Dislocation in an age of connection – a panel discussion

Date: 24 May

How do new technologies and social media affect social integration? Associate Professor Jay Marlowe unpacks this question through his research on how refugees practise transnational family and friendship through digital media. Jay is joined by Associate Professor Luke Goode and recent Law alumna and solicitor, Rez Gardi.

Associate Professor Luke Goode teaches and researches in the Faculty of Arts, where his research looks at media technologies, and the opportunities and risks they open up for society and individuals.

Rez and her family fled their homeland to escape the persecution of Kurds and came to New Zealand from a refugee camp in Pakistan when Rez was 6. She was awarded the 2017 University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year in recognition of her services to human rights.

Moderated by Associate Professor of History and Dean of Graduate Studies, Caroline Daley.

Date: 24 May

Jay Marlowe is Associate Professor in the Department of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland.

A former visiting fellow with the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, UK, he has published more than 50 papers and is currently leading a Marsden project on how refugees practise transnational family and friendship through social media and what this means for people’s commitments to local places.  He has a book in press with Routledge entitled Belonging and Transnational Refugee Settlement.

Rez Gardi is New Zealand’s first Kurdish female lawyer. She is passionate about supporting young refugees and addressing the underrepresentation of refugee students in tertiary education. Born in a United Nations refugee camp in Pakistan, Rez’s family were forced to flee their homeland to escape the persecution of Kurds.

Rez has previously worked at the United Nations Office in Nairobi as a human rights intern. She also represented New Zealand at the Global Refugee Youth Consultations and annual UNHCR – NGO (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) consultation in Geneva last June, the Asia-Pacific Refugee Rights Conference in Bangkok last September, and the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges in Geneva in December.

Rez graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts and in February she was named University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year.

Luke Goode is Associate Professor of Media and Communication in the School of Social Sciences, specialising in new media technologies and digital politics.

Luke has published on various topics including online citizen journalism, democratic participation on YouTube, social media on the university campus, and the hacktivist collective Anonymous. His current work focuses on the future of communication technologies. Luke is co-director of the recently established Project for Media in the Public Interest.