A workshop series curated by the Immigration Museum and The University of Melbourne.


Our understanding around the role of migrant communities is changing. While post-war migration has reached the fourth generation - one with increasingly tenuous ties with older organisations - new migrants do not necessarily refer to nationality-based networks.

Growing cultural mobility is resulting in fluid identities and intersectional belongings including gender, taste, subcultures and political/social groups; they are multi-directional, non-homogenous, transnational and translinguistic. As these communities grow, there is an increasing issue with trust and perception of the 'other'.

Academia, museums and art have the power to influence public opinion, and the responsibility to do so ethically, in relation to the perception of the 'other'. By hosting a workshop series exploring these themes, the Immigration Museum and The University of Melbourne aim to share best practice amongst artists and practitioners around these issues, and offer a set of guidelines for future projects within transcultural Melbourne. The workshops will also explore the impact of contemporary migration on Indigenous communities.

The findings from these conversations will be made available accessible to all involved in the galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAM) sector as well as education and academic areas.

Key outcomes

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Immigration Museum logo
  • To bring the themes of transnationality and intersectionality to the forefront of the public debate and put forward complex, fluid, open ideas of belonging for public discussion
  • Offer public value through interdisciplinary dialogue and sharing of best practices
  • Increase public awareness around the complexity of shared discourses around identities, and challenge the current stereotypes around closed communities, national or regional identities
  • To inform grassroots community projects and practices within the sector with the findings of the discussions
  • To take the University directly to the institution and the sector, creating engaged research synergies as a sustained new working practice, beyond the timeframe of the project

Key outputs

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The University of Melbourne logo
  • Workshops: four research-led conversations will provide the material for guidelines to be discussed with 50 invited guest participants from GLAM and academic sectors. More information...
  • Special issue of academic journal: dissemination of findings in the academic field, and consolidation of the track record of the group
  • Guidelines/Report: a planning tool targeted at curators, community activists and artists
  • Podcast: either invitation to external established podcasts or creation of a series to be released specifically around the growth of the project
  • ARC-Linkage application: to support further research; the Immigration Museum rebranding process; a major exhibition as part of the rebranding; the establishment of Workshop Series as an ongoing feature
  • Presentations: Chief Investigator and Principle Investigators will join community stakeholders to present the guidelines in schools, community galleries, activist initiatives