Women and Migration(s) II - cover image


Kalia Brooks Nelson; Cheryl Finley; Ellyn Toscano; Deborah Willis;

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  • English

Print Length

406 pages (xxiv+382)


Paperback156 x 28 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.1" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 32 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.26" x 9.21")


Paperback767g (27.06oz)
Hardback945g (33.33oz)






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  • women
  • migration
  • intersectionality
  • art
  • film
  • poetry
  • food
  • borders
  • identity
  • trauma
  • dislocation
  • humanities
  • social sciences
  • public policy

Women and Migration(s) II

  • Kalia Brooks (editor)
  • Cheryl Finley (editor)
  • Ellyn Toscano (editor)
  • Deborah Willis (editor)
Women and Migration(s) II draws together contributions from scholars and artists showcasing the breadth of intersectional experiences of migration, from diaspora to internal displacement. Building on conversations initiated in Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History, this edited volume features a range of written styles, from memoir to artists’ statements to journalistic and critical essays. The collection shows how women’s experiences of migration have been articulated through art, film, poetry and even food.

This varied approach aims to aid understanding of the lived experiences of home, loss, family, belonging, isolation, borders and identity—issues salient both in experiences of migration and in the epochal times in which we find ourselves today. These are stories of trauma and fear, but also stories of the strength, perseverance, hope and even joy of women surviving their own moments of disorientation, disenfranchisement and dislocation.

This collection engages with current issues in an effort to deepen understanding, encourage ongoing reflection and build a more just future. It will appeal to artists and scholars of the humanities, social sciences, and public policy, as well as general readers with an interest in women’s experiences of migration.

Additional Resources

[video] Responses in Art and History

Hosted by NYU – Washington, DC on June 3, 2020

[video] Crisis

Hosted by NYU – Washington, DC on June 10, 2020

[video] Memoir

Hosted by NYU – Washington, DC on June 17, 2020


Hosted by NYU – Washington, DC on June 24, 2020

[video]Global Interventions

Hosted by NYU – Washington, DC on August 4, 2020

[video]Diverse Stories

Hosted by NYU – Washington, DC on August 5, 2020

[video]Redefining Resistance: "Joy” as Resistance Part I

Hosted by NYU – Washington, DC on October 7, 2020

[video]Redefining Resistance: "Joy” as Resistance Part II

Hosted by NYU – Washington, DC on October 28, 2020



(pp. 1–4)
  • Kalia Brooks
  • Deborah Willis
  • Ellyn Toscano
  • Cheryl Finley

1. Carry Over

(pp. 9–18)
  • Sama Alshaibi
  • Firelei Báez

3. Astral Sea

(pp. 23–28)
  • Tsedaye Makonnen

4. Maid in the USA

(pp. 29–30)
  • Carolina Mayorga

5. Rapture

(pp. 31–32)
  • Shirin Neshat
  • Muna Malik

7. Island Putas

(pp. 37–42)
  • Gabriella N. Báez
  • Maria Elena Ortiz
  • Allison Janae Hamilton
  • Hồng-Ân Trương
  • Nashormeh N.R. Lindo

15. Refugees

(pp. 75–76)
  • Ifrah Mahamud Magan
  • Cheryl Finley
  • Bryn Evans

27. The Empathy Exodus

(pp. 195–202)
  • Esther Armah
  • Hande Gurses

37. Mom Rose

(pp. 297–304)
  • Melvina Lathan
  • Nohora Arrieta


Kalia Brooks

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University

Kalia Brooks, PhD, is a New York based independent curator, educator and writer. Brooks is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Brooks holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She received her M.A. in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in 2006, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007/2008. She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Brooks is also currently an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.

Cheryl Finley


Ellyn Toscano

Executive Director at New York University Florence

Ellyn Toscano is Executive Director of New York University Florence. She directs NYU’s Villa La Pietra, a fifteenth-century villa and collection of six thousand objects dating from the Etruscans to the twentieth century. She founded and directs La Pietra Dialogues, a year-long series of conferences and talks, and founded and produces The Season, a summer cultural festival in the Villa’s expansive gardens. Before arriving at NYU Florence, Toscano served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Jose Serrano of New York, was his chief policy advisor and directed his work on the Appropriations Committee. Toscano also served as counsel to the New York State Assembly Committee on Education for nine years. She has served on the boards of several prominent arts and cultural institutions including the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (as the representative of the Brooklyn Borough President). In Italy, she serves on the board of the Museo Marino Marini in Florence, and the Italian Advisory Council of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. A lawyer by training, Toscano earned an LLM in International Law from New York University School of Law.

Deborah Willis

University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University

Deborah Willis, PhD, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, contemporary women photographers and beauty. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Professor Willis received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book Envisioning Emancipation. Other notable projects include Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present, Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, an NAACP Image Award Literature Winner.