Radha S. Hegde

Decentering The Default: Reflections on Migration and Method

Radha Sarma Hegde (New York University)



2021 NECS Online Lecture (1/5)

January 28, 2021

The subject of global migration defies containment as it morphs across and between geographies, actors, structures and processes. While there have been dramatic changes in the directions of transnational mobility, dominant discourse about migrants has historically reproduced forms of linearity, dichotomy, universality and hierarchy. To study a complex subject characterized by asymmetry and volatility requires engagement with the multiple sites and modalities under which its emergence is constituted. How do we decenter default positions and delve into the serious project of deprovincializing methods? This talk will offer reflections on maintaining an alignment between our theoretical and methodological choices in order to produce knowledge about the politics and lived experiences of precarity in the contemporary global landscape.


Radha S. Hegde is a Professor in the department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.  She is the author of Mediating Migration (Polity Press, 2016),  editor of Circuits of Visibility:  Gender and Transnational Media Cultures (NYU Press, 2011), and co-editor of Routledge Handbook of the Indian diaspora (Routledge, 2017) She has served as the co-editor of Feminist Media Studies.


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