Acknowledging the need to develop further the understanding of migration as not only a spatial, but also a temporal phenomenon, this panel focuses on the temporalities of irregular migration.
While international migration involves human mobility across political borders, it also encompasses multiple, layered and complex temporalities. Migration processes may be protracted, intersected with various forms of waiting (to cross a border, to save up money for a ticket, for assistance from others), and more frenzied periods of travel. Bureaucratic time structures and rhythms of the receiving state, as well as temporal norms and expectations of the place they left, shape migrants' lives and experiences. Acknowledging the need to develop further the understanding of migration as not only a spatial, but also a temporal phenomenon, this panel focuses on the temporalities of irregular migration.
In the past decades, innovative studies have shed light on how migrant illegality is socio-legally produced. We encourage a critical engagement with this literature on migrant illegality, in combination with theories on the socio-legal production of time, the social and cultural organization of time, the ethics of time and the experience of time, to push further perspectives on irregular migration as a spatiotemporal configuration. The articulation of multiple temporalities in lived experience and global and local politics could be a main topic in this perspective. Furthermore, the understanding of how the temporalities of irregular migration are gendered needs more systematic attention.
We invite ethnographic contributions that address gendered, legal, bureaucratic, ethical, affective, experiential, material and health dimensions of time and irregular migration, including topics such as: waiting and im/mobility; uncertainty and temporariness; future, hope; devices of time measure, rhythms and a/synchronicity; belonging, reciprocity, hospitality.