Labor Migration in Eurasia: Links to Global Migration and Human Security Trends

September 21, 2012 // 9:00am5:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Environmental Change and Security Program

Using a comparative approach to incorporate research initiatives into a global context can make a significant contribution to the current understanding of migration. In partnership with the Social Science Research Council, the Kennan Institute will host leading specialists on migration issues from Russia and the United States to discuss their most recent work, as well as share preliminary findings from research supported by the National Science Foundation. This research was conducted as part of the MINERVA initiative grant “People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System,” led by Cynthia Buckley, Beth Mitchneck, and Blair Ruble. 

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6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University


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Event Sessions: 

8:30-9:00 - Coffee and Pastries

9:00 – 9:10 am - Welcoming Remarks 

Cynthia Buckley, Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and the Social Science Research Council
Blair A. Ruble, Director, Kennan Institute and Comparative Urban Studies Project, Woodrow Wilson Center

9:10 – 9:45 am - Framing Lecture: Current Trends in the Age of Migration
Ellen Percy Kraly, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Geography, Colgate University, and Editor, International Migration Review

9:45 – 11:15 am - Panel I: Migration in Eurasia in the Context of Broader Migration Trends

Chair: Blair A. Ruble
Andrew Robarts, Lecturer in Middle Eastern and Russian History, University of California, Riverside
Nida Gelazis, Senior Associate, European Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center
Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
Beth Mitchneck, Program Director, National Science Foundation, and Professor of Geography, University of Arizona, and Jesse Quinn, M.A. Student, University of Arizona School of Geography and Development
Discussant: Andrei Korobkov, Professor of Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University

11:15 – 11:30 am - Break

11:30 am – 1:00 pm - Panel II: Approaches to Migration in Russia

Chair and Discussant: Cynthia Buckley
Sergei Riazantsev, Head of the Center for Social Demography and Economic Sociology, Institute of Social-Political Research, Russian Academy of Sciences
Tatiana Merzlyakova, Ombudsman, City of Ekaterinburg
Yulia Florinskaya, Expert, Center for Migration Studies, (paper presented in translation by Erin Hofmann)
Tatiana Bogdasarova, Project Coordinator, Russian International Affairs Council

1:00 – 2:00 pm   Break for Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm - Panel III: Preliminary Findings from Survey-work in Three Russian Cities
Chair and Discussant: Alexander Gasparishvili, Head of the Laboratory for Public Opinion Research, Moscow State University
Beth Mitchneck and Julia Carboni, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Cynthia Buckley
Blair A. Ruble, Nikki Kraus, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Liz Malinkin, Program Associate, Kennan Institute
Erin Hofmann, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, Utah State University

3:30-3:45 pm      Break

3:45-5:00 pm - Panel IV: Possibilities for Future Research on Migration
Chair:  Beth Mitchneck
Cynthia Buckley
Alexandra Vasileva, Research Fellow, Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences - Urals Branch
Mikhail Savva, Professor of Political Science, Kuban State University, and Grant Manager, Southern Russia Resource Center (paper presented in translation by Oliver Bevan, Ph.D Candidate, Harvard University)
Discussant: Susan Martin, Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

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