Speakers

Trinidad Espinosa Abascal is a PhD candidate at the College of Business, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. She has experience in the financial industry, and worked in the department of finance at the University of Tec de Monterrey, Mexico. Her research interest is in Indigenous tourism, nature-based tourism, and migration and mobility. She has published in international journals and presented in international conferences

Shanton Chang is an Associate Professor and lectures in Change Management and the Social Impacts of Information Systems at the Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne. His current primary areas of research include the Social Aspects of Online Technology, Online Behaviour, the Use of Social Media in Businesses, Education and Health, Information Needs and the Relationship between Cultures and Information Technology. He is particularly interested in how broadband technologies and Web 2.0 has impacted on education and health. He is a also recipient of a number of Awards for Excellence in Teaching from the University. Shanton consults on online behaviour of young people, online education and interaction across cultures. He is currently Assistant Dean (Exchange) at the Melbourne School of Engineering, overseeing the Exchange and Study Abroad Program for Engineering and IT students at the University.

Catherine Gomes is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne. She was an Australian Research Council Early Career Research Fellow and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Singapore Management University. Her work covers migration, transnationalism and diasporas, particularly transient migration in Australia and Singapore with special interests in international students, their wellbeing, their social networks and their media and communication use. In addition, Catherine has written on identity, gender, ethnicity and race in Chinese cinemas. Catherine is founding editor of Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration (Intellect Books) and leader of the Migration and Digital Media Research Lab in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) at RMIT. Her books include Multiculturalism through the Lens: A guide to ethnic and migrant anxieties in Singapore (Ethos Books, 2015), Transient Mobility and Middle Class Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, in press),  The Asia Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media (Ed., Anthem Press, in press), International Student Connectedness and Identity: Transnational Perspectives (Ed. with Ly Tran, Springer, in press).  Catherine also teaches Asian Studies at RMIT University.

Nicholas Herriman is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at La Trobe University. He is currently undertaking an ARC Discovery among the Malay community on Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands. An account of his fieldwork can be found at nicholasherriman.blogspot.com.au. His other research interest concerns ‘sorcerer’ killings in Indonesia. Details of this research can be found in The Entangled State (Yale University Southeast Asia Studies 2012) and Witch-Hunt and Conspiracy (Monash University Press 2016). He podcasts for La Trobe on iTunesU as the ‘Audible Anthropologist’ and in a course of lectures entitled ‘Witch-hunts and Persecution’.

Larissa Hjorth is an artist and digital ethnographer in the School of Media & Communication, RMIT University. Hjorth’s books include Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (2009), Games & Gaming (2010), Online@AsiaPacific  (2013), Understanding Social Media (2013), Gaming in Social, Locative and Mobile Media (2014), Digital Ethnography (2016), Screen Ecologies: Art, Media, and the Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region. Research projects include: Locating the Mobile: http://locatingthemobile.net/ and Games of Being Mobile: http://gamesofbeingmobile.com/.

Heather Horst is a Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Her research focuses upon understanding how digital media, technology and other forms of material culture mediate relationships, communication, learning and mobility. Her books examining these themes include The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (Horst and Miller, Berg, 2006), Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media (Ito, et al. 2010, MIT Press), Digital Anthropology (Horst and Miller, Eds., 2012, Berg) and Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice (Pink, Horst et al 2016, Sage). Her current research, funded by the Australian Research Council, the European Union Horizon 20/20 Programme and industry partners, explores transformations in the mobile telecommunications industry and the emergence of mobile, social and locative media practices across the Asia-Pacific region. Contact: heather.horst@rmit.edu.au

Susan Leong is a Research Fellow with the School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts at Curtin University who describes her research broadly as cross-disciplinary enquiries into the tensions and interactions between society and technology. Susan is the author of New Media and the Nation in Malaysia: Malaysianet (2014). She has also published on a variety of topics including: the Malaysian, Singaporean and Mainland Chinese diasporas in Australia, belonging and social media, new media, ethno-religious diversity and identity in Malaysia and Singapore and most recently, the notion of the PRC Internet. Susan’s work is published in Critical Asian Studies, New Media & Society, Continuum, Thesis Eleven, Crossings, Asiascape and featured in Peril Magazine. Susan is co-editor of the book series, Media, Culture and Communication in Asia-Pacific Societies (Rowman & Littlefield International), Associate Editor of the journal, Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration and Member of the Management Board of the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute at Curtin University.

