April 23, 2022

Virtual talk with Assoc. Prof. Ivan V. Small about migration and remittances

April 23, 2022, 09:00 – 10:30

Continuing the Fulbright Speakers’ Series: The World Beyond a Book, Fulbright University Vietnam cordially invites you to a virtual chat with Assoc. Prof. Ivan V. Small about his book “Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam”.

Remittances from the Vietnamese diaspora have played an important role in Vietnam’s post Cold War economic development, providing important inputs to a range of household spending areas, from education to health care. In the case of Vietnam, however, remittances are also caught up with memories and traumas of war, betrayal, separation and exodus. Conceptually examining remittances as money, but also gifts, this talk illustrates how Vietnam’s particular postwar refugee and remittance histories and channels exacerbate inherent contradictions in the mobile flows of finance, people and goods across borders that define globalization. The observable correlation between remittance reception and desires for out-migration contributes to affective migratory cultures in which the consumption patterns afforded by remittances may be displaced into a variety of unexpected areas, with unintended effects.

Join Fulbright in this thrilling science talk with Assoc. Prof. Ivan V. Small!

⏰Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 23, 2022 (Vietnam time, GMT +7)

👉 Register at: https://forms.office.com/r/gfiTLaeAN5


Fulbright Speakers’ Series is a quest for knowledge and understanding with diverse incisive viewpoints of prominent authors, both in Vietnam and globally, venturing into a myriad of topics ranging from development history and current Vietnam in the context of globalization, to the importance of mental health in being a compassionate community member.

About the speaker:

Ivan V. Small is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University in the United States. He is the author of “Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam” (Cornell University Press 2019) and co-editor of “Money at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion and Design” (Berghahn Press 2018). He has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, op-eds, and other publications examining the affordances of and connections between financial, bodily, and material mobilities in Vietnamese and global contexts. He has held fellowships at the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California Irvine, the Yusof Ishak Institute for Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and was a Fulbright-Hays fellow at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City.