Upcoming Artist Talk and Roundtable Discussion (RSVP by Feb. 9th) with Photographer Susan Meiselas

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:00pm
“Artist Talk with Photographer Susan Meiselas”
 Wexner Center for the Arts
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 10:15am-12:00pm
“Roundtable Discussion with Photographer Susan Meiselas”
 Thompson Library Room 165
RSVP by February 6 to globalmobility@osu.edu
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Co-sponsors: Department of Art Living Culture Initiative and Visiting Artist Program, the Global Mobility Project and the Migration Studies Working Group.

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Susan Meiselas, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1948, received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in visual education from Harvard University. Her first major photographic essay focused on the lives of women doing striptease at New England country fairs, whom she photographed during three consecutive summers while teaching photography in New York public schools. Carnival Strippers was originally published in 1976 and a selection was installed at the Whitney Museum of Art in June 2000.

Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. She is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. She published her second monograph, Nicaragua, in 1981. Meiselas served as an editor and contributor to the book El Salvador: The Work of Thirty Photographers and edited Chile from Within featuring work by photographers living under the Pinochet regime. She has co-directed two films, Living at Risk: The Story of a Nicaraguan Family and Pictures from a Revolution with Richard P. Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti. In 1997, she completed a six-year project curating a hundred-year photographic history of Kurdistan, integrating her own work into the book Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History and developed akaKurdistan, an online site of exchange for collective memory in 1998.

Her monograph Pandora’s Box  explores a New York S & M club, has been exhibited both at home and abroad. Encounters with the Dani reveals a sixty-year history of outsiders’ discovery and interactions with the Dani, an indigenous people of the highlands of Papua in Indonesia.

Meiselas has had one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, and her work is included in collections around the world. She has received the Robert Capa Gold Medal for her work in Nicaragua (1979); the Leica Award for Excellence (1982); the Engelhard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art (1985); the Hasselblad Foundation Photography prize (1994); the Cornell Capa Infinity Award (2005) and most recently was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal (2011). In 1992, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.

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Tomislav Z. Longinović: The Balkan Route: Space, Translation, Imagination


Tomislav Z. Longinović: The Balkan Route: Space, Translation, Imagination
Date: October 9, 2017, 1:30-3:00 pm
Location: Knowlton Hall 190

The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East into Europe has challenged the existing notion of national boundaries and demonstrated an increased need for a public policy that would take into account problems arising from the forced movement of population on such a large scale. Media reporting of the crisis focuses on the plight of miserable migrants who are using Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary as transition points to reach the wealthier countries in Europe. Needless to say, countries comprising the European Union have had vastly differing responses to the issue of national boundaries and their permeability in the ongoing migration crisis.

This paper uses the innovative methodology of cultural translation to analyze this phenomenon by calling for a new understanding of trauma, space and identity in the Balkans in particular and Europe in general. Translation is understood here not only as a practice that transfers meaning in the narrow linguistic sense of the word, but also as the process by which broader social and political formations are carried over from one culture to another. Or, as the eminent Spanish language translator Gregory Rabassa said: “Every act of communication is an act of translation.” As global subjectivity becomes increasingly dominated by communication across languages and cultures, as well as between geographical and virtual spaces, the universe emerging among the interacting economies is characterized by processes of translation that alter the simplified imaginary perceptions of “others” that are currently built into the cultural unconscious of particular national imaginaries.

Posted by The Global Mobility Project at Ohio State on Monday, October 9, 2017

Research Methodology Workshop

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 1:00-2:30
Location: Enarson, Room 160

On Tuesday, November 14, 1:00-2:30 we will be hosting a discussion on Research Methodology.  The workshop will feature presentations from our faculty affiliates and team members.

Join the GMP affiliated faculty, Robin Judd (History), Hannah Kosstrin (Dance), Yana Hashamova (Slavic), Arati Maleku (Social Work), and Ryan Skinner (Music), as they discuss research methodologies related to questions of global mobility and migration.

Upcoming Lecture: Isis Nusair on Narratives of Syrian Migration in Germany

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Lecture: 12:00-1:30pm
Roundtable Discussion: 1:30-2:30pm
Where: 160 Enarson

The Middle East Studies Center will host Professor Isis Nusair (Denison University), who will lecture on her field research in Germany on how Syrian immigrants navigate the dominant narratives about their community.  She will take a close look at gendered narratives, and how women especially respond to these.

