Globalization and Mobilities Seminar


University of Chicago, Center in Paris

6 Rue Thomas Mann

75013 Paris

JUNE 5, Thursday

 9:30 am Opening Remarks: Dominique Vidal, Catherine Lejeune (URMIS, LARCA, Université Paris Diderot) – Salikoko Mufwene, James Hevia, Ramon Gutiérrez (University of Chicago)

 10:00 am to 12:00 am [Session 1]
Moving Signs and Senses: Histories of Color and Communication
(Chair: Ramon Gutiérrez, University of Chicago)

  • Salikoko Mufwene (University of Chicago): “Colonization, globalization, Mobility, and Diasporas: Language Spread and Speciation”
  • Emily Osborn (University of Chicago): “The Color Red in the Early Modern Atlantic World”
  • Delphine Pagès (INALCO/CERMOM): “Imaginaries of Migration: a case study from Egyptian Cinema”


 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm [Session 2]
Mobilizing Labour and Commodities: Military Logistics and Commercial Regimes
(Chair: Gilles Guiheux, UPD/CESSMA))

  • James Hevia (University of Chicago): “Jackasses for India! (Mules and Zebrules too): Mapping Empire through Animal Breeding and Animal Labor”
  • Stacie Kent (University of Chicago): “From Imperial Commerce to Transnational Capital: Commercial Governance in Late Qing”
  • Carine Pina (Associate Researcher, UPD/CESSMA): Migration, States and Power: New Perspectives and New Relations?

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 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm [Session 3]
Following Popular Beats: Cultural and Scientific Collaborations
(Chair: Laurent Faret, UPD/CESSMA)

  • Celeste Day Moore (University of Chicago): “Spinning Race: The French Record Industry and the Transantlantic Mobility”
  • Larisa Jasarevic (University of Chicago): “In Pursuit of Local Connection. Destination: Feeling, Awkward.”
  • Altair Despres (Labex CAP, Associate Researcher, URMIS): ”The Art of Being Global. Practices of Transnational Mobility among African Contemporary dancers”

JUNE 6, Friday

 9:30 am to 10:45 am [Session 4]
Setting the legible subjects: State and Non-governmental technologies of settlement
(Chair: Manuela Martini, UPD/ICT)

  • Maria E. Balandran-Castillo (University of Chicago): “Conflicting Notions of Settlement: Plyler v. Doe and Mexico’s Encuesta Nacional de Emigracion, 1977-1982
  • Speranta Dumitru (UP5/CERSES): “Who is an Immigrant? Methodological Nationalisms and the Construction of “Migrants” in the 20th Century

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 11:00 am to 1:00 pm [Session 4 : continued]

  • Antoine Pécoud (UP13, Associate Researcher, URMIS): “Making Sense of international migration: an analysis of international migration narratives”
  • Erin Moore (University of Chicago): “Toward a Semiotics of Global Circulations: Politics, NGO Networks, and Transvaluation at the International Day of the Girl Child”
  • Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Sciences Po/CERI): “Towards a Global Governance of Migrations? The Difficult Collective Mobilization of “Strange Bed Fellows”


 2:30 pm Business meeting