I was recently appointed as Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. The invited fellowship was made on the basis of recognising an outstanding early career research who is committed to making a contribution to the Humanities Research Centre.
As part of my fellowship, I presented my work on "Thinking through (im)mobilities: A research agenda in investigating a migrant's digital lifeworld"
I am grateful to Professor Kylie Message, the Director of the Humanities Research Centre, and the professional staff who organised the hybrid presentation.
For those who missed my presentation, read more to access the abstract and recorded presentation (audio and video).
This provocation offers a critical approach to investigate the diverse impacts of modern communication technologies on the personal, familial and social lives of migrants. Extending the mobilities lens in the context of digital and transnational communication, it interrogates the possibilities and politics produced by the mediation of both mobilities and stasis as reflected in a migrant’s diverse digital practices.
Drawing from ten years of study on the transnational and digital lives of migrants in Melbourne, it foregrounds the production of everyday, intimate and digitised (in)voluntary (im)mobilities as shaped by an uneven ‘network capital’. To navigate this terrain, migrants utilise digital communication technologies and online platforms to forge personal and social connections in and beyond their host country.
This presentation illuminates the patterns and consequences of mediated (in)voluntary (im)mobilities in a migrant’s life, advancing our understanding of the (im)mobility turn in an increasingly digital and transnational world.
Below is a recording of my presentation.
There is also an audio-only version of the presentation.