Seminar Series Michaelmas 2011

A chrysalis for every kind of criminal? Mobility, crime and citizenship

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

Convened by: The COMPAS Citizenship and Belonging Cluster

Migration scholars and NGOs have often sought to disassociate popular associations between criminality and immigration: migrants are not criminals, nor are they necessarily more likely to commit crime. But this risks ignoring important relationships between immigration and criminality, both ‘immigrant’ and ‘criminal’ for example, are set in opposition to the (good) citizen, both are  important administrative categories for states, and comprise groups upon whom the state can exercise significant degrees of coercion. Both are highly racialised. There are also historical continuities: mobility has long been associated with criminality, through vagabondage and the problem of ‘masterless men’, gypsies and Roma, and ‘illegal immigrants’. Both groups can share social and political disabilities – in the US former prisoners are not eligible for further education grants, cannot access welfare payments or food stamps, and in 10 states, are denied the right to vote for life. This seminar series will interrogate the relation between immigration, criminality and citizenship, by exploring these issues.

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13 October

Punishment and Migration between Europe and the United States: A Globalized "Less Eligibility”?

Dario Melossi, University of Bologna –Presentation Notes (.pdf)

20 October

Ambivalence and Detention

Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford
(podcast unavailable on speaker’s request)

27 October

No rights for the wicked: human rights and foreign national prisoners

Fran Webber, Institute of Race Relations

03 November

Crime or Survival? - the management of victims of trafficking, smuggling and enforced labour through the Criminal Justice and Immigration Systems

Liz Hales, University of Cambridge
(podcast unavailable on speaker’s request)

10 November

Where's your bloody pigtail?: Liberalism, Empire, and the Chinese Labour Question

David Glover, University of Southampton

17 November

Distant Identification and mobility Control: Police sciences, technology, and international cooperation in West Europe, 1900-1930

Ilsen About, Institut de recherches interdisciplinaires sur les enjeux sociaux

24 November

Immigration and welfare chauvinism: Britain since 1800

David Feldman, Birkbeck, University of London

01 December

Cities, Citizenship, and the Migrant Metropolis: Life Within and Against the Spaces of the Law

Nicholas de Genova, Goldsmiths, University of London

Climate Migrants

Hilary 2022

Gender, Love and Migration

Michaelmas 2021

Special Guest Seminars

Trinity Term 2019

In Discussion with Gulwali Passarlay

MSc. Student-led Series

Four one-off seminars

Trinity Term 2018

Beyond Impact?

Hilary Term 2018

person finding a way out

Refugees and the Economy

Michaelmas Term 2017

Talking Oxford

Trinity Term 2017

Migration Research – where next?

Michaelmas Term 2016

Wellbeing and Migration in the UK

Michaelmas Term 2015

Arrival Cities

Michaelmas term 2014

Borders of the welfare state

Trinity term 2014

Boundaries of Freedom

Hilary term 2014

Rethinking Migration

Trinity term 2013

Migration Journeys

Seminar Series Michaelmas 2012

Everyday multiculturalism

Seminar Series Trinity 2012

Gender, Migration and Citizenship

Gender, Migration and Citizenship

Seminar Series Michaelmas 2009

Immigration and Low-wage Labour Markets

Immigration and Low-wage Labour Markets

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2009

Migration, Welfare and Inequalities

Migration, Welfare and Inequalities

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2008

Migration and Cultural Production

Migration and Cultural Production

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2008

Critical Epistemologies of Migration

Critical Epistemologies of Migration

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2008

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2007

Perspectives on African Migration

Perspectives on African Migration

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2007

States and Emigrants

States and Emigrants

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2006

Racism and the new immigration: theories and practices

Racism and the new immigration: theories and practices

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2005

The Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism

The Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2005

Contemporary International Migration – Key Issues

Contemporary International Migration – Key Issues

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2005