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Conference: Pushing the Boundaries of Migration Studies: Perspectives from the U.S. and France

May 5, 2014
8:45am - 6:00pm
May 5, 2014
8:45am - 6:00pm

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With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.


This event is co-sponsored by:
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
The Social Science Research Council
The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
The Center for American Political Studies
The Transnational Studies Initiative
The Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Harvard University


8:45-9:00AM Opening Remarks

9:00-10:30AM Panel 1: New Perspectives on Transnationalism and Migrant Networks

Asad Asad (Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, Harvard University): Mexico-U.S. Migration
in Time: From Economic to Social Mechanisms

Clara Rachel E. Casseus (PhD, University of Poitiers) Mapping a Socio-spatial Mobility Pattern:
The Case of Cross-Border Mobilities between French Guiana, Surinam and Brazil

Elizabeth Benedict Christensen (PhD fellow, Copenhagen Business School). Documenting Dissonance:
Everyday (Dis)Belonging of 1.5 generation undocumented youth.

Discussant: Dr. Thomas LaCroix (CNRS Research Fellow, MIGRINTER, University of Poitiers
and Science Po, Paris)

11:00-12:30PM Panel 2: Migration, Globalization, and Social Transformation

Josepha Milazzo (PhD student, Geography, Aix-Marseille Université (TELEMMe) ~ Universidad
Autónoma de Barcelona (GRM)). “To see a world in a grain of sand: Rescaling (global)
villages and migrants”.

Guillaume Ma Mung (Ph.D. Candidate in Geography, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre). Staging
ethnic trade interactions and the construction of African places in Château Rouge, Paris.

Ilka Vari-Lavoisier (PhD candidate in Sociology and Economics École Normale Supérieure and
Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University) From Social Conditions to Mechanisms of Vernacularization

Discussant: Dr. Peggy Levitt (Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College & Research Fellow, The
Weatherhead Center and The Hauser Center, Harvard University)

12:30-2:00PM Lunch

2:00-3:45PM *Roundtable Discussions:
How Immigrants Impact their Homelands (Susan Eckstein, Professor of Sociology and International
Relations, Boston University)

Global Humanitarianism and the Transnational Circulation of Children (Leslie Wang, Assistant
Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Boston)

Gender, Migration and Transnational Nation-Building (Cinzia Solari, Assistant Professor of
Sociology, University of Massachussetts, Boston)

Emerging Themes in the French scholarship on Transnationalim (Thomas LaCroix, CNRS Research
Fellow, MIGRINTER, University of Poitiers and Science Po, Paris)

Finding Work and Entrepreneurship in a Transnational Marketplace (Pawan Dhingra, Professor
of Sociology, Tufts University)

*RSVP required. Roundtable abstracts and biographies for discussion leaders attached below.

4:00-5:45PM Panel 3: Rescaling Analytical Frameworks for Immigrant Integration

Erica Dobbs (PhD expected 2014, MIT Political Science). No se puede: Exploring the theoretical, political, and transnational limitations of the Justice for Janitors movement.

Eram Alam (PhD Candidate, History and Sociology of Science, U Penn). Turning “Third
World” Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) into “First World” Physicians: Consequences of the
Hart-Celler Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

Amandine Desille (PhD Student, Poitiers University & Tel Aviv University). Integration policies
in Israeli local governments: is the ‘glocalization’ approach relevant?

Marie Mallet (Post-doctoral fellow, Harvard). Between Cooperation and Rivalries - Compara
tive Analysis of the Role of Urban Context in the Incorporation of Latino Immigrants

Discussant: Dr. Helen Marrow (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Tufts University)

6:00PM- Reception--William James Hall, Rm.1550, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138