So what? Lecture - Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald

When:30 Jul 2014, 6pm - 7:30pm
Venue:Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington (map ref G19)
Who:UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
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There's No Place Like Home: Child Migrants in World Cinema

In a world maimed by war, climate change, economic dysfunction and political failures, the flows of migration are as intense as they have ever been. Child migrants are central actors in this movement of people across borders and continents. As those in receiving countries such as Australia know well, however, the child migrant is not always kindly greeted on arrival.

As recently as November 2012, the current Minister for Immigration commented that 'It doesn't matter whether you're a child, ... it doesn't matter whether you're an unaccompanied minor, it doesn't matter whether you have a health condition, ... if you're fit enough to get on a boat, you're fit enough to ... end up in offshore processing'. Is this the only way to think about journeys, arrivals and settlement?

The lecture looks at how the child migrant has figured in world cinema since 1939, and argues that the child retains a special power in describing, performing and critiquing the great movements and translations that make the world global


Stephanie Hemelryk Donald is currently Future Fellow and Distinguished Professor, iCinema Research Centre at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. Since emigrating to Australia in 1997 she has been Professor of Chinese Media Studies at the University of Sydney, Foundation Dean of Media and Communication at RMIT, and Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. Her research covers film, the media, and children’s experiences in the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on visual culture. She is currently undertaking the ARC funded Future Fellowship ‘Migration and Mobility: the question of childhood in Chinese and European cinema since 1945'.

This lecture is the keynote for the ‘Symposium on Child, Nation and World Cinema’

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