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About this workshop

This second IMI Social Theory and Migration workshop aims to explore the notions of emergence and social becoming; social systems and migration systems; agency; and, causality and causal mechanisms.

The series was born out of our dissatisfaction with separation between migration studies, as an avenue for intellectual exploration, and broader currents of social theory.

Among the first workshop participants there was considerable enthusiasm for developing post-positivist approaches which could be applied to migration research. It was, however, recognised that there are many hurdles yet to tackle, particularly relating to the approach’s theoretical and methodological robustness.