Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Tejaswini Patil Vishwanath

Position Lecturer, Program Leader -  Master of Regional Education and Community Development
Study area Community and Human Services
Location Mt Helen Campus, Room H.247
Phone 5122 6563
Email t.patilvishwanath@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy – University of South Australia- 2010
  • Master of Social Work – Flinders University – 2015
  • Master of Philosophy- Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India – 2004

Teaching

Programs

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Courses

  • Social Political and Legal Frameworks of Human Rights (MSWPG7213)
  • Social Policy, Development & Impact (MSWPG7210)
  • Organisational Culture and Management (MSWPG 7212
  • Race, Ethnicity and Identity : Culturally Relevant Social Work Practice (MSWPG 7109)

Biography

Tejaswini is a social work educator with a sociology background. She joined Federation University recently having previously worked at Charles Darwin University. She has extensive experience teaching at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University of South Australia and the University of South Australia. Her teaching experience spans a broad field related to social work, such as social policy, governance and politics, cross-cultural practice, race and ethnicity studies, reflective practice and ethics in practice. She has previously worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University and the Research Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Charles Darwin University. She was also a member of the leadership group of the Human Rights Cluster, University of South Australia.

Areas of expertise

Tejaswini is predominantly a social work educator working in a number of inter and cross disciplinary areas. Her areas of expertise are divided into three categories:

1. Social work education, reflective practice and cross-cultural practice Using insights from inter-disciplinary areas of sociology and social work, she has published papers on the role of critically reflective practice in social work education. She draws on discourse analysis and other insights from critical social work to examine how reflective practice can be applied to working with children, families and communities in cross-cultural contexts.

2. Diversity and social inclusion, multiculturalism, identity and media representations Tejaswini's areas of expertise relate to her doctoral studies (which she conducted on an Endeavour Scholarship) and current projects. Her doctoral research drew on theories of multiculturalism, identity, cultural politics to argue that Muslims in the Australian and Indian contexts are targeted based on race in general discourse and more particularly when there are riots. Drawing on the insights from her doctoral thesis, she has published articles related to media representations of minorities, including migrants and refugees in western context with specific interest in the Asian-Pacific region.

3. Community development in the human services in regional contexts in Australia and more broadly, Asia-Pacific region.

Tejaswini is currently involved on a research project that explores consumer experiences of using opioid dependence treatments through regional Victoria. The project is using phenomenology as the underpinning methodological framework to investigate consumer experiences of interacting with community centered health models in the health services in regional Victoria. She also has worked previously on the links between civil society, participatory democracy and third sector in the South Asian context.

Research interests

  • Social work education
  • Critical social work
  • Learning and teaching
  • Diversity and social inclusion in regional contexts, with particular focus on migrants and refugees
  • Discourse analysis, Foucault, discourse and power
  • Political sociology
  • Public health and health services

Supervision

Present doctoral students.
Lauren Greenwood (Federation University) - "The normalisation of dehumanisation in the social media" - Associate Supervisor.

Jen Puch-Bouwman (Charles Darwin University) - "Navigating by Stars? Non-Indigenous researchers and Indigenous-related research" – External Associate Supervisor (in process).

Publications

Book chapters

Patil, T & Moss (2016), 'Reflecting critically on my journey through social work education in an Australian university' in Graham, M (ed.) Reflective student narratives about their journey through social work education, New York: Routledge, Forthcoming.

Refereed journal articles

Patil, T (2016) 'The politics of race, nationhood and Hindu nationalism: the case study of Gujarat riots of 2002', Asian Journal of Social Sciences [forthcoming]

Patil, T & Ennis, G (2016) 'Silence as a discursive practice in the public sphere: The case of media representations of Australians "Joining the fight in Syria for ISIS", Invited Special edition on "Silence as Power" in Social Alternatives, Forthcoming.

Patil, T (2016) 'A political reading of the AASW Code of ethics: reflections on using Foucauldian analysis in social work field placement', Special edition on "Critical Social Work" in Social Alternatives, (under review)

Patil, T (2014) 'You can't have the struggle without the ugly fringe' – Publicness in Australian National Imagination: The case of Muslim demonstrations in Sydney in 2012', Continuum Journal of Media and Cultural Studies (DOI: 10.1080/103034312.2014.964179).

Patil, T (2013) 'Theorising Muslim othering as 'racialised nationalism'' in the Indian Journal of Political Science, Indian Journal of Political Science, vol. no 52, 4, pp-20-30.

Patil, T (2005) 'State, Civil Society and Democracy: The Role of NGO's in India', Indian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 51, no.4, pp.759-88.

Patil, T (2005) 'Indian Tsunami: Impact and Perspectives', International Journal for Social Sciences, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Management and Tourism, vol.5, pp.23-29.(non-referred)

Other public research outputs

Procter, N, Gale, P, Patil, T & Kelly, L (2013) 'Public Submission on the National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy', Human Rights Security Cluster, University of South Australia.

