This is the third in a series of ‘Everyday Conversations’ conducted by NYU English Dept. Research Group on Transnational Everyday Life. Prof. Susan Ossman, University of California, Riverside, speaks to Dr. Radha Hegde, Associate Professor, Dept. of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt, NYU, about approaches to everyday life and her newly published book, Moving Matters: Paths of Serial Migration. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013.
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.
Dr. Radha S. Hegde’s research and teaching focus on gender, globalization, migration and global media flows. Her edited book, Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures, was published by NYU Press in July 2011. Radha is currently working on a book Mediating Migrationwhere she examines a series of sites (including music and food) where technology mediates the meanings and value of tradition in the diasporic context. Another ongoing ethnographic project focuses on the growth of English language and communication training in India and the shaping of aspirations about digital futures. Her earlier work focused on gender identities and reproductive politics in south India. She serves on the editorial board of several major journals in the field of media and cultural studies, and was recently appointed as co-editor for the journal Feminist Media Studies. She was a journalist with the Indian Express in Chennai, India before her academic career. She is also one of the founder members of Manavi, the first feminist South Asian group in the United States.