Speakers of GHI
GHI has the pleasure of hosting speakers from a broad spectrum. The speakers, with their diverse and significant experiences, come from different backgrounds and countries, carrying a dept of knowledge with them.
Katarzyna Andrejuk is a Sociologist and a lawyer. She is also the Associate Professor at the Research Team of European Studies. Her PhD dissertation examined educational migrations from Poland to the United Kingdom after 2004. Currently, her main research projects focus on intra-European mobility (including migration to Poland) and the activity of migrants on the labor market, especially self-employment and ethnic entrepreneurship.
Maruja M.B. Asis is Director of Research and Publications at the Scalabrini Migration Center and co-editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. Dr. Asis has a background in Sociology (BA, 1979) and Demography (MA, 1984) from the University of the Philippines. She holds a PhD in sociology (1989), with specialization in population studies and social change from Bowling Green State University.
The Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC) was established in the Philippines in 1987. It is a research organization dedicated to the study of international migration and the promotion of understanding the multi-faceted dimensions of migration in the Asia-Pacific region. The centre aims to inform migration and public policies and to foster solidarity with migrants and stakeholders, with the end goal of promoting the rights and dignity of migrants and building inclusive societies.
Manuela Bojadžijev is Vice-Director of the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at Humboldt-University Berlin, and Professor for Globalized Cultures, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg. At Leuphana Universität she coordinates the studies of »Migration in globaler Perspektive« (Migration in Global Perspective) and leads the DAAD-funded project »Between Logistics and Migration: Duisburg and the New Silk Road« (2017-2018), the DFG-funded research »Digitalisierung der Arbeit. Konfigurationen realer und virtueller Migration« (Digitalization of Work. Configurations of real and virtual migration) (2018-2021), and “NIGHT SPACES: MIGRATION, CULTURE AND INTEGRATION IN EUROPE.”
Seung-Wook Baek published many books in Korea including Chinese Workers and Chinese Labour Politics, Lectures on Capitalist History, China on the boundary of Globalization and Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Aporia of Politics[also translated in Chinese].
He tries to interpret contemporary history from world-systems approaches and translated main books on world-system analysis into
Korean including Giovanni Arrighi’s The Long Twenties Century, Immanual Wallerstein’s The End of the World As We Know It and Beverly Silver’s Forces of Labour.
He was former visiting research associate at Fernand Braudel center for the study of Economies, Historical System and Civilization of Binghamton University, former visiting senior research fellow at the Center for Global Political Economy of Sussex University and former editor of New Left Review Korean Edition. He is now doing research on the Chinese Labour dispatch system, Global Economic Crisis and ‘the Social’ in Marx Idea
Alain Brossat is an Emeritus Professor at the department of philosophy of Paris 8 University as well as a Professor at National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan. He is also a member of an international research network in Social Sciences, called Diagonal, developing different activities like notably, summer universities. His research focuses on eurocentrism, hegemony, the construction of narratives, decoloniality, the crisis of the West. He is the author of over 20 books.
Casado, Juan Alberto Ruiz
Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, NCTU
Juan Casado is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University. His research interests include populism, nationalism, discourse theory, independence movements, and social media and politics.
Chowdhury, Arnab Roy
School of Sociology, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.
Arnab Roy Chowdhury is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sociology at the Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow. Prior to this he taught in the public policy group of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) in India. He has received his PhD in Sociology from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2014. His research interests cover –forced migration and refugee studies, social movement studies, natural resource extraction and labour, state-society relations, and postcolonial studies.
My research interests focus on transnational labour migration. How did the different labour recruitment policies, including broker system and state to state policy, influence the labour recruiting process, and the socially exclusion/ inclusion of migrant workers? Comparing the formation of different migratory models provides fruitful insight into future labour migration. Would also inquire into the problems resulted by labour recruiting policy in Taiwan, which include migrants’ children, undocumented migrant workers, and also domestic workers. At last, through the connection of academics and NGOs, introducing disturbances and making changes.
Yuan-Horng Chu is a professor and the former direct (2004-2008) of the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He served as former president of the Cultural Studies Association in Taiwan, 2003-2004. In 2005 he founded an international Chinese journal, Router: a Journal of Cultural Studies and remains the editor in chief. His research areas include History of Social Thoughts, Social Theory, and Urban Ethnography. His publications include In Different World We Live: Sociological Notes on Framing, and Thomas Kuhn: a Critical Reader (co-edited with D. Fu).
