Professor James Arvanitakis


Dr James Arvanitakis with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.

Professor James Arvanitakis researches in the transdisciplinary areas of globalisation, citizenship, young people, security and the cultural commons - incorporating issues around hope, trust, safety and intellect. Having held various positions within human rights-based organisations including AID/WATCH and Oxfam Hong Kong, his research seeks to maintain a particular focus on issues of social justice. He has also worked with playwrights and artists to document stories of injustice such as the production of Maralinga which records the stories of nuclear veterans.

He is the author of Contemporary society: a sociological analysis of everyday life (Oxford University Press, 2009).


Qualifications

2006, PhD, History and Philosophy and Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales, Australia

2000, Graduate Diploma (Environmental Policy), University of New South Wales, Australia

1999, Graduate Diploma (Course Work - Social Movement Theory and Economics), University of New South Wales, Australia

1995, Certificate in Financial Markets, Securities Institute of Australia

1990, PhD, BA (Hons) Applied Economic Geography, University of New South Wales, Australia

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Honours and Awards

James has received various teaching awards including being named the 2012 Prime Minister's University Teacher of the Year.

His research has also been recognised with the awarding of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant looking at the changing nature of citizenship and young people. In 2006, James also received the ARC Cultural Research Network CRN Award for a paper delivered at the 2006 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference in Canberra around the theme of UnAustralia: Border Protection between Australia and Un-Australia (or why I am an internally displaced person).

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Selected Publications

Books

Arvanitakis, J 2009, Contemporary society: a sociological analysis of everyday life, Oxford University Press, London.

Arvanitakis, J 2007, The cultural commons of hope: the attempt to commodify the final frontier of the human experience, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Berlin.

Book Chapters

Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'Forgiveness and hope: re-building fractured communities', in MR Maamri (ed.), Mapping forgiveness (opens in a new window), Inter-Disciplinary Press, Witney, pp. 141-53.

Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'Colonialism and the emergence of hope: the use of creative non-fiction to reflect on a society in transformation', in M Livholts (ed.), Emergent writing methodologies in feminist studies, Routledge, New York, pp. 98-112. 

Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'Trans-racial adoption: the fantasy of the global family', in N Falkof & O Cashman-Brown (eds), On Whiteness (opens in a new window), Inter-Disciplinary Press, Witney, pp. 275-84.

Arvanitakis, J & Sidoti, E 2011, 'The politics of change - where to for young people and politics', in L Walsh & R Black (eds), In their own hands: can young people change Australia, Melbourne, pp. 11-19.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'On forgiveness, hope and community: or the fine line step between authentic and fractured communities', in MR Maamri, N Verbin & EL Worthington (eds.), A journey through forgiveness (opens in a new window), Inter-Disciplinary Press, Witney, pp. 149-57.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Verbatim theatre and community', in P Brown (ed.), Verbatim: staging memory and community (opens in a new window), Currency Press, Sydney, pp. 103-09.

Arvanitakis, J 2008, 'I pirati erano pieni di risorse, come ninja, e impararono a usare il loro ambiente', in edu-factory collective (eds), L'università globale: Il nuovo mercato del sapere, Manifestolibri, Rome, pp. 157-59.

Arvanitakis, J 2000, 'The role of the World Bank in East Timor's agricultural reconstruction', in L Taudevin & J Lee (eds), East Timor: Making Amends?, Otford Press, Sydney.

Journal Articles

Arvanitakis, J & Matthews, I 2014, 'Bridging the divides: an interdisciplinary perspective of the teaching-research nexus and community engagement' Adelaide Law Review, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 35-54.

Arvanitakis, J 2013, 'Massification and the large lecture theatre: from panic to excitement' (opens in a new window), Higher Education, October, pp. 1-11. 

Arvanitakis, J & Wilson, M 2013, 'The resilience complex' (opens in a new window), Media and Culture Journal, vol. 16, no. 5, <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/741>. 

Arvanitakis, J & Hodge, R 2012, 'Forms of engagement and the heterogenous citizen: towards a reflexive model for youth workshops' (opens in a new window), Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 56-75.

Arvanitakis, J & Boydell, S 2012, 'Five questions on the Republic' (opens in a new window), Altitude, vol. 10, no. 1, <http://www.thealtitudejournal.net/uploads/4/2/3/3/4233079/arvanitakis_boydell_altitude_2012_final.pdf>. 

Hübinette, T & Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'Transracial adoption, white cosmopolitanism and the fantasy of the global family', Third Text, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 691-703.

Arvanitakis, J 2011, 'Redefining the political moment', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: an Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 72-89.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'The changing nature of citizenship in Australia: implications for foreign policy', Journal of Polity and Society, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 9-19.

