Amanda Poole, Department of Anthropology, presented her research on migration and transnationalism in Eritrea at the 29th annual Gwendolen Carter Conference at the University of Florida, March 15–16, 2013. An invited speaker, Poole presented a paper titled “I could go, but my children belong to the government: Perspectives on international migration from the Eritrean lowlands.”
This paper explores the effects of international mobility on perceptions of the state and on the national, ethnic, and gendered identities of return refugees in contemporary Eritrea. This project stems from ethnographic research on refugee resettlement in Eritrea, where Poole has researched state-society relations around resource management.
The conference series, hosted by the African Studies Center at the University of Florida, honors the late distinguished Africanist scholar Gwendolen M. Carter. Carter devoted her career to scholarship and advocacy concerning the politics of inequality and injustice, especially in southern Africa. She also worked to foster the development of African Studies as an academic enterprise. In the spirit of her career, the annual Carter lectures offers the university community and the greater public the perspectives of Africanist scholars on issues of pressing importance to the peoples and societies of Africa. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Politics of Permanent Flux: State-Society Relations in the Horn of Africa.”