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Join the Sociology Department as it hosts Dr. Parthiban Muniandy (Sarah Lawrence College) for his talk "Myths of the Pendatang: Politics of Refugees and Temporariness in the Global South". 

Sponsored by the Sociology Colloquium Committee, Workshop on Culture, Power, and History and the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts

Abstract: This talk provides an in-depth exploration of the lives of refugees and migrants, based on in-depth ethnographic research conducted in Malaysia, which is home to an estimated 8 million foreigners (and over half a million displaced/forced migrants). The focus is on how migrant, displaced and undocumented groups and communities play vital roles economically yet continue to face significant structural and institutional challenges in host countries where formal recognition is nonexistent. Refugee and displaced groups such as the Rohingya, perceived as 'illegals' in Malaysian society, contribute crucially to the economy and culture, yet grapple with exploitation, invisibility, and the denial of rights. This presentation aims to dispel common stereotypes about refugee and migrant life in the Global South by revealing the intricate, individual stories that challenge broad generalizations and offer a more nuanced understanding of forced migration within the Global South.

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