The Globalising Wall

This stunning video installation by Danae Stratou was based on a text by Yanis Varoufakis.  It was exhibited at The Mangere Arts Centre in New Zealand in 2012-2013 and The International Visual Arts Program in Adelaide, Australia in 2012.


Walls have a longstanding relation both with liberty from fear and subjugation to another’s will. After 1945, walls acquired an unprecedented determination to divide. They spread like a bushfire from Berlin to Palestine, from the tablelands of Kashmir to the villages of Cyprus, from the Korean peninsula to the streets of Belfast. When the Cold War ended, we were told to expect their dismantling. Instead, they are growing taller, more impenetrable, longer. They leap from one continent onto the next. They are globalising. From the West Bank to Kosovo, from the gated communities of Egypt to those of California, from the killing fields of old Ethiopia to the US-Mexico borders, a seamless wall is meandering its way, both physically and emotionally, on the planet’s surface. Its spectre is upon us.”  – Yanis Varoufakis


Click here to visit the artist’s website to watch part 2 of the installation and to see stills from the videos.


From Outrage to Dialogue: Having Conversations When You Disagree

Thursday, April 20 at 7 PM – 8 PM
Bexley Public Library
2411 E Main St, Bexley, Ohio 43209
Free admission

It can be difficult to have conversations with people who hold differing opinions.  Our community partner, the Bexley Public Library, is hosting a discussion about how to engage in these discussions and hopefully bridge some of the divisions that have developed in our country.

Below is the official description of the event:

“In this age of current political polarization, Capital University professor of Communication and University Debate Coach Dr. Stephen Koch will discuss how to engage in constructive conversations with people holding different opinions. This program is offered in partnership with the City of Bexley, Bexley City Schools, and Capital University.

“Dr. Koch currently serves as Professor of Communication and
University Debate Coach for Capital University. His 40-year career coaching intercollegiate debate spans program directorships at California State University Bakersfield, Miami University, Ohio University, and Capital University. Under his leadership, Capital’s Debate Team was named national champion at the 2011 National Educational Debate Association Competition.”

HRIT Podcast Episode Five: Rethinking Representation in Diaspora

The newest episode of the podcast from our friends over in the Human Rights in Transit Project (HRIT) explores Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah: Community In-Between.   This project by Qorsho Hassan and Ruth Smith, is a participatory research project in which the research subjects are involved in the development of the project.

Visit the HRIT page to hear the episode and learn more about Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah.

WOSU: Ice Cream With A Sprinkle Of India, From An Immigrant In Columbus

When a person leaves home, they leave behind friends, family, parts of their culture, and their food.  This story from WOSU tells the story of one immigrant who decided to bring a taste of home with her.

“Sitting within an unassuming strip mall in north Columbus, Mardi Gras looks like just another ice cream store. Inside, the chilled glass countertop is filled with the typical flavors – mint chocolate chip, butter pecan and strawberry ice cream.

“Turn to the adjacent wall, though, and you’ll see a large white board listing dozens of flavors found nowhere else – like kesar pista (a blend of saffron, cardamom and pistachio) or chickoo (a sweet tropical fruit originally found in Central America).

“These are all original flavors developed by the store’s owner, Mita Shah. For the last 17 years, she’s perfected these recipes using a unique mix of fruits, nuts and spices, many inspired by Indian cuisine.”

Continue reading or listen to the story here.

This unique ice cream parlor can be found at 1947 Hard Rd, at the intersection of Smoky Row Rd.


New Podcast from SfAA

In 2007, the Society for Applied Anthropology began a podcast project.  Over the past ten years, the project has grown, and this year, one of the themes was titled “How we think, work, and write about migration” presenting anthropological perspectives on migration research.  The session took place in 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, and included, Global Mobility Project Team Member Jeffrey Cohen.  You can listen to the episodes here:


Session Participants:


METZ, Brent E. (KU)

COHEN, Jeffrey H. (OH State U)




BOEHM, Deborah (UNR)

SPREHN, Maria (Montgomery Coll.)


