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Re-Theorising Skilled Migration

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

Location:Room 617 (Alumni Board Room) Robertson Hall
Audience:Carleton Community
Key Contact:Ottilie Grisdale
Contact Phone:(613) 520-2600 ext. 6683

Please join us Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 for the third event of the term in our lecture series: Mobility & Politics: Emerging Trends and Common Challenges in Europe and Canada.

Dr. Parvati Raghuram, Reader in Human Geography at the Open University, UK, will present a talk entitled “Re-Theorising Skilled Migration”. This event will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Alumni Board Room (Robertson Hall Room 617), at Carleton University. No registration is required. For more information please see below and the attached poster.

Raghuram event poster

“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 how do these spatial analytics alter the politics of ‘migration talk’?”

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 the “Mobility & Politics” series for Palgrave Macmillan. Her recent interest is in the question: does studying migration always need to mean studying migrants?

Our workshop will be chaired by Christina Gabriel, Carleton University.

This event in the Mobility & Politics Lecture Series is organized by Martin Geiger. It is co-sponsored and hosted jointly by the Migration & Diaspora Studies (MDS) Initiative, the Centre for European Studies (CES), the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), the Institute of Political Economy, the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. For further information please contact the series organizer at