Allen Chun is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. His research interests include socio-cultural theory, (trans) national identity, and (post)colonial formations. Most of his work has dealt with Chinese-speaking societies, contemporary and late traditional. In addition to a monograph, Unstructuring Chinese Society: The Fictions of Colonial Practice and the Changing Realities of “Land” in the New Territories of Hong Kong (2000), he edited a special double issue of Cultural Studies (vol. 14, nos. 3–4), “(Post)Colonialism and Its Discontents”; a special issue of Social Analysis (vol. 46, no. 2), “Global Dissonances”; and co-edited a book, Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos and Aesthetic Industries (2004). His major articles have appeared in diverse journals, including Toung Pao, Late Imperial China, History and Anthropology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Historical Sociology, Current Anthropology, Theory Culture & Society, boundary 2, Communal/Plural, Cultural Anthropology, Postcolonial Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Critique of Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, and positions.
Migrante International, Philippines
Joanna Concepcion is the chairperson of Migrante International based in the Philippines. Concepcion has been active in local and international grassroots movements to advance the rights of migrant and immigrant workers and advocate for human rights, genuine development, justice and peace in the Philippines and abroad. She previously served as the Executive director of Filipino Migrant Center in the US, where low-income Filipino Families are provided resources and support in their pursuit of rights and justice to uplift their families and communities.
Dorota Hall, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist and sociologist, an associate professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and the president of the International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association (ISORECEA). At the beginning of 2000s, she dealt with new spiritualties, and in 2007 published a book, “New Age in Poland: The local dimension of the global phenomenon” (in Polish). Afterward, she moved to studies of religion and sexualities, and in 2016 published a book, “Searching for a Place: LGBT Christians in Poland” (in Polish). She has published papers in academic journals, e.g., Social Compass, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, European Societies. Apart from that, she takes part in various expert networks: in 2009–2012, she was a member of the Network of Socio-economic Experts in the Anti-discrimination Field (SEN) established by the European Commission, and since 2011, she has been the Polish expert on field research within the FRANET network established by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.
Dr. Por Heong Hong is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor(Research & Innovation) Office at the Institute of Research Management and Services. Her area of expertise is History of Health, History of Medicine, Body Politics, Politics of Memory.
John Hutnyk is currently Associate Professor in Sociology at Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam. In 2016 he was a Government of India GAIN scholar at Jadavpur University. Before that he was Visiting Professor at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. In 2015 he was in InterCultural Studies at Nagoya City University Japan, and since 2014 was Visiting Researcher at RMIT University in Australia, and also in 2014 at Mimar Sinan University in Turkey. He has held visiting scholar posts in Germany at the South Asia Institute and Institute fur Ethnologie at Heidelberg University, and Visiting Professor posts at Zeppelin University and Hamburg University, Germany. For fourteen years he was at Goldsmiths University of London in Anthropology and since 2008 as Professor of Cultural Studies. Hutnyk is the author of The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representation (1996), Critique of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry (2000); Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies (2004); Pantomime Terror: Music and Politics (2014); and co-authored with Virinder Kalra and Raminder Kaur: Diaspora and Hybridity (2005).
Rusaslina Idrus complete her PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, Cambridge. Her research focuses on Social Anthropology (Gender, Political Ecology, Legal Anthropology, Indigenous peoples, Orang Asli, Women in history, Subaltern studies)
Kabar Bumi (the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers Families), Indonesia
Karsiwen is the founder and Chairperson for Kabar Bumi (the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers Families). She had worked in Hong Kong for over ten years, served as the Vice Chair of ATKI-HK (the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong), and later served as the coordinator for ATKI-Indonesia. As an organizer for over twenty years she has worked with migrant workers abroad as well as returnee migrant workers and their families through legal workshops and leadership training for migrant worker rights and anti-trafficking.
Migrant Working Group, Thailand
Adisorn Kerdmongkol is founder and coordinator of Migrant Working Group, a consortium of migrant worker organizations that work in legal reform, labor organizing and migrant radio, community based and civil society organizations advocating for migrant worker rights through research, policy advocacy, and organizing for self-empowerment. Having over thirty years experience, he has worked with a network of advocates to change Thailand’s migrant worker policy towards inclusion, justice, and health access.
