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From Migrant to Citizen: testing language, testing culture




From migrant to citizen: testing language, testing culture

Edited by Professor Christina Slade and Professor Martina Möllering

Book Launch and reception with HE Mr John Dauth, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

In this examination of the Australian debate on citizenship tests in its historical and international context, linguists, lawyers, historians, political theorists and philosophers draw out themes of identity and cultural belonging underlying the political rhetoric of testing new citizens' knowledge of the language and culture of a nation.

Divided into three parts, From Migrant to Citizen:

  • explores the historical background which Australian citizenship testing shares with other nations of the British colonies
  • provides cross-national perspectives on citizenship by examining the proliferation of new tests for citizenship in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and in Australia
  • discusses philosophical implications and popular attitudes towards the new testing regimes by discussing debates about identity, values and nation and the implications for Australia and for the wider international community.


Christina Slade is Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at City University London, UK. She has been Dean of Humanities at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and Professor of Media Theory at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Her last book was The Real Thing: Doing Philosophy with Media (2003).

Martina Möllering is Head of the Department of International Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is Professor of European Languages and also lectures in the Masters programs in Applied Linguistics. Her research includes second language acquisition and intercultural learning as well as the theorisation of language, migration and identity construction in globalised contexts.

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6.00pmTuesday 28th June 2011

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