Australian Perspectives on Migration

Date / Time:
04.10.18 - 06.10.18


The 2018 biennial GASt conference will address cultural, social,
historical, legal, and (geo)political issues related to the contemporary
global challenge of migration and displacement – with more than 60
million displaced persons world-wide – from an Australian perspective.
The interrelation of these issues is apparent in the long history of
migration on the Australian continent, from its earliest settlement to
the colonial period, to the 20th and the 21st centuries. From its
colonial beginnings the political, legal, social and cultural
implications of migration have featured prominently in the formation of
the Australian nation and its cultural "imaginary" (Anderson). This is
evident in exclusionary politics during different periods of a White
Australia Policy, and the forced detention of aliens from 1992 onwards.

More recently, campaigns like the "Pacific Solution" or "Operation
Sovereign Borders" foreground the necessity to reflect the situation of
immigrants and refugees in Australia in a global context causing
migrations for political, economic and climate-related reasons on an
unprecedented increasing and accelerating scale.


Please see the website for further information: https://australianperspectivesonmigration.wordpress.com



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