Presenter: Dr Tseen Khoo
Date: Friday 25 May 2018
Location: Room S801, Level 8, Building S, Monash University Caulfield
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.
RSVP Tues 22 May 2018
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