MMM26
Displacements and immobility: international perspectives on global capitalism (WCAA panel)

Convenors:
Bela Feldman-Bianco (University of Campinas)
Location:
University Place Theatre
Start time:
7 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This WCAA panel seeks at examining through comparative perspectives the varieties of displacements(migrations, human traficking, polititical or environmental asylum, rural and urban removals)and immobility as part of a similar logic of producing inequalities in this juncture of global capitalism. .

Long abstract:

Along with the ever increasing circulation of people, capital, products and signs throughout the world, growing restrictions often related to the ongoing neo-liberal policies have been placed on selected migratory flows. These are symbolized by the construction of categories and dichotomies such as "legal" and "illegal," "regular" and "irregular" that criminalize undocumented immigrants. There is also a trend by multilateral agencies and nation states to define female, male, transsexual and transvestite prostitution, as forms of trafficking in human beings. It is moreover noticeable that large development projects have resulted in recurrent social conflicts and ultimately the displacement of local populations from their original territories - both in rural and urban settlements - without taking into consideration human and environmental rights. Displacements produced by violent conflict have to be added to those caused by environmental disaster. Finally, not everyone is mobile;immobility stands in contrast to all these forms of mobility, as another form of differenciation and inequality. This panel aims at examining and discussing, through comparative perspectives, the spatial, temporal, gender, class or race aspects of displacements and immobility. Whether from the viewpoint of transnational migrations, political and environmental refugee seekers, human trafficking, removals of populations from their settlement territories etc, we seek at articulating the varieties, scales and spaces of displacement into an integrated logic for producing inequalities in the current conjuncture of global capitalism. Underlying this theme are central questions related to developmental and neoliberal policies as well as attempts to stimulate the practice of global critical dialogues.