governance citizenship social struggle and globalization economic constraints

Citizenship, Migration and Diversity

Subtopics: transnational migration, social and cultural diversity, social transformation and stratification, post-national citizenship and politics of citizenship, integration of immigrants, differential inclusion, citizens and non-citizens, citizenship and gender.

During the last several decades migration flows over the world have transformed significantly: new immigration centers have emerged, the concepts of border crossing, immigrants’ integration and citizenship itself have been reconfigured as migration turned into one of the key characteristics of globalization process. It is debated whether citizenship should be redefined in post-national terms or in sub-national terms, and what role humanitarianism and human rights should 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, guestworkers etc. Such classifications have been developed further in recent years and have produced an increasing “grey zone” of statuses that appear to be neither fully excluded nor fully included within western societies.

This panel aims – but is not limited – to question the mainstream theories on migration and look from the different perspective at the following questions: What is post-national citizenship and how does it influence State governance and sovereignty? Which new categories do transnational migration processes create in the world? What does it mean – to gender migration studies? Who are the non-citizens and what is their place and role in host societies? What are the consequences of current social transformation and stratification?

In addition welfare systems of European societies are currently undergoing important changes in terms of provision and structure. These changes imply a redefinition of the State’s role that has consequences on the population. How does migration fit into this picture? In what terms could it represent a resource for local societies? What role does migration play in policy transfer processes between countries?

We aim 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.