Everyday Multiculturalism and Trans-Asian Mobilities (closed workshop)

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Date(s) - 27/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
12:00 am

Building H, 2nd Floor (H220 and H222)


Everyday Multiculturalism and Trans-Asian Mobilities

A two-day workshop co-hosted by the Monash Asia Institute and the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Dates: 27-28 October, 2016

Location: Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

This workshop seeks to challenge assumptions and reinvigorate discussions about how we empirically and methodologically examine everyday multiculturalism in the context of Asian countries, Asian migrants in Australia, and increasing trans-Asian mobilities. It will bring together key scholars who conduct research on multiculturalism with a specific focus on Asian contexts and experiences of living in diversity. The workshop’s outcome will be an edited collection and hence only a small number of well-developed, high quality papers can be accepted.

In response to previous top-down policy approaches to cultural diversity, everyday multiculturalism research places importance on understanding how people live with and among ‘difference’ in mundane (and extraordinary) ways in familiar contexts. This research has raised important empirical, methodological and ontological questions about how we conceptualise both the ‘everyday’ and what constitutes the kind of ‘working multiculturalism’ that enables people to live well with difference. These inquiries increasingly include questions about the transferability of such ideas across the region and their application and meaning in different local contexts, especially in the context of expanding trans-Asian mobilities.

In this workshop, and the edited book that it will produce, we aim to explore theoretical and methodological considerations for capturing ‘everyday’ practices in different social and cultural Asian contexts where multiculturalism as policy has not been substantially developed, and related to this, how the ‘experience’ of ‘multiculturalism’ can be localised, contextualised and embodied in ways that are not necessarily spatially and temporally bounded by conventional geographical boundaries. We aim to consider how the particularity of place (including nation, city and field site) matters, and how people’s mobility and/or emplacement shapes and potentially transforms how we conceptualise the lived practice of multiculturalism. Of relevance are differences and continuities between everyday multiculturalism in urban versus non-urban places, global/peripheral cities, and the specific affordances of different field sites (e.g. classrooms and workplaces; streets, beaches and public spaces; malls, cafes and commercial sites; civic associations, community groups and other spaces of the public sphere; social media and cultural productions, etc).

The papers will form the basis for an edited book and thus need to adhere closely to the core focus of the workshop. Only a small number of papers can be selected. We invite you to submit an abstract that concerns one or more of the following themes:

1 Diverse patterns/forms of everyday multiculturalism in Asian contexts (without established multiculturalism policy)

2 Asian migrants, Asian/Australian encounters and everyday multiculturalism in Australia (where multiculturalism policy has been well established)

3 Intensifying trans-Asian mobilities, transient migration and ‘everydayness’ on the move

Each paper should discuss the following issues (if not all):

  • Theoretical considerations of the ‘everyday’ and its relevance
  • Methodological approaches to studying the ‘everyday’
  • Examining trans-Asian mobilities of the ‘everyday’
  • Intimacy and embodiment in ‘everyday’ interactions/communications

Please send your abstract (150 – 300 words) describing the proposed paper and a brief bio (100 words) to: mai-enquiries@monash.edu (please include the subject line ‘Everyday Multiculturalism’) by May 30, 2016. For consideration for the edited collection, the final paper will need to be approximately 6,000 words in length and a draft will need to be ready for circulation to participants prior to the workshop.

Please be aware that no funding is available for travel support. There will be no fee for registration.

Prof Koichi Iwabuchi, Monash Asia Institute

Prof Anita Harris, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Dr Jessica Walton, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation