Webinar ‘Place, Race and Politics’ with Professor Leanne Weber, Professor Ghassan Hage and Maker Mayek

A webinar discussion from evidence based research and community experiences exposing politicised racism in Australian politics. during this election year. Tuesday March 22, 4:00-5:30pm (AEDT). Registration is free.

There is a noticeable rise in the racialised discourse around crime and security as we approach a Federal election and state elections in South Australia and Victoria. As the major parties engage in a race to the bottom to vie for votes, statements by Federal Ministers concerning the deportation of convicted non-citizens and threats to national security from China echo those from the ‘African Gangs’ phenomenon associated with the 2018 Victorian election. The social and political processes that produced that politicised and media-driven ‘crisis’ are the subject of investigation in a new book Place, Race and Politics: The anatomy of a law and order crisis (Emerald, 2021).

A summary of key points from the book is available here.

In this webinar we will use the findings from that book as a starting point from which to explore more broadly how and why certain communities or population groups are subjected to sustained vilification, which may arise specifically as an election tactic but is likely to have long lasting effects. Panellists will share their experiences from the communities they represent and/or from the research they have undertaken to expose the untruths of this damaging, yet predictable politicised racism from the Australian political machine as we head to the polls.

Host: Professor Rebecca Wickes, Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre

Panel facilitator: Dr Diana Johns, University of Melbourne, Criminology


Leanne Weber, Professor of Criminology, University of Canberra

Ghassan Hage, Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, University of Melbourne

Maker Mayek, Principal Solicitor at Mayek Legal and community advocate

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