I’ve been very busy for the past hours. I’ve been preparing for our New Year’s Eve celebration. I am preparing some dishes and baking my first ever cake! Indeed, it’s time to sweeten the coming year.
Finally, I’ve had the time to unwind, reflect and write this blog entry. I guess it’s time to reflect on my 2021.
So how’s my 2021?
The past years have been extremely challenging. As lockdowns were implemented in Victoria, Australia, I often found myself working mostly from home. I was physical immobile while also virtually mobile. Despite the everyday challenges of navigating stay-at-home measures (especially with limited movements and living away from my family and friends in the Philippines), I have managed to focus and work on my research projects and publications, taught in seminars, and also participated proactively in conferences, workshops, and even in a virtual fellowship.
Today, I have received an excellent news from the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University.
I am very delighted to share with everyone the review of my forthcoming book titled "(Im)mobile Homes: Family life at a distance in the age of mobile media". I am grateful for the inspiring reviews of my book, written by leading scholars in my field. Thank you to Oxford University Press (OUP) for publishing my first sole-authored book.
I am very delighted to announce that my book is coming out soon. I feel very proud of what I have achieved. Truth be told, I have never really thought that I will be able to produce and publish a book. I didn't expect that moving to Brunei Darussalam for work would pave the way for an embodied experience of being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), and eventually lead to developing a PhD research project on examining the role of digital media and technologies in shaping transnational family life. I migrated to Australia in 2012 to start my PhD journey.
So after many years of hardwork and dedication, I wrote a thesis in which contents were presented in several conferences and published in journals and edited book collections. The book encapsulates my journey, growth and positioning as a scholar in the field of digital media, mobilities and migration.
I couldn't thank enough the people and institutions that have become part of my journey. More importantly, I will be forever indebted to the transnational families who welcomed me into their homes and entrusted me their stories, hopes, dreams, and even frustrations in navigating a mobile world. Their words, affective narratives and motive and personalised photos are carefully mapped, analysed, and incorporated into the volume.
I am very delighted to present a workshop that I am convening under the Mobilities, Diversity and Multiculturalism Stream in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. The event will be held on 16 July at 1 - 6pm (online). Moreover, it will feature the excellent works of our esteemed international keynote speakers and presenters, particularly reflecting upon their conceptual and methodological interventions in navigating COVID-19 related immobilities while doing their own research on digital media and migration. Join us!
Last week,I presented as part of a panel on social media research in a migration context. It was a great experience to listen to the presentation of excellent scholars whose various research projects critically engage in the intersections of digital media and migration. The event was organised by by the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration.
I currently recruiting research participants for a research project that seeks to examine how elderly Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people use digital communication technologies in handling mutliple and overlapping crises. Below are the information for the CFP. Please share widely. Thank you in advance.
The global pandemic has impacted every aspect of our personal, familial and social life. One of its distinct outcome is the onset of multiple and overlapping crisis - personal difficulties (financial, emotional, physical, and so forth), separation from family members and social networks due to lockdowns and travel bans, digital divide, and many more. As a pilot study of a broader research project, I am currently conducting a research on investigating how elderly Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people in Melbourne, Australia use digital communication technologies in handling multiple and intersecting crises during a pandemic. I am recruiting participants for the research study.