Within the project „City-making” and in collaboration with the Platform for Mobility and International Cooperation of Ethnologists and Cultural Anthropologists – mobile EKA (Platformom za mobilnost i međunarodnu suradnju etnologa i kulturnih antropologa – EKAmobile) Professor Ayse Caglar (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna) held a public lecture on December 11, 2017 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.
“MIGRANT BUSINESS” AND WELCOMING NARRATIVES IN CITIES: IS THERE A WAY OUT OF A CONCEPTUAL SWAMP?
This talk puts the concepts of ethnic business, ethnic entrepreneurship, ethnic/migrant economy, migrant business or migrant entrepreneurs under critical scrutiny. It aims to situate the celebration of migrant entrepreneurship within the welcoming city narratives of disempowered cities and explores these processes of valorization in relation to the urban restructuring taking place in these cities. On the basis of research findings of migrant/minority emplacement from three such cities, this talk aims to situate the migrant/and minority business friendly welcoming narratives within the multiscalar relationship between migrants and urban restructuring processes shaped by a historical conjuncture.
AYSE CAGLAR has been university professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna since 2011. Before that she was professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest (2003-2010) and a Minerva Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity, Göttingen. She took her PhD in Anthropology at McGill University in Montreal and Certificate of Habilitation both in anthropology and sociology at the Free University Berlin in 2004. Among her fields of interest are: globalization, trans-nationalization and nationalism. Prof. Caglar has co-edited (with N. Glick Schiller) a book: Locating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011). She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles (in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Citizenship Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, American Ethnologist).