FYF@Innis Seminars

Mobility and Borders

Professor: Rachel Silvey
Subject: Geography
Course Code: GGR198H1F

Seminar description

This course examines the political geographies of transnational migration. It asks how spaces of migration and mobility are political, and how migration politics are tied to inequalities wrought through intersecting histories of race, class, and gender. It seeks to extend our understandings of migrants, borders, and mobility, and it explores the processes through which mobility is produced, delimited, and structured.

We will consider the transnational politics of migration, the militarization of border zones, and the political spaces of migrant displacement, dispossession, and dislocation.

The seminar readings focus on classical paradigms as well as emerging approaches in immigration studies.

Get to know your professor

Rachel Silvey

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For my undergraduate degree…

I studied Geography in Seattle, Washington.

My hometown is…​

Berkeley, California

I am surprisingly good at…

Dancing

Fun fact:

I worked as a childcare worker, a housecleaner, and a server at restaurants throughout my high school, undergraduate, and graduate studies.

A fun fact about my field of study is…

Geographers study everything.

In a sentence, what you’ll learn in my course:

How to understand the grounded implications of specific policies of border securitization and population control, as well as discuss the politics of migration, labour, place, and space.

My first-year seminar in a few words:

One of my favourite things about teaching first-year students is…

Introducing first-year students to the incredible resources available at U of T and sharing the enthusiasm for research and writing.

My best advice for those starting their first year…

"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you."

NAME: Chelsea Rochman.

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: EEB197H1S Biodiversity and the city

HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona.

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Coco :)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: hmmmm… not sure.

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: CSNY, Judy Blue Eyes.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Pickles & gummy candy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Gummy worms & other gummy candy.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Multi-tasking.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have 2 sisters named Berrye.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Keeping up with the knowledge.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: So you can see the nature behind the concrete in our city.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: We live in the Carolinian forest.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: There are just as many freshwater fish species as marine.

SOME FINAL WORDS: The waste hierarchy is a good rule to live by.

Good to know

Pre-requisites: none
Co-requisites: none
Exclusions: none
Recommended Preparation: none
Breadth: Society & Its Institutions (3)
CR/NCR: Not eligible for CR/NCR option
Restrictions: Restricted to first-year students

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