Through its engaged, interdisciplinary research into transformations in culture and society, the Institute contributes to the understanding and shaping of contemporary local and global life.

Regularly published authored books, edited collections, refereed journals and reports share the knowledge needed to bring about positive change in the world. In addition to frequently publishing their research through these works, our members contribute to the sharing of knowledge as the editors of journals including Journal of Cultural Economy, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space and Journal of Australian Studies.

Issues is a multilingual journal of short essays on topics of historical and contemporary relevance, housed at the Institute.


JungleJungle Passports

By Malini Sur

In Jungle Passports Malini Sur follows the struggles of these people to secure shifting land, gain access to rice harvests, and smuggle the cattle and garments upon which their livelihoods depend against a background of violence, scarcity, and India's construction of one of the world's longest and most highly militarized border fences.

Jungle Passports recasts established notions of citizenship and mobility along violent borders. Sur shows how the division of sovereignties and distinct regimes of mobility and citizenship push undocumented people to undertake perilous journeys across previously unrecognized borders every day. Paying close attention to the forces that shape the life-worlds of deportees, refugees, farmers, smugglers, migrants, bureaucrats, lawyers, clergy, and border troops, she reveals how reciprocity and kinship and the enforcement of state violence, illegality, and border infrastructures shape the margins of life and death. Combining years of ethnographic and archival fieldwork, her thoughtful and evocative book is a poignant testament to the force of life in our era of closed borders, insularity, and "illegal migration".

Future_Of_Digital_DataThe Future of Digital Data, Heritage and Curation in a More-than-Human World

By Fiona Cameron

This work critiques digital cultural heritage concepts and their application to data, developing new theories, curatorial practices and a more-than-human museology for a contemporary and future world.

Fiona Cameron offers a critical and philosophical reflection on the ways in which digital cultural heritage is currently framed as societal data worth passing on to future generations in two distinct forms: digitally born and digitizations. Demonstrating that most perceptions of digital cultural heritage are distinctly western in nature, the book also examines the complicity of such heritage in climate change, and environmental destruction and injustice. The Future of Digital Data, Heritage and Curation is essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of museums, archives, libraries, galleries, archaeology, cultural heritage management, information management, curatorial studies and digital humanities.

Temporality_in_Mobile_LivesTemporality in Mobile Lives: Contemporary Asia–Australia Migration and Everyday Time

By Shanthi Robertson

Shanthi Robertson provides fresh perspectives on 21st-century migratory experiences in this innovative study of young Asian migrants’ lives in Australia.

Exploring the aspirations and realities of transnational mobility, the book shows how migration has reshaped lived experiences of time for middle-class young people moving between Asia and the West for work, study and lifestyle opportunities. Through a new conceptual framework of ‘chronomobilities,’ which looks at 'time-regimes' and 'time-logics', Robertson demonstrates how migratory pathways have become far more complex than leaving one country for another, and can profoundly affect the temporalities of everyday life, from career pathways to intimate relationships. Drawing on extensive ethnographic material, Robertson deepens our understanding of the multifaceted relationship between migration and time.

reportOur Rights in the Digital World

By Amanda Third and Lilly Moody

In an effort to activate children’s right to participate in the decision making that impacts their lives4 and ensure that General Comment 25 responds to their experiences, the drafting process was driven by an extensive consultation with children, led by the Young and Resilient Research Centre (Y&R) at Western Sydney University.

This report documents the insights of the 709 children and young people aged 9-22 years old in 27 countries on six continents, who contributed to the consultations to inform General Comment 25.

Building on two previous consultations carried out by Y&R at Western Sydney University on children’s rights and digital technology, the workshops used creative and participatory methods to explore topics that had not previously been examined in depth with children. The insights generated by this process were co-analysed by the Y&R team and participating organisations, and channelled into the zero draft of the General Comment. As the drafting team worked to refine the General Comment, in collaboration with the UN Committee, the children’s consultations were a continual – and critical – reference point. One mark of the importance of children’s contributions to the drafting process is that General Comment 25 opens with quotations from children.


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