New workshop on forced migration

The Swinburne Institute will hold an Emerging Scholars Workshop for M.A. and PhD students working on issues of forced migration. The workshop will be facilitated by Sandy Gifford and myself, with some input from Didier Fassin (Princeton / Universite de Paris). It is open to all research students working on relevant projects (irrespective of their discipline).

The Swinburne Institute will pay for the accommodation of participants, and for the registration fees of a two-day symposium held in tandem with the workshop.

Applications close on 27 April.

I would be most grateful if you could bring the attached flyer to the attention of potentially interested postgraduate students, as well as of colleagues who supervise students working on issues of forced migration.

Kind regards,

Klaus Neumann

Professor Klaus Neumann
The Swinburne Institute for Social Research

Swinburne University of Technology
Mail H53

PO Box 218
Hawthorn VIC 3122
phone (+61 3) 9214 4526

fax (+61 3) 9819 5349


New book publication

Gil-Soo Han (2012) Korean Diaspora and Media in Australia: In Search of Identities. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Book description:
An essential dimension of why one becomes an immigrant is based on a quest for identities – who one is, whom one wants to be, and how one wants to live. There is much in common between immigrants of the past and immigrants today in terms of what they seek through diasporic life. However, one key difference relates to how they express the processes of searching for their identities. This book illuminates the ways in which Korean immigrants in Australia express their identities through autobiographies, novels, church websites, and popular weekly magazines. Korean Diaspora and Media in Australia also examines the role of the Korean immigrant church in contributing to the formation of transnational identities. Han’s in-depth analysis is informed by the concepts of reflexivity and internal conversation from a tradition of critical realism. Internal conversation is enabled through human reflexivity (the regular application of mental ability) and is the process for individual agents to work out their best reactions to social conditions. Han carefully explains this process and thoughtfully applies it to the Korean community’s search for identities in Australia.

Welcome to TASA MEMos!

Dear TASA MEM colleagues,

One of our main goals this year is to engage more postgraduate students in the MEM network. To this end we (the MEM postgraduate representatives) are launching a blog site to provide a dynamic platform for postgraduate students working on migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism to share their work, ideas, and news about events and publications. We’ve started with a number of ideas for things to include on the blog. The categories include:

  • Members: Profiles of postgraduate MEM members with an overview of their research
  • New publications: Notices of new publications of interest to MEM researchers
  • Recently completed PhDs: Updates on recently completed PhD theses of interest to MEM researchers
  • Events: Notices of upcoming conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures and other events of interest to MEM researchers
  • Short pieces: Contributions of short articles/posts by postgraduate MEM members on topical and emerging issues of interest to MEM researchers
  • Postcards: A space for postgraduate members to share images that reflect the themes of their research and of interest to other MEM researchers

By giving postgrad students working on MEM issues the chance to publish their thoughts and publicize their work, as well as other developments of interest, we hope to create a conversation that helps students around the country to get to know each other’s work and make useful connections.

We would greatly appreciate feedback on these and any other ideas for the MEM PG blog – tell us what you would like to see! Please send your feedback to any or all of your postgraduate reps at the following email addresses:

Rebecca Williamson (

Derya Ozkul (

Elsa Koleth (

We strongly encourage you to pass on this message to postgraduate students that you know who are working on MEM issues and encourage them to contribute their ideas for the site. With your help we look forward to creating a useful and exciting PG resource.

Best wishes,

TASA MEM Postgrad Reps