Place and place-making in new geographies of refugee resettlement and immigration: Space, place, and belonging

Type: Paper
Theme: Ethnonationalism and Exclusion Around the World
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Governors Square 9, Sheraton, Concourse Level
Organizers: Lauren Fritzsche, Jessie Clark
Chairs: Jessie Clark

Call for Submissions

This session critically examines the role of place and place-making in new geographies of refugee resettlement and immigration. Today, longstanding refugee and immigration policies and commitments are dramatically changing in the Global North, and they reflect and shape a new geography of where and how people are settling. Amidst these changes, geographers are seeking to understand how places are important sites of policy-making and negotiation over belonging, race/racialization, and identity in the context of resettlement and immigration. Places are not passive recipients of broader policies or rhetoric; they are the “locus” (Massey, 1994) where global and national flows meet the “sociohistorical legacies of localities” (Matos, 2017) in the welcome or exclusion of people. We are interested in papers that explore the experience of refugees, immigrants, and receiving communities through the lens of place to understand how characteristics of place and socio-economic, racial, and political histories interact with processes of settlement and resettlement. We seek papers that address but are not limited to the following:

• The processes and practices of refugee and immigrant settlement in new and non-traditional destinations
• Everyday and embodied experiences of refugees and immigrants in new and non traditional destinations
• Racist and anti-racist practices in place and impacts of place-based legacies of racism on the settlement process and experience
• Negotiations of immigrant and refugee belonging, inclusion, and/or exclusion in place
• Place-based policies, initiatives, and responses to refugee and immigrant settlement
• Place-based negotiations with infrastructural and financial disinvestment in resettlement and immigration resources


Massey, D. B. (1994). Space, place, and gender. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Matos, Y. (2017). Geographies of Exclusion: The Importance of Racial Legacies in Examining State-Level Immigration Laws. American Behavioral Scientist, 61(8), 808–831. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764217720480


Description

This session critically examines the role of place and place-making in new geographies of refugee resettlement and immigration. Today, longstanding refugee and immigration policies and commitments are dramatically changing in the Global North, and they reflect and shape a new geography of where and how people are settling. Amidst these changes, geographers are seeking to understand how places are important sites of policy-making and negotiation over belonging, race/racialization, and identity in the context of resettlement and immigration. Places are not passive recipients of broader policies or rhetoric; they are the “locus” (Massey, 1994) where global and national flows meet the “sociohistorical legacies of localities” (Matos, 2017) in the welcome or exclusion of people. The papers in this session explore the experience of refugees, immigrants, and receiving communities through the lens of place to understand how characteristics of place and socio-economic, racial, and political histories interact with processes of settlement and resettlement.

Massey, D. B. (1994). Space, place, and gender. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Matos, Y. (2017). Geographies of Exclusion: The Importance of Racial Legacies in Examining State-Level Immigration Laws. American Behavioral Scientist, 61(8), 808–831. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764217720480


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter James Chaney*, Middle Tennessee State University, This Is My Home, Too: The Emerging Reactive Ethnicity and Sense of Place of 1.5‐ and Second-Generation Latinxs in Tennessee 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Nicole Plante*, Elon University, Negotiating Belonging in Place: Refugee Families and Youth Experiences of Resettlement 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Adam Saltsman*, Worcester State University, Making Worcester Home: A Participatory Approach to Map Belonging and Urban Space for Newcomer Youth 15 11:40 AM
Discussant Lise Nelson University of Arizona - Geography & Development 15 11:55 AM

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