International Advisory Board

  • Peter Sellars, Opera Director, World Cultures Program, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Judy Chicago, Artist and Author, New Mexico, USA.
  • Tressa Berman, Executive Director, BorderZone Arts, Inc., San Francisco, USA; Visiting Research Faculty, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia.
  • Jennifer Herd, Artist, Curator, and Founding Faculty, Bachelor of Visual Arts in Contemporary Indigenous Arts, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Fred Ho, Composer, Writer, Producer. New York, USA.
  • Andrew Jacubowicz, Faculty of Humanities, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fred Myers, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, New York University, USA.
  • Tonel (Antonio Eligio), Artist, Art Critic, University of British Columbia, Canada, and Havana, Cuba.
  • Gerald McMaster, Curator of Canadian Art, Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada.
  • Darcy Nicholas, Contemporary Maori Artist. General Manager, Porirua City Council, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Cima Sedigh, President, Global Education and Health Alliance, Faculty of Education, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA.
  • Arthur Sabatini, Associate Professor of Performance Studies, Arizona State University, USA.
  • Mario Minichiello, Academic Director and Chair, Loughborough University School of Art and Design, UK.
  • Robyn Archer, Performer/Director. Former Artistic Director, European Capital of Culture 2008, Liverpool, UK.
  • Bill Cope, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA; Director, Common Ground.
  • Mary Kalantzis, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • Judy Spokes, Director, Cultural Development Network, Australia.
  • James Early, Director of Cultural Heritage Policy, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Acting-Interim Director, Anacostia Museum Center for African American History, USA.
  • Mehdi Faridzadeh, President, International Society for Iranian Culture (ISIC), New York and Tehran, Iran.


  • The Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

    The Globalism Institute is the public face of a university-wide research strength in globalisation and cultural diversity at RMIT University. The Institute undertakes engaged research into globalisation, transnationalism, nationalism and cultural diversity. It seeks to understand and critically evaluate current directions of global change, with an emphasis on the cultural implications of political and economic transformation. The role of the Institute is to initiate and manage research and community projects involving consortia of academics, researchers and consultants from diverse backgrounds. These collaborative projects draw on expertise from across the university and beyond, in fields such as global politics, international relations, community studies, cross-cultural communication, international education, international trade, productive diversity, global English and media studies. For further information, visit our website, or contact us by email.

  • BorderZone Arts, Inc., San Francisco and Melbourne.

    BorderZone Arts is an international community-based arts and cultural organization that facilitates collaborations among historically under-represented and emerging artists and arts organizations. BZA’s programs foster artistic exchanges across international, cultural, geographic and political boundaries through the creation of exhibitions, performances, publications and public programs.

  • CFEM [Centre for Festival and Event Management] Program, Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

    The Centre for Festival and Event Management (CFEM) within Napier University Business School is a multi-disciplinary Centre established to support the many specialist areas relating to festivals & events. The Centre’s staff draws on an extensive range of academic, professional and consultancy experience in the management of festivals, events and visitor attractions: from visitor management and service planning, to economic and marketing strategy evaluation, cultural impact assessments, capacity evaluation and social inclusion strategies. CFEM works in collaboration with existing bodies across Napier University and has developed relationships with international experts in the field of festivals and events. The Centre’s activities fall into 3 main areas - Event & Festival Related Courses; Research & Publications and Conferences & Professional Events.

  • The Alavi Foundation

    The Alavi Foundation's purposes are charitable and philanthropic with an emphasis on education and civic concerns. One of its primary aims is to promote understanding and harmony among people of different religions. Another basic aim of the Foundation is to promote the study of the humanities, arts, and pure and applied sciences. The Foundation gives assistance to public charitable organizations during times of hardship and deprivation caused by war or natural disasters. It also provides financial assistance to not-for-profit organizations that are involved in the teaching of Islamic culture and the Persian language.

Conference Organisers

  • Common Ground