Professor Vrasidas Karalis will give the lecture “After Multiculturalism: redefining the Greek Australian presence in the era of globalisation” in the penultimate lecture of season three of Greek History and Culture Seminars.
Professor Karalis says of the lecture: “Multiculturalism as a nation-building process ended in 1997 when the Liberals were elected to government. By then, most post-war migrant communities were already firmly incorporated within the political, economic and cultural institutional framework of the Australian society, and consequently the reaction to the unravelling of the policy was rather weak and completely ineffective. The Greek-Australian community took little notice of the conservative triumph, as many Greek-Australians voted for the coalition abandoning the traditional allegiance to the Labor Party.But what was and is multiculturalism? And why was it abandoned so easily and so effectively? I called this brief presentation “after multiculturalism” because it will critically investigate the structure of multicultural ideas and their influence on the self-perception of the Greek-Australian community”.
For the last 20 years, the main area of research of Professor Vrasidas Karalis has been in Modern Greek, Byzantine, Cultural Studies and more recently New Testament Studies. Professor Karalis is Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor of Modern Greek and the Chair of Department at the University of Sydney.
The seminars are held by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria.
When: Thursday 17 October at 7.00 pm
Where: Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, opposite the Russell St Greater Union Cinemas.