June to August was spent researching in Sydney—in the State Library of NSW, and in the homes and clubhouses of … More
In March 2007, in the small deindustrialising town of Morwell in Australia’s south-east, a local group with a post-WWII migrant … More
This blog went on the backburner in 2020, like most things. But some of the research (or, at least, the … More
In an effort to trick myself into being (feeling?) ‘productive’, and thus keep that all-pervading panic and fear at bay, … More
But I wanted to access community memories. How do implicated community groups remember this period of ‘migrant rights activism’ and the prominent activists associated with the movement?
This ‘phantasmatic diversity’, this multiculturalism ‘for all of us’, dissuades recognition of diversity as structural difference with historical antecedents… While the political struggles over migrant rights aren’t at the centre of Gippsland Immigration Park, the local history of the coal industry and its implications for working life and mobility, are. Here, the Park challenges celebratory state multiculturalism and histories of industrial progress.
I’m in the middle of my first full teaching semester at ANU. And while I’m loving teaching the course ‘Introduction … More
They are motivated by a desire to publicly remember the trials of their mothers, single working migrant women. Accordingly, many are also motivated by a sense of exclusion and injustice. However, not all the stories they voice are negative, although they do have the potential to challenge existing notions of post-war migrant ‘welcome’.