Gurung, Sampreety: Travel Grant - 2017-2018

College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: 
The Politics of Im(mobilities): Labor Migration from Nepal to Malaysia
Project Abstract: 
My proposed summer research is part of a project that explores the pathways of Nepali men into Malaysia and their lives abroad. Looking at migrant lives through and beyond the rubric of labor, it considers how various forms of citizenship and belonging might emerge out of seemingly inimical conditions. By reimagining the familiar ways in which Nepalis have become “migrant workers,” I wish to articulate a politics that respects and attends to multiple realities while taking seriously the real insecurities that threaten migrant lives. This summer, I plan to visit two important nodes of labor migration between Nepal and Malaysia—the areas surrounding Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal and Johor Bahru, Malaysia. I will explore how the politics of (im)mobility play out within such spaces, attending particularly to the relationships between spatiality, sociality and subjectivity.