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Loretta Baldassar

Prof Loretta Baldassar

Anthropology and Sociology

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Anthropology and Sociology
The University of Western Australia (M257)
35 Stirling Highway
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Room 2.26, Social Sciences Building, Perth campus
BSc PhD W.Aust.
Loretta Baldassar is Professor in the Discipline Group of Anthropology and Sociology at UWA and an Adjunct Principal Research Fellow at Monash University. Her research and teaching areas include migration, transnational families and Australian society. Loretta initiated migration studies in Anthropology when she became a staff member in 1995. Since then she has contributed to the development of this research and teaching into a core area of expertise at UWA through several initiatives. These include co-founding the Mobilities and Belonging MoB Network and the WA Migration Research Network (MRN), the Transnationalism, Racism and Citizenship Studies (TRACS) Fledgling Centre and the Migration and Diversity Studies Discipline group as well as the funding and appointment of a Cassamarca Lectureship in Italian migration studies, an ARC Linkage Postdoctoral Fellowship on Italian migration in WA and an EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship on Transnational Families. Loretta has supervised a steady stream of postgraduate research students working on migration related topics. She has been first-named Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Transnational Families project and an ARC Linkage Italian Lives in WA project and co-Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage Australian Diasporas Project and NH&MRC Vietnamese Mental Health project as well as several smaller grants.
Key research
Loretta has published extensively on transnational migrants, families and caregiving including, Transnational Families, Migration and the Circulation of Care (with Merla, Routledge 2014; Families Caring Across Borders (with Baldock & Wilding, Palgrave 2007), Intimacy and Italian Migration (with Gabaccia, Fordham Uni Press 2011) as well as many book chapters and journal articles (including in International Migration; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Family Studies; Intercultural Studies; Identities; Modern Italy; Australian Sociology; Mediterranean Studies; ANZJ Psychiatry). Loretta is a leading scholar on Italian migration to Australia and her publications include Visits Home (MUP 2001), which won the 2001 Victorian Premier’s Community Relations Award and From Paesani to Global Italians (with Pesman, UWAP 2005) which was short-listed for the NSWs Premier’s History Prize. Loretta served a term as Director at the Monash University Centre in Italy (2009-2011) where she began research projects on second generation migrants in Italy and student study abroad. Her current publications projects include Refugee Protection and the Role of Law (Routledge, forthcoming 2014) and Chinese in Europe (Palgrave, forthcoming 2014) as well as a special issue on migration and emotions in the Journal Emotion, Space and Society (with Paolo Boccagni) and a special issue on Migration and ICTs in the Journal Global Networks (with Mihaela Nedelcu, Raelene Wilding and Laura Merla).
My current research project is called, Ageing and New Media: A New Analysis of Older Australians’ Support Networks in collaboration with Raelene Wilding (Sociology, Social Inquiry, La Trobe University). This three-year project (2016-2018) is funded by the Australian Research Council and examines how support networks for older people are affected by their mobility and the dispersal of their family, friends and care services. Our aim is to highlight the current and potential role that new media might play in fostering local, distant and virtual support networks of older Australians. This will help to update both aged care policy and service delivery. The research uses participant observation and ethnographic life history interviews to compare experiences of diverse older migrants and non-migrants in both urban and regional locations, at home and in institutional care.
Our aims include:
1.Examine the impact of mobility and migration on the dispersal of older people’s support networks;
2.Evaluate the current and potential role of new media in fostering new and existing networks; and
3.Extend theoretical, policy and practice understandings of healthy ‘ageing in place’ by introducing what we call a ‘mobilities and new media’ perspective.
Access to social networks and a capacity to belong and engage with other people is now understood as a significant indicator of healthy ageing. Importantly, the increasing uptake of new communication technologies means that social activities, social interactions and a sense of belonging are no longer limited to local, proximate networks and communities. What remains unknown, and will be addressed by this project, is the role of distant and virtual support networks in the lives of older Australians, and the potential and actual role of new media in older people’s experiences and uses of effective support networks.

2015 Baldassar, L, Johanson, G., McAuliffe, N., Bressan, M. (eds) Chinese Migration to Europe: Prato, Italy, and beyond. Palgrave Macmillan.

2014 Kneebone, S., Stevens, D., & Baldassar, L. (eds) Conflicting Identities: Refugee Protection and the Role of Law. Routledge.

2014 Baldassar, L & Merla, L. (eds) Transnational Families, Migration and the Circulation of Care: understanding mobility and absence in family life. (Routledge Transnationalism Series).

2011 Baldassar, L & Gabaccia, D. (eds) Intimacy and Italian Migration Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile World, New York: Fordham University Press.

2007 Baldassar, L., Baldock, C., & Wilding, R. Families Caring Across Borders: Migration, Aging and Transnational Caregiving. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

2005 Baldassar, L. & Pesman, R. From Paesani to Global Italians: Veneto Migrants in Australia. Crawley, University of Western Australia Press. [Italian translation published (2004) I Veneti in Australia: sfide di storia contemporanea. Padua: ANEA].

2001 Baldassar, L. Visits Home: migration experiences between Italy and Australia. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Journal Special Issue, guest editor:

2015 (forthcoming) Baldassar, L., Nedelcu, M., Merla, L., & Wilding, R. (eds) Special Issue on Migration and ICTs: ‘being together’ and ‘co-presence’ in transnational family life, Journal Global Networks.

2015 (forthcoming) Baldassar, L., & Boccagni, P. (eds) Special Journal Issue, Migration and Emotions, Journal of Emotion, Space and Society.

2010 Merla, L. & Baldassar, L. Special issue of the Journal Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques: ‘Transnational care dynamics: between emotions and rationality’/‘Les dynamiques de soin transnationales : entre émotions et considérations économiques’. Vol XLI, No. 1. Available online at

2007 Skrbis, Z., Baldassar, L., & Poynting, S. ‘Social sciences and the question of generations’ in Negotiating Belonging: Migration and Generations, Special Issue of Journal of Intercultural Studies. 28(3): 261-269.

2007 Harney, N & Baldassar, L. ‘Tracking Transnationalism: migrancy and its futures’, Special Issue of Journal of Migration Studies, 33(2): 189-198.

2006 Harney, N & Baldassar, L. ‘Italian Diasporas Share the Neighbourhood’, Special Issue of Journal of Modern Italy, 11(1).

1999 Baldassar, L. National and Cultural Identities, Special Issue of The Australian Journal of Social Issues, 34(4):291-299.

Journal Articles:
2014 (in press) Raffaetà, R., Baldassar, L., & Harris, A. Chinese Immigrant Youth Identities and Belonging in Prato, Italy: Exploring the Intersections between Migration and Youth Studies. Identities Journal.

2014 (in press) Baldassar, L ‘Too sick to move: distant ‘crisis’ care in transnational families’, International Review of Sociology.

2014 (in press) Baldassar, L. ‘Guilty feelings and the guilt trip: Emotions and motivation in migration and transnational caregiving’ Journal of Emotions, Space and Society.

2013 Baldassar, L & Pyke, J ‘The Role of Intra-Diaspora Knowledge Transfer and ‘New’ Italian Migration, International Migration Journal, pp1-16. doi: 10.1111/imig.12135

2012 Ben Mosche, D., Pyke, J. & Baldassar, L. ‘Diasporas in Australia: Current and Potential Linkages with the Homeland. Citizenship and Globalisation Research Paper Series Vol. 3, No. 4.

2011 Baldassar, L. ‘Second-generation ‘migrants’ and their relationship to Italy: return visits, transnational care-giving and identities’ submitted by invitation to Russell King and Anastasia Christou (eds) ‘Of home, belonging and return: transnational links of the Mediterranean-origin second generation’, Special Issue of Journal of Mediterranean Studies.

2010 Baldassar, L. ‘Ce «sentiment de culbabilitè » : Réflexion sur la relation entre émotions et motivation dans les migrations et le soin transnational’ in Merla, L. & Baldassar, L. Special issue of the Journal Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques: ‘Transnational care dynamics: between emotions and rationality’. Vol XLI, No. 1., pp15-37.

2009 Baldassar, L. ‘ethics and history’ in Clement, C. (Ed.) Ethics and the Practice of History, Studies in Western Australian History, no. 26.

2009 Wilding, R. & Baldassar, L. 'Transnational family-work balance", Journal of Family Studies Special Issue 30-08.

2008 Baldassar, L. ‘Missing Kin and Longing to be Together: Emotions and the Construction of Co-presence in Transnational Relationships’, in Svašek , M. (eds) Transnational Families and Emotions, Special Issue, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 29(3):247-266.

2007 Baldassar, L. ‘L’aide transnationale au sein des familles d’immigrés qualifiés établisen Australie: une comparaison entre les immigrés italiens et les réfugiés afghans’ in J. Le Gall and J.F. Saucier (eds) Special Issue, Familles immigrantes récentes et relations intergénérationnelles, Revue Enfances, Familles, Generations, 6:1-13.

2007 Lange, C., Kamalkhani, Z. & Baldassar, L. ‘Afghan Hazara Refugees in Australia: Constructing Australian Citizens’, Social Identities, 13(1):31-50.

2007 Baldassar, L. 'Transnational Families and aged care: the mobility of care and the migrancy of ageing', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 33 (2):275-297.

2007 Baldassar, L. ‘Transnational Families and the Provision of Moral and Emotional Support: The Relationship between Truth and Distance’ Identities 14(4): 385-409.

2006 Baldassar, L. ‘Migration monuments in Italy and Australia: contesting histories and transforming identities’ Journal of Modern Italy. 11(1):43-62 [also published in French in Les Petites Italies dans le Monde, (eds.) (2007) Blanc-Chaleard, M., Vial, E., & Deschamps, B. Ouvrage codirigé par Antonio Bechelloni et Michel Dreyfus - collection: Histoire]

2002 McKelvery, R.S., David L Sang, Loretta B Baldassar, Lisa Davies, Neil Cutler. “The prevalence rate of psychiatric disorders among Vietnamese children and adolescents” The Medical Journal of Australia, 177(8):413-417.

2001 Baldassar, L. ‘Tornare al Paese: territorio e identità nel processo migratorio’Altre Italie 23:1-11.

1999 Baldassar, L. ‘The Road Home’ Meanjin Wide Open Road 3:42-59

1999 Baldassar, L. "Marias and Marriage - Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality among Italo-Australian Youth in Perth" The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology, 35 (1): 359-380.

1999 McKelvey, R., Webb, J., Baldassar, L., & Robinson, S. Sex Knowledge and Sexual Attitudes among Medical and Nursing Students in Western Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 33: 260-266.

1999 McKelvey, R., Baldassar, L., & Sang, D., & Roberts, L. "Vietnamese parental perceptions of child and adolescent mental illness. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38(10): 1302-1309.

1999 Baldassar, L. “The Future of Italian Studies in Australia – The Cassamarca Challenge” Convivio: Journal of Italian Studies. 5(1): 34-39.

1998 Baldassar, L. & Tan, J. "Italian health care needs". Culture and Health Care File. 3rd edition. Multicultural Access: Health Department of Western Australia.

1997 Baldassar, L. "Home and Away: migration, the return visit and 'transnational' identity" In Ang, I. and Symonds, M. (eds) Special Edition: Home, Displacement, Belonging. Communal Plural: Journal of Transnational & Crosscultural Studies. 5:69-94.

1996 Baldassar, L. "Cambodian Migrants in Western Australia". Culture and Health Care File. 2nd edition. Multicultural Access: Health Department of Western Australia.

1995 Baldassar, L. 'Migration as transnational interaction: Italy revisited', Convivio: journal of ideas in Italian Studies, 1(2)114-126.

Book Chapters:

2014 (in press) Baldassar, L., Kilkey, M., Merla, L. & Wilding, R. Chapter 8 ‘Transnational Families’, in the Revised Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families.

2014 Baldassar, L, & Merla, L. 'Transnational Family Caregiving through the Lens of Circulation' in Baldassar, L, & Merla, L (eds) Transnational Families, Migration and the Circulation of Care: Understanding mobility and absence in family life. Routledge Transnationalism Series.

2014 Baldassar, L., & Merla, L 'Locating transnational care circulation in migration and family studies' in Baldassar, L, & Merla, L (eds) Transnational Families, Migration and the Circulation of Care: Understanding mobility and absence in family life. Routledge Transnationalism Series.

2014 Baldassar, L., & Wilding, R. 'Middle-Class Transnational Caregiving: The Circulation of
Care Between Family and Extended Kin Networks in the Global North' in Baldassar, L, & Merla, L (eds) Transnational Families, Migration and the Circulation of Care: Understanding mobility and absence in family life. Routledge Transnationalism Series.

2012 Baldassar, L. ‘Un ricco intreccio di storie per il tessuto social del future: la prossima generazione di pratesi’ (Rich yarns for the social fabric of the future: next generation Pratesi) in Seconda Generazione: Racconti. Bologna: Piano B edizioni.

2011 Merla, L. & Baldassar, L. ‘Transnational caregiving between Australia, Italy and El Salvador: the impact of institutions on the capability to care at a distance’. In E. Addis, P. de Villota, F. Degavre & J. Eriksen (Eds). Gender and wellbeing: the role of institutions, Ashgate, London.

2011 Baldassar, L. ‘Second Generation Incorporation and Inclusion in Australia’ in John Higley and John Nieuwenhuysen (eds) Immigration in Harder Times: the United States and Australia, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

2011 Baldassar, L. ‘Obligation to People and Place: The National in Cultures of Caregiving’ in Baldassar, L & Gabaccia, D. (eds) Intimacy and Italian Migration Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile World, New York: Fordham University Press.

2009 Baldassar, L. ‘Ritorni e Visits Home: La Circolarità dello Spazio Migratorio’ in Corti P. & Sanfilippo M. (eds) Storia d’Itali. Migrazione. Annali 24. Torino: Giulio Einuardi, pp467-484.

2008 Baldassar, L. ‘Debating Culture Across Distance: Transnational Families and the Obligation to Care’ in Grillo, R. (eds) The Family in Question: Immigrant and Ethnic Minorities in Multicultural Europe. Amsterdam University Press, pp269-291.

2008 Baldassar, L. ‘Italian Australians in Italy’, in Kent, B., Pesman, R., & Troup, C. (eds.) Australians in Italy: Contemporary Lives and Impressions. Monash Uni ePress, pp25.1-25.10. [Reprinted 2011]

2007 Baldassar, L., Wilding, R. & Baldock, C. 'Long-distance care-giving, transnational families and the provision of aged care', in I. Paoletti (Ed.) Family Caregiving for Older Disabled People: Relational and Institutional Issues, Nova Science, New York, Chapter 10, pp201-228.

2005 Cabassi, J., & Baldassr, L. “Dal’amata montagna to the Garden of Eden” in J. Blagg (Ed.) The Child is Wise: An anthology of childhood writing. Fremantle Arts Press, pp15-68.

2004 Baldassar, L. ‘Italians in Western Australia: from dirty ding to multicultural mate’ In Wilding, R. & Tilbury, F., (eds) A Changing People: Diverse Contributions to the State of Western Australia. OMI, Perth, pp 266-283.

2004 Appleyard, R., & Baldassar, L. ‘Introduction’ in In Wilding, R. & Tilbury, F., (eds) A Changing People: Diverse Contributions to the State of Western Australia. OMI, Perth, pp 8-32

2000 Baldassar, L. ‘Gender, ethnicity and transnational citizenship: Italian-Australian experiences’ In Lange, C. (ed.) Being Australian Women: Belonging, Citizenship and Identity. Studies in West Australian History. University of Western Australia, 21:13-31.

2000 Baldassar, L. & Baldock, C. (2000) "Linking Migration and Family Studies: Transnational Migrants and the Care of Ageing Parents", In Agozino, B. (eds.) Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Migration Research. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, pp 61-89.

1998 Baldassar, L. "The Return Visit as Pilgrimage: Secular Redemption and Cultural Renewal in the Migration Process" in Richards, E. & Templeton, J. (eds) The Australian Immigrant In The Twentieth Century: Searching Neglected Sources. Division of Historical Studies and Centre for Immigration and Multicultural Studies, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, pp 127-56.

1998 Baldassar ,L. ‘I Veneti nel Western Australia’. In Segarfredo, L. (ed) 1998 Veneti in Australia: Attualità, associazionismo, personalità. Regione del Veneto: Archivio di Documentazione e Ricerca sull’ Emigrazione Veneta, pp100-105.

1997 Baldassar, L. 'Migration as Transnational Interaction - Italy Re-Visited' in Peter Mewett (ed.) Diasporas, Reading in Section 6, A. Bruenjes, 'New Faces, New Places: Italian Migrants in Australia', Geelong: Deakin University Press.

1992 Baldassar, L. "Italo-Australian Youth in Perth - Space speaks and Clothes communicate" in Bosworth, R. & Ugolini, R. (eds.) War, Internment and Mass Migration - The Italo-Australian Experience 1940-1990. Rome: Gruppo Editoriale Internazionale, pp207-224.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Editorial Board Member, Regional Editor for Australasia, Journal of Global Networks

Scientific Committee Member, Migrazioni

Board Member, Research Committee 31, Sociology of Migration, International Sociological Association.

Editorial Board Member, The Australian Journal of Sociology.

Editorial Board Member Anthropological Forum.

2009-2011, Director, Monash University Prato Centre.

2007–2009 co-convener Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Thematic Group of the The Australian Sociological Association.

2005–2009 Chair, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies.

2007– Chair, UWA Press Board.
Future research
My main area of research is in migration studies, particularly Italian migration to Australia. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in the Northern Italian region of the Veneto, in Sicily, in Tuscany and in Perth and far north Queensland. Key themes in my research are the phenomenon of the return visit in the migration process and the relationship between place and identity.

I also conduct research on so-called 'second generation' migrants in Australia and consider issues of intergenerational conflict and the transmission of culture. Recently, I have begun to research and write about second generation Chinese migrants in Prato, Italy.

In 2000 I began an ARC funded project together with Professor Cora Baldock (Sociology, Murdoch University) and Dr Raelene Wilding (La Trobe) that examines the impact of transnational migration on care-giving relations between adult children and their parents. The specific question addressed in the study is the extent to which transnational migrants are able to give care and support to their geographically distant parents as they age. The study examines humanitarian, family reunion and business migrants and draws case study examples from migrants and their families in Singapore, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand and refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families in Iran.

In 2004 I led an ARC Linkage Project, Vite Italiane, which examined the history of Italian migration to Western Australia and resulted in the development of an Italian migration archive at the Battye Library as well as a website:

In 2008 I joined an interdisciplinary research team to examine the ‘Australian Diaspora’ on an ARC Linkage Grant, with a particular focus on Italy-Australia relations, including the recent ‘new immigration’ and 457 working-holiday visa-entrants of young Italian professionals to Australia. This research built on my previous work on transnational family relationships, with a particular focus on the role of ICTs.
I am also part of a WUN University and White Rose Collaboration Network with Sheffield and York Universities to examine Migration and Economic Crisis: Responses of Brits at home and abroad, with a particular interest in British migration to Australia.
I am currently conducting a research project called Intercultural Learning at Home (ILH), which is about promoting internationalisation on campus.
Funding received

2008–2011, Australia Research Council Linkage Grant, Australian diasporas and brain gain: exploring current and potential transnational linkages. A/Prof DL Ben-Moshe; Prof GJ Hugo; A/Prof LV Baldassar; Dr TA Joiner; Dr S Francis; Mr O Andreevski.

2004–2009, Australia Research Council Linkage Grant, Baldassar, L., Harney, N., Bosworth, R., Iuliano, S,. and Delroy, A. Italians in Western Australia: A cultural history and archive of migrants and migration.

2000–2005, Australia Research Council Discovery, UWA Grant, Baldassar, L. & Baldock, C. Transnational Care-giving: Cross cultural aged care practices between Australian immigrants and their parents living abroad.

1996, Commonwealth Dept of Human Services and Health, Prof R McKelvey, Dr D. Sang, & Dr L Baldassar, The Mental health service needs of Vietnamese children and adolescents.

2003–2004, Office of Multicultural Interests, Migration Research Network (WA), Becoming Australians: Contributions and challenges of Western Australia's migrant heritage.

2000–2002, Veneto Regional Government, Italy, Baldassar, L. & Pesman, R. The contribution of Veneto migrants to post-war Australia.


2013-14 Annual Alumni Fund UWA ‘Intercultural Learning at Home: promoting internationalization on campus’.

2013-14 Research Collaboration Award ‘Mobilities and Belongings: Sustaining Families and Communities in transnational Settings’ University of Sheffield (WUN); York University (WUN); Zhejiang University (WUN); Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; Zadar University, Croatia; Trento University, Italy; Curtin; Monash; La Trobe Uni.

2011 DVC Global Engagement Project Grant, Monash Prato Study Abroad Research Project.

2010 Leverhulme Trust International Network, Destination Italy, Bonsaver (Italian Studies at Oxford University), Lombardi (CUNY, NY), Baldassar (ACIS and Monash University Prato Centre), Lombardo (COSPE, Florence), Gnisci (La Sapienza University, Roma), Hamouda (University of Elwan, Cairo).

2009 Monash-Warwick Strategic Funding Initiative for Joint Research and Education Programmes, Refugees, Protection, Identity, and the Refugee Convention – 60 Years On, Kneebone, Stevens, Baldassar, Farmer, O’Sullivan, Stewart.

2009 Monash-Warwick Strategic Funding Initiative for Joint Research and Education Programmes, Mobility, social inclusion and transnational identities: social realities and representations in Italy and beyond, Wilson, Polezzi, Baldassar and Burns.

2009, DVC Global Engagement Project Grant, Social Inclusion Audit, Prato.

2005, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia Workshop Grant Second-Generation Migrants: Contesting Definitions and Realities, UQ, Skrbis & Baldassar, 1-2 December.

2000–2001, Office of Citizenship and Multicultural Interests (2000-1) Baldassar, L. & Peters, N. The Citizens' Guide to the History of Cultural Diversity and Settlement in Western Australia: A Sense of Belonging. Including in-kind support from the Northam Army Camp Heritage Association (Inc.) and the Centre for Anthropological Research at the University of Western Australia.
International Sociological Association (ISA), ISA Board Member, Research Committee 31 Migration.
Australian Sociological Association.
Anthropological Association of WA.
Honours and awards
2015 Faculty Teaching Awards, Project that Enhances Learning Award.

2013 Nomination for Excellence in Supervision Award, UWA.

2007 Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Award, UWA.

2006 Shortlisted for NSW Regional and Community History Award for Baldassar & Pesman, From Paesani to Global Italians, UWA Press.

2005 National Italian Australian Women’s Association, Community Service Award.

2002 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Baldassar, L. Visits Home: Migration Experiences Between Italy and Australia, Melbourne Uni Press.
Previous positions
Director, Monash Univeristy Prato Centre 2009-2011
Teaching in units on migration, refugees, Australian society and social inequality. Research interests include migration studies, ethnicity, second generation migrant identities, diaspora studies, Australian settler societies, multiculturalism, citizenship, Italy/the anthropology of Mediterranean societies, cross-cultural health care.


- 2013 Keynote ‘Mobilities as a new paradigm for understanding family life: issues and challenges’ Family Life in the Age of Migration and Mobility: Theory, Policy and Practice. Convenors: Prof. Helma Lutz, Dr Majella Kilkey & Dr Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck, 16-20 September 2013 Norrköping, Sweden
- 2013 Invited Paper ‘British Migration to Australia’, Migration and Economic Crisis: Responses of Brits at home and abroad, WUN University and White Rose Collaboration Networks, Sheffield University, September 2013.
1. 2013 Invited Paper, ‘Second Generation in Prato and Perth: the politics of recognising difference’, Migration and Multiculturalism: Lessons from Europe and Australia Conference ANU Centre for European Studies (ANUCES), Friday 8 March, 2013 Conveners: Jacqueline Lo and Stefan Markowski
2. 2012 Invited Paper, Second generation Chinese in Italy, 3rd Wenzhouese Diaspora Workshop, University of Wenzhou, 17-18 October, Wenzhou, China.
3. 2012 Keynote, European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop, Rethinking Older Age: Transnational Migration, Home and Cultures of Care, Standing Committee for Social Sciences, Department of Social Research and Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki. Co-sponsored by Academy of Finland Project ‘The Shaping of Occupational Subjectivities of Migrant Care Workers: A Multi-Sited Analysis of Glocalising Elderly Care’, August 23-34, Helsinki
4. 2012 Invited Paper, Law in the Everyday Lives of Transnational Families, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, May 24-25, Onati, Spain.
5. 2011, Keynote, International Workshop: The Everyday Life of Multi-Local Families Concepts, Methods and the Example of Post-Separation Families, German Youth Institute/ Deutsches Jugendinstitut, Munich, 20th-21st October, Germany.
6. 2011, Keynote, Università degli Studi di Cassino, Dipartimento di Filologia e Storia Convegno: L’emigrazione italiana in 150 anni di storia unitaria (titolo provvisorio), 13-14 October, Cassino, Italy.
7. 2011, Keynote, (Re-)Imagining ‘Return Migration’: Language, concepts and contexts, Sponsored by the Population Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG. 1st CFP RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 31 August – 2 September, London.
8. 2010, Keynote, ‘Transnational families, care-giving and the intergenerational contract’ International seminar, Transnationalism from below: Migrant families and intergenerational, ICS, University of Lisbon, 13th October, Portugal.
9. 2010, Keynote, ‘Transnationalism and the Second Generation’, Diasporic and Transnational Youth Identities Seminar Series, University of Nottingham, 24 September, UK.
10. 2010, Keynote, ‘Transnational Families and the Future of Transnational Care’, Changing Families in a Changing World, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, John Macintyre Centre, University of Edinburgh, June 16-18, Scotland.
11. 2010, Lectio Magistralis, ‘Transnational Families:Definizioni e metodolgie’, Scuola Estiva di Sociologia delle Migrazioni, Genova, June 14 – 18, Italy.
12. 2010, Invited Paper, ‘Transnational Families and Care-Giving: six Study Areas’, 1st International Symposium on Wenzhouese Diasporas and the 3rd Chinese in Prato Workshop –“Diasporas Workshop: Setting a Research Agenda” Wenzhou University, 7 – 11 April, China.
13. 2009, Invited Paper, ‘Longing for kin and country: family, nostalgia and nation through the practices and processes of long distance caregiving’, Love and its Histories: Italian Perspectives, Symposium Department of History, University of Otago and The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies, University of Otago’s Auckland Centre, February 17th, New Zealand.
Current external positions
Board Member, Research Committee 31 - Migration, International Sociological Association.
Chair, Cassamarca Lectureships Committee

Useful links
In 2004 Loretta Baldassar led an ARC Linkage Project, Vite Italiane, which examined the history of Italian migration to Western Australia and resulted in the development of an Italian migration archive at the Battye Library as well as a website with useful relevant resources:

Loretta has served a terms as Chair of The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS)and is the Chair of the Lectureships Committee;

Loretta Baldassar is also ocassional Chair and Co-founder of the W.A. Migration Research Network: of which the website provides user-friendly access to the migration research database.
New and noteworthy
Cassamarca Australia Project – one of the largest philanthropic gifts to the Humanities in Australia. Since 2000, the Cassamarca Foundation in Treviso, Italy, has invested more than $28.5 million to fund Italian Studies lectureships at nine Australian Universities.

The Cassamarca Foundation in Treviso, Italy is a private Foundation that funds cultural initiatives in Italian research worldwide. Loretta Baldassar first met the president of the Foundation, Avvocato Dino De Poli, while doing field research in Treviso for her doctoral thesis in 1990. Both Loretta’s research focus on Italian migration and her ethnic background as a second generation Italian migrant meant that she was well placed to advise Avvocato De Poli about the state of Italian Studies in Australia. The Cassmarca Australia Project developed to become one of the largest philanthropic gifts to the Humanities in Australian universities. It includes 13 full-time lectureships, annual student travel bursaries to study in Italy and funding to support the Australasian Centre for Italian studies including biennial conferences. The lectureships alone represent an increase by about 20% of academic staff in Italian studies Australia wide. UWA is the financial and legal administrative body for the Cassamarca lectureships. This position not only brings investment dollars into the university but also provides it with an opportunity to play an important role in serving Italian Studies and the Italian community throughout Australia. Departments at UWA successfully applied for three Cassamarca lectureships. One of these is a language and literature position in the Italian program, one is a joint department of History and Anthropology appointment in Italian migration studies, the only position of its kind in Australia and the third is an Associate Professorship in Classics. The other Australian universities with Cassamarca Lectureships include Swinburne University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, the University of the Sunshine Coast, Flinders University, Monash University, Griffith University, and the University of South Australia.

Current projects
Current in-progress research and publication projects include
1. Baldassar, L., Bressan, M., Johanson, G & McAuliffe, N. (eds) Chinese in Prato (edited volume in progress) Palgrave.
2. Baldassar, L. & Kee, P. (eds) (in progress, 2013) China in the World: migration, settlement, diaspora formation and transnational linkages. McGill Queens Press.
3. Baldassar, L. & Boccagni, P (Special Journal Issue) Emotions, Place and Society Journal (forthcoming 2014)
4. Baldassar, Nedelcu, Merla and Wilding (eds) ‘Migration and ICTs: ‘being together’ and ‘co-presence’ in transnational family life’, Special Issue, Global Networks Journal (forthcoming 2015)
5. Baldassar, L, Johanson, G, McAuliffe, N., & Raffaeta, R. (eds) Second generation Chinese in Prato (special issue of a journal in progress)
6. Ben-Moshe, D., Hugo, G., Baldassar, L. & Pyke, J. Australian Diasporas: Current and Potential Transnational Linkages (book in progress)
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