CfP: Unravelling the Talent Tale: Skilled Migration Policies between National Image, Membership Bonds and Economic Priorities
Call for papers
Unravelling the Talent Tale: Skilled Migration Policies between National Image, Membership Bonds and Economic Priorities
This one-day interdisciplinary conference, jointly sponsored by the Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group and the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law, proposes to address this gap. The aim is bringing together scholars, practitioners and institutional actors involved with the development and practice of skilled migration policies to consider a range of questions targeting the interrelation between attracting skilled migrants and redefining community boundaries and membership bonds. Relevant questions include: which concepts of talent underpin skilled migration policies and what kind of stake in the community do these concepts relate to? How do skilled migration policies alter existing paradigms for community closure and the nature of the ‘genuine links’ among community members? How do the claims to admission of skilled migrants relate to those of ‘standard’ migrants? How do these policies relate to narratives of sovereignty and nationalism?
Proposals for papers addressing the above questions from legal, political, sociological perspectives are encouraged. We are particularly interested in papers that offer any of the following:
– empirical accounts illustrating the identity and immigration stories of individual skilled migrants;
– theoretical frames to address investor/start-up visa schemes or empirical accounts of the same;
– empirical accounts of preferences and intents of involved governmental actors; or
– theoretical frames exploring and linking notions of talent with notions of community and membership.
The best papers presented at the conference will be considered for submission for a special journal issue.
Proposals for papers addressing the above questions from legal, political, sociological perspectives are encouraged. Paper proposals not exceeding 500 words in length and a one paragraph bio should be emailed by 30th April 2015 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference will take place at the Sheffield University School of Law. Participants will be responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses. For any question, please email Dr. Francesca Strumia, email@example.com.