The Challenge of the Global Migrant, Bodies on the Move and Cultural Differences

January 19-20, 2017 Refettorio Hall of the Chamber of Deputies Via del Seminario 76, Rome

In this phase of history the “global migrant” is the new emerging figure. This “challenge” needs the affirmation of cultural differences, due to the various heritages of human groups, with their memories and identities.

This conference aims, therefore, at redefining integration and social cohesion to favour the definition of new policies concerning times, places, sites, bodies and settings. We ask for a substantial support by all people engaged in politics and culture, to build a new cultural framework able to face the new global context. Policies move, and their movement makes things happen.

But how do policies move? Who and what make them move? What happens as they arrive and settle in those “elsewheres”? What keeps them moving? Consequently, the present programme tries to provide an accessible but rigorous overview of transnational migration, as experienced by family and kinship groups, ethnic diasporas, immigrant associations and networks of entrepreneurs. Besides defining the core concept, it explores the implications of transnational migration for immigrant integration and its relationship to assimilation.

The connections between the places of origin and destination as well as onward and return movements are an integral component of migration. Transnational approaches certainly have not yet inspired a coherent theory or set of theories. They, rather, can be more adequately described as a perspective that has entered the study of manifold cross border phenomena.

This programme emerges as a response to the unsatisfactory state of both migration policies and theories. We also hope that Italy could become an example of integration between different peoples: a bridge between Africa, Asia and Europe, thanks to its geographic position, history and culture, and that it could help other European countries and U.N. member states.


January 19, 2017
h 9.30-10.00 Welcome by Authorities and Presentation of the Conference

h. 10.00-11.30 Panel 1

Chair: Roberto Cipriani, University Rome 3, AIDU President h 10.00-10.10 Introduction

h 10.10-10.30
Rossana Salerno, Kore University, Enna, Italy
The Body and the Sacred. The Interreligious Dialogue

h 10.30-10.50
Kejie Huang, Humboldt University of Berlin
The Construction of Ethnic Identity of Chinese Descendants in Berlin

h 10.50-11.10
Chetan Sapkota and Khagendrs Limbu, New Conscious Society, Nepal Politics, Religion and Human Migration in Nepal

h 11.10-11.30
Hande Unsal, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey
History of Dual Nationality in Turkey: Changing Understandings and Rules

h 11.45-13.15 Panel 2

Chair: Luigi M. Solivetti, Sapienza University, Rome

11.45-11.55 Introduction

Ladan Rabari, Ghent University, Belgium
Gender, Migration and Embodiment: Story of a Muslim Migrant Woman Living in Belgium

h 12.15-12.35
Charis Anastasopoulos, University of Cologne, Germany
The Greek Discourse on Germany and German Migrants in Greece

h 12.35-12.55
Marxiano Melotti, Niccolò Cusano University, Rome
Beyond Lampedusa. Migrant Bodies between Heritage, Tourism and Cultural Policies


h 12.55-13.15
Maria João Guia, University of Coimbra, Centre for Legal Research, Portugal
7 Mortal Common Points on the Crimmigration and the Criminalisation of the Immigration

h 13.15-13.30 Discussion

h 14.30-16.00 Panel 3

Chair: Umberto Melotti, Inst. Maghreb-Europe and Schweizerische Akademie für Entwicklung h 14.30-14.40 Introduction

h 14.40-15.00
Emanuela C. Del Re, Niccolò Cusano University and President of Epos International mediating and negotiating agency
Migrations in the Mediterranean: from Current Stalemate to Structural Response

h 15.00-15.20
Mariusz Węgrzyn, University of Gdansk, Poland Popliberal Culture – Weakness and Strength of the West

h 15.20-15.40
Alessandra Sannella, University of Cassino, Italy
Social Inclusion of Asylum Seekers and Health Protection

h 15.40-16.00
Marco Omizzolo, Co-operative In Migrazione, Rome
Indians in Latina Province: Organization, Work and Human Trafficking

