Round table: Theorizing Migration: Global Perspective versus Methodological Nationalism

The event is part of the seminar series Migration in a Global Perspective and will take place on December 6, Room 102, Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance, Panduri Campus, at 17.00.

This seminar series, Migration in a Global Perspective, aims to go beyond the conceptual limits of the nation-state and methodological nationalism and to approach migration as a global phenomenon, disobeying the national borders and the inter-national state system. However, for refining the arguments of methodological cosmopolitanism, this seminar meeting goes back, once more, to the standard theories of migration that take rootedness and incorporation in the nation-state as the norm and the migrant practices enacted across state boundaries as the exception. The theories of migration which considering migrants as security risk, as cultural other, as social marginals, and as exception to territorial belonging, reflect faithfully the national view. In the last two decades, a strand of approaches in social science exposed and criticized the ignorance of theories (and theorists) unaware of their nationalistic approach. Nevertheless, the methodological nationalism is not easily eliminated, and some authors continue to construct their theories of migration from the perspective of territorial-based national self-determination and citizenship. But how can one continue to advance theories of migration that do not acknowledge the transnational nature of migration and global interconnectedness in contemporary world? Referring to several texts on migration published in 2016, such diverse as David Miller, Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Theory of Immigration and Slavoj Zizek, Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours, the round table aims to examine if the political theory of migration could still be legitimately committed to a social ontology that presupposes the nation- state as the basic agent and unit of analysis.

Round table speakers: Camil Parvu, Dragos Ciulinaru, Elena Paris, Ruxandra Ivan, Tamara Caraus

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