Research

asphyxia-4My dissertation, Dancing the Nation: The Politics of Exile, Mobility and Displacement along the Thai-Burma Border, addresses the relationship between nationalism, aesthetics and mobility amongst Burmese refugees. I critique traditional iterations of the nation as constituted through the interaction between capitalism and print, by instead attending to the complex transmission of what can be called “aesthetic nationalisms,” which involve embodied performances and cultural practices that constitute the body-politic.

My next research project develops the concept of necromobility through an analysis of mortality and mobility in global refugee movements. In particular, this project involves collaborative ethnographic research, as well as the collection of life narratives from refugee populations in Thailand, Norway and in the United States, where death is the cause, threat or outcome of displacement.

Publications

“The Chronopolitics of Exile: Hope, Heterotemporality and NGO Economics along the Thai–Burma Border.” Critique of Anthropology 36, no. 1 (March 1, 2016): 61–83 (Co-authored with Roger Norum and Mary Mostafanezhad).

Necromobility/Choreomobility: Dance, Death and Displacement in the Thai- Burma Border-Zone.” In Event Mobilities: The Politics of Place and Performance. Kevin Hannam, Mary Mostafanezhad and Jillian M. Rickly-Boyd (eds). Routledge (2015).

“”Voting with our Feet” and Speaking for the Silent: Negotiating the Burmese Past.” Explorations: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 12:1 (2014).

“Burma: Reproductive Rights in a State of Violence.” Treganza Museum Anthropology Papers: Human Rights in Global Light, 99-103 (2007-2008). 

 

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