About Orhon Myadar
As a political geographer, I study geographical implications of politics at various scales. I am especially interested in questions of power, ideology, mobility and identity within the context of shifting political landscapes. I study how borders of belonging or exclusion shift as political regimes change and how these fluid borders shape everyday struggles of underserved and marginalized individuals and communities. Within this conceptual framework, I study expressions of national identity through symbolic landscapes, counter-narratives, and acts of resistance.
My current research examines forced mobility in the context of political turmoil. I am particularly interested in the ways narratives are told by, for, and about persons who have been forced to move and how these narratives shape the production and dissemination of knowledge about these persons. My current project aims to counter-narrate dominant discourses surrounding refugees through stories told by refugees themselves.
Beyond Fear: Tucson refugees tell their stories, funded by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.
(Collabrators: Lisa Hochtritt-School of Art; Najwa Nabti- College of Law; Maliaca Oxnam-ODIS; Stephanie Troutman- Department of English)
The main focus of this project is to document and share stories of refugees who are members of the Tucson community. By creating a platform for these individuals to tell their stories, we hope to challenge the widespread misunderstandings about and fear of refugees and help change the perception of refugees by showing their positive contributions towards Tucson community. We also hope to illuminate refugees’ unique and singular stories of hope, dreams and challenges and counter narrate the often too reductionist and universal label “refugees.” As Eastmond (2007) suggests “the bureaucratic need for standardized categories…often deny individuality.” The standard category “refugee” has also stripped individuals of their unique and single experiences.
The research’s significance lies in both the urgency and relevancy to the Tucson community. It is urgent because recent events in Paris and San Bernardino have sparked heightened anxiety and mistrust surrounding refugees. Politicians have fueled this fear in their bid for political mileage. This project will aim to push against this fear by increasing awareness of the importance of continued refugee resettlement in Tucson and highlighting the humanity of refugees who have already settled in the city.
Nationalism (territorializing and boundary-making; state theories; national identity; counter-narrative); urban geography (cities and ideologies; symbolic landscapes); mobility (biopolitics, displaced persons, nomadology); film (gender; postcolonial framing); resource politics (resourse nationalism; accumulation by dispossession); political geography of post-Soviet states.
Ph.D. 2007. Political Science. University of Hawaii, Manoa
MPA. 2002. Public Administration. University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Geog 210: Political and Cultural Geography of Globalization
Geog 251: World Regions
Geog 373: Political Geography
Geog 696B: Cultural Geography