Poetry by Ingrid Raphael at the Global Gallery

Ingrid Raphael performed two of her poems at the opening reception for the Global Mobility Project’s exhibit “Global Mobility and Its Human Dimensions” at The Global Gallery in Hagerty Hall at Ohio State University on March 20, 2017.

Ingrid Raphael is a senior studying International Studies at OSU. She is the co-founder of the GRID ZINE: a small magazine highlighting the neglected voices in the immigrant and refugee narrative. The zine features artwork, poetry and narratives from generational immigrants identifying individuals from all over the U.S. Three of the contributors are Ohio State University students, who share their experiences and observations of the immigrant experience through poetry.

The GRID ZINE is available for purchase by e-mailing and is featured on Philadelphia Printworks’ website.

Global Mobility Project Grant Recipients

Our faculty and undergraduate/mentor grant recipients in attendance at the Global Gallery exhibit opening. (L-R) Stephanie Shaw (faculty mentor), Carley Reinhard (undergraduate), George Andrei (undergraduate), Executive Dean Peter Hahn (Divisional Dean, Arts & Humanities), Hannah Kosstrin (faculty), Dean David Manderscheid (Vice Provost for the Arts and Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences), Arati Maleku (faculty), Ryan Skinner (faculty), Gretchen Klingler (undergraduate), Daniel Roberts (faculty), Jeffrey H. Cohen (faculty mentor)

The Global Mobility Project at Ohio State (#GlobalMobilityOSU) funded by the Humanities and Arts Discovery Theme invited applications for our newly-established grants programs for research and creative work on the topic of global mobility. We considered research and creative project proposals on all aspects of mobility and migration, regardless of geographical, historical, or thematic focus.  We offered three tiers of grants: undergraduate research and mentorship grants (in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research), grad student grants, and faculty grants.

Undergraduate Grant Recipients

  • George Andrei (History), mentored by Dr. Nicholas Breyfogle (History) – Ethnic Politics, Geopolitics, and Sustainability of the Magyar Kingdom in the East (1191-1400)
  • Gretchen Klingler (Anthropology), mentored by Dr. Jeffrey H. Cohen (Anthropology) – Collecting Narratives of Iraqi Women Living in the US
  • Andreas Moghimi-Danesh (World Politics), mentored by Dr. Alexander Wendt (Political Science) – Citizenship and The Birthright Lottery
  • Carley Reinhard (Philosophy) mentored by Dr. Stephanie Shaw (History, WGSS, and African American and African Studies) – Examining African American Slave Migrations through Folklore in the W.P.A. Ex-Slave Narratives

Graduate grant recipients

  • Natalia Zotova (Anthropology) Research Grant.  Religious affiliation, complex insecurities and stress: Central Asian Muslim immigrants in the U.S.  Project advisor: Jeffrey Cohen
  • Sa’dia Rehman (Visual Art) Creative Grant.  Ethnographer/ Photographer, Episode 3: New York.  Project advisor: Suzanne Silver
  • Eleanor Paynter (Comparative Studies
) Research Grant.  Local Factors in Refugee Mobility and Integration: Oral Histories in Central Italy.  Project advisor: Amy Shuman.
  • Carolin Mueller (Germanic Languages and Literatures
) Research Grant.  Tracing interactions and transformations in contemporary arts-based protest movements.  Project advisor: Dorothy Noyes
  • James Leow (Spanish and Portuguese) Research Grant. The voice of Mexican migrant workers.  Project advisor: Terrell A. Morgan
  • Nikki Freeman (History)  Research Grant.  A Time to Rebuild: The Education and Rehabilitation of Jewish Children in Postwar Germany and Poland, 1945 – 1953.  Project advisor: Robin Judd
  • Barbara Roth (Political Science)  Research Grant.  Post-Conflict Departure: Explaining Mass Migration Patterns After Genocide. Project advisor: Amanda Robinson
  • Josh Truett (Theatre and Sexuality Studies) Creative Grant.  Borders/Crossings/Dwellers.  Project advisor: Ana Elena Puga
  • Mary McKay (Sociology) Research Grant.  This project aims to understand how the experiences of adult Somalian refugees influence mental and physical health.  Project advisor: Cynthia Colen
  • Randall Rowe (Russian and Slavic Studies)  Research Grant.  The goal of this project is to learn more about the individual journeys of immigrants from Russia and the former Soviet Union in the larger context of immigration to America.  Project advisor: Yana Hashamova
  • Brian Seilstad (Education)  Research Grant.  Looking at adolescent newcomer programs in schools.  Project advisor: Leslie C. Moore
  • Ali Isse (City and Regional Planning)  Research Grant.  Does City Policy Matter in Immigrant Integration? A Two-City Comparison among New African Immigrant Groups.  Project Advisor: Bernadette Hanlon
  • Renae Sullivan (History) Research Grant.  The position of South Asian female immigrant university students entering the United States, from 1917 to 1990, and the ways they impacted their receiving communities.  Project advisor: Mytheli Sreenivas
  • Sara Halpern (History) Good-Bye, Shanghai!: The Emigration of European Jewish Families, 1945-1951.   Project advisor: Robin Judd

