Migrations: A World on the Move is a podcast that seeks to understand our world through the interconnected movements that shape it.
With each episode, postdoc Eleanor Paynter speaks with experts who highlight how multidisciplinary, multispecies perspectives on migration help us understand key global issues. In our current season, we explore the idea of crossing in both physical and figurative ways with new guest host Elena Bellina. Subscribe to the show so you don't miss an episode, and take a look back at our first season.
This summer, hosts Eleanor Paynter and Elena Bellina visited the Fondazione Archivio Diaristico Nazionale in Italy, an archive of stories and writing ranging from diaries to handwritten notes on loose slips of paper. Eleanor and Elena spoke with the director of the archive, Natalia Cangi, and researcher Giorgia Alù for this episode about the migrant stories present in the archive.
Thanks to Isabella Corletto for her translation and voice acting for this episode.
This season, we're thinking about crossing, not only the physical crossing of national borders, but various forms of encounter and exchange that happen because of those migrations. Several episodes this season will look closely at crossing in the context of Italy, exploring how language and culture cross borders, how the focus on historical migrations helps us understand the present, and more.
In this episode, we share a conversation with Dr. Lamis Abdelaaty and Dr. Rebecca Hamlin about refugee status in policy and in discourse, and more broadly about the categories and labels we use to talk about migration. We talked to Lamis and Rebecca last fall on Cornell’s campus after an event where they presented from their new books.
How has a Tibetan community come to call Ithaca, New York home? Cornell student Daniel Bernstein produces this special episode in search of an answer.
"The camp is time and time is the camp," reads poet Yousif M. Qasmiyeh in our latest episode. Waiting for the Future is both a conversation and a poetry reading, featuring not only Yousif and his work but migration scholars Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Shahram Khosravi. The conversation is guided by four of Yousif's poems from his book Writing the Camp and we talk about themes of time, memory, and the camp.
Underground Railroad scholars Gerard Aching and Alice Baumgartner talk to us about the wait for justice. Aching, a professor at Cornell, studies northward movements of people seeking freedom, while Baumgartner studies a less known path of slaves who traveled south to Mexico to escape. In this conversation, we talk about the stories of freedom seekers and the many forms that waiting can take.
We're back with season 2! In our first full episode on the theme of waiting, we talk to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Molly O'Toole and Arizona State University professors Abby Wheatley and Gabriella Soto. Our guests are experts on the U.S.-Mexico border, and their work shows us how experiences of waiting, urgency, and delay shape the borderlands.
When we think about migration, we often have movement in mind, journeys by foot, boat or plane, the crossing of borders the idea of return. But what happens when people can no longer cross a border? What do we learn about migration when we focus on questions of time?
In this special bonus episode of the podcast, we are sharing a conversation with guest Nanjala Nyabola. We spoke with Nyabola, a Kenyan writer and activist, as part of our Race and Racism Across Borders event. Join us for this conversation on migration, vaccine nationalism, home, and more, also featuring Kim Yi Dionne and Rachel Beatty Riedl of the Ufahamu Africa podcast.
On this episode, we learn from Kurt Jordan and Laiken Jordahl about dispossession: what it is and how it is affecting Indigenous people, wildlife, and ecosystems. Jordan works in the Finger Lakes region of New York, studying the effects of institutions like Cornell on the Indigenous populations of the region. Jordahl is an activist and ally helping to bring awareness to the harm caused by wall construction at the U.S.-Mexico border.