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MITN brings together researchers and relevant non-academic stakeholders from around the world to produce collaborative and innovative research on a wide range of subjects. Within its fields of interest, it has established the following themed research clusters. If you are interested in participating in our research, either within a cluster or within our more general field of interests, please contact us via 

Identity and Workplace Communication

This cluster brings together researchers interested in multidisciplinary approaches to migration and labour. This includes historical as well as contemporary mass migrations, policy approaches to migration and access to work; linguistic studies of migrant integration; literary aspects of migrant discourse; and much more.

i-Mean panel

Translation and Mobility

This cluster explores the intersection between mobility and translation. In 2018, UNHCR reported that 70.8 million people around the world were currently counted as displaced due to wars, unrest, and persecution. This large-scale movement of people underscores the critical role of translation for both the displaced people and their places of destination. In this context, this cluster welcomes research in translation as a practice that is being shaped by the mobility of people. Examples of research topics may include translation and conflict, translation and migration, the translator in the service of power, re-creating the identities of cities and individuals through translation, the impact of mobility on current translation practices, and how translation technologies are changing the quality and quantity of translation to meet the needs of these moving populations.

Space, Place and the City

The aim of this cluster is to provide a motivating platform for MITN members to share ideas and experiences around themes such as place and non-place, translation, third space, migration and wandering, among others. We adopt a broad definition of 'space', and aim to investigate the impact of material and physical space on the co-construction of meaning.

Performing Narratives

This cluster adopts a broad understanding of the concepts of performance and narrative. It aims to incorporate theatre and performance studies; narrative and performative analysis through interviews, ethnography, literary or creative research methodologies; the location of narrative and performance in media, cultural, and institutional sites.

Conflicts and Modernity in Literature, Cinema and New Media

This cluster has not yet been active but we hope to encourage under this heading this year.

Literary Habitats

“Literary Habitats” is a joint research project of Monash and Warwick Universities. Its aim is to bring together established and young researchers working on a cluster of themes around the topic of literary habitats. The project aims to advance literary scholarship, creative writing, graduate training, and community engagement and will explore the following themes:

  • How literary sites are engaged in urban and non-urban contexts
  • Human habitats as sites of literary heritage
  • Global and transnational flows of literature across national borders including via literary festivals, such as;
    • Melbourne Writers’ Festival
    • Melbourne Emerging Writers’ Festival
    • Cheltenham Literary Festival
  • Communities of literary expression, like libraries, bookshops and book clubs
  • New technologies of communication and the digital book/storytelling culture

More details on the work carried out by this cluster are available on the project website, 'Literary Habitats'.

Global Objects of Trade and Travel

This cluster connected Monash researchers with the Warwick Global History and Culture Centre (GHCC), based in the Department of History at the University of Warwick. It supported research in a range of historical, historiographical, sociological, anthropological, and economic fields. The cluster was overseen by Professor Giorgio Riello (Warwick), co-director of GHCC, and Adam Clulow (Monash).

Translating Pain

This cluster connected with the interdisciplinary study of pain: ranging from practical approaches to pain assessment and management through to examinations of cultural expressions of pain and their impact.

Translating Pain: An International Forum on Language, Text and Suffering

10th-12th August 2015, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

The forum focused on the translation of pain across multiple historical and disciplinary perspectives. It was run by Monash and Warwick and the events sponsored by MITN, the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization (ACJC) and the Research Program in Global History.

The forum involved a series of keynote lectures and a small academic symposium, as well as incorporating the 2015 instalment of the annual Aftermath conference hosted by the ACJC, which took place on the 12th August. For more information, including details of the keynote speakers and questions addressed in the conference presentations, please visit the forum website.


Language, Translation and Migration (LTM) Public Summit, 26th May 2018


Multilingualism and Diversity Summer School, June 2019


Panel in Language, Translation and Migration Conference, May 2018. Organising committee (from left to right): Professor Loredana Polezzi, Professor Rita Wilson, Professor Jo Angouri