Thursday, 3 June 2010

Schedule for Ethnographies of Migration Workshop, 19th-20th June 2010

Room A316, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street WC2A 2AE, UK

PowerPoint facilities (screen and PC/laptop) will be available

DAY 1: Saturday 19th June, 2010

9.15 – 9.20 Arrival

9.20 – 9.30 Welcome and Opening Statements

Session 1: Liminality and State Control (Discussant – Malcolm James and Neil Walden)

9.30 – 10.30 Melanie Griffiths – ‘Living with uncertainty: liminality and insecurity for Asylum seekers in Oxford and Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC)’

10.30 – 10.45 Coffee/tea break

10.45 – 11.30 Natasha King: ‘The external dimension of the European migration regime: extending responsibility beyond borders in controlling illegal migration’

11.30 – 12.30 Giada de Coulon: ‘Legally “illegal”? The agency of rejected asylum seekers facing the state’

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

Session 2: Labour and Global Capitalism (Discussant – Maxim Bolt)

13.30– 14.30 Deborah Soothill: ‘“Theft is not a crime in Spain”: the ambiguities of the Western legal system and crime for Chinese migrants in Madrid’

14.30 – 15.15 Joyce Jiang: ‘Labour migrants and the class struggle: a study of migrants and social movement unionism in the UK’

15.15 – 15.45 Coffee/tea break

15.45 – 16.45 Hannah Cross: ‘Migration, mobility and borders: the EU and West African migrant communities’

16.45 – 17.30 Malasree Neepa Acharya: ‘Policing the brain-gain: cross-border social networks in South Asian migration trends and governance implications in the Global North and South’

17.30 End of Session. Participants go for drinks and dinner

DAY 2: Sunday 20th June, 2010

9.20 – 9.30 Opening Statements for Day 2

Session 3: Kinship and the Life-cycle (Discussant – Elizabeth Frantz)

9.30 – 10.15 Heiko Haas: ‘Ageing between two places – family relations, mobility and lived transnationality among retirement migrants in Spain’

10.15 – 11.00 Lara Momesso: ‘Migrant women organizing: two case studies of “mainland brides” in Taiwan and “study mamas” in Singapore’

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee/tea Break

11.30 – 12.30 Aliaa Remtilla: ‘Keeping kin connected: the circulation of wedding videos between migrants populations and their Tajik “home” villages

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Session 4: Producing Transnationalism (Discussant – TBA)

14.00 – 15.00 Zana Vathi & Russell King: ‘Trans-local orientation, cosmopolitanism and integration among Albanian-origin teenagers in Tuscany’

15.00 – 15.45 Hsin-Yi Li: ‘Transcultural practices of classic music – a case of East Asian students of music in Germany

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee/tea Break

16.00 – 17.00 Katrin Maier: ‘Believing in “Lagos-London”. Pentecostalism as mediator in the Nigerian diaspora’

17:00 – 17:30 General discussion and closing statements

17.30 End of workshop

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Ethnographies of Migration Workshop

London School of Economics and Political Science
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th June, 2010


The Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, in association with the LSE Migration Studies Unit, invite you to participate in a two-day graduate workshop exploring ethnographic approaches to the study of migration. Following the success of last year’s event, the Ethnographies of Migration Workshop will provide a forum for PhD researchers to exchange ideas, present their work and receive critical feedback. Presentations may be based on recently completed, ongoing or planned research on any aspect of migration.

In order to make this event as useful as possible to all PhD students, participants should choose from one of two options:

Option A: Those in the early stages of doctoral research can give a 20-minute presentation of their plans or project as a whole, followed by a 20-minute group discussion.

Option B: Those who have already begun writing can present a 5,000-word paper in a presentation lasting 45 minutes, followed by a 30-minute group discussion. Work-in-progress papers are welcome. Whether you want to pre-circulate copies of your paper will be up to you.

Titles and abstracts (max. 250 words) should be submitted by Monday 26th April 2010, including whether you would like to participate in Option A or B. Presenters will be notified by May 17th 2010. Lunch on both days and dinner on the Saturday will be provided. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of workshop participants.

To submit titles and abstracts, or for further information, please contact