I'm deeply honored for my work on the other side of the migrant crisis to be profiled by State Senator Will Brownsberger today...
"Every once in a while you run into a story that you can’t quite believe and you just want to hear more.
I recently found myself seated for dinner next to Isabella Alexander - an anthropologist who has spent many months living in the makeshift camps home to sub-Saharan African boys and men trying desperately to reach Europe.
Her courage, putting herself out there alone in a dangerous environment, borders on recklessness. But the story she brought back deserves hearing, and surely, there was no other way for her to get it. It starkly illustrates the increasingly painful dilemmas that we will all face around immigration policy in the decades to come..."
Thrilled to be back at Brown University as a keynote speaker in their 'Materiality of Migration' series...
Presenting on a panel organized by two academic heroes of mine, Glenda Garelli and Martina Tazzioli, at the American Association of Geographers this week I discussed...
Over the last five years, the European Union has significantly restructured its own borders through a new politics of border externalization, increasing its third-party agreements for the containment of migration flows and strengthening collaboration on border patrolling, surveillance, and interception at the external frontiers of Europe in countries across North Africa.
While these political agreements have been of great interest to scholars, what remains unexplored is the materiality of practices through which border cooperation is enacted... E.U. training programs for third countries’ coast guards and border patrols and technical equipment for monitoring migrant journeys by land and sea. Also lacking exploration are the new spaces that these practices are producing at the external frontiers of Europe and the embodied experiences of the migrants who end up trapped there.
Our panel mobilized "counter-mapping," as a tool for challenging the geopolitical map of Europe and investigating the bordering practices being enacted in spaces distinct from the European territory. What are the new spaces of control and mobility that are produced through border cooperation between the E.U. and third countries? How are migrant subjects working agentically to embody or challenge the identities that are assigned to them there? And how can we challenge the Eurocentric perspective that “border externalization" implicitly assumes in order to better document the spatial processes that are being ignited at the external borders of the E.U.?
When a group of students came to me earlier this year asking me if I would help them start a new organization on campus to serve the needs of Atlanta's growing refugee population, I had no idea how far we would come in such a short time...
Today, I'm especially proud of one student, Farah, for pouring so much of herself into this mission over the past months. Working with our small team, she's been foundational in creating 'Refugee Revive' from the ground up. Now an established link between Emory University and the diverse refugee community of Clarkston, GA, the organization was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Hult Prize! The students will be flown to San Francisco where they'll have the chance to compete with other finalists for a one million dollar grant. In the following weeks, they'll be workshopping their business plan with industry experts and preparing to pitch to the Hult Foundation's panel of world leaders and shakers why 'Refugee Revive' should be selected as the winner - as the world's brightest young business minds who have come together to solve one of the planet's biggest challenges with an innovative idea for sustainable and community-centered enterprise.
This is only the beginning...!
"We asked each student who was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor's Society this semester to name the one faculty member who has most supported them in their academic excellence, and who exemplifies the highest degree of intellectual rigor and passion in their own academic pursuits." - Phi Beta Kappa
I was so honored when I recently learned that I'll not only receive the great honor of induction into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor's Society again this semester, but that I'm the first to be selected in two consecutive semesters of the academic year. I want to thank Jit Hui for this highest of honors and for being a constant source of inspiration for me!
I am continually inspired by the work that my students do, and yet Jit and Karly are a rare combination of brilliance, compassion, critical global awareness, and deep commitment to social justice work. I can only imagine how many communities will be impacted by their brains and their passion in the coming years. It is students like them who make me feel better about the future of our world.