Current Department Seminar Series
|Monday 31 March 2014 - 2 - 4pm|
|Topic:||Migration and Development in The Age of Rising Powers:
Theoretical & Empirical Opportunities
While there has been considerable interest in the implications of the Rising Powers for a variety of disciplines and issues the impact on migration has been less well analysed. However, it is clear that there have been changes to migration – some new patterns have emerged, others have intensified or changed its nature and still others have declined. However, the theoretical challenges of these changes have not yet been explored.
This paper addresses this gap. It outlines the theoretical legacies through which migration in the age of Rising Powers may be conceptualised. As most of the countries that are currently seen to be Rising are classified as part of the global South and considered under the broad rubric of development, this paper will particularly focus on the challenge to migration and development thinking posed by the Rising Powers.
How do we insert the impact of these global shifts into theories of migration that have often implicitly or explicitly adopted a binary (North/South) view of the world? What do these shifts mean for countries like Australia that are seen as part of the global North, but whose alignments are rapidly changing away from longstanding colonial relations towards these Rising Powers?
The paper ends by offering a series of empirical and analytical questions that emerge because of the contemporary ‘global rebalancing’.
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|About the Speakers:||Dr Parvathi Ragharam, OPEN UNIVERSITY, UK
Dr Parvathi Ragharam is Reader in Geography at the Open University. She has published widely on gender, migration and development. Her recent interest focuses on the challenge of ‘Rising Asia’ for postcolonial theory and development studies.
She has co-authored The Practice of Cultural Studies (Sage) and co-edited South Asian Women in the Diaspora (Berg) and Tracing Indian diaspora: Contexts, Memories, Representations(Sage).
She co-edits the journal South Asian Diaspora (Sage) and the book series Mobility and Politics (Palgrave). Her journal publications include articles in Population, Space & Place, Social Politics, Sociology of Health & Illness, and Sociology
|Venue:||Room 148 RC Mills building, A26 [map]|