Dr Anh Nguyen Austen
Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences
Areas of expertise: refugee history; migration; education; modern slavery; digital life histories
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
I have a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and PhD in History from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining ACU as Associate Research Fellow in January 2020, I worked with native title land rights in Victoria, legal aid in Boston, and HIV/AIDS research in Nigeria.
My research interests include the use of oral history for capacity building community-based histories about refugee children, elders, and stateless populations. I am keenly interested in the use of social media for historical research, and storytelling for individual and community advocacy. My interdisciplinary projects involve live storytelling and game design to teach about migrant histories and modern slavery to cultivate historical empathy.
- Nguyen, Anh. ‘Photo Essay: “Vietnamese Here Contemporary Art and Reflections” Art Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia, May 2017,’ in Migration, Mobilities, and Displacement: Multimedia, Mobility and the Digital Southeast Asian Family’s Polymedia Experiences, Vol 4 No 1 (Spring 2019), DOI: https://doi.org/10.18357/mmd41201918976.
- “Refugees, Museums and the Digital Diaspora,” Melbourne Museum Public Lectures, live stream, 18 June 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItKr1KwG53o.
- “Celebrate International Migrants Day,” Melbourne Immigration Museum, December 18, 2019.” https://twitter.com/immigration_mv/status/1207126093074964480.
- “Reunion,” short film animation about Vietnamese refugees in diaspora reconnecting with each other on Facebook. Collaborative project with School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and Victorian College of the Arts faculty of animation, film, fine arts and music, University of Melbourne. https://vimeopro.com/user24819781/shaps-pilot-project/video/306949296, February, 2018.