Thanks for a great start in 2014! Back in 2015 with more seminars and work!

Thanks to all our members and supporters for a fantastic start to our IRN in 2014. We’re taking a break for now over the summer as we prepare our publishing plans and start formulating the monthly seminar series for 2015, which will start around March or April.

In particular, we’d like to thank Swinburne’s Faculty Research Development Grant Scheme, which has helped us launch our work and bring together so many great people. The Department of Education and Social Sciences and the Swinburne Institute for Social Research have also provided much valued support to our activities. Without their support and encouragement, the IRN would not be as successful as it has been (and we’d be a hungier bunch of researchers!).

Special thanks are also in order for Helen Berents, who has done a spectacular job of managing and contributing to the IRN’s success. Thank you Helen!

Have a great break and see you next year!
Chris and Dean.


Research Workshop Program and Abstracts

Our Research Workshop this Wednesday (3 December) at Swinburne University in Melbourne, brings together established and early career academics across disciplines (and from all our research nodes) whose research explores the concept of ‘identity’ in many different ways.

The workshop includes presentations discussing current research understanding hearing voices as a dimension of ‘self’; explorations of national identity in Fiji; research that focuses on microbloggers’ construction and circulation of ‘social currency’ as business strategy; and detailed examination of interactions between Romanies, local institutions and others in Italy; amongst many other presentations. You can read all the fabulous abstracts here [pdf]: IRN Workshop Abstracts

The Workshop program is available here [pdf]: IRN Workshop Schedule
There is still space available if you’d like to come along on Wednesday. Please email to RSVP. We’d love to see you there!

If you can’t make it, we’ll be tweeting on the #IRN14 hashtag on twitter–feel free to follow along and contribute to the discussion online.