We are livingthrough rapid shifts in global power,as the rising influenceof states such as China, India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa creates new andmore complex patterns of global interaction. At the same time issues such as climate change, electronic communications, food and watersecurity and epidemic diseases present new demands foreffective global institutions.
To discuss how these changesimpact on Australian foreign policy the Institute for Human Security at La Trobe University has assembled a panel of experts to provoke your thinking: Andrew Hewett (Oxfam); Professor JosephCamilleri (La Trobe) and Professor Robyn Eckersley (Melbourne).
Presented in partnership with the Institute for Human Security at La Trobe University.
Robyn Eckersley is Professor and Head of Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
Andrew Hewett is Executive Director of Oxfam Australia.
Prof Joseph Anthony CAMILLERI is Professor of International Relations and founding Director of the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University.
Dennis Altman is professor of politics and director of the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University in Melbourne.
He is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. This book, which has often been compared to Greer’s Female Eunuch and Singer’s Animal Liberation, was the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement, and was published in seven countries, with a readership which continues today. (In 2012 University of Queensland Press issued a 40th anniversary edition, and an anthology based on the book, After Homosexual, was published in 2014.)
Since then, Altman has written 13 books exploring sexuality, politics and their interrelationships in Australia, the United States and now globally. These include The Homosexualization of America; AIDS and the New Puritanism; Rehearsals for Change; Gore Vidal’s America and Fifty First State?, as well as a novel (The Comfort of Men) and memoirs (Defying Gravity). His book Global Sex (Chicago U.P, 2001), has been translated into five languages including Spanish, Turkish and Japanese. Most recently has co-edited Why Human Security Matters (Allen & Unwin), Thinking Politically about HIV (Routledge) and How to Vote Progressive in Australia (Monash University Press). The End of the Homosexual? was published by UQP in 2013, and in 2016 Polity published Queer Wars (co-authored with Jonathan Symons).