Trans Asia Seminar on Diaspora

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Date(s) - 25/05/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

S801 and S801, Level 8, S Building, Monash University Caulfield

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Think globally, act locally: Sustaining Asian Australian Scholarly Activism Online

This paper examines the intersection between Asian Australian
scholars’ research and online cultural activist projects. It focuses
specifically on work by Asian Australian Studies Research
Network (AASRN) members and examines the ways that the
network’s loose institutional affiliations have enabled academic
activist initiatives. Digital platforms and resources have
transformed modes of community-building and mobilisation for
these critical race actors, but in what ways?


While acknowledging the many fronts on which the advent of social media has boosted potential reach for scholarly activist endeavours, over-identification on an everyday, microaggression level can ignore (or dismiss) the very real, material nuances and infrastructure of local contexts. The focus of everyday digital communications and project work concentrates on the domain of local community- and capacity-building. My paper will discuss the
series of tensions inherent in this area for scholars who identify as activists, between the old and new structures of academic community-building, and in sustaining digital identities as critical race activists.


Dr Tseen Khoo
LaTrobe University

Asian Australian politics and culture, and the higher education
sector. Tseen is a Lecturer in the Research Education and
Development (RED) team, Graduate Research School, La Trobe
University. Her previous role was as a Senior Advisor (Research
Grant Development) at RMIT University (2011-2014), and she
has been a Monash University Research Fellow (2004-2009) and
University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellow (2001-2004).
Tseen’s writing and publications focus on Asian Australian
literature, racial minority public history, early career researcher
experiences, and racial diversity issues in Australia. Tseen was
the founding convenor of the Asian Australian Studies Research
Network (AASRN; 2006-2017)

RSVP 22 May 2018