26 June: Conference Panel “Governing Transnationalism: Focusing on Diasporas and Citizenship”, IMISCOE Annual Conference, University of Geneva

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Date(s) - 26/06/15
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

University of Geneva, Switzerland


IMISCOE Annual Conference, 25-27 June 2015, University of Geneva


Governing Transnationalism: Focusing on Diasporas and Citizenship

Chair: Özge Bilgili (Maastricht University); Co-chair: Marta Bivand Erdal (PRIO, Oslo); Discussant: Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


This panel focuses on ‘Governing Migrant Transnationalism’ with an open approach to exploring the different scales and sites, as well as different actors, and forms of organization and structure involved in governing (and resisting governance) in connection to migrant transnationalism. Interest in issues of ‘governing migrant transnationalism’ relate to the local and urban levels of both migrant origin and settlement countries, but also to the state-level, for instance with regard to the transferability of welfare related rights, citizenship laws and diaspora engagement policies. Access to equal rights and opportunities in employment and education, dual-citizenship rights, transfer of pensions or transnational health care services are some issues we would like to tackle from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. Moreover, the issue of ‘governing transnationalism’ may also be approached in terms of individual migrants and non-migrants experiences of governance in relation to their transnational identifications and practices, at different scales and in different geographic locations.


  • Maarten Vink, Arjan H. Schakel, David Reichel, Gerard-Ren. de Groot and Ngo Chun Luk (Maastricht University), “The International Diffusion of Expatriate Dual Citizenship”
  • Marta Bivand Erdal (PRIO, Oslo), “The Promises and Pitfalls of Citizenship as a Tool for Governing Migrant Transnationalism: Norwegian- Pakistanis Transnational Ties and Pragmatic Citizenship Politics”
  • Rilke Mahieu (University of Antwerp), “Diversity in the Diaspora. Morocco’s Diaspora Policies for the Post-Migrant Generations”
  • Marieke van Houte and Ali Chaudhary (University of Oxford), “Analysing Migration and Migrants as Potential Agents of Political Change?”

Conference programme.