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…

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Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology

A new journal specially addressing new media, gender and technology, Ada, according to the Fembot collective who published it is: a feminist, multimodal, peer reviewed journal that examines the intersections of gender, new media, and technology. It is a publication of the Fembot Collective, and the product of countless hours of volunteer labor on the…

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Teaching Asia to Australia: Face-to-Face and First-Hand

  The one measure outlined in the White Paper, Australia in the Asian Century, that seems to have caught the public’s imagination is the access to four priority languages (Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian and Japanese) at all levels of the Australian education system. This is an important move as linguistic literacy is part of deeper and…

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Teaching Asia to Australia

Most recent co-authored piece on The Conversation, republished here by Creative Commons: Teaching Asia to Australia: it’s not just about languages By Susan Leong, Queensland University of Technology and Catherine Gomes, RMIT University Ahead of the soon-to-be-released Asian Century White Paper, Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said Australia needs to “know Asia” in order to…

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Macquarie University’s Soft Power Advocacy and Research Group

Macquarie University has recently established a Soft Power Advocacy and Research Group (SPARC). Their aims are to: “Pursue a broad agenda of research and analysis to develop new theories and debate around models for soft power and public diplomacy. Develop affiliations and strategic partnerships with key national and international organisations spanning the public and private…

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Discussion on Diaspora – Robin Cohen & Khachig Tölölyan

A couple of videos recently discovered put together by the Oxford Diaspora Programme. My interest in them is clear. I’ll try and post some notes on them later. I used to have these embedded but apparently sharing has been disabled. Anyway, the links are listed below: Alan Gamlen interviews Robin Cohen Professors Robin Cohen and Khachig…

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Chutneyfying English – Hinglish

A current research interest due to work on Chetan Bhagat’s novels. Very interesting parallels with the debate over Singlish in Singapore, another ex-British colony of a very different scale. The younger lady there is Rita Kothari, co-author of a collection titled, Chutneyfying English: the Phenomenon of Hinglish.  

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Workers’ Strikes in India

According to Reuters: “Millions of Indian workers to strike on Tuesday  NEW DELHI – Millions of workers of all political hues will go on strike across India on Tuesday to express their anger at soaring prices and to back demands for improved rights for employees, trade unions and political activists said. The strike, which will…

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Middle India and Corruption

  Bollywood finds new muse in anti-graft protests Reuters report: “MUMBAI – A hapless bank clerk who makes an enemy of a local politician and has to bribe himself out of jail seems like an unlikely theme for Bollywood, known around the world for its dance numbers and family melodramas. Yet the industry is now…

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