[csaa-forum] Transnational Mobility in the Asia Pacific: Family Friends, Facebook Symposium

Catherine Gomes catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au
Tue Jun 21 16:45:24 ACST 2016

Transnational Mobility in the Asia Pacific: Family Friends, Facebook
3 November 2016.

Travelling internationally for work, study, humanitarian and lifestyle
reasons has become a global phenomenon and commonplace in the
Asia-Pacific.  Facilitated by cheaper and more frequent modes of travel
together with varied degrees of desire, determination and desperation, the
past few decades has seen greater and increasing numbers of people leaving
their countries of origin and families to pursue better and improved lives
for themselves.  The normality of transnational mobility also means that
people have prior, if not frequent experience living outside the country of
origin.  Transnational mobility however does not mean a loss of
connectivity to family and friends left behind due to the vast improvements
in media and communication technologies.  Social media which has grown
rapidly in less than a decade has become an embedded part of everyday life.

Social media has changed the landscape of communication.  We are now able
to communicate with family, friends and acquaintances en masse and
privately, constantly and in real time wherever we are and in whatever we
are doing.  More than just presenting us with various ways of communicating
with each other, social media has also expanded the social groups we
communicate with.  While social media is a platform of choice for everyday
communication with people we know, it also allows us to broadcast our
thoughts, opinions, ideas and ideologies with a broad audience – across
state and national lines.

Discussing the intersections of transnational mobility with new
communication technologies and their impact on familial and social networks
and relations, this symposium brings together cutting edge research from
scholars across disciplines.

Keynote address: Prof Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore

Convenor: Dr Catherine Gomes

This event is funded by the RMIT Foundation, International Visiting
Fellowship, Digital Ethnographic Research Centre and Asia at RMIT

Registration is FREE

Dr Catherine Gomes
Senior Lecturer

School of Media and Communication
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476, Melbourne, VIC, 3001
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email: catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au

Staff website <http://www1.rmit.edu.au/staff/catherinegomes>

Leader, Migration and Digital Media, Digital Ethnography Research Centre
(DERC) <http://www.digital-ethnography.net/>

Founding Editor, Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration

Transient Migrant project website
<http://translatingimpermanence.org/> (Australian
Research Council DECRA Fellowship)

Symposium: Transnational Mobility in the Asia Pacific: Family, Friends,
Facebook <https://tmapsite.wordpress.com/>

Forthcoming books: Catherine Gomes, Transient Mobility and Middle Class
Identity: Media and Migration in Australia and Singapore
Catherine Gomes (Ed.), *The Asia Pacific in the Age of Transnational
Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media*,
London, NY, Delhi: Anthem Press.

Recent book: Multiculturalism through the Lens: A Guide to Ethnic and
Migrant Anxieties in Singapore

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