The 2005 Diversity Conference will feature plenary session addresses by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field of diversity studies, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Garden Conversation sessions at the same time as the parallel sessions. The setting is a circle of chairs outdoors. These sessions are entirely unstructured - a chance to meet the plenary speaker and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

The Speakers

  • Terry Threadgold

  • Terry Threadgold is Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies and Head, Cardiff School of Journalism , Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University. She has published widely in the areas of postructuralist feminist discourse analysis, performance studies, feminist legal studies and on race, identity and nation in multicultural contexts. Her most recent funded research in Wales has been on the representation of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK media and on the embedding of journalists in the Iraq War 2003. She is just beginning a project funded by the Rowntree Foundation on migration and social cohesion in Cardiff.

    Among her most recent publications are: Sara Buchanan, Bethan Grillo-Simpson and Terry Threadgold, 2003, What’s The Story? Results from Research into Media Coverage of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK. London: Article 19, and Rod Brookes, Justin Lewis, Nick Mosdell and Terry Threadgold, 2004, Too Close for Comfort? The Role of Embedded reporting During the Iraq War: Summary Report. Cardiff: Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. She has just completed a book with the same authors for Peter Lang on the 2003 Iraq war.

  • Huang Ping

  • Huang Ping got his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics in 1991. He has been Director-General at the Bureau for International Exchange Programmes, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) since 2003, and Research Professor of Sociology, Graduate School, CASS, since 1997, Associate Professor since 1992. He was a lecturer in Sociology at Nankai University and Sichuan University in 1980s, and was a visiting fellow at Duke University in 1997, and visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University in 2002. Prof. Huang's main research interests in globalization include how and why development, poverty, migration are problematic in the age of globalization, and how globalization itself can be a challenge to national societies as well as social sciences.

    His recent publications include: Migration against and for Agriculture, with E. Croll, in China Quarterly, London, March 1995; When young farmers leave the land: what will happen to rural development in China?, in Globalization and its Impact, edited by Cecilia Lindqvist, FRN, Stockholm, 1999:56-67; Environment and the Problem of Ecology, Imagining Tomorrow: Rethinking the Global Challenge, Washington, Merrill Corporation, 2000:123-130; Talking about Gender, Globalization, and Labor in a Chinese Context, Signs, Summer, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2001; Beyond Boundaries: Imagining Impossibilities, in Asian Leadership Program, 2001 Tokyo: International House of Japan, The Japan Foundation, 2002; Sociology and social problem research, a keynote speech at the Presidential Session, the 15th World Congress, International Sociological Association (ISA), Brisbane, Australia, July, 2002; Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol. 27, No.4, Fall, 2002; China Migration Country Study, with Frank Pieke, A Report to DIFID, London, 2003; and Together with Migrants, with G. Domenach Chich, et al, UNESCO, 2004.

  • Professor Ning Wang, Tsinghua University, China.

  • Ning Wang is Dean of Comparative Literature and Cutural Research Institute,Tsinghua University and Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages, Tsinghua University.

    Ning Wang received his Ph. D in English and Comparative Literature at Peking University in 1989. He has been a full Professor since 1992. In 2001, he became the Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Tsinghua University. Ning Wang has also lectured extensively at over 50 international universities and attended conferences in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, North America,Europe and Australia since 1990.

    Major research areas include modern and postmodern Western critical theories, Anglo-American literature, comparative literature and cultural studies, translation and media studies and sinological studies.

    Major works in Chinese include ‘Comparative Literature and Contemporary Chinese Literature’ (1992), ‘Depth Psychology and Literary Criticism’ (1992), ‘The Age of Plurality and Co-existence’ (1993), ‘Comparative Literature and the Interpretation of Chinese Literature ‘(1996), ‘After Postmodernism’ (1998), ‘The Influence of Chinese Culture on Europe’ (1999), ‘Comparative Literature and Contemporary Cultural Criticism’ (2000), and ‘Comparative Studies of 20th Century Western Literature’ (2000). Apart from over 250 Chinese articles published in all the leading Chinese journals, more than 40 English articles or essays chiefly appear in such internationally prestigious journals as ‘New Literary History’, ‘boundary 2’, ‘Comparative Literature Studies’, ‘Ariel’ and ‘China Information and Translation Quarterly’, with some of these translated into and published in Korean, Spanish and Italian

  • Professor Jingxiong HA, National University of Minority Nationalities, China.

  • Professor Ha Jingxiong is of the Hui Nationality, whose family originally came from Nanjing, Jiangsu. Professor Ha Jingxiong is one of the experts that are granted special allowances by the State Council. At present he is a supervisor at Central University of Ethnic Groups for Ph.D. students. He is regarded as an educator of high reputation on ethnic groups. He had been president of Middle-South University For Nationalities and Central University For Nationalities, as well as member of the group for discipline evaluation of the fourth Committee of Academic Degrees of the State Council. He is at present a member of the team of experts in law and education of the National Mobile Post-doctorate Research Center, the leader of the team of education of the ethnic groups of the national plan of scientific education, permanent vice president of the Research Committee of Education of the Minority Groups in China, permanent vice president of the Committee of Hui Studies, honorary president of the National Association of Middle Schools of Ethnic Groups, and advisor of the National Association of Private Schools.

