Precarious Statuses of Migrants

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm

University of Pennsylvania
Perry World House
World Forum
3803 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Keynote Speaker, 4:30 pm: Michel Gabaudan, Former President, Refugees International

Many migrants around the world inhabit precarious statuses: living either partly or fully outside the boundaries of legal membership in their countries of residence, with consequences for their access to social services, rights and membership. This workshop explores ways migrants navigate incomplete membership and gaps in access with international participants addressing types of migrant precariousness and temporary statuses; how migrant precarity affects access to rights and services, ranging from education to health, to land ownership and local voting; how migrants have obtained pathways to membership; and the spaces in which migrants have pushed to acquire both rights, services and membership through civic engagement.

Workshop Participants

Amada Armenta, University of California, Los Angeles

Osman Balkan, Swarthmore College

Tanya Basok, University of Windsor, Canada

Heide Castañeda, University of South Florida

Nicola Delvino, University of Oxford, England

Angela Garcia, University of Chicago

Natasha Iskander, New York University

Nnamdi Iwuora, International Organization for Migration, Senegal

Barbara Laubenthal, University of Texas at Austin

Froilan Malit, Gulf Labour Markets and Migration (GLMM) Programme

Thulisile Mphambukeli, University of the Free State, South Africa

Ruxandra Paul, Amherst College

Kamal Sadiq, University of California, Irvine

Stephanie Schwartz, University of Pennsylvania

Paloma Villegas, California State University, San Bernardino

Sarah Willen, University of Connecticut 

Antinomies of Democracy

Friday, November 16, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm

University of Pennsylvania
Ronald O. Perelman Center
for Political Science and Economics
133 South 36th Street

Philadelphia, PA  19104

With the resurgence of fascism and xenophobia in the world, scholars and pundits have declared that democracy is in crisis. However, history reveals that democracies have always existed amidst systems that thrive on inequality.

This symposium will focus on two questions:

    • Are certain forms of exclusion intrinsic to the practice of democracy?
    • How distinct is contemporary democracy’s relationship to inequality from earlier periods in history?

Conference Participants

Anne Norton / University of Pennsylvania

Tulia Falleti / University of Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Winters / Northwestern University

Michael Hanchard / University of Pennsylvania

Ariane Chebel D’Appollonia / Rutgers University

Christopher Parker / University of Washington

Demetra Kasimis / University of Chicago

Sophia Rosenfeld / University of Pennsylvania


9:00 – 9:15 AM

9:15 – 10:45 AM
Panel 1: Demetria Kasimis, Jeff Winters

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel 2: Christopher Parker, Tulia Falletti

1:30 – 3:00 PM
Panel 3: Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Sophia Rosenfeld

3:00 – 4:30 PM
Panel 4: Michael Hanchard, Anne Norton

4:45 – 5:00 PM
Concluding Remarks

This symposium is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Marginalized Populations Project, Center for Africana Studies, and Department of Africana Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of India, the Political Science Department, and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration.