On the 20th anniversary of the ‘Tampa election’ join us for a roundtable discussion featuring UNSW Adjunct Professor Behrouz Boochani, Iranian journalist Elahe Zivardar and writer Moones Mansoubi, with Professor Claudia Tazreiter and Professor Klaus Neumann.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ‘Tampa election’ with the infamous anti-immigrant speech of John Howard: “we will decide who comes to this country and the manner in which they come”.
Panelists Behrouz Boochani, Elahe Zivardar, Moones Mansoubi, Klaus Neumann and Claudia Tazreiter will contextualise and problematise the recent history of Australia’s refugee and immigration policy as a period of division, hatred and cruelty that can be traced at least in part to the events leading up to the Federal election of November 2001.
The legacies of the ‘Tampa election’ truly constitute unfinished business, reverberating in Australia’s refugee and immigration policies and systems, and with profound impacts on Pacific neighbours.
A session of the Australian Historical Association 2021 Conference, hosted by UNSW Sydney and the State Library of NSW.
This session is sponsored by the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network.
Claudia Tazreiter is a Associate Professor Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.
Claudia is a political sociologist. Her research focuses on contemporary human rights discourses, migration, the role of civil society, cosmopolitanism and post-conflict reconciliation processes. She has published extensively on migration, human rights, the asylum policies of Western states, the role of non-governmental organizations in policy advocacy, and women’s rights in post-conflict settings. She is currently working on an Australian Research Council funded project on migrant workers and human security in the Asia Pacific.
Contemporary human rights discourses, civil society and social movements, theories of migration and citizenship, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism
Current Research Projects
Fluid security in the Asia Pacific. With Leanne Weber, Sharon Pickering and Marie Segrave as co-investigators. A 3-year project on migrant workers and human security in the Asia Pacific. Funded by the Australian Research Council(Discovery grant)
Affiliations and Memberships
Associate, Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, UNSW
Member, Management Committee, Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW
Member, International Sociological Association