Race, Ethnicity and Migration across Methodologies and Disciplines

Joining link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkfu-srjguGt3MRDrnW8QTtSMnkK20Vf_4 

1. What do quantitative models can and cannot tell you about race, ethnicity and migration?

Carlos Vargas- Silva

Abstract- The traditional datasets used in quantitative analysis of migration and race/ethnicity can provide rich and valuable information on these issues. However, there are key gaps that remain in most cases and these can have a major impact on our understanding of these issues.

Bio- Carlos Vargas-Silva is Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the Doctoral Programme in Migration Studies and a co-founder and current Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies.


2. Pandemic bordering, reshaped racisms and the challenges of reasonable fear

Gargi Bhatttacharyya

Abstract- This short talk considers the impact of the pandemic on established bordering arrangements and attempts to trace the emergence of an adapted consciousness and set of practices of bordering arising in response to the challenges of pandemic. It seems likely that the current conjuncture will force scholars of migration to engage more fully with other ways of thinking about the ordering, containment and sifting of bodies, not least those arising from public health (and its bastardised misuse). Here I try to think a little about what this might mean for discussions within migration studies.

Bio- Gargi Bhattacharyya is Co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. She is the author or co-author of a number of books, including ‘Go Home: Mapping Immigration Controversy’ (MUP, 2017), ‘Crisis, austerity and everyday life’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), ‘Rethinking Racial Capitalism’ (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018) and ‘Media and the Making of Migrants’ (MUP, 2020).

COMPAS Michaelmas 2020 Seminar Series

Thursdays at 4pm (Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7) on Zoom. Joining links will be added above.

Race, Ethnicity and Migration

Convened by Bani Gill and Marie Mallet-Garcia

Recent events such as the Windrush scandal, Black Lives Matter movement and the Rhodes Must Fall initiative have sparked a global conversation on racial inequality and systemic violence. As an interdisciplinary research centre, COMPAS recognizes the urgent need to build upon this momentum by critically reflecting on issues of race, racialization and ethnicity as embedded in, shaping and transforming diverse contexts of migration and mobility across the world. In this regard, COMPAS is organizing a seminar series on ‘Race, Ethnicity and Migration’ in the Michaelmas term.