Seminar invitation on Negotiating Good Lives: Migrant Parenting, Professionals and the Welfare State Tom Barrett

Seminar invitation on Negotiating Good Lives: Migrant Parenting, Professionals and the Welfare State

As we are returning from our fieldwork and the first themes are emerging out of our work, we would like to invite you to join us in an afternoon of presentations with plenty of room for discussion on Monday the 19th of March, 2018 in Nijmegen.

As the the themes are emerging from our ethnographic studies of the encounter between migrant parents and professionals in Milan, Paris and Amsterdam we hope to enter into dialogue with colleagues from other departments and fields who work on (migrant) parenting, transnational family lives and belonging in Europe, or on professionals in the social domain and the changing welfare state. 

Seminar description
The ERC-funded Reproducing Europe project was designed to study the complex negotiation of everyday citizenship in a new, diverse Europe by looking at ‘parenting encounters’--encounters between (Egyptian) migrant parents and ‘the state’--in Milan, Paris and Amsterdam. Most members of the team have recently concluded their year of ethnographic fieldwork and a number of common themes are already emerging from this work.

Our six studies explore, from different angles, the new social contracts that are being negotiated across Europe in the context of welfare reform and political anxiety over diversity, fragmentation and inequality. Three researchers have examined the work of professionals in the social domain who are tasked with putting into practice policy agendas for re-creating the public good and mending the social. They have studied how professionals enact this reconfigured social contract and navigate the inherent tensions between utopian aspirations, limited means and exclusionary processes. The three PhD-researchers have examined how the people to whom such agendas are directed strive to find a place for themselves and their families in between state projects, as well as their aspirations and expectations of the welfare state. They have followed how migrant parents try to secure good lives for their families as they navigate contradictory state demands and promises, and transnational social fields.

The seminar will consist of two sessions that highlight the professionals’ and parents’ side of the parenting encounter, respectively. We hope this will be an informal, open occasion to engage in discussion with colleagues with overlapping interests from a range of fields and backgrounds and to open avenues for further dialogue. We hope to see you on the 19th! 

Details & registration
Want to join? Please register by sending an email to Zoë van Otterloo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

19 March 2018, 13.00 – 16.00, followed by drinks
Location: TvA6.01.01
Seminar organized by the Reproducing Europe project, Radboud University

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