Professor Ghassan Hage
Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory
PhD (Macquarie), Diplome de Troisieme Cycle (IEHEI, France), BA Hons. (Macquarie)
Ghassan Hage is the University of Melbourne's Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Ghassan joined the University of Melbourne in 2008 after fifteen years of teaching and researching at the University of Sydney. As a Future Generation Professor he works at fostering inter-disciplinary research across the university.
Ghassan has published widely in the comparative anthropology of nationalism, multiculturalism, racism and migration. His work fuses approaches from political economy, phenomenology and psychoanalysis. He is a reknowned expert in the work of Pierre Bourdieu. For many years and until Bourdieu's death he was an associate researcher in the latter's research centre at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
Ghassan is currently working on two ARC supported projects: The experience and circulation of political emotions concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict among Muslim immigrants in the Western world; and 'The Politics of Negotiation' as a critical way of re-conceiving inter-cultural relations. He is the author and editor of many works including White Nation and Against Paranoid Nationalism. His most recent work is the edited volume: Force, Movement, Intensity: The Newtonian Imagination in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
Please check back in 2013 for future events.
- The Drum Opinion, ABC Occupy is what Occupy wants: another reality by Ghassan Hage and Gerhard Hoffstaedter, November 2011
- Festival of Ideas The Middle East: The Cockpit of National Identities and Perpetual Conflict The University of Melbourne, June 2011
- Sydney Opera House, June 2011 Israel and Palestine in the New Middle East (watch video)
- Australian Nationalism: Is it a problem? Hosted by Phillip Adams (Raimond Gaita, Marilyn Lake, Andrew Markus, Ghassan Hage) Slow TV video broadcast on The Monthly Website.
- Pierre Bourdieu. This was the opening presentation of the 2009 series Key Thinkers; a series of University-sponsored public lectures where academics from the University of Melbourne spoke about internationally-reknowned thinkers whose work had influenced their own. These lectures were subsequently broadcast on SlowTV. Watch Part 1 below:
- October 18th 2009: Panel Discussion, Gaza: Morality, Law and Politics, Encounter Program, ABC Radio National Encounter. Listen here
- October 20th 2009: Racism in Australian History and Society: A Debate, Latrobe University Ideas and Society Program.
- On Gaza and narcisstic victimhood. Ghassan Slow TV video broadcast on The Monthly website.
- The Weight of Words. In an interview to mark his appointment as Future Generation Professor at the University of Melbourne, Ghassan Hage reflects on the changeable "weight of words" across history and across nations. Listen here
'Negotiating with Wolves: Affirming and Transcending Multiculturalism', Inaugural Lecture as Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, The University of Melbourne Listen here
- Ghassan Hage A massacre is not a massacre, Irish Journal of Anthropology vol. 14 Spring/Summer 2011
- Force, Movement, Intensity: The Newtonian Imagination in the Humanities and Social Scienceseds Ghassan Hage and Emma Kowal,Melbourne University Press, 2011
- Ghassan Hage, Social gravity: Pierre Bourdieu's phenomenological social physics in Force, Movement, Intensity: The Newtonian Imagination in the Humanities and Social Sciences Melbourne University Press, 2011 pp.80-93
- Ghassan Hage and Emma Kowal, The Newtonian Fantasy and its Social 'Other' Force, Movement, Intensity: The Newtonian Imagination in the Humanities and Social Sciences Melbourne University Press, 2011 pp.1-9
- Ghassan Hage Multiculturalism and the Ungovernable Muslim in Essays on Muslims & Multiculturalism Ed. Raimond Gaita, Text Publishing, 2011 pp. 155-186
- On Narcissistic Victimhood, in Raimond Gaita (ed.), Gaza: Law, Morality and Politics, Perth: UWA Press, 2010, pp.101-126
- Ghassan Hage, Hating Israel in the Field: On Ethnography and Political Emotions, in James Davies and Dimitrina Spencer (eds) Emotions in the Field: the psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork experience, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California 2010, pp.129-154.
