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Welcome to the migration seminar

Where do we go from here? Anthropological reflections on the role
of the imagination in human (im)mobility


Noel B. Salazar, Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Founder of the Cultural Mobilities Research (CuMoRe) cluster at KU Leuven, Belgium


It is hard to talk about human (im)mobilities without taking into consideration how they are being shaped by and shaping processes of imagination. The key concepts of imagination and mobility have rich and complex scholarly genealogies. The matter is even made more complex because there are many related concepts surrounding them. Imagination is associated with images, imagery, and imaginaries, while mobility is connected to movement, motion, and migration (not to mention its imagined opposite, immobility).

To be able to see the forest for the trees, I focus in this critical reflection on a discussion of the concepts themselves, illustrating them with ethnographic examples. One of the analytical advantages of mobility studies is that it shows us how imagination (a dynamic psychological process) and imaginaries (products of the imagination) are crucial for different forms of human (im)mobility.


This is a hybrid seminar, you are welcome to connect via Zoom

or join us at MIM seminar room, floor 9, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1. To attend on campus, please gather by the reception area at 14.10. If you have any questions, send an email mim@mau.se