Lesvos, Greece

Moderated by Elisa Kim, Smith College

The Oceans, Freedom of Movement and the struggle for a Global Commons - Nandita Sharma, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Nandita Sharma is an Associate Professor of Racism, Migration and Transnationalism in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the author of Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of 'Migrant Workers' in Canada (2006: University of Toronto Press) and a forthcoming book, Home Rule: The Partition between Natives and Migrants in the Postcolonial New World Order (Duke University Press). Nandita is active in No Borders networks and works towards the realization of a Global Commons.

The Legacy of Old Laws and the Fight for the Commons in Lebanon - Abir Saksouk-Sasso, Dictaphone Beirut
Abir Saksouk-Sasso graduated as an architect in 2005, and later did her masters in Urban Development Planning. She has been involved in several research projects in Lebanon, including the history of informal suburbs, the social production of shared space, and housing rights. She produced related publications, such as “This Sea Is Mine” and “Making Spaces for the Public: The Story of the Beirut's Dalieh”. Her interests include exploring how community engagement could be employed in planning and actively shaping the future of cities. She is co-founder of Dictaphone Group (2009) and Public Works Studio (2012).

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