A Symposium at The University of Melbourne, Nov 3-4, 2016
Dr Ana Dragojlovic (Gender Studies, Asia Institute)
Associate Professor Fran Martin (ARC Future Fellow, School of Culture and Communication)
Associate Professor Audrey Yue (Director, Research Unit in Public Cultures)
Gender is taking on new expressions, shaped by wider political and economic demands for participation in flexible labour, intimate markets, geographic mobilities, and social reproduction.
In this symposium, we explore how contemporary regimes of governance in Asia impact on the spatial and social movements of people (migrants, refugees, expatriates, sex workers, and tourists) as well as mobile forms of media and technology, and examine the economic, political, affective, and especially gendered dimensions of these forms of mobility.
With public keynote lectures from Dr Raka Shome (National University of Singapore), Professor Pei-Chia Lan (National Taiwan University) and Professor Purnima Mankekar (School of Culture and Communication visiting Asia scholar; UCLA) and research papers from leading scholars in our region, this symposium problematises current methodological and theoretical paradigms, and seeks to provide new insights into the relationship between mobility regimes, gender and social transformation.
In addition to the symposium, Dr Raka Shome will be leading a masterclass for current University of Melbourne research students on contemporary postcolonial theory. Dr Shome will be giving a public keynote lecture on Thursday evening, 3rd of November, to open the symposium, which commences in full on Friday 4th November with further keynotes, papers and panels.
Attendance at the symposium events is free, but registration is required as places may be limited. Please see the attached flyer and our website:
Any queries relating to the symposium may be sent to our Research Assistant, Joshua Pocius:
This symposium is co-sponsored by the Asia Institute, the Research Unit in Public Cultures, the School of Culture and Communication, and the Gender Studies program at The University of Melbourne.