CfP: Imaginaries of Migration (SIEF 2015)

This panel seeks to discuss expectations and visions of futures, and to analyze how agents involved in or impacted by migration flows act on such imaginaries.

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This is a call for papers for a panel on imaginaries of migration at the SIEF 2015 conference in Zagreb (Croatia), 21-25 June. The conveners invite papers discussing expectations and visions of futures of various agents involved in or impacted by migration flows, and analyzing how these agents act on their imaginaries. 

Moving to another location may be envisioned with transformative opportunities, but can also be seen as a risk or a sacrifice. Personal imaginaries interact with external constraints and opportunities and motivate decisions about (im)mobility. Also, for those living abroad, visions of the future have a bearing on their daily activities as well as on the efforts exerted to engage in other locations, either in a home country or elsewhere.

Besides would-be migrants and actual migrants, other agents like residents of receiving locations, political or economic entities strive to define and impose their own visions of the future, which might come in conflict with one another and are in constant negotiation.

The panel does not restrict migration processes to international movements of people, but also include other forms of mobility such as internal migration, transnational networks or technology-mediated collaborations.

Questions addressed by it include:

  1. How do different actors envision migration, and what do they expect from it?
  2. How do they act on these imaginaries? What is the relation between imaginaries and actions?
  3. How do countries as well as cities intentionally produce imagery and images, often called “branding”, to appeal to highly skilled migrants?
  4. How does the use of technologies frame and influence imaginaries and actions related to migration?
  5. What is the role of social sciences in framing imaginaries of migration?

Panel conveners: Prof. Walter Leimgruber (University of Basel, Switzerland, and Prof. Klaus Schriewer (University of Murcia, Spain,

Please send the abstract of your proposed contribution by 14. January 2015 via the online form of the organizers.



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