[csaa-forum] CFP (SI) - ‘Politics, Perils and Privileges: Immobilities in the Time of Global Pandemics’

Catherine Gomes catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au
Mon Jun 28 12:11:06 ACST 2021

RMIT Classification: Trusted

‘Politics, Perils and Privileges: Immobilities in the Time of Global Pandemics’
When the COVID-19 global pandemic struck in early 2020, governments around the world reacted by closing international and national state borders, banning or restricting international and interstate travel, and resorting to enforced lockdowns and curfews. The economic and social impacts of these sudden restrictions in movements have been devastating with the lived experiences of everyone impacted. The employed became unemployed, industries whose entire business models are dependent on human interactions such as tourism, hospitality and entertainment collapsed, supply chains were disrupted, remote working and studying became the norm, families were separated from each other and professional and education opportunities were lost.
People around the world frustrated by the impact the pandemic has had on them, and by the systemic and new inequalities that emerged, voiced their anger through street protests and in the online space with the pandemic fuelling both extreme right wing and left wing fervour. The rapid move to the online space to conduct almost every kind of human activity meant a complete reliance on the digital resulting in new kinds of inequalities and challenges. The rise of the digital in the time of forced immobilities has also created completely new opportunities born out of necessity. While mobility was once the life blood for human and individual necessity, progress and advancement, immobility has shown itself to create perils and privileges never really realised. For example, workers not required to be ‘on site’ are able to set up home offices to work from home.
This special issue thus asks the questions:

  *   How has immobility affected the once mobile?
  *   What old and new inequalities have resulted as consequences of restricted or banned human movements?
  *   What political movements are being created because of forced immobility?
  *   How have communities responded to forced immobility and to the once mobile?
  *   What are the impacts of immobility on migrants and migration?
  *   What are the relationships between the digital and immobility?
Abstracts due: September 2021
Full papers due: December 2021
Please get in touch with the Transitions editors (catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au; y.peidong at gmail.com; michielbaas at yahoo.com) if you have any questions in the meantime.
For more detail, see: https://www.intellectbooks.com/transitions-journal-of-transient-migration

Assoc. Professor Catherine Gomes
School of Media and Communication
RMIT University
tel: 61-3-9925 5068
Email: catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au
Staff website<https://www.rmit.edu.au/contact/staff-contacts/academic-staff/g/gomes-associate-professor-catherine>

Book Series Editor, Media, Culture and Communication in Migrant Societies (Amsterdam University Press)<https://www.aup.nl/en/series/media-culture-and-communication-in-migrant-societies>
Editor, Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration<https://www.intellectbooks.com/transitions-journal-of-transient-migration>

Latest books/Journal Special Issues
Parallel Societies of International Students in Australia: Connections, Disconnections and a Global Pandemic<https://www.routledge.com/Parallel-Societies-of-International-Students-in-Australia-Connections/Gomes/p/book/9780367655341> Forthcoming!
Digital Experiences of International Students<https://www.routledge.com/Internationalization-in-Higher-Education-Series/book-series/INTHE>  New!

Religion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia: Faith, Flows and Fellowship<https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463728935/religion-hypermobility-and-digital-media-in-global-asia?fbclid=IwAR07QeBUCBq8maWH7Gsiz9EQTEcAZQ7dYn7o8uDzNlJ8iF3Zl6oFD-RZdoU> New!

Latin American Migrants in Australia<https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/tjtm>

Latest Publications (journals, book chapters, reports)
'Outside the Classroom: The Language of English and it Impact on International Student Mental Wellbeing in Australia <http://Australia,%20Asian%20international%20students,%20challenges,%20creative%20learning%20strategies,%20English%20language%20proficiency,%20stress,%20wellbeing> New!
'Commentary: Postcards from Vietnam, Lessons for New Players in Higher Education'<https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030469115> New!
'Everybody needs friend': Emotions, social networks and digital media in the friendships of international students<https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1367877920922249> New!
Spatio-temporal evolution of Chinese migration in Melbourne, Australia<https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/8JK28NQFJAXHYYUFTEVX/full?target=10.1080/21632324.2020.1748926> New!
Living in a Parallel Society: International Students and their Friendship Circles<https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/1850> New!
‘I wanted to see if you are one of us’: The role of identity in the migration experience, a case study of Latin Americans in Australia<https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/intellect/tjtm/2020/00000004/00000001/art00006;jsessionid=57un2ilikku85.x-ic-live-01>

See Google Scholar<https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=PJUbWr0AAAAJ&hl=en> for complete list of publications

Project website: http://translatingimpermanence.org/

I would like to acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. I respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.

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