CFP IUAES 2013: Mobile cultures, cultural (im)mobilities

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CFP IUAES 2013: Mobile cultures, cultural (im)mobilities

Time: August 5, 2013 at 6pm to August 10, 2013 at 7pm
Location: University of Manchester
City/Town: Manchester
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Event Type: conference, cfp
Organized By: IUAES
Latest Activity: Sep 11, 2011

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17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
Manchester (UK), 5-10 August 2013

Mobile cultures, cultural (im)mobilities

Panel organizer: Noel B. Salazar (University of Leuven, Belgium): noel.salazar [at]

Panel abstract:
Although humans have always been on the move, discourses of globalization and metaphors of ‘flow’ have conjured up images of unfettered movement. Partly influenced by neoliberal and free market ideologies, transnational mobility has become one of the most powerful stratifying factors, leading to a global hierarchy of movements. Purposeful border-crossing mobilities, usually of the temporary kind, are widely accepted as a desirable and even normative path (e.g. rites of passage) towards success: career achievement through educational exchange and work experience abroad, and wellbeing or quality of life achievement through international tourism and lifestyle migration. Across the globe, such forms of geographical movement are made meaningful by being variously linked with the accumulation of economic (resources), social (status) or cultural (cosmopolitanism) capital. As more people cross borders, nation-states attempt to maintain authority over the meaning of their movements. An all too exclusive focus on the most mobile people alone conceals the wider effects that dominant ideas of (im)mobility and transnational networks have on societies and their cultural fabric as a whole. The papers in this panel will ethnographically address the following questions: How is achievement-through-mobility ideologically constituted across cultures and which mechanisms and institutional regimes ensure its transmission and self-perpetuation? How do people experience, understand and negotiate positively valued transnational mobilities? How much are people aware of the ways that culture influences boundary-crossing mobility patterns? And, turning the question around, what is the role of transnational mobilities in the constitution of culture(s) and cultural heritage?

Submission of abstracts:
Please send an e-mail to the panel organizer with the following data: title and 150 word paper abstract, name, affiliation and full contact details
Deadline: 30 September 2011

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