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 the professor
NAME: Rachel Silvey
INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: GGR198H1F: Political Spaces
HOMETOWN: Berkeley, California
THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Capernaum & RBG
MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: Can’t choose just one!
THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: “No Rain,” sung by daughter’s choir.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Satay
GUILTY PLEASURE: That will remain my secret.
I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Dancing
A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I worked as a truck driver before graduate school.
MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Getting to know the students and how much I constantly learn.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: The material will change your view of the world.
WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: Migration policies are among the most pressing issues of the day.
A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: Migration stories are on the front page every day.
SOME FINAL WORDS: Come to be challenged.