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Migration, Logistics, and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context

2020-06-01 - 2020-06-10

"Migration, Logistics, and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context” is the Global Humanities Institute (GHI) 2020-2021 supported by the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The 2020-2021 CHCI-Mellon GHI is being developed by an association of six partner institutes:

  1. The International Center for Cultural Studies of National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  2. The Institute for Culture and Society of Western Sydney University, Australia
  3. The Institute for Population and Social Research & Mahidol Migration Center, Mahidol University, Thailand
  4. The Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences of University of Malaya, Malaysia
  5. Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academia of Sciences, Poland
  6. The Group for Inquiries and Social Theory, Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam

CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 also has a robust team of Principal investigator (PI) as well as Co-PIs including:

PI:  Joyce C.H. Liu, Chair Professor. Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, Director of International Center for Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. 

Co-PI:  Shu-fen Lin, Professor; Brett Neilson, Professor; Sudarat Musikawong, Associate Professor; Rusaslina Idrus, Senior Lecturer; Rafal Smoczynski, Associate Professor; John Hutnyk, Associate Professor

As you may know, this CHCI-GHI was postponed by a year because of COVID-19 and will now take place from June 1st-10th, 2021 at the International Center for Cultural Studies, NCTU, in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The focus will be on the themes of Conditions of Migration and Precarious Lives, Logistics, Geo-economics, Zoning Politics, and Local Infrastructure Initiative and Theoretical Issues Concerning the Questions of Unequal Citizens. In order to keep the momentum of CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 going, we will conduct several activities over the period of a year. In light of the current pandemic, most of the activities will take place online with the possibility of an in-person event (depending on the global health scenario). The tentative schedule for the activities is as follows:

1) Webinar I -            22nd September 2020 "Borders, Logistics and Unequal Lives"

2) Webinar II -           Oct 2020: "Border politics, Pandemic, Xenophobia, Moral Panic and autoimmunity mechanism" (tentative).

3) Webinar III -     25th-26th November 2020  "Migrant workers, Refugees and their self-empowerment in Southeast Asia: A NGOs Forum"

4) Webinar IV -         December 2020 "The impacts of COVID-19 on migration: An Asia-Pacific Perspective"

5) Webinar V -          January 2021 "Questioning from the South: Theoretical Interventions on Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens"

Lastly, we are happy to invite you to our first webinar. The details are as follows:  

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The webinar on “Borders, Logistics and Unequal Lives,” to be held on 22 September 2020, is the first event we organize for the CHCI-GLOBAL HUMANITIES INSTITUTE 2020-2021: Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context.


The webinar focuses on the issue of “borders, logistics, and unequal lives” in the time of COVID-19 as an introduction to the series of events that we plan to initiate in the coming months. The presenters will offer their reflections and thoughts on the research lines concerning the precarity of migrant lives as a result of the pandemic. This webinar aims to bring together all GHI participants, speakers, and researchers from the partner institutes as well as other interested scholars and graduate students to exchange their experiences, views, and research outcomes with critical outlooks to aspects of border politics, logistics, and rising inequalities from a global perspective. The term ‘unequal’ suggests a vast array of opinions and impressions. The deleterious effects of these inequalities are more dominant among vulnerable communities, for instance, marginalized migrant categories, segregated refugees, slum dwellers, and other economically penurious groups. However, ‘unequal’ circumstances are not only results of economic unevenness but also caused by policies of modern nation-states. The tumultuous transformations in border controls and territorial supremacies have created the imperative for us to reanalyze the questions revolving around these keywords.


Prof. Joyce C.H. Liu: http://www.srcs.nctu.edu.tw/srcs_en/teachers_cv_01_e.htm 

Prof. Brett Neilson: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ics/people/researchers/brett_neilson

Dr. Ranabir Samaddar: http://www.mcrg.ac.in/rs.asp

Prof. Sandro Mezzadra: https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/sandro.mezzadra/cv-en


Ko-Lun Chen  (Post-Doctoral Fellow): https://iccs.nctu.edu.tw/en/phd.php?USN=236&type=phd_list

Poonam Sharma (Post-Doctoral Fellow):  https://iccs.nctu.edu.tw/en/phd.php?USN=315&type=phd_list

For a smooth webinar experience, we have decided to have limited slots. For registration, please fill out the following form https://forms.gle/Wj93pp3BiBQzfiUw6 before 15th September 2020. 

For Further information regarding CHCI-GHI 2020-2021, please visit https://ghi2020.web.nctu.edu.tw/.

To be a part of CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 group, find us on Facebook at CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 

Best regards,  

CHCI-GHI Committee

19th August 2020

Ko-Lun Chen|GHI Project Officer|Post-doctoral Researcher| ICCS, NCTU, Taiwan|klc@nctu.edu.tw
Fiza Vasudeva|GHI Project Assistant|fizavasudeva@gmail.com
CHCI-GHI 2020: http://ghi2020.web.nctu.edu.tw/
Official Email: chci.ghi2020.nctutw@gmail.com 
CHCI: https://chcinetwork.org/

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