Middle East Section
Oral Presentation Session
Abstract: Histories of migration in Turkey are tied to political violence, dispossession, ethnicity, and political control in myriad and complex ways. Migration patterns intersect with Turkey’s changing socio-political and economic landscape and set the stage through which migrant populations find alternative ways of sustaining their livelihoods, engaging in politics, and navigating various tiers of hierarchy and domination. In the context of migration, labor prevails as a fundamental field of embodied experience through which people remake their lives. In this panel, we deploy migrant labor as an analytic lens to explore histories of sovereign violence, political economy of migratory patterns, and the ways people deal with and escape from harsh realities of their lives. Specifically, we aim to explore the ways migrants experience the material, affective, and social distance between these geographies. What kinds of losses, struggles and differences characterize their social worlds? How do established hierarchies and social loyalties transform as they migrate to new localities? How do new forms of sociality challenge or articulate with earlier modes of world-making between consecutive generations of migrant workers? And how can we locate these social relations in the context of specific political economies? What do migrant desires tell us about life and labor in our current moment?