Political Communities of Convenience: Migration, Urbanization, and Work in Sub-Saharan
October 1, 2015, GISB 3067
Loren Landau, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Director, South African Research Chair on Mobility and the Politics of Difference, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
This interdisciplinary conversation with Professor Landau will not focus on labour migration as it is often understood – people moving toward structured industries like agricultural or manufacturing – but rather what it means to move when there are no jobs (or there are very few which are often highly unstable). This is happening across much of Africa, generating a somewhat novel kind of politics and citizenship – what Landau is calling ‘political communities of convenience’. Flyer (pdf)
The Global Refugee Crisis: Teaching the Successes and Perils of International Response
October 22, 2015, GISB 3067
Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Associate Professor, IU Departments of Geography and International Studies, SGIS. She has spent more than 18 months in camps for internally displaced people in the Republic of Georgia. Her work as appeared in American Ethnologist, Antipode, and Humanity.
The global refugee population has doubled in the last four years to more than 60 million people. Leading into this interdisciplinary conversation, Professor Dunn will discuss her own research on the response of the international humanitarian system, and share the ways she uses simulations and models to show students the problems that keep international aid agencies from helping more effectively.
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