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SEMINAR: Anthropology and Sociology Seminar

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Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Between National Rootedness and Cosmopolitan Openness: Investigating the Politics of Belonging as an Overseas Filipino in Australia Other events...
Cosmopolitanism is generally understood as a moral ideal whereby the individual transcends particular solidarities to see themselves as belonging to humanity as a whole. This ideal is seen as increasingly relevant due to processes of globalisation. Social scientists have turned to the concept of cosmopolitanism to investigate how individuals see themselves as belonging to the world rather than to the nation-state. In spite of its growing popularity, social scientists have also criticised cosmopolitanism research for being Eurocentric, elitist, and for valuing individual freedom over collective solidarity, resulting in a poor understanding of how cosmopolitanism operates in practice. This research seeks to contribute to addressing these gaps by focusing on the lived experiences of Filipino migrants in Australia. More specifically, this presentation explores how one can be both open to the world and rooted within a particular ethnonational cultural location, by investigating three non-state structures established by Filipino migrants: Migrante WA (an activist organisation for Filipino labour migrants), Gawad Kalinga (a diasporic philanthropic organisation) and Iglesia ni Cristo (a Filipino Christian church). This research found that national rootedness and cosmopolitan openness are not mutually exclusive. In fact, for cosmopolitanism to take effect, shared ‘frameworks of meaning’ must be established. However, the case studies demonstrate that while particular domains of commonality were built between non-national others, such forms of openness were typically limited by anxieties, tensions and contradictions, resulting in the reinforcement rather than dissolution of boundaries. Through these findings, the research thereby illuminates the possibility of a pluralistic view of cosmopolitanism that recognises the significance of rootedness to belonging. Bio: Charmaine Lim is a final year PhD candidate in the Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology at The University of Western Australia. Charmaine graduated with First Class Honours from a Bachelor of Arts degree at Curtin University in 2013. She is currently researching the lived experiences of Filipino migrants in Australia. Through her voluntary engagement with Filipino migrant organisations, Charmaine is particularly interested in looking at the role that non-state structures play in societal and individual cohesion both locally and globally. Her research interests include identity, belonging, cosmopolitanism, community and migration.
Speaker(s) Charmaine LIM
Location Social Sciences Building Room 2204
Contact Dr Alka Sabharwal <alka.sabharwal@uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:30
End Fri, 07 Sep 2018 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <ss@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Mon, 03 Sep 2018 09:39
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