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CMENAS Colloquium Series. From Sudan to America: Reflections on Immigration, Diaspora, and Revolution

Date(s) - 10/26/2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Center for Middle East and North Africa Studies at the University of Michigan

Amal Fadlalla, Associate Professor Anthropology, Women’s Studies, DAAS, University of Michigan

The 2020 CMENAS Colloquium Series theme is “The Arab Spring: 10 Years Later.”
(Please register at; a Zoom link will be emailed to you the day of the event.)

About the Presentation:
Rising anti-immigration sentiments in the United States and elsewhere are built on nativist conceptions entirely innocent of any knowledge of why immigrants are here in the first place. Nativists fail to recognize global connections and how immigrants struggle to make both host and original countries better places. This talk highlights how both national and transnational processes are connected and how these processes shape immigrants’ and trans-local actors’ fight for and debates over equal citizenship rights, inclusion, and belonging. Reflecting on my own work on Sudanese refugees, diaspora, and the current revolution in the Sudan, I explore how the quest for recognition and equal citizenship rights has influenced Sudanese activists’ representation and imagination of both national and transnational citizenship.

About the Speaker:
Amal Fadlalla is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan. Her research interests and teaching focus on global issues and perspectives related to gender, health, reproduction, diaspora, transnationalism, population, development, and human rights and humanitarianism. She holds and Masters degrees from the University of Khartoum, Sudan (1986, 1992) and a Ph. D from Northwestern University (2000).

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange. Contact: Kristin Waterbury at

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