Call for papers: Migrant health

AAA 2019: Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice/Changer d’air: Lutte, collaboration et justice

Panel Proposal: Precarious Policies: Migrant Health in Times of Crisis and Rising Xenophobia

Organizers: MPAAC Public Policy & Association for the Anthropology of Policy

The global rise in illiberal migration policies and xenophobic rhetoric has brought about significant public policy, humanitarian, and human rights challenges. Yet, conceptual and methodological gaps continue to exist in the study of the policyscapes of migrant health. This has limited analysis of how migration processes create differential risks for migrants at different stages of mobility and settlement and intersecting inequalities, resulting in exclusionary policies and institutional responses.

As debates on global health governance and global migration expand and begin to converge in different policy spheres, there is a growing imperative for anthropologists to engage in dialogue to align priorities and coordinate responses to migration across regions. Anthropological work that addresses the complexities of circular migration and migrants’ vulnerabilities and agency have the potential to move policy dialogues on migration and health beyond narrow public health interventions and protectionist policies.

This co-sponsored roundtable creates a platform for those engaged in migration and health scholarship and policy responses to share insights from both global North/South. We hope to draw on the collective experiences of prior and ongoing research projects, networks, and collaborations to examine what is known about migrant health and care, and policy discussions on health and social protections. The roundtable represents an opportunity to develop research capacities, amplify methodological and empirical understandings, and engender scholarship and policy around migration, mobility, and health.

We welcome contributions focused on health and social care of migrants within policy dialogues on migration around one or more of the following questions:

(1)  What do we understand and know about migration and health and what crucial gaps remain global/regional/national migration and health research? How can research link with policy makers/policy community and communities of practice?

(2)  What political and ethical questions does researching migrants raise for anthropologists, advocates, and policy makers?

(3)  What methodological and conceptual interventions are/will be required to chart migration and health policyscapes?

(4)  How have engagements with policy moved beyond scholarship to critically engage in migration and health advocacy work through active participation in community and grassroot coalitions, local and national health and immigration initiatives, and interdisciplinary collaborations within and beyond the academy to curb repression and prevent the systematic targeting of particular marginalized groups?

(5)  How does migration and health advocacy and activism underscore incipient political, economic, and cultural dynamics that may prove influential for future generations of anthropologists involved with policy?

(6)  How have anthropologists and non-anthropologists engaged with the visions and the values promoted in future-oriented migration and health policies in their research and advocacy work- conceptually, empirically, practically?

If you are interested in participating in the round table, please contact Thurka Sangaramoorthy- [email protected] and Katherine Lambert-Pennington [email protected].