COMPAS Seminar Series, Thursdays, Michaelmas Term 2015.
Notions of wellbeing, quality of life and human development have increasingly gained prominence in the social sciences in the recognition that standard economic measures are unable to adequately capture many important dimensions of life. In migration studies, however, the concept of wellbeing has not been fully integrated. Focussing on a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of migrant personhood, this seminar series aims to explores the potential of the concept of wellbeing for migration studies. It looks at migrants’ individual wellbeing and interactions with societal wellbeing in a range of settings across the life course. Papers will explore the impacts of family migration histories, gender, changing immigration policies, migrant incorporation within state institutions and access to benefits and services on migrants’ and societal experiences of care and wellbeing. These will be explored within a diverse range of institutional settings and through different life experiences, including familial separation, end-of-life care and death. Across the range of papers, debate will consider how wellbeing is affected by receiving countries’ institutions and practices, different family structures and transnational communities from cradle to grave.