NYU Dept. of Media, Culture, and Communication;
NYU Steinhardt Global; NYU Tisch Performance Studies;
NYU English Research Group on Transnational Everyday Life
Speaker: Prof. Susan Ossman, Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
Date: 8 April, 2013
Time: 5.30-7.00 PM
Venue: 5th floor Conference Room of Pless Hall (82 Washington Square East)
In Moving Matters: Paths of Serial Migration, I explore the lives of people who lived in several countries. Serial migrants have much in common, regardless of their birthplace, language, religion or cultural background. This is not because they are cosmopolitans, freed from the gravity of taken for granted social ties, or nomads who are oblivious to borders. Rather, they have all been immigrants several times. Those who repeat immigration struggle with the accumulation of ways of being themselves in each new home. By listening to their stories we come up against the limits of hyphenated identities and conceptions of modern subjects as collections or assemblages. Focusing on paths rather than communities or diasporas, Moving Matters suggests how movement shapes forms of life and politics.
Susan Ossman is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Global Studies program at the University of California, Riverside. Her current research explores possibilities for new forms of transnational social life and political engagement from the perspective of serial migrants. Her other publications include Picturing Casablanca, Portraits of Power in a Modern City (California 1994), Miroirs Maghrbins, Itinéaires de soi et Paysages de Rencontre (CNRS 1998), Three Faces of Beauty, Casablanca, Paris, Cairo (Duke 2002) and Places we Share , Migration, Subjectivity and Global Mobility (Lexington 2007). Her latest book is Moving Matters: Paths of Serial Migration. Stanford : Stanford University Press, 2013.