Globalisation from the Vantage Point of Ethiopia
Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths)
Date: 31 January 2018Time: 7:00 PM
Finishes: 31 January 2018Time: 8:30 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Room G3
Type of Event: Seminar
Caroline Knowles’ latest book Flip-flop: A Journey through Globalization’s Backroads is a collaboration with artist Michael Tan, based on 6 years of ethnographic research following the biography of a pair of flip-flops, from China to Ethiopia. Beginning in the oil wells of Kuwait and ending at a landfill site in Ethiopia the journey carefully details the considerable ground that one pair of flip-flops covers from its production to its transportation, use and disposal. Knowles passes through five countries, powerfully demonstrating across the book the relationship between the macro and the micro level, placing economic, social and political histories against everyday lives and journeys.
Speaker: Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths)
Caroline Knowles is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths University. She writes about migration and circulations of material objects – some of the social forces constituting globalization. She is particularly interested in cities, having done research in London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Fuzhou, Addis Ababa, Kuwait City and Seoul.
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