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Symposia 2009-10

The first year of this series of high-profile research and debate symposia featured events on cosmopolitan citizenship, law and security, the economics of global migration, and the portrayal of post-conflict migration from the Balkans in contemporary film. The events brought together scholars from across the wider academic and public policy community to debate key issues of global migration.

PROGRAMME 2009-2010

10 March 2010

Prof. Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College, US)
Globalisation and Cosmopolitan Citizenship: Migrating Bodies, Practices and Ideas

Chair: Dr Claire Dwyer (Migration Research Unit, UCL Geography)

Discussant: Professor John Eade, Director of CRONEM, University of Roehampton and Visiting Professor in the Migration Research Unit

Exhibition: Accompanied by an exhibition by artists Liz Hingley and Saad Qureshi

Abstract: Cosmopolitanism today is no longer the exclusive province of elites. Labor migrants, sojourners, religious believers, and refugees are also open to the world, although they interact with it differently than their professional counterparts. In fact, in today’s world, cosmopolitanism is a necessity not a choice. What are the rights and responsibilities of global citizenship?  How can we begin to imagine a community that extends beyond national borders and where do the elements come from with which to create it?

About the speaker: Peggy Levitt is a Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and a Research Fellow at The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University where she co-directs The Transnational Studies Initiative. She was the Willie Brandt Guest Professor at the University of Malmö in Spring 2009, a visiting lecturer at the University of Limerick in Fall 2008, and a visiting professor at the University of Bologna in summer 2008. In 2010-2012, she will be a visiting international fellow in the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije University in Amsterdam. Her books include God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape (New Press 2007), The Transnational Studies Reader (Routledge 2007), The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation  (Russell Sage 2002), and The Transnational Villagers (UC Press, 2001). She has also edited special volumes of International Migration Review, Global Networks and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

23 March 2010 

Prof. Gordon Hanson (UC San Diego)
Managing Immigration Policy in High Income Countries


Co-hosted by the UCL Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM)


David Coats, Associate Director Policy, The Work Foundation
David Goodhart, editor Prospect
Jonathan Portes, Chief Economist, Cabinet Office

Abstract: Immigration is changing the composition of high income countries.Between 1970 and 2008, the share of foreign born residents in the populations of Britain, the United States, and other rich nations increased from less than 5 percent to over 10 percent, with individuals from low income regions accounting for much of the growth.What objectives guide current immigration policies in Europe and the US?  Are there alternative policies that would raise national welfare in these destinations?  Which countries have been most successful in attracting skilled workers as immigrants? In this presentation, Prof. Gordon Hanson reviews the state of play in the global immigration policy debate and examines ideas under consideration for reforming these policies.

About Gordon Hanson: A professor of economics at UC San Diego and director of the Center on Pacific Economies, Gordon Hanson also holds a faculty position in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. An Exernal Research Fellow at UCL's Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), he is also research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior research fellow at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. His current research examines the international migration of skilled labor, the economics of illegal immigration, the relationship between business cycles and global outsourcing, and international trade in motion pictures. In recent work, he studied the impact of trade and immigration on wages, the origins of political opposition to immigration, and the implications of China's growth for the export performance of Mexico and other developing countries.

David Coats, Associate Director Policy, The Work Foundation. He is responsible for The Work Foundation's engagement with the public policy world, seeking to influence the national conversation about the world of work. He is recognised as an expert commentator on employment relations and quality of working life issues.

David Goodhart, founder and editor Prospect magazine. The magazine is a respected London based intellectual monthly, known for its insightful analysis of current affairs. He was formerly a senior correspondent of the Financial Times.

Jonathan Portes, Chief Economist, Cabinet Office. He advises the Cabinet Secretary, Gus O'Donnell, and Number 10 Downing Street on economic and financial issues. He is recognised as the UK Government's leading expert on labour markets and migration.

13 May 2010

Prof. Elspeth Guild (University of Nijmegen; Partner, Kingsley Napley)
Examining the Relationship between Migration and Security

Discussant: Anneliese Baldaccini, Executive Officer Amnesty International EU

Co-hosted by the UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe

Accredited with 1.5 CPD hours
(Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board)

Abstract: Migration and security have a troubled relationship both in law and politics in Europe today. As the UK General Election looms, the debate in the UK around migration - both within the EU and from outside it - seems destined to attract much attention. In this presentation I will examine the multiple meanings of migration in the UK and EU: what does it mean to be a citizen, a foreigner or a migrant, where and why? In this inquiry the question of security becomes central: what security concerns are revealed by the way in which individuals are categorised and to what ends?

About the speaker: Elspeth Guild is an internationally acknowledged expert in the field of European immigration law.  She is Professor of European Migration Law at the University of Nijmegen, a Partner at Kingsley Napley and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies. She is also a visiting professor at the LSE in London and at the College of Europe, Bruges. She previously acted as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Inquiry into Economic Migration in the EU, and is involved in training judges in EU law. She is frequently requested to make submissions to parliamentary committees on the subject and she acts as an expert to international organisations such as the European Commission, UNHCR, and the Council of Europe. Her most recent monograph is Security and Migration in the 21st Century (Polity, 2009).

About the discussant: Anneliese Baldaccini is Executive Officer Asylum and Immigration at Amnesty International EU in Brussels. She was formerly a committee specialist for the House of Lords European Union Committee and JUSTICE’s human rights legal officer

7 June 2010

Mitko Panov (filmmaker)
Film screening “The War is Over” (2009) and conversation with director Mitko Panov

Followed by a Q&A with director Mitko Panov, script consultant Gareth Jones and film critic Prof Nevena Dakovic.

The event was co-hosted by the UCL Mellon Programme and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Venue: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

About the event: This film by award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Mitko Panov is a fictionalised account of a family exiled to Switzerland during the Kosovo crisis. It is an intimate narrative that explores the experience of forced migration: the fraught decision to leave; the process of integration and adaptation to a new country; the impact on the family; and always, the yearning for homeland. Join us at the Frontline Club, a media club and venue championing independent journalism, for the screening, a panel discussion and a Q&A with Panov, film professionals and critics.

About the director: Mitko Panov was born in Macedonia and now lives and works in Switzerland. He studied Directing at the Polish National School for Film, TV and Theatre in Lodz. He has received a number of international awards for his films including the 1991 Cannes Golden Palm for best short for his reconstruction of the Warsaw ghetto in WITH RAISED HANDS, a special jury award at the Clermont Ferrand film festival 2000, and a Best Balkan Film Award at the Drama Short-Film Festival in Greece. Panov has taught at the New York University Graduate Film Department, the German State School for Film and TV in Munich, and the University of Texas at Austin-RTF. He is a founding member of the New York Film Academy, and Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Sundance Institute Fellow.  The War is Over is his feature fiction debut.


The event was kindly supported by The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

Find out more

To find out more about the UCL Global Migration Network – or to register your own activity – please contact: Dr Pablo Mateos (UCL Geography): +44 (0)20 7679 7552 (internal x27552).