Doing ethnography in migration studies: theoretical and methodological considerations

Date: 19 May 2017

Venue: Universiteit Antwerpen, Stadscampus, Lokaal D.015 - Grote Kauwenberg 18 - 2000 Antwerp (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Organization / co-organization: CeMIS

Short description: Lecture by Dr Thomas Swerts, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre on Inequalities, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City (OASeS), Department of Sociology, University of Antwerp

Abstract
In this method forum, I argue that ethnographic methods are uniquely placed to counter theoretical understandings of migration that take the perspective of the ‘host society’ as their starting point. Instead, ethnographies of (irregular) migration invite people to adopt the perspective of migrants themselves. From this epistemological vantage point, dynamics of power, agency and politics can be theorized from below. Drawing on several years of participant observation and action research on undocumented activism in the US and Europe, I will underline the importance of co-producing research, responding to ethical queries and making public interventions with migrant communities.

Dr Thomas Swerts
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre on Inequalities, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City (OASeS), Department of Sociology, University of Antwerp



Entrance fee: free of charge

Registration: By e-mail (beatrice.oorts@uantwerpen.be) before Monday the 15th of May 2017.

Contact email: beatrice.oorts@uantwerpen.be

Url: https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/onderzoeksgroep/centrum-migratie-intercul-studies/seminaries-en-conferenties/seminaries-en-method/