Migration and Digital Media lab leader, Dr Catherine Gomes, has recently released two new books that focus on migration, mobility, identity and community.

The Asia-Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility:The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media features a collection of cutting edge essays by established and up and coming authors who look at the challenges of community and identity in the evolving transnational migrant and ethnographic landscapes of the Asia Pacific in the era of social media.


‘An exemplary text that highlights how the Asia Pacific is driving the age of digital connectivity and how Asians are redefining their location, identity and belonging through the internet and social media.’ –Selvaraj Velayutham, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia

‘A groundbreaking collection of essays that represent the latest and cutting-edge scholarship which critically examines the impact and implications of social media on defining and shaping the intersections and interactions of transnational migrations and other forms of border crossings with community belonging and identity constructions in the Asia Pacific today.’ –Jonathan Y. Tan, Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and affiliated faculty in the Ethnic Studies and Asian Studies Programs, Case Western Reserve University, USA

‘This is a crucially important volume on transnational mobility that brings together excellent studies covering a geographical range from Australia to Vietnam. What sets the volume apart from others that have engaged with questions of transnationalism is that each study builds on exceptionally rich material while engaging with the bigger questions of migration and mobility.’ —Michiel Baas, Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore


International Student Connectedness and Identity: Transnational Perspectives edited by Catherine Gomes & Ly Tran (Deakin University) presents a collection of essays which analyses the interrelationships between international students’ connectedness and their identity development from transnational and transdisciplinary perspectives while clarifying and discussing the factors that influence international student’ on- and off-line connectedness in transnational mobility.  The collection which features scholars from around the world referring to case studies from Melbourne to London to Malaysia to Portugal and beyond, also looks at whether international students’ digital and physical relationships with people and places have changed due to their mobility experience.



International students inhabit a complex space in which transnational mobilities and connectivities define the cultural dynamics of their experiences, as well as their sense of identity –their expectations and aspirations. This book brings together a set of most perceptive and thoughtful papers, written by scholars both emerging and established, which break new ground in how we might understand the ways in which international students work within and across national borders, traditions and politics.Fazal Rizvi, University of Melbourne, Australia


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