Cultural Connections WA: Islam and Muslims Today


Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre Murdoch University 90 South Street, Murdoch WA 3150

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Emeline Gillingham

T: +61 3 9035 6766

Murdoch University, in partnership with the Asia Education Foundation is proud to present the Intercultural Understanding Masterclass, Perth.

Cultural intersections are pervasive in our interconnected world. We are exposed constantly to the consequences and implications of these intersections. Being able to make sense of and navigate these intersections is a basic skill for living in today’s world. Using Islam and Muslims today as a case for conversation, the Masterclass provides an opportunity for you to explore intercultural understanding as comprising: 

- Cultural awareness
- Understanding of intercultural contexts and issues
- Understanding what happens when cultural backgrounds, perspectives and experiences collide
- Understanding how to negotiate intercultural contexts and intercultural issues.

Distinguished guest speakers on the day will include:

Dr Eeqbal Hassim
Associate Director, Partnerships and Development, Asia Education Foundation and an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Dr Hassim will be facilitating the Masterclass. Additionally, he will be presenting on the implications for schools of the need to teach for intercultural understanding.

Professor Carmen Lawrence
Professor, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia and former State and Federal politician

Professor Lawrence will be delivering a keynote on the challenges and opportunities of interculturality, using Islam and Muslim relations today, particularly in Australia and Southeast Asia, as a case for conversation. She will also speak about the psychology of cross-cultural engagement.

Professor David T. Hill AM
Emeritus Professor of Southeast Asian Studies and Fellow, Asia Research Centre Consortium Director, Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) 

Professor Hill will speak about his experiences of engaging with cultural difference, with a focus on Islam and Muslims in Indonesia.

Mr Ross Taylor AM
President of the Indonesia Institute

Ross will be providing his perspectives about engaging with cultural difference, based on his personal and professional experiences with Islam and Muslims in Indonesia.

Ms Aisha Novakovich
Member of Multicultural Women's Advisory Group, WA Police Member, CALD Staff Committee UWA
Television Host, Roots TV (a community-based channel on YouTube)

Aisha will be speaking about Muslim perspectives on the challenges of intercultural understanding.

Ms Pamela Stewart
Principal Consultant, Learning Area Support, Teaching and Learning Services

Ms Stewart will lead a workshop to explore how intercultural understanding is developed through the Western Australian Curriculum and identify opportunities across a range of learning areas to create rich teaching and learning curriculum.

Ms Kath Murray
Classroom Teacher, Sevenoaks Senior College

Ms Murray will present an overview of the ways Sevenoaks Senior College is advancing intercultural competence to meet the needs of its increasingly diverse school community and to incorporate acceptance of difference and mutual respect into the school culture.

Ms Ruth Proslmeyr
Principal, Piara Waters Primary School

Ruth will discuss the successful development and implementation of a framework for cultural and linguistic diversity at Piara Waters Primary School.

This one-day Masterclass is suitable for primary and secondary school leaders and teachers from all sectors. By attending the Masterclass, you will: 

- Engage with expert speakers and panellists on issues of interculturality
- Explore strategies to facilitate challenging and constructive intercultural conversations with members of your school community
- Explore strategies and resources to support the development of intercultural understanding through teaching and learning
- Build understanding of Islam and Muslims today, particularly in Australia and in Southeast Asia.