(Re-)Imagining ‘Return Migration’: Language, concepts and contexts
London 31 August-2 September 2011
Session organisers: Anastasia Christou (Sussex) and Madeleine Hatfield (RHUL and RGS-IBG).
Sponsored by the Population Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG.
Return migration has increasingly become the subject of research that seeks to go beyond previously taken-for-granted assertions of such mobilities as straight forward due to the assumed familiarity of the destination. This research has addressed the experience of moving to somewhere one has lived before or to where one is thought to belong under a number of sub-headings including not just return migration but repatriation, reflux or cyclical migration, diasporic or ancestral return and homecomings. It has studied migrants returning after a short time and after generations; as children, adults and households; together and apart; from higher to lower and lower to higher income countries; painfully, hopefully and forcefully.
This growing body of research, then, also has the potential to allow us to (re-)imagine and (re-)think what ‘return migration’ is or could be; and to (re-)consider how the words we use are not just terminology but active constructs that affect the ways in which return migration is experienced, understood and imagined. We therefore invite researchers of return migration in different contextual and disciplinary settings to showcase their research and present on the conceptualisation, application and documentation of return migration as broadly defined.
Please submit proposed paper abstracts (c. 250 words) for consideration of inclusion in the session to organisers Anastasia Christou (A.Christou@sussex.ac.uk) and Madeleine Hatfield (email@example.com) by 4 February 2011.
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