Call for Papers: ‘Real and Digital Experiences: Latin American Migrants in Australia’ Symposium

‘Real and Digital Experiences: Latin American Migrants in Australia’ is a symposium hosted at RMIT University and supported by the Migration and Mobility Lab (Digital Ethnography Research Centre, DERC) and the School of Global, Urban and Social Sciences, RMIT.

The 2018 Latin American symposium will address cultural, social, gender, education and labour themes related to the contemporary flows of people from various Latin American countries (Mexico and the nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean) to Australia. It will investigate both the real and digital experiences of Latin American permanent and transient migrants as they negotiate everyday life in Australia. According to the most recent ABS census (2016), Australia has a population from Latin American countries of approximately 136,000 people. Latin American migration to Australia has taken place indifferent waves with different motivations.

The majority of Latin American migrants arrived in Australia between the 1970s and 1990s. This was the first significant wave of Latin Americans and who entered Australia for humanitarian, political and economic reasons. Some Latin Americans who entered Australia during this period came as part of family reunions. This wave of migrants were permanent settlers and who have in one way or another integrate in the Australian society.

Currently most Latin American immigrants who make up the second wave, are a mixture of permanent settlers and transient migrants. The outward bound Latin American movement of both skilled and unskilled labour and the growing number of international students from within and outside the region has become commonplace.

This migration and flows of mobility raise interesting questions as to how Latin Americans across both waves adapt, integrate or transit in a new and far away country other than their own? How are their identities, languages and cultures maintained or negotiated? How are their different race, gender and cultural identities shaped or constructed by Australian society? Finally, how do Latin American migrants confront racism?

Based on these questions, we invite abstracts from academic fields including sociology,sociolinguistics, migration and mobility studies, education, cultural studies, anthropology and communication to engage in themes that may include but are not restricted to:

• Labour Workers and Travel mobilities (Backpackers) and their negotiation of work and life in Australia

• International Students and their aspirations and mobilities

• Performance of nationality, gender, race and culture in real and digital worlds

• Integration and adaptation of Latin American permanent refugees and migrants

• Racism and Social relation within the host culture.

Selected abstracts will be invited to submitted full articles to be peer-reviewed to be published in Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration.

Cost: $25.00 (catering)


Abstracts of 200 words – 13 April 2018

Notification of acceptance of abstracts – 30 April 2018

Completed articles of 8000 words (including references) – 24 October 2018

Please send abstracts to Dr. Glenda Mejía at

Convenors:Dr. Glenda Mejía

Assoc. Professor Catherine Gomes (

The symposium will be held on 1st November 2018.

Stay posted to our research program page for more event information and a program.




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