Seminar at the University of Sydney

Social Transformation and International Migration Network
School of Social and Political Sciences
You are cordially invited to attend a Seminar hosted by the Social Transformation and International Migration Network.
Hyun Mee Kim
Yonsei University
Performers of ‘Korean-ness’?: 
The Process of ‘FamilyMaking’ by Vietnamese Women Marriage Migrants in South Korea
Tuesday 3 September 2013
RC Mills Bldg, Room 148
The University of Sydney
No RSVP required.
The South Korean state has since the 1990s played a pivotal role in regulating particular types of migration – especially ‘marriage migration’ – as a means of alleviating the crises of declining birth rates and an aging population, in the hope of restoring balance to the uneven male-to-female ratio in the marriage market. The gender/class/ethnic ideology in state migration policy imagines foreign women as labor power that replaces reproductive labor, and succumbs them under the frame of forming, maintaining, and reproducing the ‘Korean family,’ which is often that of the lower class in both urban and rural areas. Foreign women, especially those from Southeast Asia, have generated a wide range of discourses on multi-cultural society.
My presentation deals with the complex process of ‘a family-making’ among Vietnamese migrant women in South Korea that involves the government’s migration policy, migration-inducing practices of Korean-local commercial brokers and ongoing negotiations among married couples. By looking at migration and transnational connections a Vietnamese woman migrant often undergoes as an emerging agent of family-making in contemporary Korea, this presentation examines the nexuses of neoliberal economic order, crisis of social reproduction both in sending and receiving countries, and migration of reproduction in Asian countries.
Hyun Mee Kim is Professor of the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Graduate Program in Culture and Gender Studies, Yonsei University, South Korea. Her research interests include gender and migration, critical cultural theories; city and human ecology; globalization and labor. She has written articles on diverse migrants coming to South Korea including marriage migrants, asylum seekers and economic migrants. She is the author of Cultural Translation in a Global Era (2005) and has also co-edited Intimate Enemy: How Neoliberalism has become our everyday lives(2010), and We are all people with differences: Towards multiculturalism for co-existence(2013). She was a Committee Member for the Division of Human Rights for Foreigners, National Human Rights Commission of Korea(2008-2010) and is a member of the Forum on Human Rights for Migrant Women in South Korea.
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Call for papers — Multiculturalism and “Asia” International workshop

Call for papers — Multiculturalism and “Asia” International workshop
Monash Asia Institute in conjunction with the School of Political & Social Inquiry Monash University
21-22 Nov 2013

Monash Asia Institute together with the School of Political and Social Inquiry will host
an international workshop of ‘Multiculturalism and “Asia”’ at Monash University,
Caulfield campus in Melbourne on 21 and 22 November 2013.

The workshop has two key purposes. One is to broaden and reconsider the studies of
multiculturalism and multicultural questions, which have been developed mostly in
Western contexts by examining Asian experiences. While we have witnessed the
decline or demise of multiculturalism in many Western countries in the last decade, the
discussion of multiculturalism has been capturing more attention in Asian (especially
East Asian) countries. It is thus significant for anyone concerned with multiculturalism
to make a serious investigation into this emerging phenomenon.

By “Asian” experiences, we do not just mean those of Asian countries. We will also
examine the experiences of migrants/diasporas of Asian backgrounds in Asian regions
including Australia. This is related to the other purpose of the workshop, that is, to
reconsider multicultural issues beyond the hitherto dominant framework of the
nation-state. Transnational connections and affiliations fostered by Asian
migrants/diasporas will be examined in terms of their implications for multicultural
questions in the local context. We will also consider how shifting international relations
of “home” and host countries affects their sense of belonging and membership in the
host countries, as well as the interplay between transnational and local/city affiliations.
Confirmed speakers include: Ien Ang (University of Western Sydney), Kim Hyun Mee
(Yonsei University), Hsiao-Chuan Hsia (Shih Hsin University), Yuko Kawai (Rikkyo
Univeristy), Fran Martin (Melbourne University).

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations on the following issues, though
proposals that are in other ways relevant to the two key themes will also be considered.

I. Multiculturalism in Asia (with some emphasis on East Asia):
o National/local policy and media representation/discourse of
o Recognition of cultural differences, especially “Asians” and “mixed
o Everyday multiculturalism and mundane negotiation with cultural
o Transnational alliance to critically engage with multicultural questions

II. Asian diasporas and de-nationalized understanding of multicultural questions
o Rooted transnationalism & intertwined association with “here” & “there”
o Sense of multiple belonging & membership and its implication for local
multicultural questions
o Migrants’/diasporas’ diverse access to media communication and diverse
modes of national identification
o Asian migrants/diasporas and the rise of their “home” culture
o Asian Australians, generational shifts and Australia’s “Asian literacy”

The workshop is part of a larger research project of the Institute. It aims to be
discussion-oriented and all speakers will give a concise talk of the main points for 15
minutes. Speakers are not expected to present complete papers but to raise key
theoretical questions with related empirical examination.
Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and
e-mail address no later than 30 June to:
Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Multiculturalism and Asia” in the subject line.
Acceptance of proposal will be notified around the end of July.
Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for
participants’ travel costs. There will be no registration fees for the workshop.
You can find more details of the workshop and the venue at the webpage of Monash
Asia Institute:
We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!
Best regards,
Koich Iwabuchi & Anita Harris
(Conveners, Monash University, Australia)

Summer School in Migration and Inequality, 8-12 July 2013, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna

General Information

Migration is a key challenge in contemporary societies. The magnitude of people who live and work abroad has never been as large as today, with migrants making crucial contributions to economic, social, cultural and political transformation in modern societies. This situation is a momentous challenge for the social sciences: The issues to be addressed include the causes, progress and consequences of migration; the relevance of (familial) networks as well as cultural, symbolic and economic capital for migrational processes; migrants’ living conditions; and the manifold and partially conflictual relationships between natives and immigrants. Moreover, spatial structures and processes of delimitation are paramount to international migration and are to be explored in terms of divergent political frameworks.

Attending to the subjects of migration and inequality, the Marie Jahoda Summer School of Sociology is pleased to invite dedicated PhD students to send in their applications. The work will focus on five core themes supervised by a high-ranking international faculty.

The Summer School will be hosted by the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, and is funded by the University of Vienna.

For more information, please see

UWA Anthropology & Sociology 2013 Semester 1 Seminar Series

Anthropology & Sociology 2013 Semester 1 Seminar Series

Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Room 

Social Sciences Building 1.30

Adele Millard – PhD Candidate, Anth. & Soc.,UWA March 1 Truffle in Paradise: the currency of risk, ritual and rumour in a developing agri-food ‘tradition
Catherine Morris – PhD Candidate, Anth. & Soc., UWA March 8 Human rights discourse: does the nation still matter?
Dr Stephen Bennetts  – UWA Graduate

and Dr  Ross McCallum – Media, Curtin

March 15 But is it anthropology: anthropological practice in the creation of the Carnevale of the People’s republic of Fremantle 2009-2013
Dr Nathalie Boucher –


March 22 – The Social Life of Water: Sociability in Urban Public Beaches and Pools
Emanuela Sala, PhD Candidate, Anth. & Soc.,UWA April 12 “What is the second generation?” Questions of ethnicity among two cohorts of second generation Italian-Australians in Perth, Western Australia
Dr Mitchell Low, Anth. & Soc., UWA April 19 Nativeness, belonging and the politics of settlment on Norfolk Island
Marianne Pederson – Independent Scholar April 26     Local landowner’s and Western conservationist’s different perceptions of development and conservation in Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea
Assoc. Prof. Rob Cover, Communication Studies, UWA May 3 Migrant Community Media, Local/Home Hybridities and Digital Transitions
Thijs Schut, PhD Candidate, Anth. & Soc/Asian Stud., UWA May 10 – Educated young people, rural authorities and village-based reactions to troubled education-to-work transitions in central Flores (eastern Indonesia)
Prof. Farida Fozdar, Future Fellow (A&S), UWA May 24 Longing to Belong: ‘civic’ and ‘ethno’ belonging among refugees in Western Australia
Assoc. Prof Martin Forsey, Anth. & Soc., UWA May 31 Whoops I made a MOOC: Reflections on Flipping the Classroom

