This exploratory workshop will examine the significance and implications of leading life in two (or more) countries. The workshop title reflects the particular perspectives we encourage. ‘Transnational lives’ suggests analyses that go beyond particular transnational practices—such as remittance-sending or expatriate voting—yet remained grounded in lived experience. The words ‘economies, bureaucracies, and desires’ allude to the diversity of encounters, frictions and forces that may shape transnational lives.
The workshop aims to make a concerted effort for analytical progress. Twenty-five years after the transnational turn in migration studies was introduced, what are the most promising lines of inquiry within a transnational perspective? How should developments in related fields inform our approach to transnationalism? What are the implications of changes in technology, policies, and societies for transnational perspectives on migration?
In the call for papers we specifically encouraged empirically grounded papers that make theoretical advances in the research agenda on transnationalism, related to the themes outlined in the workshop title. Transnational perspectives remain associated with international migration from lower-income to higher-income countries. We encouraged contributions that widen this scope, for instance through studies of transnational living among élites in the Global South, among Europeans or North Americans without an immigrant background, or between countries in the Global South. Transnational lives need not be studied from the perspective of the transnational subjects. The workshop will include contributions that focus on people or institutions that interact with those who lead transnational lives.
The workshop is organized in conjunction with the project Transnational Lives in the Welfare State (TRANSWEL), which is funded by the Research Council of Norway and carried out by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the University of Oslo.
On the basis of an open call for abstracts, the following papers have been selected. (The titles are provisional.)
Jørgen Carling (Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway): The parameters of transnational living
Carol Chan (Universidad de Alberto Hurtado, Chile): Multi-national migrants at 'the end of the world': Chinese temporary citizens and permanent migrants in the Americas
Olga Cojocaru (University of Warsaw, Poland): Missing and waiting for each other: the temporalities of separation in transnational families
Marta Bivand Erdal (Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway): New economics of transnational living
Marie Godin (University of Oxford, United Kingdom) & Justyna Bell (NOVA, Norway): Fluid social protection assemblages throughout the life course: the case of Polish and British migrants in a changing European context
Guive Khan-Mohammad (University of Geneva, Switzerland): Transnational traders and bureaucracy in Burkina Faso: towards a new political management of extraversion
Stephen Lubkemann (George Washington University, United States): Meatpacking ministers and transnational class disorders: the empirical paradoxes and theoretical implications of simultaneous and contradictory socio-economic mobilities and of the production of class bi-polarity within the Liberian Transnational Field
George Mavrommatis (Harokopio University, Greece): Moving beyond the peculiar sedentarism of transnationalism? Illuminating instances of en route transnational phenomena in the lives of refugees on the move
Khangelani Moyo (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa): Transnational habitus and sociability in the city: Zimbabwean migrants’ experiences in Johannesburg
Gayle Munro (The Salvation Army, United Kingdom): Transnational lives within a changing socio-political-legislative environment on (im)migration: challenges, negotiations and opportunities
Meghann Ormond (Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands): Formal and informal economies and bureaucracies in medical travel between Indonesia and Malaysia
Eveline Reisenauer (University of Hildesheim, Germany): Diversity of transnationality
Sarah Scuzzarello (University of Sussex, United Kingdom): Gender and transnational practices among Western retirees in Thailand
Erik Snel & Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands): Bureaucratic encounters and transnational living
Iris Sportel (University of Göttingen, Germany): How could I have been so blind?' Narratives of love, money, and power in transnational relationships
Paul Statham (University of Sussex, United Kingdom): Building “transnational lives” as a strategy for a better life: the aspirations, experiences and transformations of Thais who partner ‘older’ Western men
Cathrine Talleraas (Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway): Transnational living in a national framework: bureaucratic discourses
Aysen Ustubici & Ezgi İrgil (Koç University, Turkey): Transnational practices in life course: evidence from EU migrants in Turkey
Nicholas Van Hear (University of Oxford, United Kingdom): Imagining Refugia: thinking outside the current international migration regime
Zvezda Vankova (Maastricht University, Netherlands): National policies, transnational workers: bureaucratic encounters of Eastern Neighbourhood migrants in Bulgaria and Poland
Marcia Vera Espinoza (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom): Translocal Belongings: the role of faith and religion negotiating refugee integration in Latin America
Nanneke Winters (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany): Transnational lives en route: African trajectories of displacement and emplacement across Latin America
Papers will be grouped in thematic sessions at the workshop. There will be no parallel sessions.
Information for non-participants
The workshop itself is a closed event for the group of presenters only. Please contact the authors individually if there are papers you are particularly interested in.
Grete Brochmann, University of Oslo Jørgen Carling, Peace Research Institute Oslo* Godfried Engbersen, Erasmus University Rotterdam Marta Bivand Erdal, Peace Research Institute Oslo Erik Snel, Erasmus University Rotterdam Cathrine Talleraas, Peace Research Institute Oslo