Alessandro Monsutti - Transnational, Transborder or Translocal? Perspectives on Afghan Globalized Networks

01/24/2014 - 12:00
Memorial Union 226

Alessandro Monsutti is the Comparative Border Studies spring 2014 Scholar-in-Residence. He teaches social anthropology, Middle Eastern studies and methods in social sciences at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva. His research explores the modes of solidarity and cooperation mobilized in a situation of conflict and forced migration.

He proposes a critical study of the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan thathas led to the emergence of new forms of sovereignty and governance which he calls a political anthropology of transnationalism. Through his research on the Hazara transnational networks, he highlights how transborder mobilityis a resource for people, but also a form of resistance.