For more information, please go to MESC Events Calendar.

Following the lecture, there will be a roundtable discussion with graduate students.


Upcoming Events: The Work and Words of Filmmaker Dani Kouyaté at OSU


The following events, made possible by a Global Mobility faculty research grant awarded to Associate Professor of Musicology Ryan Skinner, will be taking place over the next two weeks:

1. Monday, September 18, 2017 – 4:00pm to 5:30pm, 18th Ave. Library, Room 205:  A screening of filmmaker Dani Kouyate’s first (and award-winning) feature film, Keita: The Heritage of the Griothttps://music.osu.edu/events/musicology-lecture-dani-kouyate-film

Trailer for Keita: The Heritage of the Griot
2. Monday, September 25, 2017 – 4:00pm to 5:30pm, 18th Ave. Library, Room 205: Conversation with filmmaker Dani Kouyaté and Professor Ryan Skinner On the role and significance of music and sound in the cinematic oeuvre of Dani Kouyaté.  Co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Libraries:
3. Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Wexner Center for the Arts: A screening of Kouyaté’s most recent (and award winning) film, While We Live, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.  Co-sponsored by the School of Music, African American and African Studies, French and Italian, Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Global Mobility Project, the Office of International Affairs, Ethnomusicology Program. https://music.osu.edu/events/musicology-lecture-kouyate-while-we-live

While We Live (Medan Vi Lever) – International trailer from DFM_FEATURES on Vimeo.



“Zionist Vipers and Jewish Pseudo-Nationalists:” Anti-Zionism, Liberalism, and Slavophobia in Interwar Greece

Paris Papamichos Chronakis
University of Illinois at Chicago

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
214 Denney Hall
3:30-5:00 pm

Please note this event co-sponsored by the Global Mobility Project, together with the Departments of History, Classics, and History of Art.

Love Notes for Dreamers

This may be of interest to those concerned with the uncertain future of DACA:

Members of the OSU community are organizing two interactive activities on the South Oval (behind Hagerty Hall) Wednesday, September 13th and Friday 15th from 9am-5pm for individuals to create and view messages of support for buckeyes affected by the DACA policy change. Messages will be collected throughout the week at various locations and turned into a visual collage on-site. In conjunction, they will be collecting signatures from faculty endorsing President Drake’s message on the DACA Decision.

Outreach Event: Global Migration Discussion Group for K12 Teachers

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 10:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 10:00am
Enarson Classroom Building 160
The year 2015 saw the highest numbers ever recorded of international migrants worldwide. Over 244 million people live outside their countries of origin, making one and seven humans on earth a migrant. Of this number, 65.3 million people have been forcibly moved due to war or persecution.  With more people on the move than ever before, and with our own government reducing immigrant and refugee quotas, it is crucial that we understand human mobility from a global perspective.

The five area studies centers in the Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University have collaborated to create the Global Migration Discussion Group for K12 teachers. The group will meet on Saturdays five times throughout the 2017-2018 school year. The group will explore trends in migration in Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Each meeting will host a migration expert whose presentation will focus on themes in migration in one of the five world regions.

Following the presentation there will be time for a discussion based on a pre-assigned reading covering the topic presented. Teachers are invited to attend as many sessions as they’d like and are eligible to earn a contact hours’ certificate for each session attended, and one C.E.U. for attending all five sessions.

Meetings will be held in Enarson Classroom Building 160, from 10:00am-12:00pm on the following Saturdays:

September 30: Center for Slavic and East European Studies presents:

  • Resilience in the Face of Exclusion: Irregular Migration on the Closed Balkan Route by Kathryn Metz

October 21: Middle East Studies Center presents:

  • Gendered Narratives of Syrian Migrants by Isis Nusair (Denison University)

January 13: Center for African Studies presents:

  • Eleanor Paynter (Ohio State), topic: TBD

February 17: Center for Latin American Studies presents:

  • Performances of Suffering in Latin American Migration by Ana Puga (Ohio State) and Victor Espinosa (Ohio State)

April 7 or April 14: East Asian Studies Center presents: TBD

Please visit the CSEES website for more information.

RSVP to Kathryn Metz if you would like to attend

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 https://u.osu.edu/globalmobility/grants/ for details. Our next deadline is for undergraduate/faculty mentorship grants on October 31, 2017.