Category Migration

After Bukhara: Central Asian trading networks in Afghanistan and Beyond

By Magnus Marsden Several tombs of Afghanistan’s historic figures have been restored in recent years. In the Bagh-e Babur park – elegantly restored by the Aga Khan Foundation – lies the grave of Babur Shah, the Central Asian conqueror who captured Kabul in 1504 AD and went on to lay the groundwork for establishing the […]

Agency, Upkeep, and Neglect in North Carolina Farm Labor Camps

by Bennett Heine In a recent article in Human Organization, co-authors Thomas Arcury, Sarah Quandt, and I draw from interviews with migrant farmworkers to conclude that agency matters. It matters for the day-to-day material well-being and dignity of farmworkers and their families; for researchers looking to situate the lives and struggles of migrant farmworkers within […]

‘Volunteer Humanitarianism’ in the Jungle of Calais

by Elisa Sandri This article is dedicated to the memory of Giulio Regeni, PhD researcher, and to his family, whom I never met but I hope they’ll find peace and justice. Calais, a quiet town in the North West of France overlooking the Strait of Dover, caught international public attention last year for the fast […]

From the field: Jeddah

Originally published on the University of Copenhagen’s Asian Dynamics Blog. by Magnus Marsden Notes from the field: Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 27/11/16-17/12/16 It seems like a long time since I bumped into two traders in their mid-forties from Afghanistan on a cold and wet spring night in Yiwu’s night market. As I chatted to […]

Bride or Child First?

by Fern Adams In the UK we recognise that people officially become adults when they turn 18. We tend to view that anyone under this age should be cared for, looked after and protected. This idea, on the whole, is recognised across Europe. Childhood is seen as a right that should be safeguarded. This in […]

When a Space becomes a Place…

According to Oxford online dictionary… Space: A continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied Place: An area used for a specified purpose or activity Sasha Flatau, University of Sussex The street it was on, as with all the streets in that part of Seville, was narrow. Large doors, like the entrance of […]