Public Lecture: Prof. Susan Ossman, April 8, 2013

NYU Dept. of Media, Culture, and Communication;

NYU Steinhardt Global; NYU Tisch Performance Studies;


NYU English Research Group on Transnational Everyday Life 


Public Lecture

“When Borders Become Life Chapters:  Everyday Worlds after Context”Susan Ossman Book Cover

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.

Speaker Bio: 

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.


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