Migration’s contribution to development remains under-theorized, perhaps due to the scant attention paid to the role of the migrant herself/himself or to the idea of development itself, which remains embedded within recycled theories of progress, modernization, and nation-state sovereignties.
Is there a way to rethink migration? Might a focus on the migrant herself provide a more innovative path? Can these moving bodies, both at the sites of origin and destination, be the veritable outcomes of states themselves in crisis, portraying the decline of sovereignties as Wendy Brown argues? How can we reset migration theories through a refocus on such bodies and a critical reading of development? This panel seeks to revisit these issues, and takes as its focus the persona of the migrant, and the the changing relation between origins and destination especially in the wake of the crises that is unevenly spread, but yet engulfs both the Global North and South.
• Professor Mark Ellis (University of Washington, Department of Geography)
• Professor Thomas Nail (University of Denver, Department of Philosophy)
• Moderated by Professor Michaeline Crichlow (Departments of African and African American Studies and Sociology)
This event is part of the on-going discussion series Conversations in Human Rights, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. The series draws together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy.
Please RSVP to Kate Abendroth [firstname.lastname@example.org] by Monday, October 24th, at noon.
People on the Move: Unthinking Migration Theories
Thursday, October 27th, 4:30-6:30pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke Building)
Reception to follow