Workshop@Monash on 'Brokerage under Scrutiny' (23 May 2019)
Eight German and Australian-based scholars gathered at Monash University on May 23 to contribute to a workshop entitled 'Brokerage under scrutiny: Practices of intermediation in a globalising world'. The workshop is part of a broader research exchange project, initiated by Monash’s Dr Birgit Bräuchler and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and Universities Australia. Participants in this event drew on diverse field experiences and specialisations to explore the role of brokerage in individual and collective undertakings on local, national and global scales. The gathering discussed examples of intermediation encountered in global trade, colonial encounters, international surrogacy, networks of humanitarianism, and activist projects concerning indigeneity, gender and religion; contributions covered various geographic regions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to the workshop, the visiting academics from German partner universities (Prof Ute Roeschenthaler – Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Kathrin Knodel – Goethe University Frankfurt, and Ricardo Marquez-Garcia – Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) had led a workshop for PhD students engaging both with brokerage research conducted by Ricardo and Monash PhD student Nadeeka Arambewela-Colley and two different academic worlds – Australia and Germany. A follow-up meeting will be held in December 2019 in Germany.