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“Heroes” of the Global South: Labor Migration in Comparative Perspective

June 9 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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The movement of peoples across the globe for work, livelihoods, trade, and cultural exchange has been a constant in human history. This panel explores comparative forms of labor migration across several geographies—South Asia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Panelists will think critically through the cultural designation of low-waged migrant laborers as the “heroes” of the contemporary global South and their role in the global economy as vital sources of both remittances for their families and labor for the global economy.

Hae Yeon Choo
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto, Mississauga

James Gabrillo
Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Texas at Austin

Rui Jie Peng
PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Andrea Wright
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of William and Mary

Moderated by Kamran Asdar Ali
Professor of Anthropology, Middle East Studies, and Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin 


Relevant Research Clusters: Artistic Labor and the Humanities, Care Work, Essential Work, Work across the Global South


June 9
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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