Panels

Economic Crisis and Affluent Mobilities

The current economic crisis has not only impacted on migration patterns of under-privileged migrants groups. It has also had an influence on the directions and routes taken by more relatively privileged migrant groups – or, what may be broadly termed “affluent mobilities”. This panel seeks to explore novel configurations of affluent mobilities that have arisen, or become more pronounced, in the wake of the 2007 global economic downturn. Contributions are welcomed on papers broadly addressing issues of lifestyle migration, business travel, the transnational capitalist class, elite migrants, middle class migrations, migration between developed countries, intra-European migration. (Panel Convenor: Dr. David Ralph, dralph@ucc.ie).

Migrant Religions in Europe

The religious landscape of Western European countries has changed rapidly in the last two decades particularly due to the large influx of migrants coming from outside of Europe but also because of intra-European migration following the fall of the communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe and the enlargement of the European Union. This panel focuses on mobility, migration and religion and investigates how through the process of migration religious identities are affected and new religious forms are generated. (Panel Convenor: Dr. Yafa Shanneik, y.shanneik@ucc.ie)

State and EU responses to and shapings of migrations

We are interested in papers that examine diverse areas of state policy, including employment, adoption, trafficking, political representation, access to state services (e.g. education, health, social services, social welfare, housing) and outcomes of those services. Specifically, we would like papers to address one or more of the following themes: how transnational securitisation, marketisation and bureaucratisation have become embedded in state policies, rolling back certain supports, mobilising some peoples and immobilising others; how states make efforts to ‘attract’ certain migrants, keep others out, and how they justify emigration; the role of internal state institutions regarding migrations, and the contradictions between them; state engagement in distributing ‘voice’: Decision making processes – who gets heard and who  decides.(Panel Convenors: Dr. Karl Kitching, Claire Dorrity and Prof. Alastair Christie; contact k.kitching@ucc.ie)

New/old mobilities and youth migration to and from European states at a time of austerity

The current economic crisis within Europe has contributed to something of a shift in migration patterns, as many western and southern European states, (some, such as Ireland and Portugal, more than others, such as Spain and Greece) have re-emerged as sources of labour migration and have become re-imagined as European peripheries, even as their own internal labour markets remain or become increasingly segmented.

At the same time the phenomenon of increasing globalisation in the EU and beyond may also mean that those without the requisite educational, social and cultural capital may find it more difficult than ever to migrate and prosper. A related issue is the question of ‘crisis migrants’ who are still leaving peripheral Europe and the ‘peripheral world’ more generally and who end up at the sharp end of life in core economies where social protection and decent working conditions are breaking down in an era of zero-hour contracts. These phenomenona raise questions concerning issues such as a European ‘brain drain’, the nature of internal EU mobility, relationships between peripherality, mobility, immobility and exclusion and the impact of EU policies in such fields as regional and rural development, youth policy, labour policy and migration. (Panel Convenor: Dr. Piaras Mac Éinrí, p.maceinri@ucc.ie)

Transnational families, children and new mobilities

We invite original empirical papers which explore the position of children within transnational families including child agency in negotiating transnational intimacy; children, technology, and transnationalism; children left-behind and child circulation between transnational contexts; child imaginings and transnational lives; and how children are positioned within the collective family transnational agendas. (Panel Convenor: Dr. Angela Veale; a.veale@ucc.ie)

General enquiry emails can be sent to migrationucc@gmail.com

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