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The Media and Racism


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How does a person’s race or religion frame how the way they’re portrayed in the media? How do news narratives perpetuate racism? In the final session, our panellists will discuss racial sensationalism and stereotype in the Australian news today.


Karen Farquharson

Karen Farquharson is Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the sociology of racism, migration, media and sport. Her most recent books are (with Vivienne Waller and Deborah Dempsey) Qualitative Social Res... Read more

Usha Rodrigues

Usha Rodrigues is a Senior Lecturer in Deakin University’s Journalism program.  An experienced journalist and journalism educator, Usha’s work spans across national borders, particularly in Australia and India. Her PhD and two subsequent co-authored books have established her as a scholar in In... Read more

Anthony Kelly

Anthony Kelly has over 25 years of experience in human rights advocacy and strategic social justice campaigning. Prior to joining the Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre in early 2011, he was Coordinator of the Men’s Referral Service for seven years, as well as Policy Officer with the Fed... Read more

Oishee Alam

Oishee Alam is a sociologist of race and religion, with a research and teaching focus on racism and anti-racism, Islamophobia, racialisation, nationalism, secularism and whiteness. As a Research Fellow at the Challenging Racism Project at Western Sydney University, she is working to increase underst... Read more


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