Animating Migration Theory II: Space and Time

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Evergreen, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Francis Collins, Sergei Shubin
Chairs: Sergei Shubin


As a phenomenon underpinned by fluidity and radical difference, migration always escapes simple modes of representation and reductive theorisations. Indeed, as the dramatic events of the last decade have demonstrated, migration regularly takes shape around new scenarios, follows unpredictable routes and often involves migrant lives that exceed the expectations and restrictions of mainstream migration studies and policy orthodoxies. Over the last few years geographers and other social scientists have started to embrace this excess, generating new and exciting approaches that broaden the boundaries of traditional migration models and dominant migration imaginaries. Renewed interest in the subjects of migration (Findlay et al., 2013; Nail, 2015; Collins 2017; Engebrigsten, 2017), for example, questions the framing of individualised lives and decisions in migration, explores dominant figures of migration and stresses in-stability, openness and becoming of mobile people. Similarly, re-conceptualizations of migration as being-on-the-move driven by desire and potentiality (Papandopolous et al., 2008; Shubin, 2015; Carling and Collins, 2017) opens up conventional definitions of mobility, movement and displacement predicated on binary conceptualizations of place and placelessness. And, rethinking and retheorising approaches to managing and territorializing migration (Anderson, 2013; Tazzioli, 2015; Pecoud, 2015; Shubin, 2016) exposes a version of the world founded on rationality and utility that establishes the powerful divisions between reason and un-reason in shaping cross-border mobilities. This series of three sessions brings together papers that address 1) Subjectivity and the State, 2) Space and Time, and 3) Migrant Materialities. Our aim is to develop new critical understandings of migrant timespaces and animate the field of contemporary migration studies to include insights from different domains of social sciences.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Sergei Shubin*, Swansea University, Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen, Spiritual homes on the move: relational connections and creation of difference in the process of migrant “homing” 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Lewis J Dowle*, University of St Andrews, Towards a (Co)Relational Border? Affectual Experiences at Scandinavian borders 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Bingyu Wang*, Sun Yat-sen University, Temporally Distributed Aspirations: A Case Study of New Chinese Migrants to New Zealand 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Silvia Marcu*, Spanish National Research Council Madrid, Spain, The Limits of Mobility: Life-Course Experiences Among Young Eastern Europeans in Spain 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Marcus Doel Swansea University (Wales UK) 20 11:20 AM

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