Colloquium with Dr. Ivan Small, postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Anthropology and Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine.
This talk draws on field research conducted among remittance recipients in south central Vietnam to examine how international financial flows and migration histories affectively frame personal and collective relations to natural and human environments. Aspirational, frustrated, and deferred experiences of migration are spatially highlighted in coastal Vietnam where a visceral ocean horizon reminds residents of its affordances and limitations. Local migratory desires and memories are juxtaposed against international circulations of diasporic subjects and their gifts that now return from across such horizons, highlighting where and for whom mobility is privileged in the global economy. An emergent ecology of "in-situ" displacement among remittance recipient communities manifests in a variety of sociocultural and material forms.
Ivan Small is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Anthropology and Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian studies from Cornell University in 2012. He also holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. Dr. Small's work is available in a variety of disciplinary and area studies journals and edited volumes, including the Journal of Vietnamese Studies and Sojourn - Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. Central to his interests are the symbolisms, characteristics, materialities and affordances of money and gifts in a global political economy.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies