Alumni Spotlight: Dinah Hannaford on Migration and Marriage

Dinah Hannaford (PhD, 2014), Assistant Professor of International Studies at Texas A&M University, has two major accomplishments coming up this year. Her first book, Marriage Without Borders: Transnational Spouses in Neoliberal Senegal, will be published in July, and she will be embarking on a Humboldt Fellowship in Germany in the Fall.

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Dr. Hannaford’s book, Marriage Without Borders, is based on ten years of ethnographic research in Senegal and Europe. She examines the dynamics of transnational marriages: Senegalese men living in Europe who are married to Senegalese women back home. Her ethnographic study of these marital relationships shows how they reshape kinship, Islamic piety, and family care. Hannaford argues that “neoliberal globalization and its imperative for mobility extend deep into the family and the heart and stretch relationships across borders.” The book is a revised version of the dissertation research that she conducted while at Emory.

Dr. Hannaford has also been awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the 2017-18 academic year. She will be hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and will work on a new research project about international development, domestic work, and return migration. We are excited to see her new contribution to these topics!

Dr. Debra Vidali at The Sound of Memory Symposium in London

Dr. Debra Spitulnik Vidali and Dr. Kwame Phillips (PhD, Emory Anthropology, 2014) exhibited their ethnographic sound art project entitled “Kabusha Radio Remix: Your Questions Answered by Pioneering Zambian Talk Show Host David Yumba (1923­‐1990)” in London on April 23-24 as part of The Sound of Memory Symposium.

The Sound of Memory Symposium explores creative works and ideas situated at the interface of composers working in acoustic ecologies and artists working within social ecologies, where the primary engagement is a form of sonic ethnography. The overarching theme is an exploration of how individual and cultural memory resonates in the shaping of social space. The Symposium explores the broad domain of acoustic ecologies and soundscape’s engagement in place. The symposium is co-hosted by the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre (School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent), the School of Sound, and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Dr. Isabella Alexander: “The freedom to travel isn’t a basic human right. It depends on where you’re born.”

Anthropologist, Writer, Documentary Filmmaker, and Visiting Assistant Professor in Emory’s Anthropology Department, Dr. Isabella Alexander (PhD, Emory, 2016) published an article on GlobalPost Investigations highlighting problems in the migration crisis.

Dr. Debra Vidali is a keynote speaker at Critical Juncture Conference 2017

Emory’s Critical Juncture Conference is an international conference spanning different disciplines involved in social justice. For the 2017 conference, themed “The Work of Art,” participants explored how works of art challenge injustices created by social constructions of gender, disability, race, and sexuality.

With Ken Hornbeck, Dr. Debra Vidali served as keynote speaker in the workshop “Constructing Realties: Theatre and Representation.”

Listen to Dr. Jenny Chio’s recent lecture on ethnographic portraiture and filmmaking online

Listen to Dr. Jenny Chio’s recent lecture on ethnographic portraiture and filmmaking online.

As a Morphomata Fellow at the University of Cologne, Germany, Dr. Chio gave a public lecture on one of her current ethnographic film and research projects. The talk was titled “These Days, These Homes: An Ethnographic Portrait Film in Progress.” Dr. Chio addressed the question: What are the possibilities of portraiture in filmmaking, and how can biographical and ethnographic approaches be integrated in film practice and humanistic cultural research? Her talk discussed possibilities in the ethnographic and biographical representation of life experiences by rethinking the methods and theories of documentary film-making, biography, life history, and ethnography.