Andrew Jakubowicz at ECCNSW Macquarie Uni Multiculturalism Forum 1 October 2013

Andrew speaking at Forum

Multiculturalism Forum on Youtube

Panel 3 – Lessons from the Research: Ways Forward

Chaired by Pino Migliorino, Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) with panellists:

  • Professor Andrew Jakubowicz, Co-director, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Professor Lucy Taksa, Head of Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University
  • Professor Ingrid Piller, Department of Applied Linguistics, Macquarie University

Below is the video of the closing panel session which discussed “ways forward” at the Multiculturalism, Inclusion & Participation Forum held on 1 October 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

We have also published a webpage summarising key points raised at Agenda for Ways Forward.

About the Panellists

Pino Migliorino photoPino Migliorino, Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA)

Pino was born in Bari, Italy in 1959 and migrated to Australia with his family through an assisted passage program in 1964 to reunite with an extended family who had arrived in Australia in the late 1950s. After over 30 years of ethnic community involvement and working in multicultural affairs across three sectors Pino was elected Chairperson on FECCA in October 2009. Pino is passionate about multicultural affairs and social justice and provides an informed and representative voice for FECCA in advocating for the needs and interest of our diverse cultural, linguistic and religious communities. Nineteen years ago Pino founded and still leads Cultural Perspectives and CIRCA Research which are sector leaders in researching and communicating with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. Prior to working in the private sector, Pino held important positions in the third sector and in government including Executive Officer of the ECC of NSW, NSW Regional Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Senior Conciliator at the HREOC and Principal Policy Officer at the Ethnic Affairs Commission of NSW. Pino retains a deep knowledge and strong experience of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia, and is a leading expert in this field.

Photo Andrew JakubowiczProfessor Andrew Jakubowicz, University of Technology, Sydney

Andrew Jakubowicz is Professor of Sociology at the University of Technology Sydney. He has an Honours degree in Government from Sydney University and a PhD from UNSW. Since the early 1970s he has been involved in action research and race relations, and has been centrally involved in the development of materialist theories of cultural diversity. He has taught at universities in the USA, Europe and Asia, and was the foundation director of the Centre for Multicultural Studies at the University of Wollongong. He has published widely on ethnic diversity issues, disability studies and media studies. In 1994 he led the research team that produced the book, Racism Ethnicity and the Media (Allen and Unwin), and more recently has been involved in multimedia documentaries such as Making Multicultural Australia (1999-2004) and The Menorah of Fang Bang Lu (2001-2002). He was historical adviser to the exhibitions on the Jewish communities of Shanghai, at the Sydney Jewish Museum (2001-2002), the National Maritime Museum (2001-2003) and the national travelling exhibition, Crossroads: Shanghai and the Jews of China (2002-2003). He was foundation chair of the Disability Studies and Research Institute. He was historical advisor on the SBS series, Immigration Nation (2011), and is series advisor on Once Upon a Time in…, a four season project for Northern Pictures and SBS. He chaired the Institute for Cultural Diversity, a national NGO ( from 2009 to 2012.

Ingrid Piller photoProfessor Ingrid Piller, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University

Ingrid Piller (PhD, 1996, Technical University Dresden) is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, where she previously served as Executive Director of the Adult Migrant English Program Research Centre (AMEP RC). Over the course of her international career, she has also held appointments at universities in Germany, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and USA. Ingrid’s research expertise is in Intercultural Communication, the Sociolinguistics of Language Learning and Multilingualism, and Bilingual Education. She is particularly interested in the ways in which linguistic diversity as it arises in the contexts of globalization and migration intersects with social inclusion and global justice. Ingrid has published, lectured and consulted widely in these areas. She blogs about her research atLanguage on the Move

Lucy Taksa photoProfessor Lucy Taksa, Head of Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University 

Professor Lucy Taksa is Head of the Department of Marketing and Management at Macquarie University. Between 1996 and 2007 she was a part-time non-judicial member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal Equal Opportunity Division and has been a member of the Diversity Council of Australia’s reference groups for research projects relating to cultural diversity among senior executives and on corporate boards, of the NSW Ministerial Roundtable on Cultural Diversity in the Workplace and the Western Sydney Community Forum’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Workers’ Mentoring Initiative. She has published research on Diversity Management, cultural diversity and immigrant workers and multiculturalism. She is currently investigating cultural diversity on Australian corporate boards.