My teaching experience and strengths lie at the intersection of established fields of anthropology—forced migration and mobility, the state and sovereignty, borders, war and conflict, and space and time—and more recent theoretical strands that aim to capture nonhuman, material, and environmental situated-ness of human experience and political spaces. Besides teaching these fields in the form of individual courses giving place to their novel and decolonized reinterpretations, I also bring together the two strands of my teaching interests under special topic course designs such as:
‘Uncertain Times’: Mapping Worlds and Lives in Crisis
Since the start of the pandemic, the word “uncertainty” has become ever present in our lives and statements. But what does it mean to live in “uncertain times?” Is uncertainty experienced the same everywhere, by everyone? In this course, we will address these down-to-earth questions by drawing on multidisciplinary texts (including works of literature and history depicting lives on the cusp of crises and wars). Following our theoretical orientation to uncertainty as a spatiotemporal question, we will investigate various contexts and rhythms in which uncertainty operates and is experienced. These include: Contested spaces like borders and camps, migration and undocumented lives, abandonment and economic precarity, risk and climate change, and disasters and pandemics.
(Non)Human Mobilities and Trajectories
Courses on mobility are usually centered on migration, legality, and borders, but this one privileges instead the intersection of human and nonhuman mobilities. Through a compilation of anthropological and philosophical texts, the course investigates the relational pathways and potentialities of commodities, plants, insects and pests, and viruses when they are in motion. One of the goals of the course is to train students to tack among different analytical registers as we discuss mobilities of various scales and agents.