Transnationalism: a brief epistemological history

Date: 24 April 2014

Venue: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - R008 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerp

Time: 6:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: CeMIS / IOB

Short description: Lecture Voices from Abroad - Prof. Luis E. Guarnizo (University of California, Davis)

In this presentation Prof. Luis E. Guarnizo will explore the epistemic and ontological origins and evolution of transnationalism as an analytical perspective in migration studies since its origins in the early 1990s.  In this presentation, he puts particular emphasis on the dynamic intersection between transnational theoretical arguments and their adoption by many migrant sending states. He contends that state’s adoption of a transnational perspective in great part explains a series of official policies seeking to engage migrants in their homeland’s national project. These policies and initiatives, in turn, have resulted in a significant reconfiguration of national political institutions such as national citizenship and national civil society. The emergence and evolution of transnationalism have been embedded in a global context dominated by economic practices, policies, and discourses informed by market fundamentalism boosted by multilateral financial organizations and rich governments from the global North, most especially since the end of the Cold War. He illustrates the analysis with empirical examples from Latin America and Spain.

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