Migration, Identity, Diaspora and Urban Scholars(hip): Personal and Academic Reflections

Australasian Cities Research Network “Speaking Out” Seminar #3

In this the third, and, final, seminar in the ACRN’s “Speaking Out Series” for 2021, and to celebrate Social Science Week, hear from a number of urban studies scholars reflect upon their personal and academic experiences of being a migrant scholar within Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand. The panellists will each provide a mix of personal and/or academic reflections on what it means to be a migrant scholar and and how this has informed their academic praxis, sense of identity, and (re)settlement journey in terms of adapting to life, work and developing social networks. This will be followed by a Q&A and comments session with the panellists and attendees about issues relating to migration, identity, diaspora and urban scholars(ship).

The Australasian Cities Research Network (ACRN) “Speaking Out” Series focuses on the ways which urban research can work to:

• Inform urban policy/practice;

• Contribute to public debate/social movements, and/or

• Support/drive sustainability –led changes


Dr. Ashraful Alam, Te Iho Whenua/School of Geography, Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo/University of Otago

Assoc. Professor Tooran Alizadeh, School of Architecture Design and Planning, University of Sydney

Dr. Sébastien Darchen, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland

Dr. Michele Lobo, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University

Dr. Paul J. Maginn, School of Social Sciences, Dept. Geography & Planning, University of Western Australia

Dr. Gabriela Quintana Vigiola, School of Built Environment, Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Iain White, Te Wānanga o Ngā Kete/Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato/The University of Waikato

Suggested Readings

Arnoldi, E & Bosua, R. (2018) ‘Identity and inclusion in academia: Voices of migrant women’ in A.L Black & S. Garvis (eds) Lived Experiences of Women in Academia Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir

Darchen, S & Tremblay, D.G (2010) ‘What attracts and retains knowledge workers/students: The quality of place or career opportunities? The cases of Montreal and Ottawa, Cities

Lobo, M. (2021) Breathing spaces of fearlessness and generosity in the Anglophone/Western university, Geographical Research

Maginn, P. J. (2020) ‘In what sense is Australia a multicultural society? Planning for/with multiculturalism’ in S. Saggar, & A. Zenz (eds) Re-Imagining Australia: Migration, Culture, Diversity

Maginn, P. J. (2018) ‘Carpool XXX: Porn Performers as a Migrant Community’, The New EROS Journal, (NB: website this article is hosted on may be considered NSFW)

Maginn, P.J. (2013) ‘You don’t understand me: is local politics truly representative of the people?’ The Conversation

Saggar, S. (2020) ‘Australia needs to confront its history of white privilege to provide a level playing field for all’ The Conversation

Tremblay, D-G and S. Darchen. 2010. “The creative class thesis and the mobility patterns of knowledge workers considering the place of birth: The case of Montreal”, International , Journal of Knowledge-Based Development

Universities UK (2020) Tackling racial harassment in higher education

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