“The topic – cosmopolitanism – seemed to have attracted a special kind of people. ‘There are nearly no Americans here’, one delegate wondered. Usually, lots of Americans attended conferences arranged by the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth. What I found most striking: The largest part of all delegates were migrants!
Nearly none of them is working at an University in the country they were born. I met an anthropologist from Sri Lanka who’s working in the USA, another anthropologist working in Canada, originally from Turkey but – as she said – ‘a product from Norway’. There were quite a lot of German anthropology migrants living in the UK, and from Switzerland and Italy. A woman wore a badge with ‘Aberdeen University’ on it. Of course, she told me that she’s from Malta!”
Interesting. But what kind of cosmopolitics denies outsiders access to conference papers?
In related news:
Cities in a World of Migration: India and China in Global Perspective
The New School, NYC
April 28-29, 2006