HONGDENG GAO, PH.D. | FROM STATE-SANCTIONED VIOLENCE TO THE RIGHT TO A COMMUNITY HOSPITAL & ÒSCAR PRIETO-FLORES, PH.D. | NECROPOLITICS AT THE SOUTHERN EUROPEAN BORDER: CAUSES AND EXPLANATIONS FOR THE INCREASING NUMBER OF MIGRANTS DEATHS AND MISSING AT SEA

02/20/2024 - HONGDENG GAO, PH.D. | FROM STATE-SANCTIONED VIOLENCE TO THE RIGHT TO A COMMUNITY HOSPITAL & ÒSCAR PRIETO-FLORES, PH.D. | NECROPOLITICS AT THE SOUTHERN EUROPEAN BORDER: CAUSES AND EXPLANATIONS FOR THE INCREASING NUMBER OF MIGRANTS DEATHS AND MISSING AT SEA

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Hongdeng Gao is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Inequality in America Initiative. She received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 2023. Hongdeng is a historian of race and ethnicity, migration, public health, and social movements in modern America. Her first book project examines how Cold War geopolitics and cross-ethnic grassroots alliances improved access to healthcare for underserved Chinese New Yorkers. Hongdeng’s work places Asian American history alongside better known histories of Black and Latinx urban communities and underscores the positive legacies of grassroots, community-based initiatives. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, the Library of Congress, and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, among others. Gao will present the topic From State-Sanctioned Violence to the Right to A Community Hospital: A Multiracial Health Movement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, 1968-1975.

Òscar Prieto-Flores is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Girona. He is the Academic Director of the Master’s Degree in Migratory Movements at the UdG. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Barcelona and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University in 2006 and at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University in 2012. He is also Principal Investigator of the SAFESPACES research project ‘Mentoring, Wellbeing and Mental Health of Racialised Migrants and Refugees’ (2023-2025) and Vice-Chair of the Board of the IMISCOE network, the largest interdisciplinary network of researchers in the field of migration. Òscar has recently co-edited the book “Mentoring Children and Young People for Social Inclusion: Global approaches to empowerment, published by Routledge. Prieto-Flores will present the topic Necropolitics at the Southern European Border: Causes and Explanations for the Increasing Number of Migrant Deaths and Missing at Sea.