Professor Stephanie Donald: From Mao to Migration, or ‘Zigzag’ (Allowed in Scrabble as Zig and Zag)

This talk discusses the many aspects of an academic career spanning just over two decades and two continents (three if you count fieldwork). Distinguished Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald will speak frankly about working as a family breadwinner, an educator, and a researcher.


I will highlight my best decisions and hint at some of my less sensible choices. I will talk about the pull and push factors of change, the value and challenges of working in several institutions, and the alienations and freedoms related to migration and return.

Throughout the talk I will illustrate how research foci, family, and mobility have evolved in a pattern of mutual identification and influence. The lecture will be illustrated with research materials drawn from my research projects in China and Australia.

  • Tuesday 3rd December
  • Lecture 18:00
  • Wine Reception 19:00
  • Jackson Lecture Theatre MB2605

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald is Distinguished Professor (Film), She has previously worked as ARC Future Fellow ( UNSW ), Dean of Media and Communication (RMIT), and Professor of Chinese Media ( University of Sydney / UTS ).

Her recent book, There's No Place Like Home: The Migrant Child in World Cinema (2018) won a Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title.

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