Spanning Singapore’s history as a colonial entrepot to its present as a ‘cosmopolising’ global city, ‘Singapore stories’ are frequently tales of departure and arrival. This workshop will explore various dimensions of migration and this global city-state from multidisciplinary perspectives. It will examine the historical and contemporary experiences of immigrants and sojourners in Singapore and overseas Singaporeans as well as the redefinitions of city and state spaces that multiple crossings of national boundaries have entailed. We welcome contributions that address various forms of migrations on one or more of the following major themes:
Histories of migration and migration research in Singapore
Where have migration researchers been and where are they going? How have migration policies and trends changed over time? What migrant histories have yet to be written?
Cultural politics in place
Who leaves and who stays? What are the relative mobilities of migrant groups? What reterritorializations, deterritorializations, belongings and exclusions have attended various flows?
Overseas Singaporeans and citizenry
How do out-migrants negotiate ‘home’ and ‘away’? What are their experiences of citizenship?
Transnational flows and national imaginations
What are the economic, political and socio-cultural consequences of migration for the nation? How have these been actively negotiated?
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
Cosmopolitanism and nationhood
Migration and social cohesion
Social justice and civil society
The role of migration agencies
Sex, race, gender and mobility
Postcoloniality and the politics of migrant space
Rememberings, forgettings and home
Geopolitics and global city Singapore
Low- versus high-skilled immigrants
Singapore as an arts and education hub
Sojourns and homecomings
Migration and the regionalization drive
Mobile city/ global city
Urban planning and migration policy
Please submit expressions of interest (including a tentative title or topic) by June 30 and 250 word abstracts by August 31 2006 to Dr. Leong Chan-Hoong (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send your abstract with the proposal form which can be downloaded from the workshop webpage.
To facilitate publication of an edited volume based on the papers presented at the workshop, the deadline for final papers is January 31, 2007.
Dr. Leong Chan-Hoong
Asia Research Institute
Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 4,
5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
Phone: (65) 6516 7780
Fax: (65) 6779 1428
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