"Autobiogeographies:" Transnational Geographers in the United States

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Ethnic Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Wilson C, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Alan Marcus
Chairs: Alan Marcus


This panel will consist of six geographers who have recently published their respective book-chapters in a volume "Transnational Geographers in the United States: Navigating Autobiogeographies in a Global Age"(edited by Alan P. Marcus, Lexington Books 2016). Their narratives provide insights into their own personal and professional trajectories as transnational geographers by using an approach called "autobiogeography." Geographers have produced and published extensive research on transnational immigration processes, yet this discussion offers a unique insight into the researchers who are transnational immigrants themselves (e.g.; from Brazil, Nigeria, Cyprus, Canada, Germany, Poland).
This panel will allow the authors and audience to participate in an open discussion on immigration, transnationalism, borders, place, migration, fragmentation, displacement, and "home" - and, particularly understand the personal and professional livelihoods of researchers who publish on transnational migration. Questions such as "how did you end up here?" and "where is home to you?" will be addressed. The panel will consist of the following participants and their transnational connections: Weronika Kusek (Poland), Heather Smith (Canada), Heike Alberts (Germany), Ibipo Johnston-Onumonwo (Nigeria), Stavros Constantinou (Cyprus), and Alan Marcus (Brazil).


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Weronika Kusek Northern Michigan University 15
Panelist Heike Alberts University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 15
Panelist Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo SUNY Cortland 15
Panelist Alan Marcus Towson University 15
Panelist Heather Smith University of North Carolina at Charlotte 15
Panelist Stavros Constantinou Ohio State University 15

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