On the importance of time in migration


When we think of migration we immediately think of space. But time plays a crucial role, too.

Just think of the temporal limitations of a visa, or of cross-border mobilities as part and parcel of someone’s professional and personal careers.

Jolynna Sinanan spoke to Shanthi Robertson about her new book “Temporality in Mobile Lives. Contemporary Asia–Australia Migration and Everyday Time”, about the intersection of temporality and movement, and about the development of Shanthi’s intellectual project.

Shanthi Robertson is  associate director at The Insight Centre, and a research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.

"Temporality in Mobile Lives. Contemporary Asia–Australia Migration and Everyday Time" was published with Bristol University Press in 2022.

It is available at https://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/temporality-in-mobile-lives and on project MUSE https://muse.jhu.edu/book/81128

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