Seminar Series Michaelmas 2014

Thursdays 14.00 - 15.30
Seminar Room, Pauling Centre,  58a Banbury Road, Oxford

Arrival Cities

Convened by: Urban Change and Settlement cluster

The current age of migration is also an age of cities, and the processes of urbanisation and mobility are interwoven: the final move from the country to the city is one of the largest migrations in human history, taking place both within and across international borders. The move to the city unsettles a historically dominant framing of migration as a story about movement from the global South to the global North: migration is increasingly South-South. Formerly sending countries are increasingly also receiving and transit locations, and it is in cities that this dynamic is most apparent.

This seminar series focuses on arrival cities, both in the global North and especially in the global South, and particularly the arrival zones of cities. Arrival zones, whether slums or inner city neighbourhoods, are often characterised by forms of urban informality. This seminar series explores how migrants are inserted into the informal economy, how they form networks and how they claim the right to the city, how arrival neighbourhoods and cities function in the integration and onward transit of migrants, and how the formal and informal politics of these kinds of arrival zones work.

16 October
Smart city/arrival city? Utopian visions of migration and urbanization in India
Ayona Datta, University of Leeds

23 October
Between Vancouver and Hong Kong: Transnational migration, family strategies and the importance of education
Johanna Waters, University of Oxford

30 October
The scale and scope of citizenship in early modern Europe: Preliminary estimates
Chris Minns, London School of Economics

6 November 
The cage of freedom: Mobility and labour in contemporary Bangkok
Claudio Sopranzetti, University of Oxford

13 November
The xenophobic city: Security, neoliberalisation and violence from the bottom of Aegean Sea to the centre of Athens
Dimitris Dalakoglou, University of Sussex

20 November
Arrival cities under occupation? Political economies of urban consolidation and rural migration in the contemporary West Bank
Kareem Rabie, CUNY Graduate Center

27 November
How informalities and diversification make an arrival neighborhood: International migrants in Kumkapi, Istanbul
Kristen Biehl, University of Oxford

4 December
Saaya‘: The Urban Outlaw as Rights Broker
Nicholas Simcik Arese, University of Oxford