Breaking boundaries from bottom to top: critical approaches to migration II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group, Ethics, Justice, and Human Rights Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Dan Johnston, Christabel Devadoss, Agnes Eross
Chairs: Dan Johnston


This is the second of a three session series.

Research on migration is increasingly important in Geography and across disciplines. Yet, too often contemporary research concerning migration is stuck asking the same questions despite a changing political climate, applying top-down perspectives and terminology. As a result of new trends in global migration, classical definitions of individuals and groups, e.g. refugee, non-resident alien, immigrant, etc., often used in research on migration, no longer sufficiently describe current mobilities. In an era when migration is a global phenomenon, and despite the movement against borders (Agnew 2007, 2008; Anderson, Sharma, and Wright 2009), many nation states are implementing new physical and institutional barriers to limit free mobility (Mountz 2010; Jones 2012, 2016). Importantly, the current global political climate is also encouraging dehumanizing discourse surrounding migration, and encouraging violence against minorities in these spaces (Jones 2016, Smith 2016).

This calls for new, innovative ways of elucidating phenomena surrounding migration and the way we research it. For this series of sessions we seek papers that take a critical approach to researching migration. This includes, but is not limited to:

Forced migrations, IDPs, Urban refugees, Camps, International refugee crisis
Gateway/Non-gateway cities, New Destination, Under-researched origins/destinations
Borderland mobilities and externalization of the border, securitization of migration
The effects of migration at different scales on sending societies (from regional to family level), analyzing/questioning the driving forces causing migration
Benefits and losses of migration on sending and hosting societies
Diasporic and expatriate communities, Diaspora strategies and engagement
More humanizing, creative approaches to migration
The effects of borders and rhetoric on everyday communities and people
Decolonizing approaches to research on migration


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Somayeh Chitchian*, Harvard University, Migration Question as an Urban Question: Towards New Methodologies and Spatialities of Analysis 20 2:00 PM
Presenter ASLI ONER*, Izmir University of Economics, Athanasios Stasinopoulos, İzmir University of Economics Department of Architecture, Konstantinos Moraitis, National Technical University of Athens Department of Architecture, Bahar Durmaz-Drinkwater, İzmir University of Economics Department of Architecture, Place-Making in a Foreign Culture: Comparing the Syrian Refugee Quarters in Athens and Izmir 20 2:20 PM
Presenter Irit Katz*, University of Pennsylvania, Spaces of Forced Migrants in the City: Between Local, Municipal, National and International Levels 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Christabel Devadoss*, West Virginia University, "I'm going to be Indian until I die": A visual narrative of diaspora experience(s) 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Katherine V Gough*, Loughborough University, Hannah Anderson Gough, University of Copenhagen, Disrupted becomings: The role of smartphones in Syrian refugees’ physical and existential journeys 20 3:20 PM

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