Conference Committee

Conference Convenors:

MRIDULA NATH CHAKRABORTY is the National Convenor of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN). She teaches and researches on postcolonial, feminist and queer studies; on diasporic/national literatures and cultures in English and in translation; and on film cultures of South Asia, at the Monash Intercultural Lab, Faculty of Arts, at Monash University. Mridula contributes to cross-cultural advocacy and transnational literary-creative networks through her work as a core partner of South Asia Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN) and as board member of Southern Crossings: Reimagining Australia, South Asia and the world. She has served on the Board of the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT) and is on the Steering Committee of the Monash-Warwick Alliance Migration, Identity and Translation Network (MITN). Mridula is an honorary research fellow at the Australia India Institute, Melbourne.

ANOMA PIERIS is a Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne. She is author, most recently, of Sovereignty Space and Civil War in Sri Lanka: Porous Nation (2018) and the anthology Architecture on the Borderline: Boundary Politics and Built Space (2019). She is co-founder, with Duanfang Lu, of the Society of Architectural and Urban Historians of Asia. Anoma works across many regions, including Asia, Australia and the USA, focusing on issues of sovereignty, displacement and subalternisation.

Conference Organising Committee:

SUKHMANI KHORANA is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Wollongong (Australia). Sukhmani has published extensively on diasporic cultures, multi-platform refugee narratives, and the politics of empathy. She holds a current ARC Linkage grant (with the Museum of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image) examining the role of television in the experience of migration to Australia. She is the author of The Tastes and Politics of Inter-Cultural Food in Australia (RLI). @sukhmani_sees

NADIA RHOOK is a white settler historian, writer, and poet. She currently lectures and researches Indigenous, Asian, and Australian history at the University of Western Australia, on Whadjuk Noongar land. Her research is much inspired by her background in ESL teaching, and in 2016, she curated the City of Melbourne heritage exhibition “Moving Tongues: language and migration in 1890s Melbourne”. She designed the public history walking tour “Migration Melbourne”, delivered for a range of festivals and events, including the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival. Her work appears in journals including Postcolonial Studies, The Journal of Women’s History and Itinerario. @NadiRhook

TIMOTHY KAZUO STEAINS is a lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. His PhD thesis explored intercultural engagement with Japan in contemporary Australian literature, cinema, and theatre. He is broadly interested in Japanese Australian (Nikkei), Asian Australian, and mixed-race studies.

MONIKA WINARNITA is a Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne Australia. She has an Honorary Research Fellowship with Social Inquiry at La Trobe University and is a Board Member for Asian Australian Studies Research Network. Her research focuses on gender, migration and cultural performances. She has published extensively in Asian Studies, Anthropology and Cultural Studies journals such as Anthropological Forum, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Ethnomusicology Forum, Bijdragen, Indonesia and the Malay World, Intercultural Studies, Global Networks, Identities, and Emotions, Space and Society. Her book Dancing the Feminine: Gender and Identity Performances by Indonesian Migrant Women (Sussex Academic Press UK 2015) was awarded Monograph of Distinction at the University of Victoria BC Canada “Ideafest” (2017), where she is a current Associate at the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives and a previous Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. @MonikaWinarnita

DENISE WOODS is a Lecturer in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. She teaches and coordinates first year and second year core units in the Mass Communication programme which is offered at Curtin’s Bentley as well as offshore campuses at Dubai, Mauritius, Sarawak Malaysia and Singapore. Her areas of research include representations of race, gender and disability in online games, representation of Australia in the media in Asia, and media production in Asia. She has published in the Journal of Australian Studies, Media International Australia and the book Alter/Asians: Asian-Australian Identities in Art, Media and Popular Culture. @denisegwoods

JAN MOLLOY is an experienced educator; with over 30-years of experience in Victorian Government Secondary Schools and 13 years managing Education Programs at the Immigration Museum. She has held leadership positions with the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria and the History Teachers’ Association of Australia. Jan is committed to advancing student involvement in museum projects and since 2007 has led partnership projects with Victoria University, LaTrobe University and Deakin University. Other museum partnership projects Jan has coordinated include Melbourne Writers Festival Schools program, City of Melbourne International Students “Act of Translation Project”, Monash Asia Institute Asia Literacy: Australia Literacy Project and the Monash Asia Institute: Migrant Diplomacy Project 2017-2018. Jan is a highly experienced presenter and has successfully completed a number of collaborative research projects on museum learning. She regularly contributes to discourse on pedagogy in museums.