Seminar Series Michaelmas 2012

Migration Journeys

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

Convened by: The COMPAS Flows and Dynamics cluster

The field of migration studies has tended to explore the causes and outcomes of migration to the neglect of the conditions and practice of movement itself. The literature has looked at what drives migration and the decision to move, and placed emphasis on what happens afterwards in terms of integration, exclusion and so on.  What happens ‘in between’ this ‘before and after’ – migrants’ journeys – has received much less analytical attention, in contrast to the quite extensive literary, biographical and film exploration of such journeys.

In this seminar series we aim to address how journeys are shaped by

• means of travel
• borders
• smugglers/agents/brokers
• networks, social media
• social support during journeys
• age/gender/generation
• class/resources/social capital/wealth/power
• law/legal constraints
• personal security/danger/risk

The series will explore fruitful ways in which journeys may be approached analytically.  Does the so-called ‘mobilities paradigm’ offer insights here? Can journeys usefully be analysed in terms of structure and agency? How do class, gender, generation and other social cleavages and power relations shape journeys? How can the risks and dangers encountered by migrants en route be addressed? These and other approaches will be drawn upon in the series to deepen our understanding of migrant journeys.


11 October

Researching migrant journeys: conceptual and methodological challenges

Roger Zetter, University of Oxford

18 October

Migration and multi-dimensional poverty in Moldovan communities: linking journeys and community development

Melissa Siegel, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance

25 October

An arbitrary outcome: political and economic regulation of mobile labour

Hannah Cross, University of Manchester

01 November

The smuggling of migrants and refugees into Europe: social and economic aspects

Thanos Maroukis, University of Bath

08 November

Following in the footsteps of others? Migrant networks and migration trajectories among the Senegalese

Sorana Toma, University of Oxford

15 November

The illegal traveller: some theoretical and methodological reflections on journeys

Shahram Khosravi, University of Stockholm

22 November

The vertiginous power of decisions: thinking through a paradox about forced migration and agency

Jonny Steinberg, University of Oxford

29 November

The last seminar in the COMPAS series on Migrant Journeys will take the form of a panel discussion

Franck Duvell, Mette Berg, Iain Walker and Nando Sigona, with Nick Van Hear chairing.

The speakers will reflect on what has been learned from the series and how their own work touches on migrant journeys.

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