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Beyond Sacrifice and Respectability: the Importance of Ethnic History in Australia

with Assoc Prof Francesco Ricatti

  • When
  • Where
    Was at Greek Centre ( but a recording is available on: YouTube)
  • Entry Free

Event Details

Contemporary Australia has been shaped by mass migration and multiculturalism, yet ethnic history, and more specifically the history of ethnic communities in Australia, remains at the margins of Australian national history. In this presentation I will argue that ethnic history has played an essential, if often overlooked, role in our understanding of contemporary Australia, and that ethnicity still shapes multicultural relations in this country. At the same time, ethnic history also shows us the constant transcultural and multilingual interactions through which ethnic communities have adapted to and profoundly transformed Australia. Moving towards a transcultural and multilingual history of ethnic communities in Australia may provide a more complex, rich and productive understanding of Australian society, and the role ethnic communities will continue to play into the future.

About Assoc Prof Francesco Ricatti

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Assoc Prof Francesco Ricatti

Dr Francesco Ricatti is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at The Australian National University. He is a former President of Oral History Victoria, and a former Deputy Director of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. He has published extensively on the history of Italian migration to Australia, including his most recent book, Italians in Australia: History, Memory, identity (Palgrave 2018). His most recent research focuses on decolonial and transcultural approaches to migration history and Italian studies – including a special forum in the journal Altreitalie on decolonising Italian migration to Australia (open access); and two positions papers in Italian Studies in Southern Africa and Forum Italicum. He has also conducted participatory projects and research on the role of art and sport in informal processes of transculturation within superdiverse cities, including the project Youth in the City: La nostra Prato, which was supported by the National Geographic and the Scanlon Foundation.

How to Participate

This is an in-person event only, so please join us at the Greek Centre, on the Mezzanine Level (Press M in the elevator).

See our speaker live, ask questions during the Q&A and hobnob with fellow participants before and after the event.

We look forward to seeing you there.


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Delphi Accounting, Symposiarch Wines and the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria Inc.

  • LANGUAGE English
  • CATEGORY Education
  • EVENT SERIES Greek History and Culture Seminars > Greek History and Culture Seminars 2023
  • SERIES DATES Thursday, 02/03/2023 – Thursday, 05/10/2023
  • PRESENTED BY The Greek Community of Melbourne
  • FEATURING Assoc Prof Francesco Ricatti
  • M.C. Nick Dallas
  • MAJOR DONORS Delphi Accounting | Symposiarch Wines | Kastellorizian Association of Victoria Inc.