AASRN is happy to announce that the AAI 7 conference taking place at the Immigration Museum on 7th-8th November 2019 will include keynote speaker Dr Gilbert Caluya and plenary speaker Eugenia Flynn.

Dr Gilbert Caluya will be speaking on “Decolonising Asian-Australian Identity: Critical Asian-Australian scholarship for the 21st Century”.

Gilbert is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies in the Screen and Cultural Studies program of the University of Melbourne. His researches and teaches on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in contemporary cultural formations. Specifically, his research focuses on racial politics of intimacy across several cultural sites: sexual subcultures, cultural citizenship, everyday cultures of security and digital cultures. He was previously awarded a DECRA Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to research intimate citizenship in postcolonial Australia and has recently been awarded an ARC Discovery Project to research digital citizenship and diasporic youth. He graduated with a PhD from the Gender and Cultural Studies Department at the University of Sydney in 2009 and was awarded the University Medal and the Gay and Lesbian Archives Thesis Prize. He is currently completing a book manuscript on intimate security as a structure of feeling for the extended War on Terror and another book on everyday racism in digital cultures.

Eugenia Flynn is a writer, arts worker and community organiser. Eugenia runs the blog Black Thoughts Live Here and her thoughts on the politics of race, identity, gender and arts and culture have been published widely.

With over ten years’ experience in community arts and cultural development, Eugenia has worked with Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development and The Social Studio. Most recently, Eugenia has worked with RISE Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees, Blak Dot Gallery, Eleven Collective, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Peril Magazine.

Eugenia identifies as Aboriginal (Tiwi and Larrakia), Chinese and Muslim, working within her multiple communities to create change through literature, art, politics and community development.