- Ghassan Hage, Intercultural Relations at the Limits of Multiculturalism, in Duncan Ivison (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism, (Ashgate 2010)
- Ghassan Hage, Migration and Food Memories, in Susannah Radstone and Bill Schwarz (eds), Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates, Fordham University Press, 2010
- Ghassan Hage, Negotiating the Passion for the Political, Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 2010, No.100, pp.37-40.
- The Ethics of Apology: A Set of Commentaries. Critique of Anthropology, 24:3, pp 1-22.
- Ghassan Hage (ed.) Waiting, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press (2009)
- Ghassan Hage, Der Unregierbare Muslim: Jenseits der Bipolaritat von Multikultur und Assimilation, in Sabine Hess, Jana Binder and Johannes Moser (eds), No Integration? Kulturwissenschalftliche Beitrage zur Integrationsdebatte in Europa, Bielefeld: Verlag (Germany 2009)
- Ghassan Hage, On Hating Israel in the Field: Ethnography and Political Emotions, in Anthropological Theory , Vol. 9 (1): 59-79, (2009).
- Ghassan Hage, Al Hujra wa dawr alzakira wal taam fee Amaliyyat Insha' alwatan, in Idhafat (the Arab Journal of Sociology), No. 2, Spring 2008.
- Ghassan Hage, Roots will be with you always, in The Australian, Higher Education Supplement (23 April 2008)
- Ghassan Hage, Analyzing Multicultural Realities in John Frow and Tony Bennett, The Sage Handbook of Cultural Analysis, Sage, (UK 2008)
- Ghassan Hage, Australia between White Insecurity and Muslim Otherness, in Rencontres Australiennes, PUPS (Paris, 2007)
- Ghassan Hage, Migration and the Transformation of Male Sexuality, in John Gagnon and Samir Khalaf (eds), Arab Sexuality, Al-Saqi Books, (London, 2006)
- Ghassan Hage, A not so multi-sited ethnography of a not so imagined community, Anthropological Theory (December 2005)
- Ghassan Hage, 'Comes a time we are all enthusiasm': Understanding Palestinian Suicide Bombers in times of Exighophobia, Public Culture, Vol. 15, No. 1, Winter 2003, pp. 65-89.
- Ghassan Hage, Against Paranoid Nationalism: searching for hope in a shrinking society, Pluto Press: Sydney and Merlin Press: London, 2003. (Japanese Translation, 2006, by Yoshiko Shiobara with a new introduction and one new chapter, Tokyo: Heibonsha Publishing).
- 2000 Ghassan Hage, White Nation; Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society, 220p, New York: Routledge. (Japanese edition, 2003, modified with new introduction and new chapters), (translated by Minoru Hokari and Yoshio Shiobara), Tokyo: Heibonsha Publishing.