Patil, T (2012), 'Cricket is all that matters: Symbolism in the Australia-India relationship',
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/blogs/southasiamasala/2012/11/09/cricket-is-all-that-matters-symbolism-in-the-australia-india-relationship

Patil, T (2010) 'Commonwealth games: the politics of brand India', ABC Drum

Patil, T (2010) 'The rhetoric of racism and multiculturalism', ABC Drum

Patil, T (2010) 'Opportunistic crimes or racist attacks?', South Asia Masala, ANU,
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/blogs/southasiamasala/contributors/tejaswini-patil/

Patil, T (2005) 'State, Civil Society and Democracy: The Role of NGO's in India', Indian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 51, no.4, pp.759-88.

Patil, T (2005) 'Indian Tsunami: Impact and Perspectives', International Journal for Social Sciences, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Management and Tourism, vol.5, pp.23-29.(non-referred)

Refereed conference proceedings

Patil,T (2010) 'Racialised nationalism(s): Understanding Hindu and Australian nationalism in relation to Cronulla riots of 2005 and the Gujarat riots of 2002', Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia in Adelaide, 5-8 July 2010.

Patil, T (2010) 'Examining the Theoretical Foundations of Hindu and Australian Nationalism in the Context of Gujarat riots of 2002 and Cronulla riots of 2005: A framework for Understanding Racialised Nationalism in a Cross Cultural Context', Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences, Unpublished Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia.

Patil, T, Rizqallah, S & Moss, M (2016) 'Examining the role of 'contexts of practice' in teaching assessments to social work students in Australia', Abstract accepted, Conference Presentation Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016, June 27-30, Seoul, Korea.

Patil, T & McLaren, H (2016) 'Reflecting on 'case work' in protective work with children and families in remote Australia: Notes from the field, Abstract accepted, Conference Presentation Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016, June 27-30, Seoul, Korea.

Patil, T (2016) 'Delivering Social Work Education in a globalising world: Notes from teaching in the Australian context', Abstract accepted, Emerging challenges for social development and human services practices in the Asia-Pacific region, June 17-19, Bali, Indonesia.

Patil, T, & McLaren, H (2013) 'Working with asylum seekers in community detention: Reflections on parental uncertainty for their children's life chances', Presentation at the 13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Nov 10-13, Melbourne, Australia

McLaren, H & Patil, T (2013) 'Australian media representations of asylum seeker children: A human rights perspective, Presentation at the 13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Nov 10-13, Melbourne, Australia

Patil, T (2010) 'The politics of racism and nationalism: a case study of attacks on Indian students', 18th Biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia, University of Adelaide from July 5-8, 2010

Patil, T(2010) 'Racialised nationalism(s) : a case study of Cronulla riots of 2005 and the Gujarat riots of 2002', 18th Biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia, University of Adelaide from July 5-8, 2010

Patil, T (2008) 'Religious or racialised nationalism? : An examination of the print media narratives during the Gujarat Riots of 2002 in India and  Cronulla Riots of 2005, Globalising Religions and Culture Conference, University of Adelaide, Dec.,1-5th 2008

Poskey, J & Patil, T (2008) 'Cultural Wars and Colonial Imaginations: examining discursive educational practises in Indian and Australian Curriculum', EAS Post Graduate Research Forum, University of South Australia, August 8-9th 2008

Patil, T (2008) Discussant, Pride, Prejudice, Power & Race in Cricket, Globalising Religions and Cultures in the Asia Pacific, Dec., 1-5th 2008

Patil, T (2008) 'Nationalism, racism and the politics of representation: a case study of media representations during the Gujarat riots of 2002', Asia-Pacific Week, 2008, Australian National University, Canberra

Patil, T(2006) 'Media and the Politics of Identity Formation: The Gujarat Riots of 2002 in India', Transformations Conference 2006, Australian National University, Canberra.

Seminar presentations

Patil, T (2015) 'Peeling the onion-'talk' and 'text' in contemporary debates on race, riots and asylum seekers', Presentation at the International Graduate Centre for Education, School of Education, Charles Darwin University.

Patil, T (2011) The politics of Muslim othering: An examination of Hindu nationalism and Australian nationalism during the Cronulla riots of 2005 and the Gujarat riot of 2002', Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, University of South Australia, March 23-24, 2011

Patil, T (2003) 'Discussant at a National Level Conference on 'Indigenous People', Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, 2003

Patil, T(2003) – 'A Study of the Indian Gazetteer: Revisiting Colonial Lexicons', Delhi University, Delhi, 2003

Patil, T (2001) 'The Politics of Conflict and Contestation: A Case of Sardar Sarovar Dam', Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 2001.

Associations

  • The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) --(currently)
  • Member, Leadership Group, Human Rights Cluster, University of South Australia of South Australia.
  • 2013- Member, Peer Group for Research focussed Administrative Officers, Flinders University member of iScholar Program
  • 2015 Member Confirmation of Candidate HDR Assessment Panel, School of Health, Charles Darwin University.