The RMIT School of Media and Communications and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre is pleased to announce that Dr Catherine Gomes will launch four new books on Wednesday 31 May at the Brunswick Street Bookstore. Dean Prof Martyn Hook will open the evening with Fazal Rizvi, Professor of Global Studies at the University of Melbourne to provide the introduction.
Transient Mobility and Middle Class Identity: Media and Migration in Australia and Singapore (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) offers an understanding of the transient migration experience in the Asia-Pacific through the lens of communication and entertainment media. specifically looks at the upwardly mobile middle class transient migrants studying and working in two of the Asia-Pacific’s most desirable transient migration destinations – Australia and Singapore – providing a cutting edge study of the identities transient migrants create and maintain while overseas and the strategies they use to cope with life in transience.
International Student Connectedness and Identity: Transnational Perspectives (co-edited with Ly Thi Tran, Springer 2017) focuses on the interrelationship between international student connectedness and identity from transnational and transdisciplinary perspectives. It addresses the core issues surrounding international students’ physical and virtual connectedness to people, places and communities as well as the conditions that shape their transnational connectedness and identity formation. Further, it analyses the nature, diversity and complexity of international student connectedness and identity development across different national, social and cultural boundaries.
Quality Assurance in Asia-Pacific Universities: Implementing Massification in Higher Education (co-edited with Deane E. Neubauer, Palgrave Macmillan 2017) offers extended discussion and discourse on quality issues at the university level in modern higher education systems. It examines how university quality is being manifested, analyzed, and measured within a range of specific institutions and historical contexts and explores the new development of self-accreditation in Asian nations aimed at enhancing institutional autonomy as well as promoting an institution’s internal quality mechanism
The Asia-Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media (Anthem Press 2016) presents a study of the challenges of community and identity in the evolving transnational migrant and ethnographic landscapes of the Asia Pacific in the era of social media. Recognising these layered and intertwined complexities governing societal and cultural cohesion, this collection discusses the innate challenges of the social media era on culture, identity and social interaction. This original empirical work documents social media as a user platform for the expression of individual and collective identities.
Fazal Rizvi is a Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne, as we well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He has written extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, globalization and education policy and Australia-Asia relations. A collection of his essays is published in: Encountering Education in the Global: Selected Writings of Fazal Rizvi (Routledge 2014). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, and has recently co-authored a report, ‘Australia’s Diaspora Advantage’ for the Australian Council of Learned Academies. Fazal has held academic and administrative appointments at a number of universities in Australia, including Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and the founding Director of the Monash Centre for Research in International Education.
Catherine Gomes is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication where she teaches Asian Studies. She is leader of the Migration and Digital Media Research Lab. Catherine was also also an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2013-2016) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Singapore Management University working on a project about the social and cultural spaces occupied by transient migrants (international students and workers). Catherine has worked extensively on the themes of of identity, migration, ethnicity, memory, multiculturalism and transnationalism in Australia and Singapore as well as on the information-seeking behaviour of international students in Australia. Catherine is founding editor of Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration.