Emotions and Human Mobility

Although numerous studies of human mobility and diasporas have refered to migrants’ and migrant-receiving communities’ hopes, fears, jealousy, or hatred, relatively few scholars have explicitly incorporated ‘emotions’ in their theoretical perspective of migration. This is surprising, because emotion studies is a a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field, which has produced a considerable number of theoretical perspectives that are highly relevant to the study of migration.

In the past five years, however, an increasing number of scholars from a variety of disciplines have begun to take 'emotions' seriously. Several special issues have recently appeared, and in 2005 the AHRC funded a series of conferences on Emotions and Human Mobily. For more information on the aims and outcomes of the latter, click Emotions and Human Mobility Conference Series.