Fran Martin is Associate Professor and Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Fran is working on a 5-year longitudinal ethnographic study of the social and subjective experience of Chinese women students living and studying in Australia. Drawing on her fluency in Mandarin, her wider research focuses on television, film, literature, Internet culture and other forms of cultural production in contemporary transnational China (The People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong), with a specialization in representations and cultures of gender and sexuality. She is co-aothor, with Tania Lewis and Wanning Sun, of Telemodernities: Life Advice Television and Transformations of Selfhood in Asia (Duke U.P., forthcoming 2016). Her other publications include Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary (Duke UP, 2010); Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia (co-edited with C. Berry and A. Yue, Duke UP, 2003); Situating Sexualities: Queer Representation in Taiwanese Fiction, Film and Public Culture (Hong Kong UP, 2003); Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan (Hawaii UP, 2003); AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities (co-edited with P. Jackson, M. McLelland and A. Yue, Illinois UP, 2008); and Embodied Modernities: Corporeality, Representation and Chinese Cultures (co-edited with LN Heinrich, Hawaii UP, 2006).

Glenda Mejía is a Senior Lecturer in Languages with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.  Her research interests cover: women studies (intersectionality), Latin American Cinemas  (migration and border crossing in Mexican cinema), migration (belonging, language and identity), Spanish-speaking migration in Australia and pedagogy (teaching, practice and mLearning). Currently, she is conducting an ethnographic research project: ‘Transnationalism and Place: Catalans and Spanish-speaking migrants in Australia.’  Her latest article are: (2015) Intermarriage, Language Usage and Culture Maintenance: A Study of Spanish-speaking Immigrant Mothers in Australia, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ZbkX3cVNrerzxgR5mFXi/full and (2016) Promoting language learning: The use of mLearning in the Spanish classes, Revista de Lenguas para Fines Específicos, 22(1): 80 99.  http://ojsspdc.ulpgc.es/ojs/index.php/LFE/article/view/494/441

Sarah Pink is Distinguished Professor, and Director, Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT University, KK-Stiftelsen Foundation International Visiting Professor at the Swedish Centre for Applied Cultural Analysis, Halmstad University, Sweden and Visiting Professor at the Schools of Design and Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. Her recent books include Doing Sensory Ethnography 2nd edition (2015), Un/Certainty iBook (2015), Media, Anthropology and Public Engagement (2015), Screen Ecologies (2016), Digital Materialities (2016), Digital Ethnography: principles and practice (2016) and the forthcoming books Theoretical Scholarship and Applied Practice (2017) and Anthropologies and Futures: techniques for researching the future (2017).

Jolynna Sinanan is a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University. Prior to this post, she was a Research Fellow in Anthropology at University College London with the Global Social Media Impact Study, which compared uses of social media across 8 countries. She is currently finishing a book from the study, Social Media in Trinidad (forthcoming, UCL Press) and is the co-author of Visualising Facebook (forthcoming, UCL Press) and Webcam (2014, Polity) with Daniel Miller.

Supriya Singh is Professor in Sociology of Communications at RMIT University. Her research interests cover gender and financial inclusion, the gender of money and banking; communication and money, globalization, migration and the transnational family. Her latest books are Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective (2013, Rowman & Littlefield) and The Girls Ate Last (2013, Angsana Publications). Supriya has also written Marriage Money: The Social Shaping of Money in Marriage and Banking (1997, Allen & Unwin). At present she is writing Money, Migration and Family: India to Australia to be published by Palgrave Macmillan. Supriya has been invited to speak at Princeton, Yale, Harvard, University of Pretoria, London School of Economics, University of Delhi, University of Dhaka and the University of Cologne.

Monika Winarnita is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Anthropology Department, University of Victoria, BC Canada’s with an Honorary Affiliation to La Trobe University’s Anthropology Department. She is working on a Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council funded international comparative study on ‘Southeast Asian Women, Family and Migration in the Global Era’. Her fieldwork is amongst Indonesian skilled migrant women in the health and education sector in Melbourne Australia. At La Trobe University she is working as a Research Associate in the ARC Discovery Project (2014-2016) among the Malay community on Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands with Chief Investigator Dr Nicholas Herriman. She has recently received a La Trobe Research Focus Area – Transforming Human Societies 2016 funding as a Co-Chief Investigator (with Dr Raelene Wilding) on the project ‘Multimedia, Migrant Identities and Family Relationships: A Qualitative Investigation’. Dr Winarnita is the author of ‘Dancing the Feminine: Gender and Identity Performances by Indonesian Migrant Women’ (2015) Sussex Academic Press, UK.

Raelene Wilding is a sociologist at La Trobe University. Her research uses qualitative methods to examine the role of communication technologies in sustaining transnational relationships, including family relationships, peer group relationships, and aged care networks. Her current ARC-funded project Ageing and New Media (with Loretta Baldassar, UWA) investigates ‘ageing in place’ from the perspective of translocal relationships, and her previous ARC Linkage project, Home Lands, worked with young people from refugee backgrounds to explore the role of media in creating transnational homes. She has also just completed a project with the Karen community in Bendigo exploring local and non-local belongings. Her recent work appears in Global Networks, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Continuum as well as in the book Families Caring Across Borders (Palgrave, with Baldassar and Baldock).

 

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