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Cosmopolitan Melbourne: cultural diversity and social cohesion

The city has become central to the ways in which contemporary society is imagined, not only in the West but in the emerging economies of Asia. Public bodies use cultural activities to promote inward-looking identtities. The representation of the city to its people through public and semi-public events and spaces provides people with a sense of pride in their place, tradition and belonging. Cities also have outward identities both nationally (such as the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne) and globally.

On one hand, the city is a material and everyday public space occupied by people as a location of personal identity. On the other, it is a channel for the regional, national and global. Cosmopolitan Melbourne: Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion examined urban identities which are central to how contemporary societies are imagined.


28 March 2008


Monash University Law Chambers
472 Bourke Street, Melbourne


Invited speakers


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Titles of papers link directly to mp3 files. If you require a transcription please contact the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies.

Speaker Title of paper mp3 file size
Kate Shaw Planning the ‘Creative’ City: Global Strategies and Local Creative Subcultures Podcast icon5.2 mb
Katie Fraser Steering Past Settlement: Cases from the African Legal Service Podcast icon15.5 mb
Scott McQuire Public Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere Podcast icon6.2 mb


Dr Elizabeth Coleman