Linking Citizenship, Migration, Labor, Border, and Carceral Studies: A Seminar with Bridget Anderson, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 11:00am-1:00pm, Humanities 1, Room 210

July 22, 2016

By , Director, Chicano Latino Research Center 

Fence at the Port of Calais, France, Built to Deter Refugees from Entering and Crossing the Chunnel. Photo by Lewis Watts.

How, when, where, and why do citizenship, migration, labor, border, and carceral studies converge? What happens when we put these fields in dialogue with one another? Why the distinction between migration studies and refugee studies?  When do forced migration and labor migration overlap and when are they different?  Who is a "migrant," "refugee," "citizen," and "worker"?  What is the difference between prisoner and detainee? Between citizen and denizen? Over 2016-17, scholars at UC Santa Cruz involved with Non-citizenship, our Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture, will grapple with these questions as we reflect on and link our Sawyer Seminar's 3 themes: forced migration, labor mobility and precarity, and the fluidity of status. Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford, helps kick off our discussion by leading a seminar for UC Santa Cruz faculty, staff, and students on key and emerging questions and concerns in citizenship, migration, labor, border, and carceral studies.

Emily Mitchell-Eaton, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar, will moderate the seminar with Professor Anderson. 

UC Santa Cruz faculty, staff, and students should register for the seminar here by Tuesday, September 27.  The seminar readings are:

  • Mark Freedland and Cathryn Costello, "Migrants at Work and the Division of Labour Law," in Migrants at Work:  Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law, ed. Cathryn Costello and Mark Freedland (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2015), 1-28.
  • Mae M. Ngai, Impossible Subjects:  Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004).  
  • Sarah Van Walsum, The Family and the Nation:  Dutch Family Migration Policies in the Context of Changing Family Norms (Newcastle upon Tyne:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).
  • Noah Zatz and Eileen Boris, "Seeing Work, Envisioning Citizenship," Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal Vol. 18:  95-109. 


Other Events about/with Bridget Anderson

Bridget Anderson speaking at COMPASBridget Anderson is Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford.  She is the author of numerous publications, including Us and Them?  The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Doing the Dirty Work?  The Global Politics of Domestic Labour (Zed Books, 2000).  Exploring the tension between labor market flexibilities and citizenship rights, she has pioneered an understanding of the functions of immigration in key labor market sectors.  Her interest in labor demand has meant an engagement with debates about trafficking, modern day slavery, state enforcement, and deportation.  She is particularly concerned with the ways immigration controls increasingly impact citizens and migrants alike. 

Emily Mitchell-Eaton headshotEmily Mitchell-Eaton is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar at the Chicano Latino Research Center and in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz.  She received her PhD in Geography with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University in 2016.  Her dissertation, "New Destinations of Empire:  Imperial Migration from the Marshall Islands to Northwest Arkansas," explores new racial formations and forms of imperial citizenship, exposing the sustained legacies of the US Pacific presence and the impact on immigrant-receiving communities.  Her research focuses include migration and diasporas, US empire, militarism, immigrant solidarities, citizenship, and critical legal studies.  She also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and Portuguese from Smith College.


This event is co-sponsored by the Chicano Latino Research Center and Institute for Humanities Research, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.