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Future Directions in the Study of Migration and Racial Justice: A Postdoctoral Symposium

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Uris Hall, G-08

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, in partnership with the Society for the Humanities, presents this symposium featuring five cutting-edge researchers whose work crosses disciplinary lines to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems

Join postdoctoral fellows Mohamed Abdou, Eman Ghanayem, Bamba Ndiaye, Eleanor Paynter, and Grace Tran for a discussion of their work in the fields of migration studies and global racial justice. Topics will include identity, colonialism and decolonization, indigeneity and dispossession, refugee studies and mobility, economic and social justice, and critical race theory. Learn how new approaches and developments are changing scholarship in these critical fields.

Einaudi Center director Rachel Beatty Riedl will introduce the event, and Viranjini Munasinghe (Department of Anthropology) will moderate. 


  • Mohamed Abdou, Global Racial Justice Postdoctoral Fellow, Einaudi Center

"Non-statist Indigenous and Muslim Conceptualizations of Sovereignty: The Decolonial Inseparability of Race from Religion"

  • Eman Ghanayem, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature and Society for the Humanities

"Being Native, Being Refugee"

  • Bamba Ndiaye, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Music and Society for the Humanities

"From Mbas Mi to Mbëkk Mi: Covid-Induced Migration and Social Movement Advocacy in Senegal"

  • Eleanor Paynter, Migrations Postdoctoral Fellow, Einaudi Center

"Witnessing Migration 'Crises': Race, Coloniality, and Asylum in Italy"

  • Grace Tran, Migrations Postdoctoral Fellow, Migrations Initiative

"What’s Love Got to Do With It?: Transformative Effects of Vietnamese-American Engagement in 'Marriage Fraud' Arrangements"

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Anthropology, History, Government, Society for the Humanities, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, East Asia Program, Southeast Asia Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM), Institute for African Development, Global Cornell, Institute for European Studies, South Asia Program, Migrations, Global Development, Global Learning, Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies

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Diversity, Research


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Scott Beemer

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