Magdalena Kmak is the team leader of EuroStorie’s subproject 3, Migration and the narratives of Europe as an “Area of freedom, security and justice”. She is an associate professor in Minority Studies at Åbo Akademi University and a university researcher at the University of Helsinki. Magdalena’s background lies in law and her interests encompass new minorities, exile studies and history of migration, public international law, human rights and international and European refugee and migration law – in particular, with the focus of the conceptualization of undocumented migrants as the new European minority and on the epistemological role of exile for a law.
Le Thi MAI is the Head of Sociology in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Her research focus is on Globalization, Migration, Social Integration; Social Mobility, Social Structure; Social Impacts of Economic Development; Work and Occupations, Labor Relationship; Export Processing Zones.
Director, International Center for Cultural Studies.
Director, International Graduate Institute for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.
Joyce C.H. Liu is Professor of Critical Theory, Comparative Literature, Visual Studies and Cultural Studies in the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. It is the program that she founded in 2002, the first graduate program of cultural studies in Taiwan, an inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary postgraduate program that addresses contemporary critical issues. She is currently the director of the cross-universities research centre, International Center for Cultural Studies of the University System of Taiwan, a network system connecting four distinguished research-oriented universities in Taiwan, together with an international graduate program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies supported by these four universities. Starting from 2018, her centre has launched a 5-year project: “Conflict, Justice, Decolonization: Critical Studies of Inter-Asian Societies,” involving 5 sub-projects and 21 researchers from the network the University System of Taiwan.
Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS). She is currently Assistant Dean (FASS Research Division) and she chairs the faculty-level FASS Migration Cluster. Her research addresses how citizenship is changing as a result of multi-directional migration flows in the Asia-Pacific. She is author of Citizens in Motion: Emigration, Immigration and Re-migration Across China’s Borders (2019, Stanford University Press), which received the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) “Best Book in Global and Transnational Sociology by an International Scholar” award in 2019. The monograph conceptualizes the spatial complexity and temporal co-evalness of migration, and further advances theorization of co-ethnic and inter-ethnic relations.
Elaine has published widely on diaspora engagement and is now extending her research to two new domains: (1) transnational ageing and care in the Asia-Pacific, and (2) internal displacement at the China-Myanmar border, focusing on border im/mobilities, diaspora action and transnational aid. She is Editor of Social and Cultural Geography; Section Editor of the 2nd edition of the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography; and serves on the editorial boards of Citizenship Studies; Emotion, Space and Society; and Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. She was appointed Dean’s Chair at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) in 2019.
Sandro Mezzadra works as an Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna, where he teaches postcolonial studies and contemporary political theory. He has published widely on the areas of migration, postcolonial theory, contemporary capitalism, Italian operaismo and autonomist Marxism. He recently completed a book with Brett Neilson, Border as Method, or, The Multiplication of Labour (2013, Duke University Press). His writings have been translated into ten languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, Finnish, Greek, Slovenian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.
Agnieszka Mikulska-Jolles received her MA degree in ethnology and cultural anthropology from the Warsaw University works as Head of the Integration and Minority Rights Programme at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. She is a researcher and author of publications concerning the issue of racism, discrimination and minority rights, including reports and expertise for international organizations and institutions. She was the manager of the Polish Nation Focal in the Raxen Network established by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia/EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. She served as an expert in the Network of socio-economic experts in the field of anti-discrimination providing analyses of the country situation and national policies for the European Commission.
Sudarat Musikawong is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand. Her research interests include Migrant Labor Rights, Immigration and Migration; Qualitative Methods, Ethnographic Action Research Methods, Comparative Historical Methods, Urban Studies, Contemporary Southeast Asian Studies, Applied Learning in Media Production; Social Inequality & Stratification; Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality; Third World Feminisms; Introduction to Sociology; Contemporary Theory
Professor Brett Neilson’s research and writing aim to provide alternative ways of conceiving globalisation, with particular emphasis upon its social and cultural dimensions. Drawing on cultural and social theory as well as on empirical studies, his work has derived original and provocative means for rethinking the significance of globalisation for a wide range of contemporary problems and predicaments, including the proliferation of borders, the ascendancy of financial markets, the pressures of population ageing, the governance of logistical chains, and the role of digital infrastructures. His writings have been translated into sixteen languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Slovenian, Turkish, Arabic, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
He is currently working on the ARC Discovery Project, ‘Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory‘ (opens in new window). Previously, he has led the ARC Discovery Projects ‘Logistics as Global Governance: Infrastructure, Software and Labour along the New Silk Road‘ (opens in new window) and ‘Culture in Transition: Creative Labour and Social Mobilities in the Asian Century‘ (opens in new window).
Pun Ngai received her PhD from University of London, SOAS in 1998. She is the winner of 2006 C. Wright Mills Award for her book, “Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace” (Duke University Press, 2005). Made in China is widely used as required reading in major universities in America, Europe and Asia. Together with Dying for Apple: Foxconn and Chinese Workers (co-authored with Jenny Chan and Mark Selden, 2016), these two texts have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Chinese. Two of her Chinese books were also awarded Hong Kong Book Prize 2007 and 2011 as the top ten popular books, widely read in Hong Kong and Mainland China. She published extensively and cross-disciplinary in journals in the areas of sociology, anthropology, labour Studies, China Studies and Cultural Studies. Her articles appeared in Current Sociology, Global Labor Studies, Work, Employment and Society, The China Quarterly, Modern China, and The China Journal, Positions, Public Culture and Cultural Anthropology.
Associate Professor Xoan Nguyen is Dean of the Faculty of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Adelaide, Australia in 2008 with the thesis titled “Migration of Youth to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Determinants of Mobility and Adjustment Experiences” and she got Bachelor and Master of Sociology at Sophia University, Bulgaria (1986-1992). In 2016, the Vietnam National University in HCMC (VNU-HCM) rewarded her with Associate Professor Tittle. Her academic interest is migration and health care. Since finishing her Ph.D in Adelaide, South Australia in 2008, she came back Vietnam and worked as lecturer at VNU-HCM. During the time working at this university, she has taken part in quite a few number of studies and community-based action projects in a variety of topics such as poverty, urbanization, health care and climate change. She also transfers her research outcomes through participating in different internal and international conferences.
Shanthi Robertson is an Associate Professor at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and an ICS School-based Member and Institute Fellow. Shanthi was awarded her PhD in International Studies from RMIT University in 2009.
She worked as a lecturer in Global Studies and researcher at the Globalism Research Centre at RMIT University until she joined the Institute in 2013. Her research interests are broadly around the social and cultural consequences of globalisation, with a specific focus on transnational migration, citizenship, multiculturalism and urban social change within the Asia-Pacific region. Shanthi is currently working on an ARC DECRA project on temporality, mobility and Asian temporary migration to Australia.
Dr. Ranabir Samaddar is the Director of the Calcutta Research Group and belongs to the school of critical thinking. He has pioneered along with other peace studies programmes in South Asia. He has worked extensively on issues of justice and rights in the context of conflicts in South Asia. The much-acclaimed The Politics of Dialogue (Ashgate, 2004) was the culmination of his work on justice, rights, and peace. His particular researches have been on migration and refugee studies, the theory and practices of dialogue, nationalism and post-colonial statehood in South Asia, and new regimes of technological restructuring and labour control. He authored a three-volume study of Indian nationalism, (Whose Asia Is It Anyway – nation and The Region in South Asia, 1996, The Marginal Nation – Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal, 1999, and A Biography of the Indian Nation, 1947-1997, 2001). His recent political writings published in the form of a 2 volume account, The Materiality of Politics (Anthem Press, 2007), and the just-published The Emergence of the Political Subject (Sage, 2009) have challenged some of the prevailing accounts of the birth of nationalism and the nation-state, and have signaled a new turn in critical post-colonial thinking.
Rosalia Maria Emanuele Sciortino is an Associate Professor at Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand. Her research focus is on gender, social health, migration and regional integration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and ASEAN.
Kwang-Yeong Shin is a Professor of sociology at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea. He is also joint professorships in the Department of German and European Studies and Cultural Studies. His research interests include the impact of the transformation of the labor market and population on social inequality, historical social democracy in Scandinavia, and neoliberal turns and the rise of the precariat in East Asia. His recent book is Social Inequality in South Korea. His recent publications have appeared in Korean Journal of Sociology, Third World Quarterly and American Behavioral Scientist. He is currently one of the co-editors of the Asian Journal of German and European Studies and editorial board members of three journals- Social Forces, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Globalizations.
Rafal Smoczynski is an Associate Professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences. His research focus is on social control, migration, sociology of religion, social theory, and sociology of markets.
