[csaa-forum] cfp: Transient Migration in the Asia-Pacific; Identities, Social Networks and Media

Catherine Gomes catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au
Mon Dec 15 13:41:06 ACST 2014

*Transient Migration in the Asia-Pacific; Identities, Social Networks and

*12 November 2015*

*RMIT University, Melbourne*

*Call for Papers*

‘Transient Migration in the Asia-Pacific’ is a symposium supported by the
Australian Research Council and hosted by RMIT University. Temporary
migration is increasingly part of everyday life in the 21st century. The
global, transient and circular flows of people for work and study are, for
instance, part of our quotidian encounters and accepted practice in
contemporary societies. In the Asia-Pacific, the movement of both skilled
and unskilled labour and the growing number of students from within and
outside the region has become commonplace. These migrant flows and the
cultures of mobility pose interesting questions about the maintenance and
formation of the identities and social networks of transients especially in
the age of global media and communication. What kinds of identities and
social networks are maintained, created and/or renewed while in transience?
How does consumption and engagement with the media (including communication
and social media) affect these processes? How important are home-based and
host-based identities, social networks and media to transient migrants? How
significant are identities and social networks formed by individuals in
transience? Finally, in what ways do identities, social networks and media
facilitate, hinder or further return to the homeland and future mobility?

Individual papers and panels may include but are not restricted to case
studies, theoretical developments and historical studies on the following

·         Adapting to everyday life in transience

·         Cultures of transience

·         Connections/Disconnections made

·         Community(s) formed

·         Language(s) and discourse(s) of transience

·         Future aspirations and mobilities

·         Use and value of media and communication technologies

Selected papers will be included in a special issue of a peer-reviewed

*Confirmed Speakers:*

Prof. Kirpal Singh (Singapore Management University)

Prof. Supriya Singh (RMIT University)

A/Prof. Shanton Chang (University of Melbourne)

A/Prof. Fran Martin (University of Melbourne)

*Please submit abstracts and panels for review to:*

transmigrant2015 at gmail.com

*By: 5 March 2015*

*Conference Convenor:*

Dr Catherine Gomes (RMIT University)


Dr Dora Constantinidis (RMIT University)

Dr Catherine Gomes
Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow

School of Media and Communication
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476, Melbourne, VIC, 3001
Room: 9.4.26 (city campus)

tel: + 61 3 99255068
fax: + 61 3 99259730
email: catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au


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