Arvanitakis, J & Boydell, S 2010, 'The miner and the activist: a parable for our carbon constrained world', Journal of Political Ecology, no. 17, pp. 59-67.

Arvanitakis, J 2009, 'Staging Maralinga and desiring community: (or why there is no such thing as a "natural" community)' (opens in a new window), Community Development Journal, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 448-59.

Arvanitakis, J 2009, 'Solidarity, community and the political economy of hurt', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Journal, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 86-95.

Arvanitakis, J 2009, 'Surviving neo-liberalism: NGOs under the Howard years', Nebula, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 53-69.

Arvanitakis, J 2008, 'The heterogenous citizen: how many of us care about Don Bradman's average', Media/Culture, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 213-23.

Arvanitakis, J 2008, 'Staging Maralinga and looking for community (or why we must desire community before we can find it)', Research in Drama Education, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 295-306.

Arvanitakis, J & Wadiwal, D 2008, 'Racists like us...' (opens in a new window) , Darkmatter: In the Ruins of Imperial Culture, vol. 2, <http://www.darkmatter101.org/site/2008/02/23/racists-like-us/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2007, 'The commodification and re-claiming of trust: "Does anyone care about anything but the price of oil?"', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 41-50.

Arvanitakis, J 2006, 'The commons: opening and enclosing of non-commodified space' (opens in a new window), PORTAL, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 1-21.

Arvanitakis, J 2004, '"I have a patent lawyer on retainer!": intellect v intellectual property - a battle over the cultural commons?', Pacific Journalism Review, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 76-88.

Conference Papers

Arvanitakis, J 2006 'Border protection between Australia and UnAustralia: (Or, why I am an internally displaced person)', Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Canberra.

Arvanitakis, J 2006, 'Staging Maralinga and desiring community (or, why there's no such thing a "natural" community), Fallout Symposium - Convergence of Politics and Theatre, Sydney.

Other Articles and Reports (since 2010)

Arvanitakis, J & Falkof, N 2013, 'Race still rules in South Africa' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 19 April, <https://newmatilda.com/2013/04/19/race-still-rules-south-africa>.

Arvanitakis, J 2013, 'Golden dawn: Greek fascists come Down Under' (opens in a new window), The Conversation, 5 April, <http://theconversation.com/golden-dawn-greek-fascists-come-down-under-13212>.

Arvanitakis, J 2013, 'Julia Gillard's western Sydney road show: the good, the bad and the ugly' (opens in a new window), The Conversation, 8 March, <http://theconversation.com/julia-gillards-western-sydney-road-show-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-12605>.

Arvanitakis, J 2013, 'Western Sydney isn't anyone's heartland' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 7 March, <https://newmatilda.com/2013/03/07/western-sydney-isnt-anyones-heartland>.

Arvanitakis, J 2013, 'University is not just for the rich' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 4 March, <https://newmatilda.com/2013/03/04/university-not-just-rich>.

Arvanitakis, J 2013, 'I wish, oh, I wish I was a climate skeptic' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 15 January, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/i-wish-oh-i-wish-i-was-a-climate-skeptic1/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'Kill your PowerPoints and teach like a pirate' (opens in a new window), The Conversation, 7 December, <http://theconversation.com/kill-your-powerpoints-and-teach-like-a-pirate-10908>.

Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'The biggest mass poisoning in history' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 16 October, <https://newmatilda.com/2012/10/16/biggest-mass-poisoning-history>.

Arvanitakis, J & Menzies-Pike, C 2012, 'A new plan for Kings Cross' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 20 September, <https://newmatilda.com/2012/09/20/new-plan-kings-cross>.

Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'Do misogynists and nutjobs have science on side?' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 29 August, <https://newmatilda.com/2012/08/29/do-misogynists-and-nutjobs-have-science-side>.

Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'The budget speech Wayne Swan could never deliver' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 7 May, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/the-budget-speech-wayne-swan-could-never-deliver/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'Even in politics it has always been a matter of trust' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 10 April, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/even-in-politics-it-has-always-been-a-matter-of-trust/ >.

Arvanitakis, J 2012, 'Growing up with lambanana and slavery' (opens in a new window), On Line Opinion, 13 March, <http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=13362>.

Arvanitakis, J & Lindstrom, S 2011, 'Can you be pro Wikileaks and anti-r*pe?' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 24 November, <https://newmatilda.com/2011/11/24/can-you-be-pro-wikileaks-and-anti-rpe>.

Arvanitakis, J 2011, 'It's a bit rich to just dismiss the poor occupiers' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 26 October, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/its-a-bit-rich-to-just-dismiss-the-occupy-movements/desc/>.

