Research and engagement
The Monash Intercultural Lab supports research related to the development of intercultural skills, intercultural mediation in translation and interpreting, and the socio-political implications of multilingual communication and intercultural communication. Scholars affiliated with the MIL have significant research expertise across the field of intercultural studies, including linguistics, translation and interpreting studies, transcultural competence, unconscious bias, and reading/translating across cultures.
The MIL also works to foster inclusion and build social cohesion in the communities in which the University operates. This includes improving accessibility and engagement for diverse student groups, engaging with diverse communities to develop the University’s educational approach and ICC curriculum, and fostering historical and cultural literacy as a means of building social cohesion.
In an era of increasing ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural diversity within nations, the capacity to interact positively with diverse cultural, ethnic and religious groups is essential for creating inclusive and cohesive multicultural societies (UNESCO, 2013).
Diversity is one of Australia’s strengths as a nation and an asset to be developed. The movement, settlement and inclusion of diverse communities is also one of the biggest challenges globally. National programs, policies and business strategies require multidimensional interdisciplinary approaches to understand, address and positively manage this complexity. The GRIP aims to deliver transformational impact for Australian organisations, government and industry to enhance the strengths of our ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.
The Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre provides an opportunity to showcase Monash capability from across the university bringing together our diverse expertise and experience in working with Indonesia. The Centre allows us to expand and deepen our relationships with university, government, non-government organisations, cultural and media networks, industry and alumni partners.
This Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre (MMIC) aims to provide a research platform for understandings of the physical and social impact of population growth in Australia with a specific focus on short and long-term consequences of increased immigration for social inclusion as well as settlement experiences for regular and irregular migrant groups.