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Placing the Migration and Development Nexus 
Hassan Ould Moctar (SOAS)
Paolo Novak (SOAS)
Karen Schouw Iversen (University of Birmingham)
Wednesday 6 July, 11:50-12:30 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

In this panel, we are interested in how the interplay between human mobility and development plays out in particular places. We suggest the ethnographic method to offer unique insight into this multi-scalar relationship between human mobility and development processes.

Long Abstract

Mobility is increasingly caught up in processes of development, however conceived, at different scales. Access to justice for people on the move, whether they be international or internal migrants, is shaped not only by contemporary capitalist development but increasingly also by overlapping policy regimes that pursue various development objectives at national, regional, or even global levels. In this panel, we are interested in the multidirectional interplay between human mobility and development, understood as constituting both an 'immanent process' and an 'intentional practice' (Cowen and Shenton 1995). It is here that the ethnographic approach offers a unique opportunity, with its attention to the intersection between the global and the local, the macro and the micro, and - in its more refined form - its refusal of neat scalar distinctions.

This panel will entail a series of brief paper interventions, each of which will detail how these processes of migration and development unfold in a particular situated locale. A discussant will then briefly reflect upon how each of these spatially situated analyses gives expression to the general interplay between migration and development outlined above. Panellists will have an opportunity to respond to this reflection, with the aim of further drawing out the connections between the particular and the general. Questions will then be gathered from those in attendance in order to explore further the convergences and divergences between their respective sites of interest.

Accepted papers: