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Message posted on 12/11/2019

CfP: Transnational Migrant Entrepreneurship: Exploring Diverse Spatial Mobilities and Connections Across the Globe

Dear colleagues, here is a call for papers for the next IMISCOE annual conf= erence in Luxembourg on 29th June - 2nd July 2020:

Transnational Migrant Entrepreneurship: Exploring Diverse Spatial Mobilitie= s and Connections Across the Globe

Organizers: Yvonne Ria=F1o (University of Neuchatel), Laure Sandoz (Univers= ity of Neuchatel), Natasha Webster (Stockholm University)

Contemporary social and technological transformations have greatly intensif= ied the cross-border movement of people, ideas, objects and capital, thus c= reating new opportunities for global interconnectedness. Such profound chan= ges generate new pathways for migrants to organize and perform their entrep= reneurial activities across transnational spaces (cf Portes et al 2002). In= this panel we interrogate the pertinence of long-established paradigms in = migration studies to capture the complexity of spatial movements and global= connections created by contemporary transnational migrant entrepreneurs. W= hile recognising the great potential of the 'mobilities paradigm' (Urry 200= 0, Cresswell 2011) to tackle this question, we also acknowledge some remain= ing challenges. First, there is an unexplored potential to uncover the dive= rsity of spatial mobilities and transnational connections created by migran= t entrepreneurs beyond the spatial binary 'country of origin and country of= destination'. The multiplicity of connections with different locales acros= s the globe and the ways and forms of connection are still poorly understoo= d. Second, we have insufficient understanding of how social inequalities ar= e entangled with different capacities of spatial mobility among migrant ent= repreneurs, thus addressing the question of how and why some individuals be= come transnational entrepreneurs, whereas others do not. Third, the potenti= al of the 'intersectional' perspective, which examines how gender, class, e= thnicity, nationality, age, and migration experience shape the different ca= pacities of spatial mobility of migrant entrepreneurs, has not been suffici= ently addressed. This panel aims at gaining a deeper understanding of conte= mporary transnational migrant entrepreneurship. In order to do so, we welco= me contributions that focus on one or several of the following topics:

  • The multiple spatialities of migrants' entrepreneurial practices acro= ss local, regional and transnational geographies
  • The different kinds of mobilities embedded in migrant entrepreneurshi= p including the mobility of objects, bodies, capital and ideas across local= , regional, and transnational spaces
  • The question of how social inequalities are entangled with different = capacities of spatial mobility among migrant entrepreneurs
  • The social implications of different capacities of spatial mobility
  • The role of migration and mobility policies in shaping the capacity o= f migrants to transform their transnational experiences of mobility into a = resource for business
  • The nexus between spatial mobility and social mobility
  • The ways in which the transnational spatial practices of migrant entr= epreneurs are gendered, and connected to class, ethnicity, nationality, age= , and migration experience
  • New methodological approaches for exploring cross-border spatial mobi= lities in entrepreneurship research

Submissions We welcome abstracts of no more than 250 words including a title, your name= , email, and institutional affiliation by 24 November 2019 at the latest. A= ll files must be submitted in Word format to Yvonne Ria=F1o (yvonne.riano@u= nine.ch), Laure Sandoz (laure.sandoz@unine.ch) and Natasha Webster (Natasha= .webster@humangeo.su.se). We will inform all authors on whether their abstr= act is accepted for presentation before 1 December 2018. A definitive answe= r of acceptance of the panel by IMISCOE is expected by 1 February 2019.

Dr. Laure Sandoz Universit=E9 de Neuch=E2tel Institut de g=E9ographie nccr - on the move

Profil : https://www.unine.ch/geographie/home/collaborateurs/laure-sandoz.h= tml Publications : https://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=3DKk7uTj4AAAAJ&hl= =3Den Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/laure-sandoz/

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