Valorizing Mobility and Immobility in Sudan’s War

Valorizing Mobility and Immobility in Sudan’s War

Date: Wednesday June 5th, 2024
Time: 11am
Speakers: Anna Simone Reumert (University of Columbia)



Sudanese subsistence farmers have for generations become labor migrants in the Middle East, yet the war in Sudan has scaled up and rendered mobility a heightened point of value extraction both for states and non-state brokers. I trace how mobility has become militarized in Sudan’s war of plunder: with the RSF and SAF competing over recruits and power, and civilian communities becoming dependent on their distribution of aid, is the war economy replacing labor migration as a livelihood? Millions have been displaced from their violence, while others have become stuck, as the different parties to the war (local and transnational) are profiting from facilitating and blocking people from crossing. My talk then considers the repercussions of the war on the Sudanese diaspora, who have become stuck abroad with no direction home.


Biography of the Speaker:

Anna Simone Reumert is a political anthropologist and a gender studies scholar. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at The New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, and holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Cultural Anthropology, Mashriq&Mahjar, Merip, Rusted Radishes, Kohl journal for Body and Gender Research, Jadaliyya, among other journals. She is currently working on two research projects. Her book manuscript Future Returns: Labor, Revolution and Sudan in the Middle East follows Sudanese migrant workers in Lebanon and migrant returnees in subsistence farming communities in Sudan following the 2018-revolution. Her second book project, Sex and the Civil War, examines the political economy of sex in the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990).

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luisaarango2020 (2024, 31 mai). Valorizing Mobility and Immobility in Sudan’s War. Researching Sudan - A perspective on contemporary Sudans. Consulté le 25 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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