Questions of migration and citizenship have become so prominent that not a week passes without a new heated legal controversy surrounding the regulation of the lives of migrants. The desire to tell who can and who cannot fully participate in the political and legal community has recently touched even the MPs whose double citizenship cast a shadow on their eligibility to represent other Australians. Join us to meet lawyers from the ANU College of Law who look at the problematic of migration through different theoretical lenses. Find out not only what law regulates but firstly why it chooses to regulate more and more aspects of belonging.
Professor Margaret Thornton
Topic: Is Australia a multicultural or a monocultural society? The problem of dual citizenship.
Topic: The Ideal Citizen: Understanding Racialised Barriers to Belonging in Australian Law. This presentation argues that history is repeating itself, although with a twist. The White Australia policy has resurfaced, this time being fuelled by Australia’s contemporary citizenship laws. These laws create two figures: the ‘ideal citizen’ and the internal foreigner. Tracing how these figures circulate in Australian contemporary society suggest that Australia’s democratic and egalitarian credentials have now been significantly undermined.
Professor Desmond Manderson
Topic: The asylum problem is like the drug problem. Just like the drug ‘problem,’ the asylum or refugee ‘problem’ is blighted by inflated rhetoric and false assumptions. But in drug policy, things are changing. The shift from “zero tolerance” to “harm reduction” has heralded a sea change in policy and in political discourse. Harm reduction strategies suggest a new model for how to rethink a policy agenda that is by any measure failing badly. What does the story of Australian drug policy teach us? What would a harm reduction approach to asylum-seekers look like? And how can we get there from here?
Topic: What do the escapist fantasies of going to Mars and law have to do with the land? How does Plato's longing for the dead Socrates represent a challenge to law's myopic conception of time? What's love got to do with it? Justine will present a poetic meditation on these themes with a view to haunting and possessing law with all that it traditionally excludes.
Dr Dorota Gozdecka
Topic: Why the visual and the legal are entertwined – how we are viewing a firgure of a migrant.