A few days ago I wrote about the Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA). I didn’t think to follow up and get to know the people behind this, but commenter Dane did exactly that, and left pointed me towards the founders of RAMA, Elise Hjalmarson and Amy Cohen. Upon visiting Elise’s blog the first thing you are greeted with is Elise’s face and some corporate social justice quote.
It only gets more ridiculous.
My name is Elise Hjalmarson and I do global research with people on the move.
Stop, my body is already rejecting this bullshit. Give me a minute to process “people on the move,” being codeword for “foreigners who don’t belong here.”
In 2018, I began my PhD in Anthropology & Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where I am an affiliate of its Global Migration Centre. I am the co-founder of migrant justice group Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA) and an affiliate of the Swiss School of Latin American Studies.
Situated at the intersection of migration, gender, and Latin American studies, my dissertation considers the negotiation of competing desires, values, and aspirations by Latin American women living in Spain. As Research Assistant for the ERC-funded project ‘Returning to a Better Place: The (Re)assessment of the “Good Life” in Times of Crisis’, led by Dr. Valerio Simoni, I also explore the affective and moral dispositions engendered by the comparison of various sites along people’s migration trajectories.
The pursuit of migrant justice underlays all of my work to varying degrees. My broad research and teaching interests include migration and migrant labor, nationalism and borders, gender and feminist theory, racism and white supremacy, and contemporary Latin American politics and society. To date, I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork among diverse Latin Americans in Spain and Jamaican migrant farmworkers in Canada.
Check out the views her papers get. Literally zero, at least on that site. If you got to that site now you’ll see that the top paper now has 1 view. That’s because I clicked on it. That’s right, you don’t need to check it out or anything like that, no one even bothered clicking on her work.
But enough about her work, let’s find out what Elise Hjalmarson does for fun.
Over the past five years, I have lived in Nicaragua, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, and Canada. I am fluent in both English and Spanish, and get by with my very rusty French. Despite my extensive traveling, I am still most at home on the Canadian West Coast and the unceded traditional territories of the Syilx people, also known as the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.
You travel a lot. Good for you. You speak two languages and can emote and wave your hands in the air while occasionally hitting the right proper noun in a third. You’re so glamourous Elise. I bet your homelife is just one non-stop adventure.
In ‘normal’ times, I can be found writing at a café before the sun rises, the gym in the afternoons, and a dance studio at night.
I’m a traveler, what can I say? Take only memories, leave only footprints. Boy I can’t wait to see the kind of wild crazy life she lives in private.
A close observer may catch me watching cat videos or googling house plants between writing spells,
So when you say that you lived in five different countries in the past five years what that translates to is you sitting alone in a hotel room or shitty apartment binge-watching cat videos on YouTube while you dream of maybe someday having a house plant, since you’ve given up on a husband ever coming along.
…while I dream of putting down roots, warm light, and a world without borders.
You dream of… putting down roots? How is that compatible with a World without borders? Look, I know that I’m expecting logic and consistency from a stupid vapid bimbo who doesn’t get any views in the academic World anyway but come on! How’s she think her cat video binge-watch fest is going to go when a bunch of “Customer-Americans,” from Africa go at her with machetes?
Her blog’s community page proudly displays a picture of her with none other than Amy Cohen. In another shocking cohencidence, she’s super anti-White as well.
Career Path and Life Passions
Amy chairs the anthropology program at Okanagan College in British Columbia, and she co-founded Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA), a non-profit advocating social justice for migrant and indigenous people.
Amy’s academic career path and activist passions directly connect to her undergraduate education at Southern Oregon University. Her SOU studies explored social inequality and cultural relativism, two features of the social world which are paramount in her current work with RAMA:
- “I’m really interested in how systems legislate inequality… Those conversations that we had in class as an undergrad definitely made me think about our responsibility to others and our community and the world”
No doubt Cohen is fighting hard to destroy the borders of the jew ethnostate. No doubt Cohen is fighting hard to advocate for the Indigenous People of Israel, also known as the Palestinians. No doubt Cohen is fighting hard for the Indigenous People of Europe.
Oh I guess not, huh. But she’s really concerned about migrant workers. She just cares a lot. A very empathetic person this cohen. And that goes double for her catlady houseplant enjoyer partner in crime.
Take a look at your life. Now realize that you’re still better off than this catlady who doesn’t even own any cats. A woman who dreams of owning houseplants, which you can just buy at the store for twenty dollars.