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Discourse, pratices and tools used in the migration/development relationship: circulation, innovation and resistance to the South

Discours, pratiques et outils de la relation migrations/développement : circulations, innovations et résistances au Sud Global

Panel - APAD conference 2020

Panel - Colloque APAD 2020

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Published on Monday, February 03, 2020 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

How do texts, practices and tools related to the “migration and development” debate circulate? This panel offers to analyse the processes of imposition, translation or hybridization, along with “travelling models”, and the appropriation or resistance experiences of the different categories of actors involved in migration/development governance. We examine the transnational circulation of texts and narratives that have become references for development practitioners in the Global South; the performativity of technical and managerial instruments, case models and “good practices”; the changes in the intermediaries and brokers categories.

Announcement

Call for Panels - APAD Conference Lomé, 23-26 June 2020

Convenor 

  • Claire Vincent-Mory (claire.vincentmory@sciencespo.fr), Chercheure Post- doctorante, CEE/CNRS/Sciences-Po, Rattachée au Laboratoire Sophiapol.
  • Giulia Breda (giulia.breda@univ-cotedazur.fr), Docteure en sociologie, Université Côte d’Azur, Rattachée au Laboratoire URMIS.

Argument

The relationship between migration and development is a topic of debate that has made its way in the academic, institutional and associative fields. As a result, we can observe the circulation of different expressions between "North" and "South", at the local, national and supra-national levels, such as (co-)development, migration and development nexus, the triple win model, remittances or transfers of diasporas. These expressions designate transnational socio-economic practices involving, in one way or another, migrants or political and institutional initiatives targeting them. Over the past 20 years, expert reports, academic work and public policies have set up specific mechanisms and tools (dedicated calls for projects, financing lines, reference documents, banking instruments, etc.), but they also selected and promoted "good practices" and success stories. In doing so, they have produced and supported the circulation of a series of models, norms and action directories framing the right way to maintain transnational ties, for actors identified as "migrants" or "diaspora". Eventually, they play a decisive part in the multi-level governance of development cooperation.

How do texts, practices and tools related to the “migration and development” debate circulate? This panel invites ethnographic surveys analysing processes of imposition, translation or hybridization, along with “travelling models”. We seek to analyse appropriation

or resistance experiences of the different categories of actors involved in the migration/development governance, such as state actors, inter-governmental bodies, local elected officials or public officers, private and civil society actors (researchers, experts, associative actors - diasporic or not - entrepreneurs, brokers, etc.). Contrasting with migration and development studies generally focusing on economic remittances and caught up in a political-institutional and academic mix up, we are particularly interested in researches focusing on the circulations within the Global South, or highlighting counter-discourses and alternative discourses of the migration and development nexus, or examining the changes and adjustments of the articulations between state and non-state actors.

  • A first axis concerns the diffusion of academic studies, institutional expertise and political discourses promoting the migration-development relationship. Which texts and narratives have become references for development practitioners in the Global South? Empirical studies analysing the transnational carriers of these references, including historical perspectives, will be examined with particular attention. The introduction and appropriation of new references, the transcoding operations, along with the distancing or abandonment of references, are all highly relevant and decisive social processes in the practical and locally-based “migrant-led development”.
  • A second axis discusses the circulation of the working practices of “codevelopment” actors. We welcome ethnographies on tools (call for projects, technical and managerial instruments, ICT equipments, etc.), models and « good practices », that are disseminated and performed in various fields and situations. Such researches could contribute to the understanding of the global bureaucratisation process of the cooperation for development, by interrogating its implementation and effects on social and historical facts falling into the migration and development nexus. Local political arenas, territorial associative networks, or specific development projects could be relevant case studies.
  • A third axis addresses the subject of intermediaries: who uses and passes on the migration and development norms, rhetorics and instruments? Who sanctions, forbids or picks what circulates? The growing literature on that matter usually focuses on the participation of migrants and diasporas, along with the development brokers’ one, and mostly considers the Western- North/African-South face-to-face relationship. In the current context of reinforcement of public-private partnerships between Southern countries, who are the new brokers, and how do they use the codevelopment tools and narratives? What continuities, differences or competition can be identified between North-South and South-South intermediaries? Finally, other categories of intermediaries would benefit from greater scientific attention, such as public officers in local administrations and governmental bodies, banking officers, but also trainers and instructors for development techniques, skills and trades (in the voluntary, administrative or academic sectors), particularly in the Global South.

Calendar

The proposals should consist of a title and 600-word abstract. Communication proposals should provide the authors’ first names and last names, their status, and their institutional affiliation, as well as their email addresses.

Proposals must be submitted by February 20, 2020.

Acceptance of proposals will be notified by March 5, 2020. The full proposal is due to May 15, 2020.

Places

  • Lomé, Togo

Date(s)

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020

Keywords

  • Migrations Développement Codéveloppement Sud Global

Contact(s)

  • Claire Vincent-Mory
    courriel : claire [dot] vincentmory [at] sciencespo [dot] fr
  • Giulia Breda
    courriel : giulia [dot] breda [at] univ-cotedazur [dot] fr

Information source

  • Claire Vincent-Mory
    courriel : claire [dot] vincentmory [at] sciencespo [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Discourse, pratices and tools used in the migration/development relationship: circulation, innovation and resistance to the South », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, February 03, 2020, https://calenda.org/738175

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