Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Keough holds a B.A. in International Relations (George Washington University, 1994), M.A. in social science (University of Chicago, 1997), and Ph.D. in anthropology (University of Massachusetts Amherst 2008). Parallel to her studies, she worked outside of academia in a variety of capacities (as writer and editor for Encyclopaedia Africana, development associate at a refugee resettlement agency in Boston, consultant to the International Organization for Migration, and as a research assistant, editor, and conference organizer). In 2007-8 she was a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C., and in 2008-9 she held a postdoctoral research scholarship at Sabanci University in Istanbul. She has been teaching at Hampshire College since 2011.
The Middle East is not only a source of migration flows - a place people flee, seeking work and/or refuge in Europe and the West - but also a destination for them. Migrations to the Middle East and mobility within it increasingly characterizes this dynamic region. In this course, we examine documented and undocumented, forced and voluntary migrations (labor migrations, refugees, trafficking) in various contexts (Moroccan, Libyan, Turkish, Iraqi, United Arab Emirates, Palestinian, Syrian). We critically analyze the processes of power that structure these contemporary flows and migration policy. We also delve into the perspectives of migrants, their communities at home, and their "hosts." Throughout, we ask how the intersections of citizenship, class, race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexuality affect the experience of migration. Students examine these dynamics through careful evaluation of ethnographies and the ethnographic method itself in active class discussions, short writing assignments, and an independent research paper.
The dramatic increase in transnational migrations has prompted new debates over globalization, diversity, and human rights. In these debates, the fate of migrants is defined by competing visions of them as pawns or pioneers, as passive victims or driven agents. This course explores the key role played by film in such representations, comparing and contrasting film to ethnography as a way to relate migrant experiences and understand migration. We look at how documentaries, feature films in local and world cinema, and ethnographies represent decisions to go abroad and the effects of migration on home and host communities. We ask what can be gleaned from these sources about what it is like to be an undocumented migrant, or a member of a "second generation;" what we can learn about the conditions of trafficked women or refugees. We also explore how geography, citizenship, class, gender, age, ethnicity, race and religion feature in these representations. Students will critically analyze how migrants are represented in film through active class discussions and several written essays.
Cultural anthropology helps us better understand processes of power -- interrogating structural inequality and injustice, resistance and identity, whether local or global. It does this through its principle method, ethnography: the on-the-ground investigation of practices and meanings in people's daily lives. In this course, we will critically analyze ethnographies on a range of intersecting topics (including class, race, gender, and global migration). We also will explore the power of ethnographic representations and the ethnographic method itself. Students will be expected to participate actively in discussions, write analytic essays, and conduct an independent research project and presentation.
Typically, the Middle East is viewed as a source of migration flows - a place people flee, seeking work and/or refuge in Europe and the West. But migrations to the Middle East and mobility within it increasingly characterizes this dynamic region. In this course, we will look at documented and undocumented, forced and voluntary migrations (labor migration, refugees, trafficking) in a number of contexts (Syrian, Turkish, Iraqi, United Arab Emirates, Palestinian). We will critically analyze the various types of powers and processes that structure these contemporary flows and we'll seek to better understand the perspectives of migrants and their "hosts." Throughout, we will pay careful attention to how the intersections of citizenship, class, race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexuality affect the experience of migration. Students will examine these dynamics through close readings of social research (including several ethnographies), active class discussions, short writing assignments, and an independent research paper on a topic of their choice.