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Human Journeys in the Global Era

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

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ECU’s Human Journeys in the Global Era research program was launched in August 2018 with a series of national workshops across Australia, providing a multidisciplinary forum for research on the movement of people across borders in the era of globalisation and the preservation of cultural heritage and history of waves of past migration.

The series began at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, with further workshops held at the Australian National University in Canberra, and Edith Cowan University in Perth. The Human Journeys program is timely, given the impact of recent geopolitical events on forced and voluntary migration. Each workshop explored various angles of migration including themes such as multicultural societies, language transmission, immigration and emigration patterns, human rights, asylum seekers, data collection and mapping, environmental impacts and the myriad ways human journeys can be expressed via mediums such as art, literature and film. The workshops considered the impacts and challenges of this fluid movement of people on borders, physical and conceptual, and on cultural, personal, and national identities.

The program featured prominent international academics such as Prof. Jeffrey Schnapp and Prof. Maria Gough from Harvard University, Prof. Beate Neumeier from the University of Cologne, Prof. Alfred Hornung from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Drs. Marijke van Faassen, Rik Hoekstra and Nonja Peters from Huygens ING (Netherlands), as well as Australian academics from Western Sydney University, the Australian National University, University of Western Australia and Curtin University. This program of events was supported by the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (UA/DAAD), Australian National Maritime Museum, Edith Cowan University, and the ANU Centre for European Studies.

Outcomes of the Human Journeys program include planning a digital preservation framework that will assist researchers and museums in accessing and sharing migration records on a national and ultimately a global scale.

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