Adelaide has long rejoiced in the title of ‘The Athens of the South’ for the leading cultural role it has played in Australia. Add to this the natural advantage of a temperate Mediterranean-style climate encouraging a relaxed alfresco lifestyle where olive trees dot the landscape and you have the perfect natural setting for a conference concerned with Greek culture. It is therefore fitting that the Modern Greek section of the Department of Language Studies should have established its home in this city.
In 2011 the Modern Greek section at Flinders University and the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity will host the international conference, Ageing in the Migrant Diaspora. The Southgate Institute is a national centre for research into the social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing, located at Flinders University. It is an inter-disciplinary conference, exploring the theme of ageing and enabling discussion on the reality of ageing within the migrant Diaspora. Papers will address issues from a number of historical, social and contemporary perspectives. We are particularly (but not exclusively) seeking papers on:
Ageing in the Migrant Diaspora
* NESB – Non English-Speaking Background
** CALD – Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
The main theme of this conference is Ageing and oral presentations, panel discussions and keynote addresses from prominent scholars will:
Representatives of ageing migrant and CALD communities will be invited to present on the reality of ageing within their specific communities and to provide feedback on what has worked and areas in which culturally-specific care or services is lacking or would be appropriate.
The conference is seeking input, papers and representation from the significant array of bodies and agencies active in the area of CALD and migrant ageing and community support. Specifically, we are looking for input from: policy makers, General Practitioners/counsellors with migrant patients, administrators, academics, researchers, service providers (such as housing and residential care), community organizations, community representatives, carers (young and old – the care cycle) and welfare groups.
A major aim of these inter-disciplinary conferences is to celebrate the diachronic achievement of Greek culture, a cross-cultural understanding of migrant ageing communities and to create an environment in which academics from different fields of research can share their knowledge of related areas and investigate the possibilities for collaboration on complex themes, drawing on their different specializations. Delegates are encouraged to attend and be involved with all aspects of the international conference.
Modern Greek studies in language and culture are offered at Flinders University at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Modern Greek offers a complete major for degrees taken at Flinders or Adelaide Universities. Subjects can also be taken as minors or electives at Flinders University or through cross-institutional enrolment at the University of Adelaide, University of South Australian or Charles Darwin University. For more information please visit the Flinders University Modern Greek website.
The Conference organizers invite academics from Greece who specialize in the field of education and are attending the conference to provide Professional Development seminars for teachers of Modern Greek in South Australia. Details will be posted as they become available.
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