Call for Papers

Unity In Diversity 2020 Submission Guidelines

Submission Key Dates

Call for Abstracts - Open Now           

Abstract Close - 21st March 2020

Announcement of keynote speakers and panellists - Early April

The theme of the conference is ‘Unity In Diversity’ and builds upon Townsville Cultural Fest outcomes by involving delegates from diverse communities, sector service providers, religious representatives, Federal and State government to engagement with key issues affecting social cohesion, community resilience and stability, reducing marginalisation, challenging behaviours that contribute to violence and crime. Following are the conference  topics. We welcome you to address these questions in your presentation or nominate a topic that you wish to introduce to the conference program.

All topics will engage with the theme of Multiculturalism and Australia's progression as a multicultural nation. 

Conference Topics

  • What can Australia learn from current global social unrest?
  • Barriers to social cohesion in regional Australia and major population centres.
  • What does Australian multiculturalism mean?
  • The intersection of multiculturalism, social cohesion and mental health.
  • Lived experience – Life as a refugee in Australia.
  • Dispelling fear  – Embracing cultural diversity.
  • Cultural identity crisis – Who are we?
  • Strengthening host communities to refugee and migrants.
  • Cultural diversity and multiculturalism – What is holding us back?
  • Multiculturism: Best practice models for social work
  • How do ideologies of multiculturalism affect our economical and political models? 
  • Multiculturalism and its impact on human relationships  


Summary of Abstract Submission Instructions

Step 1: Read the Abstract Submission Guidelines for the submission of abstract to ensure you understand the abstract submissions process and requirements.

Step 2: Write your abstract submission using the instructions on how to prepare and format your submission.

Step 3: Click the ‘Submit Abstract’ button below to access the submission portal.


Notification of Acceptance

Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author by the end of February.  The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.



The presenting author will be required to register for the Conference to ensure his/her abstract is included in the final Program.



PowerPoint presentations are commonly used amongst session presenters as an effective way to display ideas and data

All presentations including workshops will be allocated 30 minutes each (20 minutes for the presentation with 10 minutes for questions). A Chair will run each concurrent session of presentations. 


All abstracts must be submitted by 11.59pm, 21 March 2020

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