Contours of power
The Oxford Migration Studies Society, the Migration and Mobility Network and Routed Magazine are thrilled to present this special issue dedicated to the Oxford Migration Conference 2022.
The Oxford Migration Conference took place between 17 and 19 May 2022 in St Luke’s Chapel, Oxford, and focused on the topic ‘Contours of power: Exploring power and migration’. Migration is situated at the intersection of various power dynamics, shaped by borders, policies, and acts of resistance and solidarity. Power inequalities and struggles both affect and follow the position and agency of migrants, policymakers, and intermediaries. From climate change to healthcare, from the arts to the digital sphere, academics, researchers, activists and practitioners have reflected on the forms and edges of power in relation to migration.
This issue is structured around six different topics, mirroring the panels of the Conference: migrant rights, climate change, gender and sexuality, technology, humanitarianism and development, and decolonial pathways.
We would like to thank the organisers that have made this collaboration possible, under the coordination of Halim Kim. We are indebted to all the authors and panellists who generously shared the insights of their research and experiences. This publication is also the result of the hard work of guest editors and Oxford masters students Charlotte Matondo Bechert, Hope Nkechi Chilokoa-Mullen, Nayera El-Bar, Sophie Li, Francesco Rolando, Shannon Rodriguez, and Emily Roper; as well as Routed Magazine’s editing and communication teams, including Shaddin Almasri, Madison Bradt, Fiona Buchanan, Lena Hartz, Hannah Markay, Margaret Koudelkova, Chrysi Kiratsou, and Magda Rodríguez Dehli. The help of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) at the University of Oxford has been invaluable for organising the event. We would also like to thank Delphine Boagey for the original design ideas, and recognise the work of panel chairs, technicians, and many others who have contributed to the success of this Conference.
The Oxford Migration Studies Society, the Migration and Mobility Network and Routed Magazine wish you an inspiring reading!
You can find the programme of the 2022 Oxford Migration Conference here.
1. Contested and protected rights
2. Climate change and (im)mobility
3. Gender, sexuality and (dis)empowerment
4. Advancing power of technology
5. Navigating humanitarianism and development
6. Colonial legacies and decolonial futures