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International Seminar Series: “Global Production of Displaced Labor: Stories of ‘Immigration'”

Wednesday, November 7th 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Description

Title of Presentation: Global Production of Displaced Labor: Stories of “Immigration”

Speaker: Dr. Faranak Miraftab

Presentation Overview: Dr. Miraftab will draw on her research on the Midwestern meatpacking industry’s recruitment of labor from a range of countries, including Mexico, Togo, Puerto Rico, and beyond.  Through the stories of workers in the heartland and their families in their communities of origin, she will shed light on how a globally mobile labor force is produced and how the term “immigration” conceals the violence involved in global production and social reproduction of cheap labor.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Faranak Miraftab is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her interdisciplinary research empirically based in Latin America, Southern Africa, and the US, draws on feminist, transnational, and urban scholarship. Her research and teaching concerns the global and local development processes involved in the formation of cities and citizens’ struggles to access dignified urban livelihood.  She has served as a consultant to the UNCHS and Gender and Habitat program at the UN.  Her most recent book, Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives and Local Placemaking received ACSP’s 2017 Davidoff book award and ASA’s Global & Transnational Sociology Section book award.

Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.

Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.

International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The fall 2018 series will focus on immigration.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Office of International Studies and Programs
(309) 438-5276


Bone Student Center
200 N. University Street
Normal, IL
Prairie Room North & Center
(309) 438-4636