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“Re-Theorising Skilled Migration” with Dr. Parvati Raghuram

September 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Location:Room 617, Alumni Boardroom Robertson Hall
Key Contact:Martin Geiger
Contact Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 3232

CES is pleased to co-sponsor a lecture with the Mobility & Politics: Emerging Trends and Common Challenges in Europe and Canada featuring Dr. Parvati Raghuram, The Open University.

Abstract: Skills offer one of the most important passports to mobility in the contemporary world. As a result, skilled migration has become the object of considerable empirical and policy analysis. However, theorisations of skilled migration have lagged behind policy analyses. In this presentation, this lacuna is addressed by exploring three ways in which skilled migration may be theorised spatially: through comparativism; as a set of constitutive relations; and as topological twists. This talk suggests that skills should be seen not as pre-given but as produced at particular spatio-temporal conjunctures. The presentation ends by asking the question – how do these spatial analytics alter the politics of ‘migration talk’?

Speaker Biography: Dr. Parvati Raghuram is a Reader in Human Geography at the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University, UK. She has co-authored Gendered Migrations and Global Social Reproduction (Palgrave), The Practice of Cultural Studies (Sage), Gender and International Migration in Europe (Routledge) and co-edited South Asian Women in the Diaspora (Berg) and Tracing Indian Diaspora: Contexts, Memories, Representations (Sage). She co-edits with Martin Geiger and William Walters Mobility & Politics (Palgrave Macmillan). Her recent interest is in the question: does studying migration always need to mean studying migrants?

Chair: Christina Gabriel, Carleton University – Organizer: Martin Geiger, Carleton University.

The Mobility & Politics Lecture Series is co-hosted and sponsored by MDS, CES, EURUS, the Institute of Political Economy, the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.

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CES events are supported, in part, by a grant from the European Union.