Friday: 11am-12.30pm

Contact: Dr Richard Davis (

Is there a crisis of democracy? A talk by Prof Wolfgang Merkel at the University of Sydney





Co-presented with the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights, the Australian Research Council and the Sydney Social Justice Network  

Public talk of a deepening crisis of democracy is ubiquitous today in Europe, the United States, Latin America and elsewhere. Inspired by Joseph Schumpeter’s classic Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Wolfgang Merkel examines whether and to what extent there is evidence for such a crisis. In a bold and broad-ranging look at the great conflicting trends of our time, he probes such phenomena as the long-term impact of migration, growing social inequality, the decline of political parties, austerity politics, individualisation and the rise of the critical citizen. With an eye on topical events, such as the unresolved Eurozone crisis, Merkel asks whether these powerful trends are having irreversibly ruinous effects on democracy or whether, on the contrary, these trends may turn out to be triggers for improving the methods and substance of democracy as we know it.

Professor Wolfgang Merkel is Germany’s best-known political scientist. He is Director of the “Democracy and Democratisation” research program at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) and Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and advisor to many European governments. He is also a non-party member of the Basic Values Commission of the Executive Committee of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and a member of the social sciences review board of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

6:00pm to 7:30pm
Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney 
Click here
 for venue information



Public Lecture: Fifty Years of Australian Migration Studies, Tuesday 30 October 2012

Public Lecture: Fifty Years of Australian Migration Studies, Tuesday 30 October 2012, 5.30 – 7.30pm, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney.

This public lecture marks the significant and inspirational contribution of Professor James Jupp to Australian migration studies. The evening will be hosted by Phillip Adams in conversation with Professor Jupp, and will include contributions from other esteemed migration specialists such as Professors Stephen Castles (University of Sydney), Professor Jock Collins (UTS), A/Professor Ellie Vasta (Macquarie University), and Melissa Phillips (University of Melbourne) responding to his presentation and his lifelong academic work.

Organised by the TASA Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Thematic Group, and supported by TASA, University of Newcastle, and Macquarie University. This is a free event. For more information and to register your interest please email:

2 day symposium: Owning Racism: Can we Talk?

Please find information regarding a 2 day symposium being hosted the Immigration Museum. Feel free to pass onto networks.
Owning Racism: Can we Talk?
Thursday August 23 and Friday August 24
East Wing Gallery
Immigration Museum
The two-day Symposium Owning Racism: Can we talk? A symposium for academics, service providers and arts practitioners  is the first major initiative to emerge from our Identity: yours, mine, ours exhibition which was launched last year.
A community of practitioners and academics have been invited to speak to their research, program work, service delivery or study around themes exploring cultural and social intervention in order to facilitate social cohesion. Examples of research and/or practical applications in youth engagement, CALD connections, multicultural and cross-cultural exchange, refugee and asylum support services will be explored.
Specific Symposium aims include:
          Share methodologies across disciplines in areas of social intervention, anti-racism projects, applied theory in community practice;
          Highlight key research in the related fields;
          Provide practical examples of project work and case study evaluations;
          Showcase best practice by museums, schools, universities, local governments, arts, non-government organisations, etc;
          Encourage active and ongoing networks and collaborative partnerships
Speakers include;
Bonita Bennett, Director, District Six Museum, Cape town
Waleed Aly, Academic and Media commentator
Richard Frankland, Actor, Author, Artist 
Tatiana Mauri
Community Engagement Manager
Immigration Museum
Museum Victoria
GPO Box 666
Melbourne VIC 3001 AUSTRALIA
Telephone+613 9927 2751
Facsimile+613 99272722