Breaking boundaries from bottom to top: Critical approaches to migration III: Discussant Panel

Type: Panel
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: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Dan Johnston, Christabel Devadoss, Agnes Eross
Chairs: Christabel Devadoss


This is the third of a three session series. We've organized this panel in connection with the two previous paper sessions instead of having a single discussant. Panelists will both respond to the papers that have been presented, and discuss migration and the future direction of migration research.
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
Panelist Dan Johnston Indiana University 15
Panelist Jamie Winders Syracuse University 15
Panelist Doris Wastl-Walter University of Berne 15
Panelist Junjia Ye Nanyang Technological University 15

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