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Migrants in the City

Methodological seminar

Migrants in the City:
Materialities, Precarities, and the City Space

Prague, November 29-December 1, 2017

organized by
the Institute of Ethnology, The Czech Academy of Sciences
the Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University
in cooperation with Multicultural Center Prague

The aim of the seminar is an in depth inquiry into the methodology of researching migrant mobilities in the city space, using the available technologies and research techniques. Taking as a point of departure today's dynamic developments in the presence of migrants in cities, we would like to propose a closer look at the ways we can explore this phenomenon. Focusing on the everyday mobility of people and material objects, and on the conditions under which they are forced or enabled to cross boundaries and function in the new space, we will debate the perspectives and theoretical traditions of social anthropology, sociology, and social geography, which enable us to better understand the migrant predicament today.
The seminar will be accompanied by a workshop for Polish and Czech students interested in migration.
We invite all interested researchers and practitioners working in the field of migration, border studies, and mobility studies to take part in the seminar.
Participation in the seminar is free.

Helena Patzer (Institute of Ethnology, The Czech Academy of Sciences; Warsaw University)
Zdeněk Uherek (Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University; Institute of Ethnology, The Czech Academy of Sciences)
Jakub Grygar (Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University)

If you are interested in attending the seminar, please contact Dr Helena Patzer: Tato emailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty, abyste ji viděli, povolte JavaScript

„Migrants in the City: Materialities, Precarities, and the City Space"

Wednesday, November 29
Department of Music History, Inst. of Ethnology CAS, Puškinovo náměstí 9, Praha 6 – Bubeneč
10:00 - 10:15 start of workshop, welcome speech (Jakub Grygar, Helena Patzer)
10:15 - 11:00 Introductory lecture: Andrej Sulitka "Národnostně menšinová politika ČR po roce 1989"
11:00-12:00 Introductory discussion and brainstorming "The signs of immigrant presence in the city" (Jakub Grygar, Helena Patzer)
12:00-13:00 creating student working groups
13:00 - 16:00 group observations in the city
16:00 - 17:30 walk with Multicultural Center Prague (meeting point: Masarykovo Nadrazi)

Thursday, November 30
Department of Music History, Inst. of Ethnology CAS, Puškinovo náměstí 9, Praha 6 – Bubeneč / Sapa
10:00 – 10:15 welcome remarks (Zdeněk Uherek)
10:15 - 11:30 presentation of student research group "Migrants and Refugees Domesticating Space. An Anthropology of Mobility in Warsaw and its Vicinity" (Warsaw University)
11:30 - 13:00 travel to Sapa Vietnamese Market
13:00 - 14:00 walk in Sapa
14:00 - 15:00 lunch in Sapa
15:00 - 16:30: presentation of the Vietnamese project (Grygar, Čada, Freidingerová: Innovations in Ethnic Entrepreneurship and Emerging Everyday Multiculturalism. Vietnamese Diaspora in the Czech Republic)

Friday, December 1
Institut of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, U Kříže 8, Praha 5 - Jinonice
10:00 - 11:30 panel 1
Karel Čada "Burkinis, Slippery Slope and Euroscepticism: Islamophobia in Post-communist Europe"
Yana Leontieva "Survey of immigrants in the city of Prague: presentation of main findings and discussion of methodological challenges"
Helena Patzer „Pitfalls of Doing Ethnography of Migration in the City"
11:30-11:45 coffee break
11:45 - 13:15 panel 2
Luděk Sýkora "Learning everyday multiculture in postsocialist city: xenophobic attitudes and convivial practices in new places of immigration"
Grażyna Szymańska, Institute of Sociology, Warsaw University "From city bazaars to suburbian trade centres: changes of residential and occupational patterns of the Vietnamese community in Warsaw"
Marta Kindler, Centre for Migration Research, Warsaw "Social networks and everyday integration. Ukrainian migrants in Warsaw and vicinities"
13:15 - 14:30 lunch (canteen)
14:30 - 16:00 panel 3
Ema Hresanova "Vulnerability and migrant women's health"
Zuzana Sekeráková Búriková, FSS "Studying invisible migrants: Au pairs in a global city"
Petra Ezzedine-Luksikova "How to sell migrant domestic workers? Commodification of care and advocacy practice"
16:00 – 16:15 coffee break
16:15 – 17:30 ending discussion
The methodological challenges of researching migrants in the city (discussant: Nadya Bernadette Jaworsky)

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