New Perspectives on Transnational Living

Please note that this is a closed event.

Senior Researchers Symposium and a PhD course on “New Perspectives on Transnational Living” will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, 19-21 October 2016. The events are organised jointly by the IMISCOE standing committee on Interaction of Migrant Integration and Transnationalism (IMITE) and Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE).

Senior Researchers Symposium, 19 October 2016

During the Symposium, keynote lectures will be given by Jørgen Carling, Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam). Moreover, the symposium will bring together senior researchers who give presentations from original research, and the following themes will be discussed in interactive sessions:

Transnational practices versus transnational living — For several decades, the empirical study of transnationalism has concentrated on specific transnational practices, such as remittance-sending, communication, transnational entrepreneurship or transnational political activism. In an effort to reinvigorate the theoretical and conceptual development, we wish to revisit the issue of variation in types or degrees of transnationalism. Specifically, we ask whether we can identify forms of transnationalism that go beyond participation in transnational practices to more fundamentally leading lives that span two or more countries. If so, what are the hallmarks of such truly transnational living? And does it undermine the very notion of migration as a change of one’s habitual place of residence?

Transnationalism beyond migrants — Transnationalism has conventionally been seen as something that immigrants engage in. However, if we take a step back and use actual practices and ways of life as starting points, we may find that transnationalism involves a greater diversity of people with or without an immigrant background. There is a growing body of research on seasonal migration and transnationalism among native Europeans, for instance, but this is still poorly integrated with the broader migration literature and has yet to provide fundamental challenges to our conceptual frameworks. In what ways can we diversify our study of transnational subjects and thereby reconsider the meanings of transnationalism itself?

PhD Course, 19–21 October 2016

The three-day PhD course starts with attendance of the Senior Researchers Symposium on 19 October. The second day will contain lectures by senior researchers such as Valentina Mazzucato and Marta Bivand Erdal, on the concepts, theories and methodologies of research on transnationalism and its connections with integration. On the second and third days, PhD students will present their research in smaller groups under the guidance of a senior IMITE researcher and receive feedback on their work.

Venue: Room 0.16-0.17, UNU-MERIT, Boschstraat 24, Maastricht

Date: 19-21 October 2016