Aotearoa Migration Research Network & Mobilities Network - Seminar Series 2020

Date Tuesday 5 May 2020
Time 11am - 12pm
Where Zoom:
Presenter Sarah Lipura, University of Auckland
Contact Shemana Cassim
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Mobilities in a state of pandemic and immobility: Reflections of an international student

Sarah Lipura is a PhD student in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland, researching on educational mobilities and migration. Her first interface with migration was through her kins and neighbors working abroad while her interest in mobilities was largely influenced by her own experience as former international student in South Korea. In 2017, she once again became an education migrant after relocating to Auckland with her family. In her presentation, she will share her reflections on how the mobility of disease has caused a state of immobility but is at the same time activating other forms of mobilities. Her reflection is derived from her transnational observations, as well as direct and mediated experiences, of the Philippines (her country of origin), South Korea (her subject of study) and New Zealand (her country of study and current residence). In developing this presentation, she attempts to make sense of and cope with the pandemic as a migrant. While her reflection is mostly personal, she hopes to contribute to current discussions and thinking around returning to or creating a new ‘normal’ and post-pandemic scenarios/implications for education migrants.

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