Book Launch: Australia’s New Migrants: International Students’ History of Affective Encounters with the Border by Maria Elena Indelicato

ACRAWSA is thrilled to be hosting the launch of Maria Elena Indelicato’s book, Australia’s New Migrants: International Students’ History of Affective Encounters with the Border.

The book will be launched on April 13 at Western Sydney University, Parramatta Centre, 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia. Room: PC-01.9.25 (Lounge).

Maria Elena Indelicato will be joined in conversation by Roanna Gonsalves, Sukhmani Khorana and Alana Lentin. The event will be chaired by Remy Yi Siang Low.

About the book:

This book offers a comprehensive and critical analysis of the tropes employed in the categorization of international students living and studying in Australia. Establishing the position of migrant students as ’subjects of the border’, the author employs various models of emotion in an analysis of the ways in which public debates on migration and education in Australia have problematised international students as an object of national compassion or resentment in relation to other national concerns at the time, such as the country’s place in the Asia-Pacific region, the integrity of its borders and the relative competitiveness of its economy.

Applying an innovative methodology, which combines the breadth of a diachronic study with the depth afforded by the close analysis of a diverse range of case studies – including the protests staged by Indian international students against a spate of violent attacks, which led to their labelling as ‘soft targets’ in national discourses – Australia’s New Migrants constitutes an important contribution to our understanding of the ways in which emotions shape national collectives’ orientation towards others. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, cultural studies and education with interests in migration, race and emotion.’

Chair and Discussants:

Remy Yi Siang Low is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. In his teaching and research, Remy draws on cultural theory and historical inquiry to examine contemporary educational contexts and practices, with a particular focus on issues of identity and difference.

Roanna Gonsalves came to Sydney as an international student from India. She is the author of the acclaimed ‘The Permanent Resident’ (UWAP), and a four-part series of radio documentaries, On the tip of a billion tongues, ( Earshot, ABC RN). ‘The Permanent Resident’ has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Multicultural Prize, is on several lists of must-read books, and on the syllabi of courses at a number of universities. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales. See more at

Sukhmani Khorana is Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture, and Academic Program Leader of the South West Sydney campus at the University of Wollongong. She is the editor of a Routledge anthology titled Crossover Cinema (2013). Sukhmani has published extensively on transnational film and television, refugee media and the politics of empathy. She holds a current ARC Linkage project (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 has a new research monograph on food cultures in Australia (published by Rowman and Littlefield International).

Alana Lentin is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at the Western Sydney University and current ACRAWSA President. She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. She is co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies. Her latest books are Racism and Sociology (with Wulf D. Hund 2014) and The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Gavan Titley, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, European Journal of Social Theory, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice.

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