Does studying migration always mean studying migrants?

As we saw in the recent European elections migration is one of the most pressing political issues today. Views on migration unites and divides families and friends. So many of us have had to face awkward moments when we are sitting in a group and people express opinions opposite to your own. So how do we think about migration in ways that go beyond these very emotive and often unhelpful divides? My paper will use the example of student migration to explore how the debate around student migration is usually framed, what is wrong with that framing and how we can do better. I suggest that focusing on migrants as the sole object of migration is very limiting. In the contemporary political climate we need new ways of thinking about migration and I offer the first steps to such thinking...


Presentation time: 
Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 - 13:00

Parvati Raghuram

Parvati Raghuram is a Reader in Human Geography at the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. She is also director of the research centre OpenSpace. She gained her first two degrees in Delhi University in India and her PhD at The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her research interests focus on the ways in which the mobility of individuals, goods and of ideas is reshaping the world. Her most recent ESRC funded project was on the experiences of South Asian geriatricians in the UK.