2020 Workshop | AG Migration & AG Public Anthropology | DGSKA/GAA - German Anthropological Association

You are invited to the 2020 Workshop of the Working Group Migration & Working Group Public Anthropology of the DGSKA/GAA - German Anthropological Association "Hierarchies of Citizenship: Migration and the Political Economy of Provisioning". The two days workshop will take place in the framework of the Vienna Anthropology Days 2020 at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, 28 Sept - 1 Oct 2020.

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Judith Albrecht (DGSKA), Souleymane Diallou (DGSKA), Daniele Karasz (DGSKA), Nasima Selim (DGSKA)

Migration regimes always produce categorizations that sort people into different groups of migrants and distinguish them from ‘non-migrants’. These categories are conferred with differing rights and obligations in relation to the access to welfare provisions.

In Europe, it is a supranational asylum system that interacts with its national counterparts to produce a variety of legal categories, ranging from ‘asylum seeker’, ‘refugee’ to ‘irregular or illegal immigrant.’ In many countries of the so-called Global South, criteria for service provisions are constantly redefined within evolving political economic regimes and in response to the changing inflow of migrants. As a result, social inclusion and exclusion are produced through bureaucratic practices, also driven by a variety of non-state institutions ranging from international organizations, NGOs, religious institutions, to local grass-roots organizations in the field of welfare provision arrangements.

This workshop aims to explore the complex entanglements of citizenship, migration regimes, as well as the moral and political economy of provision arrangements in various regional and institutional settings. By taking a closer look at the opportunities and constraints for ’migrants’ and ‘non-migrants’ in the context of provision arrangements across different regions and decades, we want to develop a common reading of ‘migrant’ and ‘non-migrant’ experiences of precarity, tensions and forms of resistance to legal categories. To address these issues, the workshop invites contributions that focus on the processes of categorization itself and debate the enacted distinctions in relation to (dis-) continuities of access to provisions (such as housing, health care, education, etc.).

Rather than presenting conference papers, participants will be invited to submit think pieces (ca. 5 pages) that will be circulated among participants. The document should also present gaps and uncertainties, rather than already sustained findings only. In cooperation with AG Public Anthropology, we will explicitly discuss creative ways of making our debates accessible to the wider public.


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Daniele Karasz

daniele.karasz[ at ]univie.ac.at