Globalisation has given rise to new and intensified transnational and translocal relationships. This is reflected in the rise and intensification of a range of mobilities of individuals and communities. In the ‘age of migration’, workers in varied skill sectors, investors, tourists, students, (health) care providers and seekers etc. are moving across and within national borders and living in transnational/translocal spaces more than ever before. New and/or intensified flows and circulations of people (bundled with other non-human flows) are contributing to rapid transformations in all parts of the world. Human mobility has indeed become one of the most important stratifying factors in this time of globalisation. While there is a global competition for so-called skilled migrants and talented students creating smooth pathways for some movers, other migrants looking for humanitarian protection face hard borders and long asylum procedures in their migration processes.
This 2-day Workshop focuses on the politics of mobility and examines the nature of different types of mobilities and their impact on human development in our urbanising world. The Workshop considers the importance of place, space and temporalities. It encourages in particular a translocal perspective to interrogate the causes, nature and impact of migration and mobilities, paying attention to the contexts of and processes in migrants’ places of origin, destinations and on the road. In particular, the Workshop aims to advance our theoretical and empirical understanding in six key topics:
|Panel theme||Panel organisers|
|1||Beyond Fortress Europe: The politics and emotionalities of refugee-support on the ground||Giulia Sinatti (Free University Amsterdam), Benjamin Etzold (University of Bonn) and Kolar Aparna (Radboud University Nijmegen)|
|2||Urban governance of translocal spaces||Margit Fauser (University of Bielefeld) and Gery Nijenhuis (Utrecht University)|
|3||Skilled migration, elite formation and knowledge networks||Mayke Kaag (Leiden University) and Maggi Leung (Utrecht University)|
|4||Environment-mobilities nexus: Migration in the context of rapid urbanisation and climate-variability||Annelies Zoomers, Femke van Noorloos and Janwillem Liebrand (Utrecht University)|
|5||Migrant trajectories & mobility regimes: re-thinking transnational identities in a global, but bordering, world||Joris Schapendonk (Radboud University Nijmegen), Ilse van Liempt (Utrecht University) and Griet Steel (Utrecht University and KU Leuven)|
|6||Immobility: shifting migrant identities, notions of transit, and states of transnationality||Lothar Smith and Martin van der Velde (Radboud University Nijmegen)|
Registration for the Workshop is free-of-charge. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.