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I’m the Proud Parent of a Baby Journal!

Very recently, I was very privileged but also highly relieved to be part of an editorial team that launched a new journal. Named Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, the first issue will be published in the second half of this year and there will be two issues brought out each year by Intellect Ltd. The objective is fairly straightforward, we think that transient or temporary migration is now getting so common that it needs its own journal, separate from how migration is usually regarded, theorised and analysed as a permanent movement across borders. In other words, transient migration is of sufficient significance to require its own journal!

I could write about the long lead-up to launching this journal and the number of emails that cluttered the ether within Australia and between Europe and Australia before this baby was born. But I won’t, no more anyway than to say I now understand why academics fight shy of ‘gifting’ their labour (a concept I recently learnt of from another colleague) in a world already saturated with paperwork, emails and administrative duties. I will say though that in contrast to completing a thesis, whether as an Honours or a Doctoral student, this is a very different experience. As the Associate Editor, my experience of it was as a creative process, of envisioning, discussing, shaping and articulating we hope to achieve with the journal. I daresay my colleague Catherine Gomes’ experience as Founding Editor would have entailed seeing to much more of the important administrative details including planning, finance, motivating, sourcing and hobnobbing with would-be board members. It affirmed for me that I should stick to what I do best and let others take the reins at times. Not easy, because like many academics, I’m a bit of a closet (if pragmatic) perfectionist. I think we’re getting there…

Anyway, the baby’s arrived and we’re slowly nursing it, building it up towards a huge first birthday. I’ll let you all know when the happy day arrives.

I'm a research fellow at an Australian university where I work on a number of projects. These include projects to do with new media and migration and the Chinese diaspora in Australia, projects on the Malaysian internet, ethno-religious issues in Singapore and Malaysia. And, before I forget many of the photos I use on this site were taken by my sister, Jessie and myself. All rights are reserved.