The International Symposium -“Asia Literacy” in practice was held on Thursday 12 June 2014
at Monash University Caulfield Campus
The Symposium addressed the importance of “Asia literacy” as it has been widely discussed in Australia since the 1990s and was given renewed emphasis in the 2012 White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. The Asia Education Foundation has been working hard to implement the cross-curriculum priority of “Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia” at Australian schools. But what Asia literacy really means and how it can be cultivated are not easy questions. In the academy and in Australian public culture, concerns have been raised about the risk of reproducing essentialist views that turn “Asian cultures” into stereotypes. Many have also criticized the promotion of Asia literacy as being too market-driven. These criticisms help us to focus attention on what we mean by “Asia” and what forms of engagement with Asia are occurring in Australia.
The symposium addressed four major domains of discussion:
Teaching “Asia” in the high school; “Asia Literacy” in business; Working with “Asia”: Material culture and activism and Embracing “Asia”: Towards an inclusive engagement
This one-day symposium expounded on the experiences of people who have been involved in practising “Asia literacy” through their work in such fields as secondary and university education, business, craft art, activism and media. Through the various experiences of invited speakers, this one-day provided participants with a wealth of informed perspectives on and critical insights into engaging with “Asia”.
This highly successful event, was attended by 60 participants from a number of academic and cultural institutions. The general consensus called for a further follow up discussion of this topic in the future.
Asian migration and rooted-transnationalism
When and how transnational connections matter?
Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University
19-20 November 2015
Monash University, Caulfield campus
With the intensification of migration and cross-border communications and mobility, transnationalism has been much examined in the last two decades, studied mostly in terms of migrants’ and diaspora’s physical and imaginative connections with “home”. However, recent discussion puts more emphasis on the intersection between transnationalism and integration to the host society. This workshop aims to intensively discuss when and how transnationalism matters to locally rooted mundane practices of migrants/diaspora from Asian regions, living both inside and outside Asia. It aims to explore the following questions:
- Whether and how identification (and individualized non-identification) with ethnic and national communities, the sense of belonging to multiple societies, everyday multiculturalism, self-empowerment against marginalization, and urban conviviality (and inter-Asian interactions) are associated with and engendered by mediated and physical transnational connections and practices;
- How these differently manifest themselves according to intersecting social attributes such as generation, age, gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, education, work;
- How transnationalism should be re-defined and approached in the age of super-diversity, super-mobility and super-connectivity, and how notions such as translocalism might be utilised?
Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 30 JUNE to: MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Transnationalism and Asia” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposal will be notified around the end of July.
Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs. There will be no registration fees for the workshop.
You can find more details of the workshop and the venue at the webpage of Monash Asia Institute: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mai/
We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!
Koichi Iwabuchi, Gil-Soo Han & Anita Harris (Conveners)
Interactive Futures: Young People’s Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond
A conference hosted by the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture, Sociology, Monash University, the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University and support from the Monash Asia Institute
This conference explores young people’s engagement with new modes of mediated communication, self‐expression and culture‐making across the Asia Pacific and beyond. It will map young people’s mediated lives in the region, consider implications for citizenship, ethics, political & cultural agency and social bonds, and generate debate about the ways emplacement, embodiment, and location shape youth access to and practices with media—new and old, virtual and material.
Associate Professor Sun Sun Lim (CommunicationsandNewMedia,NationalUniversityofSingapore);
Dr Paul Hodkinson(Sociology, University of Surrey);
Professor Neil Selwyn (Education, Monash University)
We invite papers that explore:
- how young people interact with new and old media to actively produce and consume local and transnational youth cultures, social identities and collective experience;
- how localized media practices shape experiences and expectations of youth, including notions of transition to adult‐hood, gendered and raced identities, citizenship, and political practices.
- inequalities/diﬀerences in access and use, for example, in relation to class, gender, sexuality, ability, and place;
- everyday management of mediated lives(sexting, gaming, online activism, everyday uses of social media);
- collective meaning‐making through media( community building, cosmopolitanism, sociality, political engagement);
- ethical and methodological challenges in researching youth media cultures.
- how the everyday media practices of youth become more long‐term projects, providing a platform for the articulation of post‐youth identities.
Please send paper proposals( no more than 200 words) with your aﬃliation details and email address no later than Friday June 27th, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Paper Proposal for Interactive Futures” in the subject line. Presenters will be notified via email in July.
Formoreinformation andregistrationgoto http://artsonline.monash.edu/ifc2014
Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd December, 2014
Where: MonashUniversity Caulfield Campus, Melbourne