Still Photography and Moving Subjetcs: Migration in the Frame of Hospitality

Nair, Parvati, "Still Photography and Moving Subjetcs: Migration in the Frame of Hospitality" in Migration Across Boundaries : Linking Research to Practice and Experience ed. Nair, Parvati and Bloom, Tendayi (London: Ashgate, 2015), 183-198.

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  • Author Nair, Parvati
    Book Editor Nair, Parvati
    Bloom, Tendayi
    Chapter Title Still Photography and Moving Subjetcs: Migration in the Frame of Hospitality
    Book Title Migration Across Boundaries : Linking Research to Practice and Experience
    Publication Date 2015
    Place of Publication London
    Publisher Ashgate
    Start page 183
    End page 198
    Language eng
    Abstract

    As migration proves to be a major and growing phenemenon of the contemporary world and as diverse forums engage increasingly with the topic, there has been a proliferation of discourses and debates related to it. Within academia, it is accepted that interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches are fundamental to a better understanding of migration and its attendant complexities that can at once be legal, political, cultural and sociological. What has been less considered are, in fact, the challenges to connecting academic discourses on migration to those arising in other forums that also debate, determine and define the conditions that many migrants face. Most significantly, these fall into two broad categories: high-level discourses, such as those taking place at the United Nations, that play a significant part in determining policies governing migration; and grass-roots discourses, such as those at the World Social Forum for Migration, that arise from collectives, groups and organizations intimately connected to migrant realities and needs. This chapter argues that interdisciplinarity in migration studies should strive not merely to connect horizontally across disciplines, but should further seek to bridge vertically distanced forums engaged with this issue. In what ways, I ask, are the three mains forums that debate migration, namely the high-level, the academic and the grassroots, distanced from one another? In what ways and to what extent do they speak to one another? Can the academy intervene to build bridges between grassroots and the high-level dialogues on migration? To what extent and in what ways can academics, already committed to interdisciplinary methodologies, use their skills to translate migration as lived practice into policy that both acknowledges the latter and works to ensure its good?

    Keyword Migration
    Methodology
    Media
    Copyright Holder Parvati Nair and Tendayi Bloom
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9781472440495
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