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1may4:00 pm- 5:30 pmPanel Discussion: Art, Labor & Working Life


(Tuesday) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Mission to Seafarers

717 Flinders St, Docklands VIC 3008



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We are told that work is on the brink of becoming immaterial. The information age, the knowledge economy, the third industrial revolution conspire in this. But for every job in a rich economy involving computer work, desk time and intellectual effort, a worker elsewhere is laboring for minimal pay just to survive.

Art, Labor and Working Life draws together a panel of artists and arts workers to discuss the nature of art work, its precarity, paradoxes and complicities. SPEAKERS: Bindi Cole Chocka, Nicholas Walton-Healey, Bianca Vallentine MODERATOR Shanti Sumartojo

This event accompanies the exhibition THE WORK OF ART: AN EXHIBITION OF ART, LABOUR AND WORKING LIFE, Tuesday 1 – Friday 11 May, 2018, curated by Grace McQuilten and Shanti Sumartoj. Artists: Bindi Cole Chocka, Nicholas Walton-Healey, Bianca Vallentine, Ceri Hann, Kirsten Lyttle, Bek Conroy, Sarah Parkes, Andy Murphy and Suzan Dlouhy

Mission to Seafarers, 717 Flinders St, Docklands, (Tram 35, Flinders Street)

9may12:30 pm- 1:30 pm2018 AsiaPacific@RMIT Seminar Series


(Wednesday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


RMIT University, Building , Level 4, Room 002



The AsiaPacific@RMIT Seminar Series is organised by the Graduate School of Business and Law (GSBL), the School of Media and Communication and the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS).

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Seminar One: Rethinking mediated Im/mobilities.  Uncovering the paradoxical consequences of mobile media use in the conduct of Filipino family life at a distance

Mobile devices and networked communications platforms are indispensable tools in enabling the formation and maintenance of a transnational family life. In this presentation, I attempt to re-examine the role of ubiquitous mobile media in mobilising long-distance relationships among 21 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Melbourne, Australia, and their left-behind family members in the Philippines. Further, I unpack the communicative strategies deployed by the members of the transnational Filipino family to cope with the obstacles in sustaining family life across borders and distances.

Earvin Charles Cabalquinto is a Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. His research examines the role of mobile devices and networked communications platforms in the organisation of family life at a distance through a mobilities lens. His research interests include transnational communication, mediated intimacies, caregiving at a distance, mediation of family rituals, the digitalisation of public and private spaces, and the politics of mediated mobilities

The seminar is a brown bag lunch event. Please RSVP by Friday 4 May.

The AsiaPacific@RMIT Seminar Series is organised by  the Graduate School of Business and Law (GSBL), the School of Media and Communication and the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS).


​Seminar Series ​

2018 Schedule
 9 May
Rethinking mediated Im/mobilities.  Uncovering the paradoxical consequences of mobile media use in the conduct of Filipino family life at a distance
Dr Earvin Cabalquinto, School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University

13 June
A woman to warm my heart’: Low-wage Chinese migrant men and their desires
for intimacy in Singapore
Dr Sylvia Ang, GUSS, RMIT University

11 July
‘Live it and Spit it’: Hip Hop and the Globalized Muslim Youth of the Asia Pacific
Assoc. Prof. Kamaludden bin Mohamed Nasir, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

8 August
Daigou, Chinese mobility and micro-entrepreneurship in Australia
Assoc. Prof Haiqing Yu, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University

12 September
Creatvity in Australasia
Assoc. Prof Anne Harris, School of Education, RMIT University

10 October
Dr Kalissa Alexeyeff, School of Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

14 November
Diversity and Inclusion in Australian Academia: The Case of Asian Academics
Assoc. Prof Nana Oishi, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

21may12:30 pm- 1:30 pmDERC Brown Bag Lunch Series - Associate Professor Haiqing Yu


(Monday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


RMIT University - Council Chamber

(Building 1, Level 2) - 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne


RMIT University Digital Ethnography Research Centre

Event Details

DERC welcomes Associate Professor Haiqing Yu, Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in DERC’s Brown Bag Lunch series.

Haiqing’s research seeks to examine the social, economic, political, and cultural consequences and opportunities for individuals and communities in living with: changing digital communication technologies; increasing mobility, displacement, and need for emplaced and networked encounters in everyday life; efforts from the public and private sectors to seek innovative solutions to digital and social inclusion; and nation-states’ drive to increase their global cultural influence and presence. Comparing China with Australia and other countries in the Asia Pacific, this research has social and public policy implications on respective societies.

Haiqing is currently working on the following sub-projects:

1. “Digital economy of disability in China and Australia,” with Gerard Goggin et al, aiming for an ARC Linkage grant; it discusses the opportunities of digital economy and technologies for disability employment in Australia and China. It offers insights on news paths and partnerships that service and enable people with disabilities to achieve agency, social recognition, and economic security

2.   “Digital China: From cultural presence to innovative nation“, CI, with Michael Keane, et al. Australia Research Council Discovery Project Grant (ARC DP170102176), 2017-2019. This project investigates how digital platforms and technologies are enabling Chinese culture and ideas to reach the world. It argues that while China’s global cultural presence has increased it is yet to be seen as an innovative nation. The project examines how the Chinese government’s internet+ strategy is changing power dynamics among political institutions, commercially motivated digital companies, and online communities. Through investigating internationalisation strategies and consumption of Chinese culture on digital platforms in China, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea the project contributes to understanding the implications of China’s digital ascendency and the lessons for Australia in the post-resources boom era.

3. “Chinese-language Digital/Social Media in Australia: Rethinking Soft Power,” CI, with Wanning Sun. Australia Research Council Discovery Project Grant (ARC DP180100663), 2018-2020. This project aims to study the production and use of digital/social media by mainland Chinese migrants in Australia, by integrating new methods for analysing politics, economics and cultural practices within media anthropology, political communication and diaspora studies. In the fast-changing political-economic context of China’s global ascent, this study expects to generate an innovative framework for theorising soft power and propaganda in digital/social media, while also making a critical appraisal of flexible citizenship. It also aims to produce fresh knowledge about China’s soft power and the Chinese diaspora, which should help Australia and the world to deal with some of the increasingly pressing issues resulting from China’s rise.

*Bring your brown bag lunch

Haiqing Yu:


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