The Global Studies Migrations Initiative asks how different forms of movement, mobility, and displacement might be studied beyond categorical and national boundaries in ways that take account of the shifting terrains that constitute migrations.
Movements across national borders and forms of mobility and displacement that take place within those borders are typically either conceived as wholly distinct or indistinguishable. Either approach makes it difficult to think rigorously about the diverse and often interrelated processes that influence peoples’ movements and the ways in which they deal with the challenges posed by boundaries of all kinds (national but also class, racial, historical…) and by increasing forms of precariousness. Further, this focus on the people who move often neglects the communities into which they move, obscuring the complex social dynamics that result from their movements. Through this initiative, we hope to draw attention to less visible forms of movement and displacement, such as gentrification, incarceration, professional relocation, and long histories of dispossession and to relate them critically to cross-border migrations and displacements.
Tuesday, November 12 from 12-1:30 PM in Posvar Hall 4217 (Part of the Conversation on Europe Series)
With migration across the Mediterranean so much in the news the past few years, a broad pubic awareness of migration patterns and contemporary domestic and international politics has developed. But migration around the Mediterranean region did not begin in 2015. And this is not the first time one could speak of a “migration crisis.” In this session of Conversations on Europe, our panel of experts will take a long historical look back at migration patterns and trends within the region, from the Renaissance to the present day. Audience participation is encouraged. To participate remotely, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Felicita Tremontana, University of Warwick
Heath Cabot, University of Pittsburgh
Emanuel Rota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona
Martina Cvajner, University of Trento
The panel will be moderated by Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh