Faculty Working Lunch

Today was the first Working Lunch for The Global Mobility Project at Ohio State.  If you would like to join the discussion, please complete our Faculty Questionnaire: https://goo.gl/forms/7yXdCwuYcw124s4G2

The Global Mobility Project at Ohio State integrates the expertise of five faculty members working on global mobility from the perspectives of anthropology, history, literature, film/media studies, and filmmaking. We give a central role to the humanities and arts as we reimagine the complex human dimensions and dynamic cultural reverberations of the movement of peoples, internationally and locally. Focusing on two main research questions, what does it mean to leave home and how do communities accept newcomers, we foster the exchange of ideas on campus, engage students in and outside the classroom, forge connections with the wider community in Columbus and beyond, and plan for future regional, national, and international collaborations.

Our goals over the next two years (2016-2018) include:

  1. To build an intellectual community on campus, through public talks, film screenings and discussions, a scholar- and artist-in-residence program, and regular “working lunches”;
  2. To aid the advancement of faculty research on the topic through a new grants program and the dissemination of knowledge in print or online;
  3. To coordinate our teaching and to engage our undergraduate and graduate students in the academic and creative events we organize;
  4. To create more opportunities for research and creative work for our students, including the launching of a new grants program;
  5. To reach out to community partners in Columbus and beyond and involve them in our activities;
  6. To think about possible future collaborative projects across campus and beyond.

Funding opportunities

  1. Undergraduate student grants for research and creative work on the topic of global mobility: In each category, we expect to award between 4 and 6 grants of up to $2,000 each.
  1. Graduate student grants for research and creative work on the topic of global mobility: We expect to award between 5 and 7 grants of up to $2,500 each.
  1. Faculty grants for research and creative work on the topic of global mobility: We expect to award between 6 and 8 faculty grants of up to $3,000 each.

For more information, please visit our website: https://u.osu.edu/globalmobility/, email us at globalmobility@osu.edu, or complete our Faculty Questionnaire at https://goo.gl/forms/7yXdCwuYcw124s4G2


The Global Mobility Project at Ohio State — Calendar of Activities

Public Events

Immigrants and Refugees: Comparative Experiences Lecture Series

  • Monday 10/24, 1pm, Mershon Center: Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent’s U London, UK): “Europe’s Crisis: Turkey’s Refugees and Refugees from Turkey”
  • Monday 11/14, 1:30pm, Mershon Center: Ulf Brunnbauer (IOS Regensburg, Germany): “On the Other Side of the Migration Debate: Controlling Emigration in 20th-century Southeastern Europe”
  • Monday 01/23 (time TBA), Peter Gatrell (Manchester U, UK): “Refugees in Modern History: A European Perspective”
  • Monday 02/27 or Tuesday 02/28, Simona Zavratnik, U of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Title TBA.

* In 2017-2018, we will continue the lecture series with more events focused on the Americas and/or other regions outside of Europe.


Film Screenings

  • Tuesday 01/24, 7pm, Wexner Center for the Arts: Fire at Sea (dir. Gianfranco Rosi, Italy, 2016). Followed by discussion with guest Peter Gatrell.
  • Wednesday 03/01, 7pm, Wexner Center for the Arts. The Pirogue (dir. Moussa Toure, Senegal/ France/Germany, 2012). Followed by discussion with guest Simona Zavratnik.

* In 2017-2018, we will curate two films/semester at the Wexner Center for the Arts.


Scholar/Artist-in-Residence Program

Week of 02/27: Simona Zavratnik, U of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

  • Public presentation/talk
  • Class presentations and Meetings with students
  • Participation in the Wexner film screening discussion

*In 2017-2018, we will invite two more resident guests, including an artist.


*In Autumn 2017, we will organize a workshop with CIC scholars.


Working Lunch Series

  • Monday 10/31, 12pm, Ohio Union: Faculty partners.
  • Tuesday 11/15, 12pm, Mershon Center: Graduate student partners.
  • Thursday 02/09, 12pm, place TBA: Community partners.
  • April 2017 details TBA: Undergraduate students; undergraduate project presentations.
  • April/May 2017: End-of-year reception and research project showcase.

Europe’s Crisis: Turkey’s Refugees and Refugees from Turkey

Ibrahim SirkeciEurope’s Crisis: Turkey’s Refugees and Refugees from Turkey

Monday, October 24, 2016, 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Avenue, Room 120
Columbus, Ohio 43201
On Monday, October 24, The Global Mobility Project at Ohio State hosted a lecture by Ibrahim Sirkeci on Europe’s refugee crisis.

The European Union has faced one of its biggest existential crises with the rise of population flows through its Eastern and Southern neighbours as well as movements within the Union. In 2016, the Brexit referendum and debates surrounding in the UK were largely focused on restricting EU immigration to the UK whereas eastern and central European members were raising concerns and objecting the refugee quota systems and burden sharing. Turkey emerged as a “gate keeper” in this crisis and have been in the centre of debates because of large Syrian refugee populations in the country and billions of Euros it was promised to keep them there. The Syrian conflict produced over 4.8 million refugees and over 2.7 million are based in Turkey. Turkey with its generous support for Syrian refugees is confirmed as a “country of security”. This shadows the darker side of affairs as the same country also produced millions of asylum seekers since the 1980 and the current circumstances and fresh evidence indicates that there will be more refugees coming through and from Turkey. The failed coup in July 2016 and the drastic measures put in place since then are cause for concern for many.

Ibrahim Sirkeci is Ria Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing and Director of the Center for Transnational Studies at Regent’s University London.  He received his Ph.D. in Geography in 2003 from the University of Sheffield. He is also a graduate of Bilkent University.  Before joining Regent’s University in 2005, he worked at the University of Bristol.

Sirkeci is known for his extensive work on insecurity and human mobility as well as his conceptual work on culture of migration and conflict model.  He has also coined the term “transnational mobile consumers” as he examined connected consumers and the role of mobility in consumer behavior within a transnational marketing context.  His recent research on remittances has been sponsored by Ria Money Transfer while previously he had secured external research funding from organizations including the World Bank, EU, British Academy, and High Education Academy.

Sirkeci is also the editor of several journals including Migration Letters, Transnational Marketing Journal and Remittances Review.  His recent books include Turkish Migration Policy (2016), Conflict, Security and Mobility (2016), Transnational Marketing and Transnational Consumers (2013), Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond (2012), and Cultures of Migration (2011).  He is a frequent speaker on migration, conflict, and integration and delivered about 200 speeches at international events.

Funding provided by a grant from the Ohio State University’s Office of International Affairs and co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Institute for Population Research, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

With 10,000 Syrian refugees resettled in the US, are more on the way?

Last month, the Obama administration announced that it plans to accept 110,000 refugees in 2017, a 57 percent increase.  In this article from The Conversation, Jeffrey H. Cohen discusses the logistics of such a huge plan concluding that “the U.S. has a unique opportunity to safely settle more Syrian refugees as part of a united response to the country’s ongoing civil war.”