Honorable Mention

  • Kelly Yotebieng (Anthropology) Research Grant.  Urban marginality and household resilience among Rwandan urban refugees in Cameroon.  Project advisor: Jennifer Syvertsten

Faculty Grant Recipients

  • Lynn Itagaki (English, WGSS, Asian American Studies) The European Refugee Crisis and the Ends of Human Rights Regimes, 2015 to Present
  • Hannah Kosstrin (Dance) US reception to the Yemenite-Israeli company Inbal Dance Theater from 1958 to 1969
  • Arati Maleku (Social Work) Migration, Collective Identity & Evidence for Impact: Mapping Nepali Diaspora Engagement in the Post-Earthquake Era
  • Daniel Roberts (Dance) using funds to help stage a production of Sangjun Yoo’s Night Cloud
  • Ryan Skinner (Music and Center for African Studies) An Afro-Swedish Case Study of Global Mobility

Upcoming Events at OSU

As the end of the semester rapidly approaches, we want to let you know about a few events happening on campus. While we are not directly involved as sponsors, we believe they may be of interest:

  • 3/30, 4pm: “Writing for Love and Money: How Migration Promotes Literacy Learning in Transnational Families,” talk by Kate Vieira (University of Wisconsin). More information.
  • Closing 3/31: “Speeches—Chapter 3: Living Labour,” video by artist Bouchra Khalili installed in the Wexner Center’s Box gallery on the experiences of five undocumented workers in New York. 
    4/6, 4:30-5:30pm: “As If Traveling Were the Way of the Clouds,” exhibition opening at Hopkins Hall Gallery featuring three short videos from Arab artists focusing on global migration. Exhibition is up April 6-17. More information 
    4/7, 11:45am-4:30pm: Migration Studies Symposium, 18th Ave Library. More information
    4/7-8: “The Somali Diaspora in the US,” workshop and events, various times and locations. More information.
    Our exhibit in collaboration with the Global Gallery at Hagerty Hall, “Migration and its Human Dimensions,” continues to be up through May 30th.  More information.
    And finally, our grant awardees for this cycle have been announced! Visit for details. Our next deadline is for undergraduate/faculty mentorship grants on October 31, 2017.

Migration Studies Working Group Symposium

The Migration Studies Working Group at OSU would invite everyone interested in migration to join them for the first Migration Studies Symposium at The Ohio State University on April 7th (11.45am-4.30pm), organized by The Migration Studies Working Group. The symposium will be held at 18th Ave Library, Room 070, 175 W 18th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210.


This event is free and open to all. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by March 22 by participating in the survey.


The Migration Studies Working Group is an interdisciplinary graduate student-led and founded organization which aims to create an inspiring and productive interdisciplinary environment for a range of migration studies scholarship at The Ohio State University.