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Jean-Pierre Digard, Leili S. Mohammadi and Gay Breyley


Chatty, Dawn and Finlayson, Bill (eds.) (2009), Dispossession and Displacement: Forced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, British Academy Occasional Paper No. 14), 298 pp.


Jalali, Babak (2009), Frontier Blues, Iran/U.K./Italy, 95 minutes.


‘Knowledge and Value in a Globalising World’, July 2011, IUAES/AAS/ASAANZ Joint Conference, University of Western Australia

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Penny Welch and Susan Wright

In this issue of Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, academics from Sweden, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom offer insights into a number of features of undergraduate study – independent study projects, the development of political attitudes, the graduate attributes agenda, general education courses in global studies and the attainment gap between students with different types of entry qualifications.

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Ravinder Sidhu

This article uses postcolonial scholarship to understand the knowledge and cultural politics that underpin Australian-provided transnational higher education (TNHE) programmes in Singapore and Malaysia. A case is made for TNHE practices to develop an 'engaged pedagogy' and 'ethics of care' as it relates to transnational students in postcolonial spaces. Through this, the article seeks to respond to broader criticisms directed at international education's limited engagement with equity and social justice.

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Sarah Pink and John Postill

When people move country, they experience new social, infrastructural, and ambient contingencies, which enables them to imagine otherwise unknowable possible futures ‘at home’. In this article, we mobilise a design anthropological approach to show how collaboration with temporary migrants can generate understandings that generate insights regarding future sustainable products in emerging economies. We draw on research with temporary Indonesian student migrants in Australia, which explored how they envisioned their possible domestic futures through their changing laundry practices.

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Jaap Bos, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Ad Borsboom, Andrew Richards and Stephen Nugent

Anthony Elliott, Social theory since Freud: Traversing social imaginaries

James M. Donovan and H. Edwin Anderson, Anthropology and law by Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

Silvie Poirier, A world of relationships: Itineraries, dreams, and events in the Australian Western desert

Robert M. Fishman, Democracy’s voices: Social ties and the quality of public life in Spain

George Mentore, Of passionate curves and desirable cadences: Themes on Waiwai social being Suzanne Oakdale, I foresee my life: The ritual performance of autobiography in an Amazonian community

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Tristan Josephson, Marcin B. Stanek, Tallie Ben Daniel, Jeremy Ash, Liz Millward, Caroline Luce, Regine Buschauer, Amanda K. Phillips and Javier Caletrío

Tracking the Mobility of Carceral Logics

Jennifer Turner and Kimberley Peters, eds., Carceral Mobilities: Interrogating Movement in Incarceration (New York: Routledge, 2017), 256 pp., 9 illustrations, $49.95 (paperback)

An Exciting Invitation to Rethink Knowledge Mobilities

Ludovic Tournès and Giles Scott-Smith, eds., Global Exchanges: Scholarships and Transnational Circulations in the Modern World (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018), 356 pp., 9 illustrations, $130 (hardback)

Theorizing Mobilities between Disability Studies and Palestine

Jasbir Puar, Th e Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017), 296 pp., $26.95 (paperback)

Beyond Borders: Mobility in Australia’s Northern Maritime Network

Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers, Th e Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2015), 227 pp., $28 (paperback)

Backpacking toward European Integration

Richard Ivan Jobs, Backpack Ambassadors: How Youth Travel Integrated Europe (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), 352 pp., 32 illustrations, $35 (paperback)

Recovering Mobility in American Jewish History

Shari Rabin, Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: New York University Press, 2017), 208 pp., $40 (hardback)

Which Mobilities? Critical Perspectives on Mobility, Norms, and Knowledge

Marcel Endres, Katharina Manderscheid, and Christophe Mincke, eds., Th e Mobilities Paradigm: Discourses and Ideologies (London: Routledge, 2016), 235 pp., £36.99 (paperback)

What Makes a Trail?

Robert Moor, On Trails: An Exploration (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016), 340 pp., $16 (paperback)

Airports: Cathedrals of Unsustainable Dreams?

Alain de Botton, A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary (London: Profi le Books, 2009), 112 pp., £8.99 (paperback)

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Stepping through the Silver Screen

Australian Women Encounter America, 1930s-1950s

Anne Rees

During the mid-twentieth century, Hollywood cinema exerted a powerful influence upon Australian imaginings of the United States. In contrast to the flood of information moving between the Antipodes and Britain, America was relatively unknown, with little aside from film reels making the journey across the Pacific. This article examines how saturation in Hollywood imagery mediated the travel experience of Australian women who stepped through the silver screen and visited America itself. The writings of female transpacific travelers are peppered with references to Hollywood, which is cited as a source of crude preconceptions about America, and also appears as a point of comparison to the author’s own experience. Yet these texts almost never refer to specific films or actors, and instead use Hollywood as a shorthand to denote glamour, affluence, and urban living. The article suggests, therefore, that travelers’ discussions of “Hollywood” were often concerned less with American film than American modernity, and therefore also provide insight into Australian attitudes towards the modern.

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“Figments of My Foreign Imagination“

Peter Carey's Sydney and Tokyo

David Huddart

This article discusses Peter Carey's 30 Days in Sydney and Wrong about Japan, focusing particularly on the latter's reflections on reading and misreading cultures, images, and environment. Despite the fact that Australia is apparently “self“ and Japan “other,“ Carey's engagements with the two cultures, in the metonymic form of Sydney and Tokyo, are structured in comparable ways. Focusing on traces of the past in Japan's present, Wrong about Japan also reveals intergenerational tensions within the traveling culture. Similarly, Carey's reading of Australia brings out the ways that avoidance of the past risks undermining the contemporary culture's global and hybrid vitality. The engagement with the past in Sydney and Tokyo is concerned with recasting culture for the future, in order to break with repeated forms based on cultural amnesia. The difference between the books is in the identification with the culture under consideration, with Japan apparently functioning as a backdrop to questions of identity. However, Carey addresses questions of historical memory in Japan as in Australia, and his distance from both enables this parallel engagement.

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“Turban-clad” British Subjects

Tracking the Circuits of Mobility, Visibility, and Sexuality in Settler Nation-Making

Nadia Rhook

The late nineteenth century saw a wave of Indian migrants arrive in Victoria, many of whom took up the occupation of hawking. These often-described “turban-clad hawkers” regularly became visible to settlers as they moved through public space en route to the properties of their rural customers. This article explores how the turban became a symbol of the masculine threat Indians posed to the settler order of late nineteenth-century Victoria, Australia. This symbolism was tied up with the two-fold terrestrial and oceanic mobility of 'turban-clad' men; mobilities that took on particular meanings in a settler-colonial context where sedentarism was privileged over movement, and in a decade when legislators in Victoria and across the Australian colonies were working out ways to exclude Indian British subjects from the imagined Australian nation. I argue that European settlers' anxieties about the movements of Indian British subjects over sea and over land became metonymically conflated in ways that expressed and informed the late nineteenth-century project to create a settled and purely white nation. These findings have repercussions for understandings of the contemporaneous emergence of nationalisms in other British settler colonies.

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The Master of the Sentences

Style and Peter Porter

Peter Steele

'The activity of reading, for Peter, is the battleground of virtue and vice.' Such a view of things may seem archaic indeed in times both as poetically sportive and as programmatically sceptical as our own; but I take it that the notion that reading may be an act of engagement still retains some currency. And although it is a long way from twelfth-century France to twenty-first-century England or Australia, it is not hard to see an investment in such engagement in Peter Porter's poetry – as indeed in his prose, and in his conversation; after all, the twinning of urbanity with militancy is not without precedent.