W072
Mutuality at a distance - transnational social space

Convenors:
Anna Wojtyńska (University of Iceland)
Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir (University of Iceland)
Wojciech Burszta (University of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Chair:
Anna Wojtynska
Discussant:
Wojciech Józef Burszta and Unnur Dis Skaptadottir
Location:
532
Start time:
29 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

In this workshop we welcome papers that discuss transnational activities of today's migrants that stimulate transnational space focusing on issues such as multiple identity, belonging, participation, gendered migration, class differences, and transnational families.

Long abstract:

Recent years have been characterized by the changing patterns of people's mobility in Europe and all over the world. Although individuals continue to relocate elsewhere to find better places to live there is also growing short term mobility and pendulum movements. Consequently more and more places face diversity and mutuality on local and national level. With current communication technology and cheap airfares migration does not have to indicate abandoning the communites of origin. Multiple examples from around the world illustrate how people continue to act and participate in the local life in their countries of origin based on solidarity, obligations and reciprocity. Simultaneously they also participate in local life in the host society. Thus they are involved in two places in economic, religious, political, and emotional contexts. These migration patterns pose new challenges for anthropological theory and research methods. The questions of integration and transnational activities are interlinked. In this workshop we welcome papers that discuss transnational activities of today's migrants, which stimulate transnational social space. We would like to invite papers discussing different aspects related to transnational practices performed by contemporary migrants such as identity, belonging, participation, gendered migration, class differences, and transnational families.