Keynote Address National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council 2011 Conference (November 26, 2011)
Public Lecture "An Indigenous Welcome for Asylum Seekers?" School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne (October 26, 2011)
Keynote Address: 11th Biennial European Association for Studies on Australia (EASA) International Conference, Petrov Slovakia (September 12, 2011)
Critical Anthropological Thought and the Radical Political Imaginary Today
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne (July 27, 2011)
Critical Anthropological Thought and the Radical Political Imaginary Today
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne (July 27, 2011)
IILAH and APCML Public Seminar 'Terrorist': Diasporic Emotions, Sense of Justice and International Criminal Classification' (July 20, 2011)
Australian Political Science Association (APSA) conference Purposes Beyond Ourselves: Power and Principle in Foreign Policy University of Queensland (July 14, 2011)
On Purposeful Being: divergences and convergences in the works of Bourdieu and Levy-Bruhlat paper by Prof. Ghassan Hage, Australian Anthropological Society Annual Conference, UWA, Perth (July 8, 2011)
Book launch Modern Muslim Identities: Negotiating Religion and Ethnicity in Malaysia by Gerhard Hoffstaedter, University of Western Australia (July 7, 2011)
Israeli Apartheid Forum; a forum moderated by Professor Ghassan Hage including Professor John Docker, Professor Jake Lynch, Samah Sabawi and Professor Jeremy Salt. The University of Melbourne (March 9, 2010)Techniques of Hope Conference, Hope in Law and the Economy, The Levin Institute, New York (March 25, 2010)
Techniques of Hope: How Professionals and Professionalism can Stabilize the Markets and Change the World A Global Forum Paper: Risking Hope, The Levin Institute, New York (March 26, 2010)
Contact Ethics: life, love and risk on the borderline of governmentality, Borderlines Seminar, Harvard University (March 31, 2010)
Nationalism Debate Symposium; a public debate chaired by Phillip Adams featuring Marilyn Lake, Ghassan Hage, Raimond Gaita and Andrew Markus. LaTrobe University (22 April 2010)
On Arab Political Aesthetics at the workshop 'Aesthetics, Politics, and Cultural Practices in Arab Societies Today' for the research programme, Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (EUME), Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (July 14-16, 2010)
Chair and summing up of 'Emotions in the Anthropology of the Middle East'. World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) Panel, Barcelona (July 19-24, 2010)
Domestication Between Habit and Habitus 'Habit, Governance and the Social WorkshopCentre for Social Research', University of Western Sydney (August 5-6, 2010)
Preparing Australian Migration and diversity research for the future, Workshop 'Rethinking Australian Research on Migration and Diversity', Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia,Darlington Centre, University of Sydney, (August 9-10, 2010)
Keynote address: Dwelling in Magic: Actuality and Potentiality in the Spatiality of Inhabitance, The Utopia of Tradition Conference IASTE 2010, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Conference American University of Beirut, (December 15-16 2010)
Pierre Bourdieu, Key Thinkers Public Lecture Series, The University of Melbourne (March 5, 2009)
Book Launch of "The City's Outback" by Professor Gillian Cowlishaw, The University of Sydney (March 13, 2009)
The Transnational Family, Contemporary Society and Culture(s) Seminar Series, The University of Melbourne (March 25, 2009)
Book Launch of "Contemporary Society" by Dr James Arvanitakis, The University of Sydney (March 27, 2009)
Guest Lecture, Migrant Australia, The University of Melbourne (March 30, 2009)
Spaces of Negotiation: Culture at the Margin of the Law, Joint Anthropology Seminars, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University (May 6, 2009)
A Migrant's Experience of Erectile Dysfunction, Mind, Medicine and Culture Seminar, Department of Anthropology, UCLA (May 18, 2009)
Varieties of Racist Classifications, Guest Lecture, Humanities Centre, UC Irvine (May 20, 2009)
Ambivalence and Stigma among Lebanese-background Youth, Arab Youth Conference, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (May 28, 2009)
Contemporary borders, theory and art journeys in the reciprocal construction of identity between Australia and Europe, Keynote address for Borders, theory, art and power: The Second Imagined Australia International Research Forum, University of Bari, Italy (June 17, 2009)
Inaugural Address, AILAE-University of Calabria Summer School, University of Calabria, Rende, Italy (June 22, 2009)
On Narcissistic Victimhood, ACU Public Lecture Series - Gaza: Morality, Law and Politics, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (July 8, 2009)
