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Geoffrey Levey

Robert Schuman/GGP Fellows

University of New South Wales 

Period: 1 April – 30 June 2015

Research Project

What Can a Cultural-National Identity Be in Conditions of Liberal Democracy and Cultural Diversity? The Australian Experience in Comparative Perspective


Biographical note

Geoffrey Brahm Levey is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor in Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

His current research is in contemporary political theory, with special reference to multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion, nationalism, and citizenship. He was the foundation director of the UNSW Program in Jewish Studies.

Professor Levey’s Future Fellowship project is titled ‘An Australian Dilemma: Liberal Democracy, Cultural Diversity and the Quest for National Identity’ and investigates what a national identity could mean where there is a culturally diverse citizenry and a commitment to liberal democratic values and institutions. He is also completing a book on a kindred project, ‘Autonomy and the Right to Culture’.

He has held visiting fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Study of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, Brussels; the Centre for the Study of Social Justice, University of Oxford; the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne; and the Political Theory Program, Australian National University. Prior to his UNSW appointment, he held the Anna Biegun Warburg Junior Research Fellowship in Human and Social Sciences at the University of Oxford, Gold Meir Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Dean’s Fellowship at Brown University.