CANCELLED: Seminar and Book Launch: Human Geopolitics: States, Emigrants, and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions

July 2, 2019


Date: Tuesday 2 July 2019

Time: 4:30pm

Location: Seminar Room, 61 Banbury Road, Oxford

Speaker: Associate Professor Alan Gamlen (Monash University)

RSVP necessary: please email by Monday 1 July.

Human geopolitics, the competition for population rather than territory, is an essential but weakly understood dimension of world politics today. Muted since the Treaties of Westphalia laid the territorial foundations of the modern international order in the mid-seventeenth century, human geopolitics is now being resurrected in unanticipated ways, as governments are enabled and encouraged to engage their migrant disporas.

How and why is this happening? Until now, the attention of researchers has focused on questions of immigration policy in destination countries, with the emigration policies of origin countries receiving comparatively little attention. In this seminar, Prof Alan Gamlen will discuss how his research seeks to redress this imbalance by drawing on a range of data to chart the re-emergence of human geopolitics through the spread of ‘diaspora institutions’: government ministries and offices dedicated to emigrants and their descendants.

Alan Gamlen is Associate Professor of Geography and Head of Human Geography at Monash University in Melbourne. His research focuses on human migration and ethnicity, with special interests in the governance of international migration, diasporas, and transnationalism. He has written more than 50 articles, book chapters, and working papers on these topics, appearing in a range of journals including Political Geography, Progress in Human GeographyTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and International Migration Review. As an editor, he has co-published several books and special issues (including Migration and Global Governance and Diasporas Reimagined), and he is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies, published by Oxford University Press, and Co-Editor of the Bristol University Press book series on Global Migration and Social Change.


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