Mittwoch, 10. Juni 2015, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

Wednesday Seminar - Nina Glick Schiller

Perspectives on Nations Unbound: The Transnational Migration Paradigm in the Current Conjuncture

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
Universitätsstraße 7, NIG 4. Stock, HS C, 1010 Wien


In 1994 in Nations Unbound: Transnational Projects, Postcolonial Dilemmas and the Deterritorialized Nation-State, Linda Basch, Cristina Szanton Blanc and I, three anthropologists, argued for a transnational paradigm for the study of migration. Since that time a vast multidisciplinary scholarship of “transnational migration studies” has developed. In some ways, the reception of the transnational paradigm, what was understood and what was discarded has served as a cracked mirror, reflecting and distorting both the text of Nations Unbound and the changing parameters within which migration and cultural, religious, and racialized difference are framed and debated. In this talk I argue that reexamining the transnational migration paradigm as we outlined it twenty-one years ago is a useful exercise. This reexamination facilitates a revisiting of the global perspectives of the initial work, a critique of contemporary migration studies and an analysis of the current global conjuncture in which migration research and analysis is situated. This discussion opens up an examination of contemporary displacements, and the precarity that simultaneous divides displaced people into migrants and non-migrants and creates possibilities of a politics that speaks of domains of commonality.

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Mag. Marie-Therese Hartwig
Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie