Hilary term 2014

Boundaries of Freedom

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

Debates about force and freedom are fundamental to migration theory and policy. The refugee/migrant binary that has been the subject of significant critique in research continues to underpin asylum and immigration policy, while considerable resources are devoted to distinguishing between the trafficked (forced) and the smuggled (free choice) migrant. Immigration policy has long sought to categorise and ‘identify’ those who must be rescued and those who must be punished. This seminar series will critically examine these distinctions, but it will also engage with the hidden compulsions of immigration controls (such as worker sponsorship) and the liberally discomforting explicit force of detention and deportation. What does this reveal about ideals of freedom? What does the foregrounding of the forced/free binary obfuscate?

Seminars

23 January

A matter of convention? Drawing lines between slavery and freedom, and between forced and voluntary migration

Julia O’Connell Davidson, University of Nottingham

30 January

Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement

Alexander Betts, University of Oxford

13 February

Domestic servitude under contemporary migration law and nineteenth century Master and Servant Law; some comparative reflections and The Political Economy of Tied Migrant Labour

A debate between Mark Freedland and Martin Ruhs, University of Oxford

20 February

Against Rescuing the Victims of Human Trafficking

Jo Phoenix, University of Leicester

27 February

Precarious outcomes to the Pursuit of Happiness: Lifestyle migration and liminality

Karen O’Reilly, University of Loughborough

06 March

Forced marriage and immigration policies: understanding diversity or punishing difference?

Geetanjali Gangoli, University of Bristol

13 March

'We don’t want to be sent back and forth all the time': Chagossian reflections on compulsion and choice in the context of forced displacement, onward migration, and prospective return

Laura Jeffery, University of Edinburgh

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