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Thinking through im/mobility in a global perspective
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5250-20-03-31There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 30/06/2021
PlaceDanish Institute for International Studies
Gammel Kalkbrænderivej 51A, 2100 København Ø
Date and time31.08.2021, at: 09:00 - 03.09.2021, at: 15:00
Regular seats15
Course fee150.00 €
ECTS credits5.00
Contact personCharlotte Bukdahl Jacobsen    E-mail address: cja@ifro.ku.dk

Aim and content
Joint University of Copenhagen and DIIS PhD course on thinking through an im/mobility perspective and its methodological challenges.
Talks by Xiang Biao, University of Oxford; Karuti Kanyinga, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi; Nauja Kleist, DIIS; Loren Landau, University of Oxford and of Witwatersrand; Christian Lund, University of Copenhagen; and Ninna Nyberg Sørensen, DIIS.

This four-day PhD course brings together PhD students from the global South and North. It gives each PhD student an opportunity to learn about and reflect on im/mobility vis-à-vis interventions in conflict, climate change, migration infrastructures and gender relations. Taking departure in the new mobilities approach and critical migration studies, we will examine the role of im/mobility in society, based on research in different parts of the world.

The course is organized around five state-of-the-art keynote lectures, short PhD project presentations in small groups and group discussions that focus on specific topics of relevance across the individual projects. The overall analytical focus is on methodology – to discuss concepts and how to operationalize them – with a cross-cutting im/mobilities perspective. The course takes its point of departure in critical approaches and questions, such as: How is mobility facilitated, constrained and managed at local, national and transnational levels? What are the interdependencies between mobility and immobility in different contexts? And what do different perspectives and approaches shed light on or ignore?

The course aims to promote research synergies, support south-south and south-north networking and collaboration and facilitate academic networks. It will offer PhD students a unique opportunity of mutual learning, while receiving specialized input and supervision from internationally renowned professors and senior scholars.

Formel requirements
Course sessions assume that the participants have done the set readings in advance of the course. An interest in theoretical questions and discussions is also assumed.

No later than 16 Augustl 2021, participants must send a short paper of 1500 words with either a) a short statement about their research project; or b) excerpts from a thesis chapter (or article) that they are currently working on. In either case, participants are asked to pay specific attention to questions on im/mobility. The papers will be circulated to all participants prior to the course, and it is assumed that participants have read all the papers in advance.

Papers should be sent to Nauja Kleist (nkl@diis.dk) and Peter Albrecht (paa@diis.dk).

Course fee covers lunch, coffee/tea and a dinner. Participants will take care of their own accommodation and transport. We are unable to provide grants to cover travel and accommodation, but if you need letters of support to apply for external funding, just get in touch. Working language is English.

Questions can be sent to Nauja Kleist (nkl@diis.dk) and Peter Albrecht (paa@diis.dk). We look forward to hearing from you!

Learning outcome
The course aims to enable and advance critical engagement with mobilities scholarship and methodology. Learning outcomes include:

1. Enhanced methodological capacity of studying mobility and immobility
2. State-of-the-art knowledge of agenda-setting theories on mobility and immobility, its key arguments and areas of consensus and contention
3. Competence to critically discuss current and imagine new policies and practices
4. Detailed feedback on participants’ own work from speakers and the other participants
5. Academic networks among PhD students and speakers

To be confirmed following enrollment. A detailed program and full literature list will be communicated shortly after approval of your application

Xiang Biao, Professor, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford
Karuti Kanyinga, Director, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi
Nauja Kleist, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies
Loren Landau, Professor, Migration and Development, University of Oxford & Associate Professor, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Christian Lund, Professor, Global Development, Department of Food and Resource Economies, University of Copenhagen
Ninna Nyberg Sørensen, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies

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