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 announce that I have been awarded the 2021 Faculty of Arts and Education Early Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence at Deakin University. Chosen as a recipient of the award in the School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA), I am very grateful for the recognition of my research on the intersections of digital media and migration, particularly on critically investigating the digital media practices of elderly people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following:
The committee of the ECR Research Award.
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation for supporting my research projects and providing mentoring opportunities.
Scholars from the Mobilities, Diversity Multiculturalism stream at ADI, especially Michelle Lobo, Sherene Idriss, and Laura Rodriguez Castro.
Supportive scholars at Deakin University, including Professor Anita Harris, Associate Professor Ann Vickery, Professor Andrea Witcomb, Professor Fethi Mansouri, Associate Professor Emily Potter, Associate Professor Kim Toffoletti, Associate Professor Kristy Hess, Professor Emma Kowal, Professor Matthew Ricketson, and Professor Andrew Singleton.
Associate Professor Sakari Taipale and the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare) in the University of Jyväskylä at Finland for hosting my remote fellowship aimed at developing my work on ageing migrants' digital media practices.
For research collaborators, Dr Koen Leurs of Utrecht University, Dr Tanja Ahlin of the University of Amsterdam, Professor Sandra Ponzanesi of Utrecht University, and Professor Cheryll Soriano of De La Salle University.
Dr Megha Amrith and the Max Planck Institute in Germany for hosting a seminar on my research on ageing migrants' digital media use during the pandemic.
Professor Arminda Santiago and the University of the Philippines, for inviting me to present about critical digital media literacy in several conferences and workshops.
Professor Monika Buscher and Dr Yang Hu of the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) in Lancaster University (United Kingdom) for collaborations and enriching conversations.
Professor Kath Albury, for hosting the Digital Cultures of Care Webinar where I presented my paper on 'postcolonial baiting'.
My supportive friends in academia, Benjamin Hanckel, Natalie Hendry, Akane Kanai, Brady Robards, Monika Winarnita, Jenni Hagedorn, Kate Mannel, Indigo Holcombe-James, Terri Senft, Tom Baudinette, Amelia Johns, Fan Yang, Cesar Albarran Torres, Emily van der Nagel, Alexia Maddox, Crystal Abidin, Annisa Beta, Aim Sinpeng, Gilbert Caluya, Jayeel Cornelio, Marianne Sison, Jace Cabanes, Lia Uy-Tioco, and Maitel Ladrido.
Supportive leading figures in the field, including Professor Gerard Goggin, Professor Jean Burgess, Professor Brett Hutchins, Professor Larissa Hjorth, Associate Professor Saskia Witteborn, Professor Nicole Curato, Professor Jessica Ringrose, Associate Professor Catherine Gomes, Associate Professor Anthony McCosker, Associate Professor Diana Bossio, and Associate Professor Narelle Warren.
The excellent scholars I am working with in the Asian Australian Studies Research Network as well as the Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network.
The migrant communities, organisations, and leaders of migrant groups that I have been working with on several projects.
My friends in Australia, including Eden, Cheenee, Nice, Alex, Nina, Jappy, Ethel, and Maria! And to friends who were previously based in Australia, including Oscar, Laurence, and Jay!
To my partner, who always puts things into perspective whenever I feel overwhelmed with the gazillion things that I need to finish and also make decisions.
My family and friends in the Philippines, who have been very supportive of my journey!
For scholars who have been inviting me to present and share my scholarly works.
Looking forward to more years of producing impactful research, inspiring engagements and collaborations with scholars in Australia and overseas, workig with research institutes, and supporting migrant communities and organisations!
Maraming maraming salamat!