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Borders, Boundaries, and Belonging Speaker Series: Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking

February 8, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Borders, Boundaries, and Belonging Speaker Series

Faranak Miraftab, PhD, Professor at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, will be speaking at the first Spring semster event in the Borders, Boundaries, and Belonging speaker series.

Professor Miraftab´s research and teaching concern transnational processes of community development, with special focus on grassroots strategies and mobilizations for access to housing and basic services. Her interdisciplinary work, empirically based in cities of Middle East, Latin America, Africa and North America, examines global and local development processes involved in the formation of the city and citizens’ struggle for dignified livelihood. Her current collaborative project concerns transnational solidarities for a humane urbanism involving community-based groups in the US, South Africa and Mexico. She was named, in 2014, as University Scholar, a prestigious award the University of Illinois bestows on its faculty for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

In this presentation she will share with us aspects of her most recent book titled Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking (Indiana University Press, 2016). Global Heartland is the account of diverse, dispossessed, and displaced people from Mexico, Togo and Detroit brought together for work at a meatpacking factory in Illinois. It examines how displaced workers are produced for world labor markets; how workers’ transnational lives subsidize their wages to maintain them in those jobs; and how diverse displaced people renegotiate their relations through processes of in-placement and placemaking.


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