Since 1995, UNESCO has established Chairs in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations to conduct research and provide input to UNESCO programs and polices drawn from an understanding of religious and cultural diversity.
The UNESCO Chair for the Asia-Pacific was awarded to Monash University in 2004 and was launched by H.E. Abdurrahman Wahid former President of Indonesia.
- The Chairholder is Professor Emeritus Gary D Bouma
- The Deputy Chairholder is Professor Greg Barton
- UCIIR-AP researcher: Dr Anna Halafoff (Deakin University)
Associated with this UNESCO Chair are:
- Dr Scott Dunbar, SOPHIS, Monash University – India specialist
- New Zealand Associate: Professor Douglas Pratt, U Waikato
- Dr Seng Guan Yeoh, Monash Malaysia – Malaysia and Indonesia specialist
- Dr Sharon Bong, Monash Malaysia – gender and religious diversity
- Indonesian Associate: Dr Zainal Abidin Bagir, Gadjah Mada University
- UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific (UCIIR-AP) activities in recent years have centred on conducting and reporting research in the area of religious diversity, religious resurgence, religious responses to climate change, interreligious youth networks and countering radicalisation in the Asia-Pacific region. Our research findings have informed local, State and Commonwealth government ... Read more
- This symposium, hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations, in partnership with the Monash Indigenous Centre, the Centre for Islam and the Modern World, the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, the Centre for Studies in Religion & Theology and the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University provided an opportunity for leading scholars in interreligious relations fresh from the Parliament to ... Read more
- In November 2009, the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific, in partnership with Inter. Action Multifaith Youth Network, sponsored by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, hosted three days of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) training at Monash University. 29 youth leaders and 6 interfaith allies – a term used by IFYC for people who ... Read more