Public Forum: Home Lands, Arts Talks, March 2011

Constructing home and identity with young people from refugee backgrounds through media and technology.

Arts Talks 2011: presented by the Cultural Development Network and the City of Melbourne, supported by La Trobe University Refugee Research Centre, the Centre for Multicultural Youth and APC.AU

This forum addressed issues arising from young people’s use of technology in construction of identity and home in a new country. It asked the question, could re-settlement of young people from refugee backgrounds be more successful if identification and communication with home communities is maintained? And, how could technology assist with this?

Flyer / Program and speakers’ information

Prof. Sandy Gifford, La Trobe University Refugee Research Centre (listen to audio)

Dr. Raelene Wilding, La Trobe University Refugee Research Centre (listen to audio)

Dave Nguyen, Artist, Home Lands project (listen to audio)

Jen Hughes, Digital Artist and Documentary Maker, Friends of Suai, East Timor
– More about Jen’s work: article From Rocks to Social Networks

Shakthi Sivanathan, CuriousWorks, Sydney (listen to audio)
– More links from CuriousWorks:
CuriousWorks website
Videos: Urban Stories 201 | Mamu: A Director’s Vision

Other related resources:
Screen Stories and Community Connections report, VicHealth –
The civic and political significance of online participatory cultures among youth transitioning to adulthood, Jessica Timpany Feezell, Nam-Jin Lee, Joseph Kahne The MacArthur Network on Youth and Participatory Politics –
Youth Identity and Migration:  Culture, Values and Social Connectedness, Fethi Mansouri (2009), Common Grounds Publishers, Melbourne –

For more information on the Home Lands project