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This is Migrations: A World on the Move—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, multi-species perspectives on migration help us understand key global issues. In season 1, we are broadening our scope of understanding by focusing on highly relevant themes like pandemics, climate, racial justice, and more. Keep an eye out for new episodes, released on the first Monday of every month.

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Episodes

Bonus: Race and Racism Across Borders with Nanjala Nyabola

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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. 

Dispossession

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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. 

Surveillance

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In this episode, we look at surveillance and migration. We speak first with Monamie Bhadra Haines, whose work in Singapore looks at the surveillance of migrants before the pandemic and uses it to understand the surveillance state now. Also joining us is Lorenzo Pezzani, whose work on migration in the Mediterranean Sea asks unique questions about witnessing and narrative. 

Global Racial Justice

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Migration and global racial justice are critically linked. We learn from Camilla Hawthorne and Shailja Patel in this episode about the racialization of migrants, how racism against migrants is a global issue, and how creative practice plays a role in their work. (A note that this episode contains a mention of sexual violence, in a poem read at the end of the episode.)

Climate

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We bring migration scholars Filiz Garip and Ingrid Boas into conversation this week to talk about climate. They teach us about the ways that climate affects human movements, discuss the politics of the term "climate refugees," and explain how gradual weather change compares to extreme events. 

Pandemics

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In this first episode, we are in conversation with migrations scholars to understand how COVID-19 is shaping our understanding of borders and migration, informing the ways we live and move through the world, and highlighting our connections with local ecologies from the microscopic to the global. 

Introducing: A World on the Move

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 Introducing A World on the Move, a podcast that seeks to understand our world through the interconnected movements that shape it. With each episode, we will speak with experts who highlight how multidisciplinary multi-species perspectives on migration help us understand key global issues. Subscribe now so you don't miss a single episode.