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Refugee Week Seminar: FREE THE DARWIN 15 - The history, politics, and ways forward

Presenter Professor Michael Christie, Valerie Leishman, Stephen Enciso & Dr Sara Dehm
Contact person
Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468 E:
Location Online via ZOOM and Live in the Savanna Room (Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48, Casuarina Campus, CDU)
Open to Public
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In this seminar, we explore the human impacts of Australia’s refugee policy. First, we examine the situation of the refugees currently detained at the Mercure Darwin Airport and provide a brief outline of the community campaign that is being run to get them released. These refugees are all from Iran and were brought to Australia from Nauru under now-repealed Medevac legislation. They have been waiting nine years for resettlement.

Second, we discuss some of the structural drivers that create refugees in the first place, drawing a link between the experiences of Indigenous people with mass incarceration and refugees with indefinite detention. Racialized processes of dispossession producing ‘statelessness’ will be identified as affecting both Indigenous people and refugees.

Third, we discuss current research investigating Australia’s settlement and integration program from multiple perspectives (including participants and facilitators), and discuss an approach to evaluation that offers robust government program and policy analysis, and a pathway for results to be made visible to policy and decision makers.

Professor Michael Christie: Principal Researcher
Michael is a Professor of Education and heads up the Contemporary Indigenous Governance and Knowledge Systems research theme at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University. Professor Christie worked in Yolŋu communities as a teacher linguist in the 1970s and 1980s and started the Yolŋu Studies program at Northern Territory University (now CDU) in 1994. Michael's current research interests cover a range of collaborative transdisciplinary projects in Indigenous contexts which involve careful investigation into diverse knowledge practices and methods.

Valerie Leishman: PhD Candidate
Valerie’s research interests lie within community and cross-cultural psychology: applied to improve holistic wellbeing and quality of life in context, for communities and community members who have faced displacement and resettlement. Valerie's current PhD project adopts a collaborative approach in working with NT based providers who provide services to former refugees who have been resettled in the NT.

Stephen Enciso: HDR Candidate, Teaching and Research Assistant
Stephen is currently studying a Masters by Research in Philosophy and is interested in questions around recognition and justice.

Dr Sara Dehm: Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney
Sara Dehm teaches and researches in the areas of public international law, international migration and refugee law, and the history and theory of international law and institutions. She is particularly interested in the past and ongoing techniques and practices that international institutions employed in administering human mobility, specifically labour migration from states in the Global South.

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