governance citizenship social struggle and globalization regime dynamics

Citizenship, Migration and Diversity

Subtopics: transnational migration, (im)mobilities, social and cultural diversity, social stratification, post-national citizenship and politics of citizenship, differential inclusion, citizenship practices and gender.

With no sign that international migration is slowing down, it is going to be a critical topic for the 21st century. This panel aims to discuss and question changes within society through the lens of migration, thus contextualizing migration within social dynamics that occur on different, intertwined levels, reaching from the local to the global. As migration movements over the world have changed significantly so have migration studies: in the last years the transnational turn and then the mobility turn have become relevant perspectives for social inquiry on migration. The centrality of the urban in linking local and global social dynamics has been highlighted, and concepts such as “integration” and “citizenship” have been challenged and critically questioned by scholars and authors. It is debated whether citizenship should be redefined in post-national terms or in sub-national terms, whether there are new practices or acts of citizenship, and what role humanitarianism and human rights play in this picture.

Moreover, in order for migration to be somehow interpreted by the State actors, migrants have historically been framed within categories, namely “economic migrants”, “refugees”, “guest-workers” etc. Such labeling processes have developed further in recent years and have produced an increasing “grey zone” of statuses that are neither fully excluding nor fully including. They are a form of bordering and ascribing identities that has concrete effects in everyday life since they have been sewed mostly on a very specific image of migrant, namely young and male.

This panel aims – but is not limited – to question the mainstream theories on migration, and to critically question matters of labeling, bordering, and ordering. With a wider reference to the need of “migrantizing society” rather than promoting inquiry on migration as one specific aspect of society our main question is: what does migration tell us about society? What does it mean then, to gender societies and thus migration? Are immigrants and their children becoming part of the mainstream in their adoptive countries? What is the mainstream? How do social scientists evaluate and theorize immigrant integration?

Among other questions are: What does “post-national citizenship” mean and how is it practiced? What does it mean to gender migration (and thus society)? Who are the “non-citizens” and what are their places and roles in societies? What are current social transformation and stratification leading to?

Throughout, we draw on research by sociologists, political scientists, demographers, economists, lawyers, public administration experts, anthropologists, etc. The aim of the panel is to create a diverse scientific environment to stimulate interdisciplinary research cooperation and communication. Graduate students as well as advanced under-graduate students are welcome.

The panel will be designed to leave sufficient space for discussion and participants’ presentations and will be closely linked to the key modules of the first week.