Punjab Research Group

Bringing Culture Back in: Social Remittances and Local Practices in the Migration-Development Nexus

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on April 28, 2009

Monday, 18 May 2009, 15.00-17.00

Danish Institute for International Studies, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K



In recent years, the migration-development nexus has become a central issue on national and international policy and research agendas, especially in relation to economic remittances and their impact on national economic development. Yet, local socio-cultural practices are often ignored in the celebration of the migration-development potential as are the changes following new practices and ideas which migrants bring along, so-called social remittances. Likewise, the complex relationship between migrants and their countries of origin is generally overlooked by policy makers, who tend to divide migrants into emigrants – seen as potential remitters, and immigrants – often seen as potential problems. At this seminar, two of the leading scholars in transnational migration, Peggy Levitt and Ninna Nyberg Sørensen, challenge the mainstream perception of migration and development, arguing that culture must be brought back in, and a transnational social field perspective must be applied.


This is the third seminar in the 2009 Migration Seminar Spring Series Revisiting the Migration-Development Nexus: visions, challenges and prospects. The series critically explores visions and practices concerning migration and development. In recent years, the development potential of migration has gained much interest among policy makers, international development organizations and researchers. However, the discourses of migration and development revolve mostly around financial remittances, often ignoring local practices and migrant perspectives. These seminars revisit the migration-development nexus. Based on cutting-edge research and ongoing policy involvement, the seminars present current policy development as well as migrant responses and practices, questioning common sense assumptions and presenting new perspectives.

For more information: http://www.diis.dk/sw77419.asp


Practical Information

The seminar will be held in English.

 Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Friday, 15 May 2009 at 12.00 noon.

PhD fellowship at the Faculty of Humanities under ‘Asian Dynamics Initiative’

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on March 24, 2009

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for a three-year PhD fellowship under the Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) at the University of Copenhagen. The PhD fellow will be enrolled at the Faculty of Humanities´ Graduate School and employed at the Faculty of Humanities. The PhD fellow will be affiliated with the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies. Expected date of appointment is 1 September 2009.

The PhD fellow will also be affiliated with the Asian Dynamics Initiative, a new cross-faculty Asia focus at the University of Copenhagen. ADI aims at coordinating existing research and teaching on Asia as well as creating a common platform for interdisciplinary Asian studies. Seven research fields have been identified as anchor points for cutting edge research and teaching between the Social Sciences and the Humanities. The PhD project should relate to at least one of the designated research fields of the ADI which are:

1. Knowledge in transit
2. Security at global and local levels
3. Borders, territorialisation and regionalization
4. Belonging, citizenship and identities
5. Local responses to global challenges
6. The economics of the Asian challenge
7. Political institutions and culture

More information on ADI and the research fields at http://asiandynamics.ku.dk/english/

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