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Lunch UP: Faranak Miraftab, "Global Heartland: Theorizing Place and Politics of Placemaking in the Global Era"

Lunch UP: Faranak Miraftab, "Global Heartland: Theorizing Place and Politics of Placemaking in the Global Era"

This presentation draws on  Faranak Miraftab's forthcoming book, Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives and Local Placemaking (Indiana University press, January 2016). Maraftab will focus on an often overlooked space in metro-centric urban scholarship of globalization—a small company town in the rural Midwest. Studying the trans-national and trans-local lives of workers recruited from Togo, Mexico and Detroit to work at the meat packing plant in the rural Illinois, Global Heartland offers a fresh perspective on materiality of place and politics of placemaking.

These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship. If you have research you would like to present, or a provocative article you would like to discuss, please speak with Larissa Larsen, David Weinreich, or Carla Kayanan.

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