- Leila Rodriguez, Anthropology
- Michael Gott, French
- Mauricio Espinoza, Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies
- Shailaja Paik, History
- Anjali Dutt, Social-Community Psychology
- Katherine Sorrels, History
- Shaunak Sastry, Communication
The Identities and Representations of Human Mobilities research group seeks to contextualize the movement of humans within a framework of multiple mobilities, and to question how these various transitions are conceived by people, and differentially represented in scholarship, law, policy, film, literature, and other mediatic and cultural products.
We live in largely unprecedented times, where the new pandemic has overshadowed – but also coexists with – other global phenomena including the movement of people internally and internationally, forced displacement, new forms of slavery, human and animal trafficking, the trade and repatriation of material culture, upward and downward socioeconomic mobility, among others. These movements, in turn, occur at different stages in the life cycle of people, households, and communities, and across space and time. In this context, it is imperative to rethink concepts like mobilities, transitions, stages, boundaries, and cycles, to critically engage with contemporary human movements.
Topics the group will address include: perceptions, identities and representations of shifting from a culturally-defined qualitative state to another (e.g. nonmigrant to migrant, free to incarcerated, working class to middle class, healthy to ill, young to old); technologies of mobility (e.g. digital diasporas, apps and map plugins used by migrants and refugees); immobility as political rhetoric and response to mobility; as emerging activism in response to environmental crisis, or as reaction to combat pandemic.