Arvanitakis, J & Salazar, J 2011, 'Why are the young people revolting?' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 14 October, <https://newmatilda.com/2011/10/14/why-are-young-people-revolting >.

Arvanitakis, J 2011, 'Gillard can win the next election in three easy steps' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 15 September, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/gillard-can-win-the-next-election-in-three-easy-steps/>.

Arvanitakis, J & Boydell, S 2011, 'Mineral rights for PNG landowners' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 25 August, <https://newmatilda.com/2011/08/25/mineral-rights-png-landowners>.

Arvanitakis, J 2011, 'The moral of this story is politicians are immoral' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 16 August, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/the-moral-of-this-story-politicians-immoral/>.

Arvanitakis, J & Boydell, S 2011, 'Cash before custom' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 1 August, <https://newmatilda.com/2011/08/01/cash-custom>.

Arvanitakis, J 2011, 'It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel green' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 9 June, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/Its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-I-feel-Green/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2011, 'To manufacture fortunes we need contentious "taxes"' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 13 April, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/manufacturings-fortunes/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2011, 'GetUp! And then what?' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 31 March, <https://newmatilda.com/2011/03/31/getup-and-then-what>.

Arvanitakis, J & Boydell, S 2011, 'Is crown land Indigenous land?' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 24 March, <https://newmatilda.com/2011/03/24/crown-land-indigenous-land>.

Arvanitakis, J 2011, 'Economic correctness - the new political laziness?' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 17 March, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/the-stupidity-of-getting-mad-about-political-correctness/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2011, 'We're only as racist as our pollies make us out to be' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 2 March, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/were-only-as-racist-as-our-pollies-make-us-out-to-be/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Gillard runs the country the way Ponting captains tests' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 23 December, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/gillard-runs-the-country-the-way-ponting-captains-tests/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'We need big ideas to kick start the new decade' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 15 December, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/we-need-big-ideas-to-kick-start-the-new-decade/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Who gets to speak freely?' (opens in a new window) ,New Matilda, 10 December, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/12/10/who-gets-speak-freely>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Greening xenophobia' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 1 December, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/12/01/greening-xenophobia>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Multiculturalism hasn't failed, it's been suffocated' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 23 November, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/multiculturalism-hasnt-failed-its-been-suffocated/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Looking to generational divides tell us nothing' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 12 November, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/looking-to-generational-divides-tell-us-nothing/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'The climate science is done ... right?' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 21 October, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/10/21/climate-science-done-right>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'How we think about water is a classic progress trap' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 18 October, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/how-we-think-about-water-is-a-classic-progress-trap/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Debate suffers when pollies think we're too dumb to get it' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 15 September, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/debate-suffers-when-pollies-think-were-too-dumb-to-get-it/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Why independents should dig the mining tax' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 27 August, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/why-the-independents-should-dig-the-mining-tax/>.

Arvanitakis, J & Rhiannon, L 2010, 'Housing crisis or just bad policy?' (opens in a new window), On Line Opinion, 20 August, <http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=10861&page=2>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Supporting the stimulus package: they got it right' (opens in a new window), Centre for Policy Development, 19 August, <http://cpd.org.au/2010/08/supporting-the-stimulus-package-they-got-it-right/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Population: size doesn't matter' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 11 August, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/population-size-doesnt-matter/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'This campaign is enough to turn off even political junkies' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 28 July, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/election-campaign-political-junkies-turned-off/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'How to learn from history while letting go of the past' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 9 July, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/how-to-learn-from-history-while-letting-go-of-the-past/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Fear, change and the rise of the right as the world shrinks' (opens in a new window), The Punch, 28 June, <http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/fear-change-and-the-rise-of-the-right-as-the-world-shrinks/asc/>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Without hope, there will be no change' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 2 June, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/06/02/without-hope-there-will-be-no-change>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Anti-environment budget draws fire' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 13 May, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/05/13/anti-environment-budget-draws-fire>.

Arvanitakis, J & Rhiannon, L 2010, 'Golden goose has eggs enough for all' (opens in a new window), ABC Online, 5 May, <http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/33958.html>.

Arvanitakis, J & Boydell, S 2010, 'How intellectual property is making us dumb' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 3 May, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/05/03/how-intellectual-property-making-us-dumb>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'It's time for lazy kids to get off the dole' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 22 April, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/04/22/its-time-lazy-kids-get-dole>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Climate deniers with clout' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 8 April, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/04/08/climate-deniers-clout>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'So gay is the new black, right?' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 2 March, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/03/02/so-gay-new-black-right>.

Arvanitakis, J 2010, 'Right room, wrong elephant' (opens in a new window), New Matilda, 11 February, <https://newmatilda.com/2010/02/11/right-room-wrong-elephant>.

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