Wednesday, March 3, 2010

1st UCL Global Migration Symposium_ "Globalisation and Cosmopolitan Citizenship: Migrating Bodies, Practices and Ideas".

**** 1st UCL Global Migration Symposium ****

Professor Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College, US)
"Globalisation and Cosmopolitan Citizenship: Migrating Bodies, Practices and Ideas".

Chair: Dr Claire Dwyer (Migration Research Unit, UCL Geography)
Discussant: Professor John Eade, Director of CRONEM, University of Roehampton and Visiting Professor in the Migration Research Unit.

10 March 2010
Roberts Lecture Theatre 106
Roberts Building Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE

All are welcome, but places are limited. Please reserve your place here.

The event is followed by a drinks reception in the Roberts Building Foyer.


Cosmopolitanism today is no longer the exclusive province of elites. Labour migrants, sojourners, religious believers, and refugees are also open to the world, although they interact with it differently than their professional counterparts. In fact, in today's world, cosmopolitanism is a necessity not a choice. What are the rights and responsibilities of global citizenship?
How can we begin to imagine a community that extends beyond national borders and where do the elements come from with which to create it?

Peggy Levitt is a Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and a Research Fellow at The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University where she co-directs The Transnational Studies Initiative. Her books include "God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape" (New Press 2007), "The Transnational Studies Reader" (Routledge 2007), "The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation" (Russell Sage 2002), and "The Transnational Villagers" (UC Press, 2001).

The series is sponsored by UCL Research Challenges and the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.

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