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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Migrating and/as future-making [Commission on Migration]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 29 Aug 11:00 - 17:15


Room 3.4

With a clear focus on the presence and the recent past, peoples’ futures and aspirations have been, until recently, neglected by studies in anthropology. However, as Appadurai stated rightly, humans are future-makers and future is a cultural fact. Appadurai’s call for anthropologists to investigate the future by describing people’s aspirations has received attention lately and brought forward a new debate on future anthropologies and the future in anthropology. A good case to understand people as future-makers is the study of migration. Migrating individuals embark on a journey with certain aspirations. These imaginings of their future are not merely abstract products of their consciousness, but are, according to D'Onofrio, embodied and embedded in their present actions. Our panel wants to pay attention to exactly these actions of future-making. Presentations may include: - Practices of saving/insuring - Imaginations and working towards the “good life” - Social mobility - Precarity and downwards mobility


  • P 31.1
    • Dr. Thubauville, Sophia (Frobenius Institute)
    • Ms. Ferreira, Vinicius Kauê (École des Hautes Études de Sciences Sociales)
  • P 31.2
    • Dr. Thubauville, Sophia (Frobenius Institute)
    • Ms. Ferreira, Vinicius Kauê (École des Hautes Études de Sciences Sociales)

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The recent past is characterized by a strong sense of a world in crisis, with intersecting ‘crisis talk’ (Loftsdóttir, Smith and Hipfl 2019), including the economic crisis in North American and Europe from 2008, followed by so called migration crisis. My presentation focuses on the future as it emerges through concerns with crisis and migration, stressing that crisis tends to revolve around a ... More
Presented by Dr. Kristín LOFTSDÓTTIR on 29/8/2019 at 13:50
Labour migrants searching for a 'good life' in the post-Soviet space have been especially attracted to Russian urban centers where employment opportunities in low skilled jobs thrived starting from the 2000s. However, after the 2008 economic crisis, migration flows diversified to include peripheries of Russia as well. Based on fieldwork with Central Asian labour migrants which arrived into the par ... More
Presented by Romelia CALIN on 29/8/2019 at 13:30
Research on immigrants indicate that the scale of the imigration from Nepal is growing (from 2017-2018 released on nearly 800 thousand work permits). In Poland immigrants from Nepal are quite new "guest workers". The migrants work mainly in construction and industry in positions that do not require qualification. They are coming in order to seek better life opportunities but they have to cope with ... More
Presented by Dr. Joanna BIELECKA-PRUS on 29/8/2019 at 9:00
Some of western institutions like universities, trying to go global and in order to attract more and more high-potential international students from the global South, are involved in affecting the imagination, aspirations and ideas of future of a consistent part of individuals or families from developing countries. While the people from the rich classes gain access to the most popular systems o ... More
Presented by Simone CERULLI
The purpose of this study is to document the experiences of children and see how their parent’s legal vulnerability (to what extent they are at risk for deportation) affects their educational journey. We examine how and to what extent parent’s legal vulnerability shapes immigrant children secondary trauma and thus their educational experience. This study employs qualitative methods—i.e., eth ... More
Presented by Dr. Juan Jose BUSTAMANTE
With people, commodities and information flowing faster than ever before, understanding migration in the contemporary world calls for more than just looking into the political economy within which migrants are seen either being “pushed” by poverty or “pulled” by economic development. With the ascent of neoliberal free market in the past decades, migrants from rural areas have been moving t ... More
Presented by Dr. Sudeshna CHAKI
This presentation will address future-making and aspirations of the displaced, taking some examples of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. Refugees are often seen as beings deprived of agency, different from ""migrants"". However, wartime migration can be induced by aspirations for 'good life' as well as life-preserving endeavors. It is often overlooked that becoming and being a refugee is a transf ... More
Presented by Dr. Isao MURAHASHI on 29/8/2019 at 9:20
Being a worldwide phenomenon, also in Ethiopia informal savings and insurance associations constitute an important aspect of society. In parts of the country their membership amongst married adults is nearly 100 percent. They can be found in all classes of society, from shoe-shine boys to successful business men. The same informal saving and insurance associations are also popular and practiced in ... More
Presented by Dr. Sophia THUBAUVILLE on 29/8/2019 at 10:00
Created in 1994, Welfarm is a French association whose objective is to fight for the protection of farm animals and better consideration of their well-being, from breeding to slaughter. Located in Vauquois, in the Northeastern region of France, the Hardon.
Presented by Dr. Saran RUPAM on 29/8/2019 at 14:10
This paper explores the dynamics between migration and aspirations through the lens of teenage migrant students in Hong Kong as they adapt to education and life in a new home. The focus is on their educational trajectories, senses of belonging and identity negotiation. Data are drawn from ethnographic research of the first year upon arrival of two incoming teenage groups to Hong Kong – from main ... More
Presented by Dr. Wai-chi CHEE on 29/8/2019 at 9:40
Drawing on an ethnographic study of young migrants workers employed in a café in central Shanghai, this paper expands recent theorizations of migrant aspirations toward self-development as “affective engagements with the future” (Rofel 2016) in a context shaped by both uncertainty and a pervasive rhetoric of the “Chinese dream” in public culture. Building on existential anthropology and r ... More
Presented by Dr. Lisa RICHAUD on 29/8/2019 at 14:30
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