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Multimedia, Mobility and the Digital Southeast Asian Family

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La Trobe University, Victoria 3086

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This workshop of 13 presentations aims to provide a contemporary understanding of online multimedia expression of identity, belonging, and intergenerational family relationships of migrants and mobile subjects of Southeast Asian descent.

Southeast Asia is home to the largest number of social media users globally. Digital technology is shaping the way Southeast Asians interact, maintain contact, and express who they are, their family relationships. It is also a region known for its mobile population with high numbers of overseas workers, international students, refugees/asylum seekers, and migrants seeking permanent residency or citizenship in other countries.

Online multimedia content is one way that migrants and mobile Southeast Asians express their sense of connectedness to their family members, belonging, multiple and varied identities, and cultural backgrounds.

What do these online multimedia production and stories tell us about the effects of migration and mobility on family intergenerational relationships, that of children, parents, grandparents, and extended kin networks?

The sessions have extended the focus to include educational mobility and digital narrative, gender and identity, social media representation, transnational family, online communication and communities, as well as hope and affirmation of digital diasporic communities.

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A Masterclass run by the workshop's Keynote speaker Dr Deirdre McKay (Keele University, UK) on 'Digital and Social Media in Migration Studies' will be held on the Friday from 1pm to 5pm.

Download the Masterclass Program for details of the ten accepted participants

This workshop is a collaborative effort between La Trobe University, Australia and the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is funded by the following groups:

  • Migration and Mobilities Cluster, Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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