Where: KU Leuven, Belgium, September 13-14, 2018.
Leaving Europe. Alternative Routes of Out/Upward Mobility.
Who is leaving Europe today and why? With few exceptions, social science scholarship has not paid much attention to contemporary forms of European emigration. Western Europe has traditionally featured as a major (colonial) center of economic, political and cultural influence in the world, and thus as a core destination for all sorts of immigrant and capital flows. Recently, scholars have started to look at intra-European migration circuits following the economic and financial crisis, yet, when notions of ‘home’ are involved, Europe remains often studied as an endpoint rather than a site of departure. Furthermore, literature on European emigration is mainly premised on such ideas as individual choice, professional strategies, cosmopolitan openness to the world, or the search for (lifestyle) adventure, rather than evoking modes of structural necessity or wider existential concerns.
Candidates are asked to submit an extended abstract (800 words max, 500 words min) of their contribution March 1st, 2018.