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ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar Public Lecture by Prof Loretta Baldassar

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STIAS in collaboration with Stellenbosch University and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is pleased to host a public lecture by ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar 2023/2024, Professor Loretta Baldassar on Monday, 25 March 2024 on the topic:

Transnational Family Care: from social death to digital kinning over a century of Australian migration

Prof Loretta Baldassar is Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellow, and Director of the Social Ageing (SAGE) Futures Lab at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Baldassar was recently named Australian Research Field Leader in Migration Studies and in Ethnic and Cultural Studies. She is lead Chief Investigator on a Medical Research Future Fund Dementia and Migrant Communities project; social support stream lead on the National Frailty Kit project, and co-Chief Investigator of the Youth Mobilities project. Her work is widely acknowledged as foundational to the field of Transnational Family Studies, including Transnational Families in Africa (with Marchetti-Mercer & Swartz, 2023). Her research team is leading innovation in social care across the life-course, contributing social science perspectives and methodologies to the creative and caring professions. Her career has been devoted to better understanding the impact of migration on families and communities, with a focus on the role of social support networks, intergenerational relations, and the social uses of new technologies.

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More about ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholars
The Academy annually invites one or more distinguished scholars from abroad to present lectures at various higher education institutions around the country. The scholars are internationally prominent academics who are inspirational speakers and usually with an ability to bridge the divides between disciplines. The purpose of the Distinguished Visiting Scholars’ Programme is to fulfil one of the Academy’s strategic goals, viz. the promotion of innovation and scholarly activity. Through interaction with distinguished individual scholars from around the world, ASSAf aims to enrich and stimulate research endeavours at South African higher education and research institutions. In 2023 ASSAf and STIAS agreed to jointly host an annual DVS lecture in collaboration with the scholar’s host university in South Africa.

Date and time

Monday, 25 March 2024

17:00 – 19:00​

All times are in SAST (UTC+2)


STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre

STIAS, Marais Road, Mostertsdrift

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