Researchers for Asylum Seekers Interdisciplinary Conference

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Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
University of Melbourne


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Karen Block

Conference Spotlight: Gender, Identity and Persecution

Keynote: Dr Diana Johns & Ms Nakier Chol: Growing up South Sudanese in Victoria After the Moomba 2016 ‘Riot’

The Researchers for Asylum Seekers Interdisciplinary conference is intended to accommodate postgraduate researchers – past and present – as well as practitioners and policy makers/advisors working in the field.

This year’s Keynote will be delivered by Dr Diana Johns & Ms Nakier Chol.

Dr Diana Johns is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Melbourne. Her research and teaching focuses on imprisonment, post-prison social integration, young people in contact with the justice system, and African communities in Victoria. She recently published her first book, ‘Being and Becoming an Ex-Prisoner’ (Routledge, UK).

Nakier Abraham Chol is 19 years old and from South Sudan. She is a Yarra Youth Ambassador, young entrepreneur, freelance model, public speaker and voice for her community. Her involvement with community and young people began after she experienced injustice and what it felt like to be treated differently because you were different.


This conference is free to attend and includes lunch.

Bookings are essential.

For further information, email Karen Block

This event is supported by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute