One of my first memories of Sneja Gunew is running into her in one of the narrow corridors of what was then Deakin University’s School of Humanities in Geelong. It was the late 1980s, I was a newly minted PhD in my first, insecure, academic position and Sneja was a rising star whose work on multicultural literature and theory had caught the attention of the literary academy, earning her much admiration, along with a fair dose of hostility from the more conservative parts of the establishment. I had just that week received in my pigeon-hole – remember the time before email? – no fewer than three invitations to launches of her various publications. ‘Well, aren’t you being launched,’ I said, perhaps not without a hint of jealousy. ‘Yes, I’m just about to take off into the stratosphere,’ she quipped. And for a while, it seemed she was.