Cemore are happy to present our Visiting Researcher Earvin Charles Cabalquinto’s seminar titled
THE INFRASTRUCTURES OF AN [IM[MOBILE FAMILY LIFE
In his book entitled Mobilities, the late British Sociologist John Urry (2007) argued that technological advancements in transport and communication technologies have reconfigured social life in the twenty first century. In critically reflecting upon the intense and diverse movements of peoples, goods, services, finances, and digital information across vast distances, Urry (2007) presented the different and interconnected types of mobilities that shape a mobile life. Importantly, Urry (2007) problematised how corporeal and non-corporeal movements are performed unevenly as a result of an asymmetrical distribution of power and resources in a global society. In this presentation, I attempt to provide a vantage point in extending the mobilities lens (Urry, 2007) in the context of media and communications (Keightley & Reading, 2014) and in a transnational context. Specifically, I deploy the mobilities lens in unpacking the role of ubiquitous mobile devices and networked communications platforms in shaping the performance, embodiment, experience, and negotiation of transnational family life. Based on an ethnographic study of the ways which transnational families in Melbourne, Australia use digital communication technologies in sustaining a home from afar, I propose to theorise technologically mediated mobilities by paying attention to the material and social infrastructures that engender and undermine mobile and transnational communication. These infrastructures include socio-cultural, socio-economic, socio-political, and socio-technological dimensions. Ultimately, the presentation aims to shed light on the complexity and resource-driven transnational mobilities among geographically separated family members set against the backdrop of globalising economies and digital cultures. In summary, taking into account the pivotal role of interconnected infrastructures in shaping mediated movements, this paper unravels the dynamics, textures and tensions built on an [im]mobile domestic environments.
Keightley, E., & Reading, A. (2014). Mediated mobilities. Media, Culture & Society, 36(3), 285-301. doi:10.1177/0163443713517731
Urry, J. (2007). Mobilities. Cambridge, England: Polity
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Earvin Charles Cabalquinto
Dr Earvin Charles Cabalquinto is a Lecturer in Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. He is also a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. His works have been published in Mobile Media & Communication, Media Culture & Society, International Journal of Communication, and Information, Communication & Society. He is currently working on his book manuscript based on his PhD thesis. He is also working on two projects. The first project seeks to explore the role of digital media and networked platforms in mediating intimacy, subjectivity and transnational mobility among Filipino women who are in an interracial relationship. The second project examines the role of foreign careworkers in the care industry in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. His research interests include transnational communication, mediated intimacy, caregiving at a distance, mobile photography, and the politics of mediated mobilities.