Borders, Biases, and Bio-Threats: Public Health Concerns and International Migration in Russia
Dr. Cynthia Buckley, Chair of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin delivered a lecture titled, “Borders, Biases, and Bio-Threats: Public Health Concerns and International Migration in the Russian Federation.” The event was moderated by Dr. Judyth Twigg, Associate Professor, School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Buckley is studying the emergence of the Eurasian migration system and the linkages between migration and health while placing Russia in the comparative context of global migration. The Russian case brings to light the role of real and imagined communities and how this relates to the definition of borders as well as the definition of who is considered a migrant. It also highlights issues of federalism as well as the prevalent politicization of health and related security threats and how this has become an acceptable avenue to express anti-immigrant sentiment. The effort to bring Russia into contemporary global migration study aims to look at how theory can inform understanding of the Russian case as well as what insights the Russian case can provide to comparative theory.