My research focuses primarily on 19th and 20th-century art and visual culture in Southeast Asia – although the region that I study is framed along two temporally and spatially expansive and overlapping corridors – the Indian Ocean and the Third World. I graduated with a BA (first-class honours) in art history from the University of Melbourne. I also have a second major in English Literature and read a lot of anthropology.
I then received my PhD from the University of Sydney under an Australian Postgraduate Award fellowship (thank you Australia Government!), where I wrote a dissertation on the spatio-visual practices of postwar left-leaning art movements in Singapore/Malaya, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines from the 1950s – 1970s under three awesome supervisors – Adrian Vickers, John Clark and Stephen Whiteman. Over and beyond research, each of them taught me many life-skills to find a home for myself in the otherwise cutthroat world of academia.
I characterise my research very broadly as social art history, which reflects an interest in approaching ‘art history from below’. I also have a broader interest in Asian modernities as a discursive method and in the broader field of art historiography (e.g. how is history being written? By whom and by what means?).
Principally, topics related to how social energies are expressed through visual forms interest me. I do have a strong interest in examining art or cultural phenomenon through understanding them as intersections of history, memory, and mythology. Then, there’s also side interest of mine in modern architecture. Much more than critical thinking, I value imaginative scholarships on art and cultural histories that change our understanding of ourselves, the world and our relationships with one another.
Malini Sur is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society and teaches anthropology at Western Sydney University. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2012). Her research addresses three lines of inquiry – agrarian borders, urban space and environment. She has conducted fieldwork in Bangladesh and India, and with South Asian asylum seekers in Belgium.
Malini’s publications have appeared in academic journals like Comparative Studies in Society and History, HAU, Mobilities, and The Economic and Political Weekly. She has co-edited a collection of essays entitled Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities: Ethnographies of Human Mobility in Asia (Amsterdam University Press, 2012). Her public writing has appeared in Himal, The Telegraph and Scroll. Photographs from Malini’s fieldwork on South Asia’s borders have been exhibited in Amsterdam, Berlin, Bonn, Chiang Mai, Gottingen, Heidelberg, Kathmandu and Munich. Her first documentary film Life Cycle, about the politics of cycling in the city of Kolkata, has been screened at the City-Mojo Film Festival (Perth 2017); the Australian Anthropological Society (Sydney 2016); The 4th Peoples Film Festival (Kolkata 2016), the Centre for Studies in the Social Sciences Calcutta (Kolkata 2016) and The Substation (Singapore 2016). This documentary is based on nine months of fieldwork with cyclists, vendors and environmentalists and has been gleaned from over 100 hours of footage. It is a product of her ongoing dialogues with urban cyclists, NGOs, environmental activists, citizen’s associations, and market committees in India.
Malini regularly walks along the Parramatta River. Aspiring graduate students in anthropology and sociology who would like to join for a river walk talk may write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wahyu Susilo has been involved in various programmes related to Migrant Workers Protection for
almost ten years. He is also active as a member of task force or working group to provide support
to the government on policy development for issues related to human trafficking and migrant worker.
He holds a bachelor degree on Historical Science and, currently is continuing his study as
postgraduate student in Political Science Faculty in University of Indonesia
Suchada Thaweesit is Dean of Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand. Her research focuses on Women Studies, Gender Studies, Reproductive Health, Sexuality Education, HIV/AIDS, Medical Anthropology, Migration, Social Justice, Youth and Aging People as well as Family Issues.
Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, NCTU.
Lawrence Zi-Qiao Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University. Previously a Hou Research Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, Yang received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley with Designated Emphases in Film & Media Studies and Critical Theory. His research focuses on propaganda media industries and aesthetics in modern and contemporary China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. His broader research interests cover war and militarism in cultural representations, theories of materialism, and the intersecting industrial-technological histories of cinema, architecture, and urban infrastructure. At NCTU, he is developing a new project on China’s Belt and Road Initiative propaganda and its influences on the film/media production of South East Asia after the 2010s. Yang’s research has been sponsored by the Fulbright Program, Mellon Foundation, and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. He was the editor of Room One Thousand, an interdisciplinary architectural journal of Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and served as the Director of the North American Taiwan Studies Association. He has published research articles on Symploke, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and Chung Wai Literary Quarterly, and is currently completing a book manuscript titled “Speculative Statecraft: Logistical Media and the Culture of Chinese Cold War”.
Chiu Yu-fan is an Assistant Professor at School of Law, National Chiao-Tung University. Her research focus is on labour law, gender and law, employee and labour relations.