CfP Does privilege travel? IMISCOE 2021 Conference

Date: December 10, 2020

By: Jennifer McGarrigle

Does privilege travel? Debating class, privilege, and belonging within contemporary forms of mobility and migration

Organisers: Jennifer McGarrigle (IGOT, University of Lisbon), Franz Buhr (IGOT, University of Lisbon)

Call for abstracts

Privileged mobilities rather than representing a marginal stream are embedded in global power asymmetries in what some term as a global class system of migration. In their regimes of mobility approach, Glick Schiller and Salazar (2013) expand understandings of class beyond differential access to resources and suggest that holding the right passport and having the ability to travel becomes an aspect of how class and privilege are defined. Such privilege may be inferred by citizenship at higher latitudes, acquired by elites through investor citizenship programmes or harvested under global talent.

Looking at the intersection of different forms of privileged mobility provides the opportunity to interrogate class. One such foray might be precisely how well privilege travels as the bearers of passports from economically advanced countries (or so-called lifestyle migrants) may be compelled to migrate for economic reasons due to precarity under advanced capitalism. Furthermore, class might not travel so easily for the middle and elite classes from new areas of accumulation in the Global South, as migrants might be racialised and followed by colonial continuities within Northern destinations.

This panel invites contributions that provide fresh perspectives on the social positioning of privileged migrants and their negotiation of privilege in everyday life. We encourage papers that ask how privilege is performed across different social and cultural contexts. What inequalities are experienced or reproduced? How do migrants perceive their own status in their migration destination and position themselves in relation to other migrants and locals? How do intersectionalities and colonial legacies impact their perceptions and experiences?

Workshop format

This workshop will follow a one-slide presentation format. Presenters are asked to prepare a single slide containing an important quote (from fieldwork participants, literature or any other source deemed relevant), and/or a picture that somehow captures and illustrates the presentation topic. Presentations should last no more than 10 minutes.

Responding to ever-more-frequent suggestions for innovative ways to present and disseminate research results, the proposed workshop format aims to draw attention to presenters’ narratives as they unfold from the picture/quote they have selected to use. The 10-minute limit seeks to condense presentations to their essential arguments and to keep time for a roundtable discussion.

Submission of abstracts

Please send a title and a 250-word abstract by Thursday 5th January to Jennifer McGarrigle ( and Franz Buhr (

The IMISCOE 2021 Annual Conference will be held in Luxembourg, July 7-9.


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