Throughout history, migration has been at the heart of the transformation of societies and communities.
At the same time, changing dynamics across social, economic, political, cultural, and
environmental realms have influenced processes of migration and (im)mobility around the
world in different ways, including by facilitating, forcing, preventing, normalizing, criminalizing,
and securitizing the movement of diverse people and objects. As academic, political, policy,
and popular interest in migration has increased in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, so
too has the need to remain attentive to the long histories, wide-ranging geographies, and multiple
directionalities of different forms of migration. Indeed, the growing interest in migration
makes it important to continue to interrogate how, why, and with what effect different people
and institutions study, teach, and respond to migration. This includes posing questions such as:
how do we, and could we, conceptualize and resist particular ways of framing migration and
mobility; whose vantage points are centralized and whose are erased from view and ignored in
migration studies and policies; who counts as a migrant in the first place; and to what extent
and how can a focus on migration stimulate more nuanced and engaged ways of being in and
responding to the world around us?
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