Intercultural Relations at the limits of Multicultural Governmentality, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) 16th World Congress, Kunming, China (July 30, 2009)
Book Launch for "Civilizational Dialogue and World Order", edited by Michalis Michael and Fabio Petito, La Trobe University, Melbourne (August 25, 2009)
The limits of ethnic self-affirmation, Immigration Museum, Carlton Gardens (August 26, 2009)
Reflections on Post-civilizational Cultures, University of Sydney Anthropology Society, University of Sydney (September 7, 2009)
On With-ness: Negotiating the Ungovernable Other, School of Culture and Communication seminar series, The University of Melbourne (September 9, 2009)
Lecture on The Devil's Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa and Southwest Africa, George Steinmetz, The University of Melbourne (September 15, 2009)
Guest Lectures, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (September 28-30, 2009)
Negotiating the Other: One more Effort to Exorcise the Colonial Evil SpiritMasterclass, Hawke Institute, University of South Australia (October 12-13, 2009)
Book Launch for 'Everday Multiculturalism' by Amanda Wise and Selvaraj Velyutham (eds), Gleebooks, Sydney (October 16, 2009)
Presentation and discussion at National Identity, Racism and Democracy workshop, Search Foundation, Sydney (October 17, 2009)
Racism in Australian History and Society: A Debate, Latrobe University Ideas and Society Program. Slow TV: Racism in Australia (October 20, 2009)
Book Launch for Socialism and Modernity by Peter Beilharz, Readings Carlton (November 10, 2009)
Keynote Address, Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand, Massey University, New Zealand (November 22-24, 2009)
Inaugural Distinguished Address, The Open Mind and Its Enemies: Anthropology and the Passion of the Political, Australian Anthropological Society (December 8, 2009)
Slugs, Rabbits, Wolves and Others: On the Elementary Classification of Strangers, Rethinking "Strangers" and The Condition of their Estrangement International Symposium, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (January 25, 2008)
Explosive Selves: On Second Generation Experiences of Racism, Youth Identity and Migration: Culture, Values and Social Connectedness Symposium, Deakin University (February 21, 2008)
On Political Emotions, Contemporary Society and Culture(s) Seminar Series, PASI, The University of Melbourne (March 12, 2011)
Multiculturalism and the "Islamic question", NCEIS Public Lecture Series, The University of Melbourne (March 13,2008) Watch video or read transcript
Opening Address, The Sydney Arab Film Festival (April 10, 2008)
Multicultural questions, Seminar with David Leo Goldberg, La Trobe University (May 30, 2008)
Guest Address, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria Regional Conference, Wangaratta (May 31, 2008)
Keynote Address, New Worlds, New Sovereignties Conference, The University of Melbourne (June 7, 2008)
On Academic Freedom, Inaugural Traffic Interdisciplinary Seminar, The University of Melbourne (June 23, 2008)
The Weight of Words, UpClose Podcast, The University of Melbourne (July 3, 2008) Listen to audio or view and transcript
Negotiating with Wolves: Affirming and Transcending Multiculturalism, Inaugural Lecture as Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, The University of Melbourne (July 30, 2008) Watch video
First Lecture in the Negotiation Series, The University of Melbourne (August 7, 2008)
Becoming Octopus: belonging to the Lebanese transnational family, Transforming Communities and Crossing Borders: A Transforming Cultures Symposium, University Technology Sydney (August 11, 2008)
Second Lecture in the Negotiation Series, The University of Melbourne (August 14, 2008)
Third Lecture in the Negotiation Series, The University of Melbourne (August 21, 2008)
Citizenship, Racism and the Sovereignty of the Other, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change Annual Conference, St Hugh's College, Oxford University (September 3, 2008)
Addressing Humiliation, Social Justice Seminar Series, The University of Melbourne (October 7, 2008)
Fourth Lecture in the Negotiation Series, The University of Melbourne (October 9, 2008)
Taking Hegel to Cronulla Beach: From Recognition to Negotiation. European Philosophy Research Group, University of Queensland (October 10, 2008)
Keynote Address, Identity and Its Discontents Conference, School of Historical Studies, The University of Melbourne (November 27, 2008)
Keynote Address, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference, The University of Melbourne (December 4, 2008)
Appropriating the Self: The Experience of Self-Sovereignty, Joint Annual Conference of the Australian Anthropological Society, Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) and Association of Social Anthropologists, New Zealand, University of Auckland, New Zealand (December 9, 2008)