CFP: Stratified Lives: geog. pers. on the management of migration & diversity

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    Joint NZGS / IAG Conference 2018, 11-14 July 2018, University of Auckland

    Session Title: Stratified Lives: geographical perspectives on the management of migration and diversity

    Convenors:
    Francis Collins, University of Auckland (f.collins@auckland.ac.nz)
    Junjia Ye, Nanyang Technological University (jjye@ntu.edu.sg)

    Please send abstracts of up to 250 words to Francis Collins f.collins@auckland.ac.nz and Jia Ye jjye@ntu.edu.sg by 30 March 2018.

    Keywords:
    Migration, Diversity, Management, Stratification, Borders

    The logics of management and stratification have become increasingly pervasive in governmental approaches to migration and diversity. Such logics manifest in increasingly complex and changeable migration rules and regulation, stratified migrant rights ranging from valorised ‘quality’ or ‘talent’ migrants to the necessary but undesirable temporary worker and conceptions of diversity that valorise cultural and linguistic difference without addressing socio-economic inequality. For geographers, such patterns demand a renewed emphasis on the different scales at which migration and diversity are managed and their idealised outcomes, on the lives of migrants moving (or not) across borders, as well as the day to day encounter with social, cultural and linguistic difference that is inflected by economic and socio-legal stratification. In this session we call for presenters to address the confluence of management and stratification in approaches to migration and diversity and the kinds of lives and day to day encounters that emerge as a result. We invite presentations that take a range of theoretical and empirical perspectives, from policy analysis through to ethnography, and that draw on the wide range of geographical situations within which migration and diversity take shape today.

    Presentations can address but are not limited to the following:

    What different logics of management and stratification are emerging in relation to migration and diversity in different nations and regions?
    What are the citizenship implications of these modes of management?
    How does living with difference and (super)diversity unfold vis a vis management and stratification?
    What are some of the spaces in which we might observe these logics?
    How are border reconfigurations influencing the framing and experience of diversity?
    What role does the study of migration and diversity play in shaping the politics of managing and stratifying populations?

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