Conference committee


mridula-profileMRIDULA CHAKRABORTY is the Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University. A literary scholar and translator, Mridula has convened projects in literary-cultural diplomacy: Australia-India Literatures International Forum [a finalist in the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Award in 2013], the Autumn School in Literary Translation and Literary Commons: Writing Australia-India in the Asian Century with Indigenous, Dalit and Multilingual Tongues. An outcome of these is a special issue in Cordite Poetry Review of 50 translations in 25 languages from Dalit, Indigenous and tribal poetry. 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, as Board Member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators and via the Steering Committee of the Monash-Warwick Alliance Migration, Identity and Translation Network. She is the co-lead on Literary Habitats, a Monash-Warwick Alliance funded project.

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JESSICA WALTON is a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (Deakin University). She is a Korean adoptee from the United States and is currently a chief investigator on a collaborative international grant funded by the Academy of Korean Studies on 1.5/2nd generation Koreans in Australia and New Zealand and holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2016-2019) on South Korean and Australian children’s on-line/off-line intercultural relations focused on an anthropology of friendship and belonging. She is co-founder of the Oceania Ethnography & Education Network (OEEN).


olivia-khoo-picOLIVIA KHOO is Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University. She was convenor of the Asian Australian Identities 3 conference, “Regionalising Asian Australian Identities” (2009). With Audrey Yue and Belinda Smaill, Olivia was a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on the History of Asian Australian Cinema. She is currently a CI on another ARC DP on Media Flows between Australia and East Asia (with Koichi Iwabuchi, Fran Martin and Audrey Yue). Olivia is the author of The Chinese Exotic: Modern Diasporic Femininity (Hong Kong University Press, 2007), and co-author of Transnational Australian Cinema: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas (Lexington, 2013).

TLK-smallTSEEN KHOO is the founding convenor of the AASRN. She is currently a Lecturer in Research Education and Development at La Trobe University. Tseen has published on Asian Australian culture and literature, and academic research and funding cultures – see Tseen’s Google Scholar profile. She has held an ARC Discovery (with Jaqueline Lo and Dean Chan) and been a Monash University Research Fellow and University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellow. She is on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Intercultural Studies and Australian Universities’ Review, and was a founding editorial advisor for Peril Magazine.

jan molloy - 200pxJAN MOLLOY is an experienced classroom teacher, with over 30 years experience in Victorian government secondary schools. Since 2006, Jan has coordinated and developed education programs at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne. She is actively involved in grassroots teacher professional development including the established tweetchats #histedchat, #edutweetoz, and #tmmelb. In 2011-13, she participated in an Australian Research Council Linkage grant with Deakin University, “Using museums to counter racism and increase acceptance of diversity among young people and teachers”. Jan is currently working with Koichi Iwabuchi and the Monash Asia Institute on the project, “Migrant Diplomacy Exchange between Immigration Museums, Melbourne and Tokyo“.

nadia rhook - 200pxNADIA RHOOK lectures and researches history at La Trobe University, on Wurundjeri 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 is published in international and local journals including the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Postcolonial Studies and Peril Magazine, and is currently writing a book about the politics of language and migration in colonial Melbourne, forthcoming 2018 with Duke University Press.