The 6th Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) conference took place on 25-26 October 2017. The event was hosted by AASRN in partnership with the Immigration Museum (Melbourne), with the support of the Monash Asia Institute (MAI) and the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI).
The conference theme of 'embodiments and inhabitations' was based on a foundational assumption that all boundaries involve processes and practices of embeddedness as well as transgressions of socio-cultural and eco-political spheres. The conference heard papers, presentations and performances on how Asian-Australian embodiments are made meaningful in changing contexts of communities and crossings, and how inhabitations over space, time and history challenge our ideas of being and body.
Bringing together established and emerging scholars, creative artists, community researchers, and writers, the conference was live-tweeted with #aai6 and explored topics such as habit, embodiment, and the lived experience of racism; the homogeneity of being Asian Australian; border crossings/shifting contexts; intimate labour/gendered bodies; constructions of Asian American and Asian Australian identities in skateboarding; and sustaining Asian Australian scholarly activism online.