The Greek-Australian professor of the University of Sydney, Vrasidas Karalis, during his lecture entitled “After Multiculturalism: Redefining the Greek- Australian presence in the era of globalization” supported that multiculturalism as a process of nation building, was suspended in 1997 in Australia when government was undertaken by Liberals.
The postwar immigrant communities since then were already embedded in the political, economic and cultural institutional framework of Australian society, the following reaction due to changes was weak and completely ineffective.
According to Professor Karalis, the Greek community wasn’t so interested that many voted for Liberal National Coalition, abandoning traditional support for the Labor Party. The big question is concerning the concept of multiculturalism and why it was abandoned so easily.
Professor Karalis said that he named his issue “After Multiculturalism” because he is looking for a critical examination of the structure of multicultural ideas and their influence in the Greek Diaspora of Australia.
He additionally noted that in the last 20 years, the main sector of his own research is in the Modern Greek and Byzantine cultural studies, and more recently in the study of the New Testament. Karalis teaches the Greek language, and is chairman of the Department of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney.
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