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Life in Mobility: Between Precariousness and Trust

Friday, January 19-Sunday, January 21, 2018
University of Southern California
Gould School of Law, Faculty Lounge Room 433
All day event.


Friday, January 19, 2017

8:15am Breakfast
9:00am Introduction
Claudia MoattiUniversité de Paris 8 and USC
9:30am Session 1: The organization of mobility: networks, guilds, documents of identity
Chair: Christelle Fischer Bovet, USC
Cédric BrélazUniversity of Fribourg 
"Deviating Soldiers: Officials on the Move and Local Communities at Risk in the Roman East"
Adam Kosto, Columbia University
"Safety 'Coming and Going' in the Middle Ages"
11:00-11:15am Break
Juliette Bourdin, Université Paris 8
"The mechanisms of trust: the emigrants’ response to the dangers of the overland trails to Oregon and California in the 1840s"
12:00pm General Discussion
12:30pm Lunch
2:00pm Session 2: Mobility and Law
Chair: Ariela Gross, USC
Emmanuelle Chevreau, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas
"Contractual clauses facilitating the mobility of people and goods in the Roman Empire"
Rowan Dorin, Stanford University
"Migrant, Moneylenders and the Threat of Expulsion in Medieval Europe"
3:00-3:15pm Break
Evelyne Oliel-Grausz
, Université Paris 1-IHMC/ConfigMed ERC/ Centre de recherches français à Jérusalem
"Being a foreigner at court : Jews in Livorno, mobility and litigation in the 18th century"
Hiroshi Motomura, University of California, LA
"Legal framework and policy issues raised by refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants in the 20th century US"
5:15-5:45pm General Discussion

Saturday, January 20, 2017

8:45am Breakfast
9:30am Session 3: Mobility, Knowledge, and Representations
Chair: Thomas Habinek, USC
Jennifer Devereaux, USC
"Human Mobility: From Vulnerability to Collectivity in the Ancient World"
Susan Lape, USC
"Female Immigrants in New Comedy: Precarity and Accommodation"
11:00-11:15am Break
Jessica Goldberg, University of California, LA"Becoming a local: migration and identity in the medieval Islamic world"
12:00pm General Discussion
12:30pm Lunch
Chair: Roger Waldinger, University of California, LA
Emily Ryo, USC
"Fostering Legal Cynicism in Immigration Detention"
2:45-3:00pm Break
Nayan Shah, USC
"Precarious Materiality and Visual Exhibition of Refugees"
3:45-4:45pm General Discussion

This symposium is a part of a group research project, "The Experience of Mobility Across Time," that brings together members from various departments at University of Southern California (Classics, History, USC Gould School of Law) and at Université de Paris 8 (History).

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