Coming Up: TRANSWEL International Workshop “Transnational Social Citizenship in an Age of Uncertainty: Migration and Social Protection in Europe and Beyond”, 26-27 April 2018

Date: 25-26 April 2018
Location: Lübbenau Castle (Lübbenau/Spreewald near Berlin), Germany

Organizers: Anna Amelina (University of Cottbus), Emma Carmel (University of Bath), Ann Runfors (Södertörn University), Elisabeth Scheibelhofer (University of Vienna

The nexus of migration and social citizenship continues to be at the heart of current academic and media debates about the future of contemporary globalized societies. In the past decades, cross-border migration across Europe and other world regions has contributed to the emergence of various forms of transnational social membership, with post-national, cosmopolitan and multi-scalar forms as its variants. Not only do these transnational forms of membership refer to the formal regulation of social security (e.g. the EU social security coordination system), but they also include semi-formal (e.g. migrant organizations) and informal forms of transnational social protection (e.g. family‑ and kinship-based forms). In our current age of uncertainty, which is characterized by a multitude of crisis tendencies, social citizenship takes on a particular importance in delineating social boundaries between members and non-members of globalized societies; it becomes a main pillar for the articulation of belonging and one of the essential mediums of social inclusion and exclusion.

Against this background, the workshop will be organized around three sets of questions:

First, what are the best conceptual tools to address transnational forms of social security governance, including its multi-scalar configurations, in the context of cross-border migration and mobility?

Second, to address transnational forms of social citizenship in various areas of social protection – from unemployment to family benefits and health insurance to pensions – we would like to discuss the symbolic horizon that frames them.

Third, we are interested in discussing ways in which mobile individuals in Europe and beyond organize their formal and informal social protection vis-à-vis relevant institutional opportunity structures.

These questions will be addressed in five different thematic sessions:

  • European social citizenship between official rhetoric and everyday administrative practice
  • Transnational approaches to the dialectics between formal and informal social protection
  • The social question revisited: social citizenship and inequalities in the enlarged Europe
  • Social citizenship, (posted) work and social change
  • The multiplicity of boundary-making and exclusions in European social citizenship

Full programme [pdf]