    Professor Ha Jingxiong was in charge of the key task of “The Research of the Development of Higher Education of the Minority Groups in China in the Beginning of the 21st Century” of the “ninth five-year plan” for national educational science. He has participated or directed the drafting of The Blueprint of National Ethnic Educational Science of the Tenth ‘Five-year Plan’ and A Guide to the Educational Science of the Ethnic Groups. At present he is directing a national key task of the “national ethnic educational science of the tenth ‘five-year plan’” sponsored by the National Social Science Fund, namely, “Research on the Relationship between the Western Development and Reform and Development of Education of the Minority Groups in China”. The works that Professor Ha Jingxiong has written and received awards are Higher Education Studies of the Minorities in China and General Studies of Ethnic Education.

    Professor Ha Jingxiong is an advisor of the Research Center of Asian and American Cultures of Huston University, director of the Program for China of the American Cultural and Educational Fund, advisor of Bailing College, Malaysia, president of Academic Committee of the Educational Research Center of Northwest University, advisor of Normal University of Inner Mongolia, researcher of the Center of Studies on the Ethnic Groups in the Southwest in Yunnan University, as well as director of the Chinese part of the Sino-Canadian Cooperative program.

  • Professor Haiyang Zhang

  • Haiyang Zhang is Deputy Dean, School of Ethnology and Sociology, Central University of Nationalities (CUN).

    Haiyang received his Phd in Anthropology at CUN in 1996 and has been a Professor in Anthropology and Ethnology since 2000. In 2002, he was briefly engaged as a Visiting Scholar to Oregon State University System.

    Major research areas include China & West Cultural Comparison, China's Cultural Diversity and Chinese Identity, Ecological Basis of China’s Economico-Cultural Types, Ethnic Minority Rights and Interests Advocacy in West China Development, Applied Anthropology in Social Assessment of Construction and Developing Programs, History of Anthropology and Political Anthropology.

    Recent published articles include ‘East-West Cultural Comparison in Light of Anthropology’, in Ethnic Art, No.4/2003, ‘Wrestling with the Connotations of Chinese Minzu’, in Gyanendra Pandey and Peter Gescheire ed.: ‘The Forge of Nationhood’, Sephis/Manohar, New Delhi, 2003, ‘Subjectivity of the Vulnerable Groups and Inter-subjectivity of Modern Society’, in SES ed., ‘Ethnology in China at Width and Length’, Publishing House of Nationalities, 2003. Books written and edited include ‘History of Ethnology in China, Vol.2’ with Jianmin Wang and Hongbao Hu, Yunnan Education Press, 1999 and ‘Professor Lin Yaohua’s Lectures on Social Anthropology’, coeditor with Wang Ye, Lujiang Publishing House, 2003.

  • Rob Walker

  • R.B.J. (Rob) Walker is Professor of International Relations at Keele University in the UK, and Director of the Graduate Program in Cultural, Social and Political Theory at the University of Victoria in Canada.

    He is the Editor of the journal Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, and is engaged in a large research project on the changing relation between liberty and security in Europe. He is the author or editor of nine books, the best known of which is Inside/Outside: International Relations as Political Theory (1993), and is currently working on several books on challenges to modern accounts of sovereignty and subjectivity. His work on questions of culture goes back to a collection he edited on Culture, Ideology and World Order (1984), and he has continued to write on the contradictions that arise when theories of international relations expressing very specific assumptions about modernity claim to be able to speak about a politics that extends to the entire world.

  • Aihwa Ong

  • Aihwa Ong is a leading anthropologist of globalization and citizenship. She has carried out ethnographic research on global processes, cultures, and politics in Southeast Asia, China, and California. She is a Professor of Anthropology and of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Her writings on Chinese transnationalism, globalization, and sovereignty, and citizenship have influenced fields in the social sciences and the humanities. Her books include Global Assemblages: Politics, Technology, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems (Blackwell, 2004); Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America (University of California Press, 2003); Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality (Duke University Press, 1999); and Ungrounded Empires: the Cultural Politics of Modern Chinese Transnationalism (Routledge, 1997).

    Recently, she received a MacArthur Foundation grant to study risk and (in)security in Asian cities. Her forthcoming book is called Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty.

  • Mary Kalantzis

  • Professor Mary Kalantzis is a Research Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne and a Board Member National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership. Until recently, she was Dean of the Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services at RMIT and President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education.

    She has been a Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Chair of the Queensland Ethnic Affairs Ministerial Advisory Committee and a member of the Australia Council’s Community Cultural Development Board.

    With Bill Cope, she is co-author of a number of books, including: The Powers of Literacy, Falmer Press, London, 1993, Productive Diversity, Pluto Press, Sydney, 1997; A Place in the Sun: Re-Creating the Australian Way of Life, Harper Collins, Sydney, 2000; and Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures, Routledge, London, 2000.

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