[csaa-forum] Real and Digital Experiences: Latin American Migrants in Australia Symposium

Catherine Gomes catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au
Tue Sep 4 18:41:36 ACST 2018


*Real and Digital Experiences: Latin American Migrants in Australia *

*1 November 2018*

*RMIT University*

The 2018 Latin American symposium will address cultural, social, gender,
education and labour themes related to the contemporary flows of people
from various Latin American countries (Mexico and the nations in Central
and South America and the Caribbean) to Australia. It will investigate both
the real and digital experiences of Latin American permanent and transient
migrants as they negotiate everyday life in Australia. According to the
most recent ABS census (2016), Australia has a population from Latin
American countries of approximately 136,000 people. Latin American
migration to Australia has taken place in different waves with different

The majority of Latin American migrants arrived in Australia between the
1970s and 1990s. This was the first significant wave of Latin Americans and
who entered Australia for humanitarian, political and economic reasons.
Some Latin Americans who entered Australia during this period came as part
of family reunions. This wave of migrants were permanent settlers and who
have in one way or another integrate in the Australian society.

Currently most Latin American immigrants who make up the second wave, are a
mixture of permanent settlers and transient migrants. The outward bound
Latin American movement of both skilled and unskilled labour and the
growing number of international students from within and outside the region
has become commonplace.

This migration and flows of mobility raise interesting questions as to how
Latin Americans across both waves adapt, integrate or transit in a new and
far away country other than their own? How are their identities, languages
and cultures maintained or negotiated?  How are their different race,
gender and cultural identities shaped or constructed by Australian society?
Finally, how do Latin American migrants confront racism?

*Cost: $25.00 (catering)*


Dr. Glenda Mejía (e-mail: glenda.mejia at rmit.edu.au)

Assoc. Professor Catherine Gomes (e-mail: catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au)

*This symposium is hosted at RMIT University support by the Social and
Global Studies Centre (SGSC), School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
(GUSS) and the Migration and Diverse Communities Lab (Digital Ethnography
Research Centre, DERC).*

Website: https://latinmigrantexperiences.wordpress.com/

*Associate Professor Catherine Gomes*

*School of Media and Communication*

*RMIT University124 La Trobe Street*

*Melbourne, Victoria 3000AustraliaRoom:  5.2.3 (city campus)*

*tel: + 61 3 9925 5068fax: + 61 3 99259730email:
catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au <catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au>*

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

Research Lab Co-Leader, Migration and Diverse Communities Lab
(Digital Ethnography Research Centre <https://digital-ethnography.com/>)

Founding Editor, Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration

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

*Recent books *
Siloed Diversity: Transnational Migration, Digital Media and Social Networks
Transnational Migrations in the Asia-Pacific: Transformative Experiences in
the Age of Digital Media
Transient Mobility and Middle Class Identity: Media and Migration in
Australia and Singapore <http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789811016387>,
International Student Connectedness and Identity: Transnational Perspectives
Quality Assurance in Asia-Pacific Universities: Implementing Massification
in Higher Education <http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319461083>
The Asia Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for
Community and Identity on and through Social Media

*Recent Journal Articles and Chapters*
Navigating through the hostility: international students in Singapore
International Student Identity and the Digital Environment
Digital journeys: A perspective on understanding the digital experiences of
international students <http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1129166.pdf>,

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