Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 27-29 November 2006.

The first Transformations conference was held at the Australian National University in February 2005. So original and so successful was Transformations, and so keen were delegates to see the momentum of the event continue, that the convening organisations have agreed to run the conference on a biennial basis. The second Transformations will therefore be held in November 2006, again at the Australian National University.

Transformations is a unique national conference series that engages communities, bureaucrats, academics, the media, and human service planners, and spans from the local to national and international levels. It is supported by a number of intergovernmental and international NGOs.

Part of the agenda of the convening agencies of Transformations 2006 is to recognise, in a post-industrial globalised world environment, that human development must be understood as a process that occurs both locally, and within a total environment. Planning for development is not just a function of economics, social or political change, health advancement, human and cultural rights, the absence of physical violence, or sustainable physical environments. Rather, it is achieved within, and through, the interplay of all these functions.

These processes, inter-related, iterative, and necessarily achieved through collaborative and simultaneous endeavour, have been recognised for many years. They were first comprehensively yet succinctly described in the document that distilled much of the earlier thinking: the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, November 2001 (UDCD). The UDCD argues for a new understanding of the value of human difference. It is designed to protect and enhance the international intellectual, economic, spiritual and moral value of cultural diversity. The Declaration affirms this diversity as the vital resource to protect cultural rights, bio-diversity, individual self-value, social harmony, cross-cultural communication and to ëhumanise globalisationí.

As well as impressive line up of international main speakers, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners and researchers.

We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference call for papers. Papers submitted for the conference proceedings will be peer-refereed and published in the International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 30 September 2006. Proposals are reviewed within four weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online call for papers form, are to be found at the conference website –

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Canberra in November 2006.

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