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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Juliano Fiori


In this interview with Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Juliano Fiori—Head of Studies (Humanitarian Affairs) at Save the Children—reflects on Eurocentrism and coloniality in studies of and responses to migration. In the context of ongoing debates about the politics of knowledge and the urgency of anticolonial action, Fiori discusses the ideological and epistemological bases of responses to migration, the Western character of humanitarianism, the “localization of aid” agenda, and the political implications of new populisms of the Right.

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Recentering the South in Studies of Migration

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh


It has become increasingly mainstream to argue that redressing the Eurocentrism of migration studies requires a commitment to decentering global North knowledge. However, it is less clear whether this necessarily means “recentering the South.” Against this backdrop, this introduction starts by highlighting diverse ways that scholars, including the contributors to this special issue, have sought to redress Eurocentrism in migration studies: (1) examining the applicability of classical concepts and frameworks in the South; (2) filling blind spots by studying migration in the South and South-South migration; and (3) engaging critically with the geopolitics of knowledge production. The remainder of the introduction examines questions on decentering and recentering, different ways of conceptualizing the South, and—as a pressing concern with regard to knowledge production —the politics of citation. In so doing, the introduction critically delineates the contours of these debates, provides a frame for this volume, and sets out a number of key thematic and editorial priorities for Migration and Society moving forward.

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Bjørn Enge Bertelsen and Ruy Llera Blanes

decolonial thought . Cambridge : Polity Press . Fabian , J. 2000 . Out of our minds. Reason and madness in the exploration of Central Africa . Berkeley, CA : University of California Press . Gastrow , C. 2017 . ‘ Cement citizens: housing

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Decolonizing Anthropology

Reflections from Cambridge

Heidi Mogstad and Lee-Shan Tse

, we wish to underscore that putting decolonial thought into practice entails taking responsibility for the spaces and worlds we inhabit. Indeed, decolonization is not merely an intellectual struggle divorced from material structures of exclusion and

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Marcos S. Scauso, Garrett FitzGerald, Arlene B. Tickner, Navnita Chadha Behera, Chengxin Pan, Chih-yu Shih, and Kosuke Shimizu

logics of exclusion have shaped responses at the international level by reinforcing long-standing colonial binaries between East and West. We end the article by describing a number of alternatives brought to the fore by decolonial thought and practice

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The Double Force of Vulnerability

Ethnography and Environmental Justice

Grant M. Gutierrez, Dana E. Powell, and T. L. Pendergrast

in Human Geography 39 ( 6 ): 809 – 817 . doi: 10.1177/030 9132514563008 . 10.1177/0309132514563008 Pulido , Laura , and Juan de Lara. 2018 . “ Reimagining ‘Justice’ in Environmental Justice: Radical Ecologies, Decolonial Thought, and the

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Out of Place in Outer Space?

Exploring Orbital Debris through Geographical Imaginations

Hannah Hunter and Elizabeth Nelson

)Locating Animality in Decolonial Thought .” Societies 5 ( 1 ): 1 – 11 . doi: 10.3390/soc5010001 . 10.3390/soc5010001 Benjamin , Marina. 2003 . Rocket Dreams: How the Space Age Shaped Our Vision of a World Beyond . London : Free Press . Bowen