Mobilities and Methods

Mobilities and Methods


A podcast presented by the "Mobilities and Methods" program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Andrew Brandel, "Moving Words: Literature, Memory, and Migration in Berlin" (U Toronto Press, 2023)

November 19, 2023

Moving Words

Andrew Brandel
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In the decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Berlin has re-emerged as a global city in large part thanks to its reputation as a literary city – a…

Katherine Jensen, "The Color of Asylum: The Racial Politics of Safe Haven in Brazil" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

October 18, 2023

The Color of Asylum

Katherine Jensen
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In 2013, as Syrians desperate to escape a brutal war fled the country, Brazil took the remarkable step of instituting an open-door policy for all Syri…

Rhoda Kanaaneh, "The Right Kind of Suffering: Gender, Sexuality, and Arab Asylum Seekers in America" (U Texas Press, 2023)

October 10, 2023

The Right Kind of Suffering

Rhoda Kanaaneh
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From the overloaded courts with their constantly changing dates and appointments to the need to prove oneself the “right" kind of asylum seeker, the a…

Gilberto Rosas, "Unsettling: The El Paso Massacre, Resurgent White Nationalism, and the US-Mexico Border" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023)

September 12, 2023


Gilberto Rosas
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On August 3, 2019, a far-right extremist committed a deadly mass shooting at a major shopping center in El Paso, Texas, a city on the border of the Un…

Allan Punzalan Isaac, "Filipino Time: Affective Worlds and Contracted Labor" (Fordham UP, 2021)

September 3, 2023

Filipino Time

Allan Punzalan Isaac
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From spectacular deaths in a drag musical to competing futures in a call center, Filipino Time: Affective Worlds and Contracted Labor (Fordham UP, 202…

Juliana Hu Pegues, "Space-Time Colonialism: Alaska's Indigenous and Asian Entanglements" (UNC Press, 2021)

August 25, 2023

Space-Time Colonialism

Juliana Hu Pegues
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As the enduring "last frontier," Alaska proves an indispensable context for examining the form and function of American colonialism, particularly in t…

Jessica P. Cerdeña, "Pressing Onward: The Imperative Resilience of Latina Migrant Mothers" (U California Press, 2023)

July 10, 2023

Pressing Onward

Jessica P. Cerdeña
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Pressing Onward: The Imperative Resilience of Latina Migrant Mothers (U California Press, 2023) centers the stories of mothers who migrated from Latin…

Apostolos Andrikopoulos, "Argonauts of West Africa: Unauthorized Migration and Kinship Dynamics in a Changing Europe" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

July 5, 2023

Argonauts of West Africa

Apostolos Andrikopoulos
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In rapidly changing and highly precarious contexts, unauthorized African migrants turn to kinship in search of security, stability, and predictability…

Osman Balkan, "Dying Abroad: The Political Afterlives of Migration in Europe" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 10, 2023

Dying Abroad

Osman Balkan
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On any given day, the remains of countless deceased migrants are shipped around the world to be buried in ancestral soils. Others are laid to rest in …

Colin Hoag, "The Fluvial Imagination: On Lesotho’s Water-Export Economy" (U California Press, 2022)

May 10, 2023

The Fluvial Imagination

Colin Hoag
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Landlocked and surrounded by South Africa on all sides, the mountain kingdom of Lesotho became the world's first "water-exporting country" when it sig…

Nicole Constable, "Passport Entanglements: Protection, Care, and Precarious Migrations" (U California Press, 2022)

April 23, 2023

Passport Entanglements

Nicole Constable
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Passport Entanglements: Protection, Care, and Precarious Migrations (U California Press, 2022) examines the problems with documents issued to Indonesi…

Amahl Bishara, "Crossing a Line: Laws, Violence, and Roadblocks to Palestinian Political Expression" (Stanford UP, 2022)

April 9, 2023

Crossing a Line

Amahl Bishara
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Palestinians living on different sides of the Green Line make up approximately one-fifth of Israeli citizens and about four-fifths of the population o…

Iván Sandoval-Cervantes, "Oaxaca in Motion: An Ethnography of Internal, Transnational, and Return Migration" (U Texas Press, 2022)

December 10, 2022

Oaxaca in Motion

Iván Sandoval-Cervantes
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Migration is typically seen as a transnational phenomenon, but it happens within borders, too. Oaxaca in Motion: An Ethnography of Internal, Transnati…

Brahma Prakash, "Cultural Labour: Conceptualizing the 'Folk Performance' in India" (Oxford UP, 2019)

August 26, 2022

Cultural Labour

Brahma Prakash
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Folk performances reflect the life-worlds of a vast section of subaltern communities in India. What is the philosophy that drives these performances, …

Minh-Ha T. Pham, "Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Social Media's Influence on Fashion, Ethics, and Property" (Duke UP, 2022)

August 10, 2022

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Minh-Ha T. Pham
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In 2016, social media users in Thailand called out the Paris-based luxury fashion house Balenciaga for copying the popular Thai “rainbow bag,” using B…

Ghassan Hage, "The Diasporic Condition: Ethnographic Explorations of the Lebanese in the World" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

July 29, 2022

The Diasporic Condition

Ghassan Hage
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Bridging the gap between migration studies and the anthropological tradition, Ghassan Hage illustrates that transnationality and its attendant cultura…

Othon Alexandrakis, "Radical Resilience: Athenian Topographies of Precarity and Possibility" (Cornell UP, 2022)

July 26, 2022

Radical Resilience

Othon Alexandrakis
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Radical Resilience: Athenian Topographies of Precarity and Possibility (Cornell UP, 2022) relates narratives of Athenians struggling to survive the im…

Eray Çayli, "Victims of Commemoration: The Architecture and Violence of Confronting the Past in Turkey" (Syracuse UP, 2021)

July 15, 2022

Victims of Commemoration

Eray Çayli
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“Confronting the past” has become a byword for democratization. How societies and governments commemorate their violent pasts is often appraised as a …

Pallavi Banerjee, "The Opportunity Trap: High-Skilled Workers, Indian Families, and the Failures of the Dependent Visa Program" (NYU Press, 2022)

July 6, 2022

The Opportunity Trap

Pallavi Banerjee
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The Opportunity Trap: High-Skilled Workers, Indian Families, and the Failures of the Dependent Visa Program (NYU Press, 2022) is the first book to loo…

Catherine Besteman, "Militarized Global Apartheid" (Duke UP, 2020)

June 8, 2022

Militarized Global Apartheid

Catherine Besteman
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In Militarized Global Apartheid (Duke UP. 2020), Catherine Besteman offers a sweeping theorization of the ways in which countries from the global nort…