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Forced Migration and Mobilities Research
Centre for Mobilities Research
in collaboration with
Departments of Sociology and Politics
and Lancaster Environment Centre.
Institute for Advanced Studies MR 2-3
Friday 4 December 2009, 9.30-5pm
Confirmed speakers include:
Oroub El-Abed | The Graduate Institute for International and Development
Studies | University of Geneva
Vicky Mason | Department of Politics and International Relations |
Nayanika Mookherjee | Department of Sociology, Centre for Gender and
Women’s Studies and Centre for Mobilities Research | Lancaster University
Alison Mountz | Department of Government | Harvard University
Susan Zimmerman | Centre for Refugee Studies | Oxford University
Panelists: David Tyfield (CeMoRe and Sociology), Colin Pooley (CeMoRe
and LEC) and John Urry (CeMoRe and Sociology)
Forced migration is a chronic reality and a pending threat in some parts
of the so called Global South and is set to become increasingly central
for rich industrial nations too in the 21st century due to growing
political and environmental instabilities. Forced migration studies have
already made a significant contribution in understanding a complex
phenomenon that demands ever more sophisticated transnational,
interdisciplinary and theoretically oriented analytical perspectives.
But, as Stephen Castles (2003) has noted, the policy driven agenda of
forced migration studies still has to make explicit such demands and
contribute more substantially to social theory.
‘Critical mobilities’ is a new direction in social theory with also
clear post-disciplinary and global aspirations. The analytical potential
of its post-disciplinary outlook is already evident in recent works of
synthesis that have fruitfully brought together studies on migration,
tourism, business travel, social mobility, inequality, urban
infrastructure, complexity and reflexive modernization (Canzler et al.
2008; Urry 2000, 2008). ‘Critical mobilities’ is a distinct if
eclectical approach with moving boundaries. Yet, its development as a
cosmopolitan perspective (Beck, 2006) still awaits new synthesis that
incorporates forms of mobility, bodies of research, problematics, and
social and political contexts that are relevant beyond North Atlantic
This workshop therefore seeks to contribute to ongoing efforts to expand
the social-theoretical basis of forced migration studies and
cosmopolitan outlook of mobilities research by encouraging a dialogue
between both bodies of research. A focus on forced migration promises to
make more explicit and further develop the critical outlook of
mobilities research, offering one way in which the approach can begin to
fulfil is cosmopolitan aspirations. Moreover, the methodological and
conceptual frameworks being developed by mobilities research can
illuminate new areas of concern facing forced migrants, especially
regarding the relationship between diverse forms of mobilities and
social and infrastructural networks; different forms of state power and
the role that mobilities play in governance; infrastructural resilience
and collapse; the convergence of physical and digital space; global
complexities; and senses of place and belonging.
The workshop will be held in the Institute for Advanced Studies Rooms
2/3 at Lancaster University on 4 December 2009. The event is free and
open to anyone. The number of participants is limited so please book
soon to avoid disappointment. If required, a range of overnight
accommodation is available at own cost on campus and in Lancaster.
If you would like to attend please contact Javier Caletrío for any
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For more information please visit:
Victoria Mason (CeMoRe and Politics and International Relations).
Nick Gill (CeMoRe and Lancaster Environment Centre).
Javier Caletrío (CeMoRe and Sociology).
Event sponsored by the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster
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