. Those who have chosen to make their home here in the past have changed Australia, and waves of new arrivals continue to transform the country. Yet the apparent certainties of Australia as a permanent settler society are giving way to the precarious churn of temporary migration.
Who We Are will give voice to this changing reality, explore the big issues of belonging, citizenship and participation, and tease out how contemporary Australia might evolve.
This is a rich field, replete with policy questions and personal narratives. It is a success story, but the full picture is complex, and past achievements no guarantee of future results.
The nation’s boundaries are imaginary as much as physical, and constantly contested by an unsettled history and a shifting present. Renewed assertions of national identity run parallel to the increasing globalisation of opportunity and threat, as if the more fluid the world becomes, the greater the urge to hold onto something fixed and stable. Yet do we really know who ‘we’ are? Where does Australia begin and end? Who can claim to belong and who can be legitimately excluded?
Stuart Glover lectures in contemporary literary practices at the University of Queensland. His work has previously been published in Griffith Review 21, 22 and 53.
Donna Lu is a freelance writer. She has previously written cultural features and essays for The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper and Good Weekend.
Mirandi Riwoe novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for The Stella Prize. Her debut novel, She be Damned, was released in 2017. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories.
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