AASRN is happy to announce that the AAI 7 conference taking place at the Immigration Museum on 7th-8th November 2019 will include keynote speakers Dr Gilbert Caluya and Associate Professor Hsu-Ming Teo and plenary speakers Eugenia Flynn and Dr Shakira Hussein.

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.


Shakira Hussein is a writer and researcher based at the The University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. An updated edition of her book From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11 was published by Yale University Press in 2019. Shakira is a regular contributor to Crikey and has published essays in The Griffith Review, Meanjin, and The Best Australian Essays. A recent opnion piece in Crikey makes for thoughtful reading: “The media needs to prioritise writing by those with skin in the game.”

Hsu-Ming Teo will be tracing a genealogy of a very different kind in a presentation tentatively titled “Who am I without my trauma? Confessions and confusions of an part-time Asian Australian”.
Hsu-Ming Teo is a cultural historian and novelist who works in the area of twentieth-century European history, British imperial culture, Orientalism, travel and tourism, and popular literature. She is the author of Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (2012) and co-editor of Cultural History in Australia (2003). She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Australian Studies, the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, and area chair of history for the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ). In 1999 she won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for her first novel, Love and Vertigo, which was also short-listed for the inaugural Tasmania Pacific Region Literary Prize and the Dobbie Award for women’s fiction. It has been translated into German, Italian, Chinese and Thai. Her second novel, Behind the Moon, was published in 2005 and short-listed for one of the 2006 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She was a member of the NSW Premier’s Literature and History committee in 2004 and was one of the judges of the 2007 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She has been on the advisory council of the Man Asian Literary Prize since 2007 and judged the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize.

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