P16
The migration of value and the value of migration

Convenors:
Sverre Molland (Australian National University)
Gerhard Hoffstaedter (University of Queensland)
Discussant:
Ana Dragojlovic (The University of Melbourne)
Format:
Panels
Location:
Jan Anderson (E101A), R.N Robertson Building
Sessions:
Wednesday 4 December, 9:00-10:45, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

How do we value and engage the values associated with movement? How is migration generative of value in symbolic and material forms? In what ways do we value migration on methodological and epistemological grounds? The panel invites submissions that are theoretical, ethnographic or speculative.

Long abstract:

Anthropology as a discipline values movement to our field-site and the exchange of ideas and goods between the field and our homes. As ethnography is premised on fieldwork (which often necessitates spatial movement), migration is arguably one of the most valued aspects of our discipline. At the same time, migration and value are intertwined, central themes within public discourses (e.g remittances, tourism) as well as in social theory (e.g. Georg Simmel). For those working on and in migration, how do we value movement and how do we engage the values associated with movement, the ability to move and the values attached to those who have moved or have been left behind? How is migration generative of value in both symbolic and material forms? In what ways do we value migration on methodological and epistemological grounds? The panel invites submissions that are theoretical, ethnographic or speculative.