Global migration and mobility are defining issues for the 21st century and signify major societal challenges both nationally and internationally. Initiatives in Im/mobility engage the multifaceted aspects of migration and movement that people experience from transnational and local movements to the spatial and social isolation of communities and individuals stemming from social, cultural, political, environmental and economic factors. Initiatives also address past and present experiences of forced removal, (re)settlement and displacement of Indigenous peoples. Current projects include Migration, Mobility and Immobility, and the Human Rights in Transit Study Abroad Program.


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Current Projects

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During 2018-2020 the Migration, Mobility, and Immobility Project will launch a series of collaborative activities, including a visiting scholar-/artist-/activist-in-residence program, teaching collaborations, community outreach initiatives, the organization of talks, exhibitions, film screenings and performances, and a  grants  program for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research and creative work. In October 2019, it will organize Moving Subjects: Migration, Mobility, and Immobility Week.



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With the city of London as its focus, this Discovery Theme sponsored course (English 4554, English Studies and Global Human Rights) will explore human rights in the context of global migration. As migration has become an increasingly global phenomenon, more and more immigrant-receiving countries around the world find themselves embroiled in similar  debates over immigration, citizenship and political asylum. This course will examine cultural representations (art, literature, film and photography) of global migration and belonging, with particular emphasis on London’s rich past of immigration and present emphases on national security. This Discovery initiative is facilitated by the Office of International Affairs. 

For more information on this opportunity, please review its webpage on the Office of International Affairs website and/or contact the course instructors, Professor Wendy S. Hesford or Professor Amy Shuman.


This special initiative will fund three cross-disciplinary research projects in 2019-2020:

  1. Ancient Indigenous Monuments and Modern Indigenous Art
  2. Indigenous Ohio: Ohio State and Native Arts and Humanities Past and Present
  3. K’acha Willaykuna: Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Humanities Collaboration. This initiative emphasizes comparative, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary research and creative practice that connects regional indigenous histories, experiences and expression to hemispheric and global pan-indigenous debates