We seek to build an interdisciplinary research and learning community beyond the borders of our educational institutions. Our goal is to recast limiting notions of migration towards inclusive notions of mobility and movement.

Mobility examines the processes, structure, and consequences of the movement of people, resources, commodities, and ideas.

According to Greenblatt, a mobilities mindset should take seriously (1) “the physical, infrastructural, and institutional conditions of movement”; (2) the contact zones of movement; (3) the “tension between individual agency and structural constraint”; and that, (4) movement is rooted in “particular times, places and local cultures”. Studying mobility sheds light on the visible and hidden movement of peoples, objects, images, texts, and ideas.

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Feminist (im)mobilities and Liquid Fractures: Migration and Mobility in North America and the Mediterranean

For over a year, a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students across the Great Lakes Colleges Association have endeavored to build an interdisciplinary research and learning community between educational institutions. Our goal is to recast limiting notions of migration towards inclusive notions of mobility and movement. Mobility examines the processes, structure, and consequences of …

Permanent Transients: Gendering the Narratives of Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan

By Isis Nusair Introduction This post is based on extensive ethnographic research conducted between 2007-2011 with Iraqi women refugees in Jordan and with representatives of the United Nations and national and international aid organizations. The majority of the women I interviewed arrived in Jordan after the 2003 United States-led invasion of Iraq, with most arriving …

Senegalese Higher Education and the Challenges of (Im)mobility

By Ibra Sene In the current knowledge-based economy, a university system, which fosters innovative scholarship, through open and original intellectual inquiry, is crucially important for addressing, in an effective way, many challenges that society faces. A close look at the evolution of higher education in Senegal shows that there have been many impediments to the materialization …

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This project is funded by the Great Lakes Colleges Association “Grand Challenge” Grant. The grant was used to leverage additional funding from the Hewlett Mellon Presidential Discretionary Fund at Wooster. Contact Amyaz Moledina for more information.

 

Principal Investigators

Amyaz Moledina (Wooster), Isis Nusair (Denison), and Ibra Sene (Wooster)

Emeritus: Joanna Grabski (Arizona State, former Denison Faculty)

 

Collaborating Staff, Faculty, and Students

Wooster

Marieke Herrmann (German)

Katherine Holt (History)

Seiko Matsuzawa (Sociology)

Leah Mirakhor (English)

Beth Muellner (German)

Christina Welsch (History)

Vince Discipio, Roger Dills, and Jon Brietenbucher (Information and Educational Technology)

Maansi Kumar ’18 (Economics, Womens and Gender Studies) Mobility Studies Research Student Assistant

 

Denison

Gary Baker (German)

Taku Suzuki (East Asian and International Studies)