h. 16.15-17.45 Panel 4

PEACE BUILDING. EMERGENT INEQUALITIES AND INTERSECTING DYNAMICS Chair: Ugo Melchionda, President of IDOS Centre and past Project Manager of IOM, Rome
h 16.15-16.25 Introduction

h 16.25-16.45
Francesco Maniglio, International Center for Advanced Studies, Quito, Ecuador The Brain Migration and the Global Social Injustice

h 16.45-17.05
Paul Masembe, Shalom for Africa, Kampala, Uganda Peace Building and African Ownership

h 17.05-17.25
Anthony Abayomi Adebayo, Department of Sociology, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria Governance, Poverty in Africa and Africa-Europe Migration Issues: Towards a Coordinated Europe Response for an Integral Global Development


h 17.25-17.55
Mônica Mesquita and Lia Vasconcelos, MARE Centre, Lisbon, Portugal
Alternatives to the Socioeconomic-Environmental Sustainability: The Body of Migrant in the Neo-Extractivist World

h 18.00-18.30 Discussion

January 20, 2017

h 9.30-11.00 Panel 5

BODIES ON THE MOVE, SYMBOLS AND RITUALS. CONSTRUCTING HERITAGE Chair: Bianca Maria Pirani, Sapienza Univ. Rome, ISARC54 Program Coordinator and President

h 9.30-9.40 Introduction

h 9.40-10.00
Hasan Saliou, Faculty of Mass Communication, AAB College, Pristina, Kosovo The Image of the Host Country in the Memory of Migrant

h 10.00-10.20 Olga Borodkina, Saint Petersburg University, Russia
Social Integration of Chinese Migrants in Russia: Problems and Prospects

h 10.20-10.40 Fareeda Griffith, Denison University, USA
Knowledge, Access and Practice. An Examination of the Social Determinants of Health Disparities among Somali Women

h 10.40-11.00
Francesca Conti, The American University of Rome, Italy
New Italians Hit the Arena: Sport, National Identities and Social Change

h. 11.15-12.45 Panel 6

Chair: Javier Fiz Perez, European University of Rome, Italy

h 11.15-11.25 Introduction

Caroline Schöpf, Joint Research Group on Migration, China, Baptist University, Hong Kong, and Max Weber Foundation, Germany
Cultural Difference or Cultural Inequality? An Extended Case Study of the Experience of “Cultural Difference” between Highly Skilled South Asian and White Sojourners in Hong Kong

h 11.55-12.15
Alena Perizkova, Department of Sociology, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic Migrant Pregnant Body. Risk as Visible Issue


h 12.15-12.35
Jiyeon Lee and Grace H. Chung, Seoul National University, South Korea
Till the Birth of One Skilled Marriage Migrant Woman Manager in South Korea: A Case Study

h 12.35-12.55
Monika Kochowicz, Norwegian Social Research, Oslo, and Akershus University College, Norway Living in Diversity. Polish Migrant Teenagers Experiences of Intercultural Education in Oslo

h 15.00-16.30 Panel 7

Chair: Elkhonon Goldberg, New York University School for Medicine, USA

h 15.00-15.10 Introduction

h 15.10-15.30
Uma Sarmistha, University of Florida, USA
Indian IT Workers in USA and Transnational Practices and their Impact on Job Satisfaction and General Life

h 15.30-15.50
Lihong Huang, Norwegian Social Research, Oslo, and Akershus University College, Norway, Ewa Krzaklewska, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and Paula Pustułka, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Migration Towardd Gender Equality. Comparing attitudes and family practice

h 15.50-16.10
Nadjhia Normil-Skakavac, Virginia State University, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Petersburg
Haitian Boat People and the Mexican Wetbacks: A Theoretical Perspective of Crimmigration Laws in the U.S.

h 16.10-16.30
Tseng Hsun-hui, Song Jin and Lu Chia-hung Ben, Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Rethinking Migrant Entrepreneurship. Migrant Women and Small Business in Neoliberal Taiwan

h 16.30-18.00 Final discussion


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