Sabrina’s Paper on Disney’s Theme Parks

As mentioned during the closing remarks, Sabrina Mittermeier unfortunately had to leave the conference before she got to present her paper, due to her flight back to Munich being moved up on short notice. As many of us were looking forward to her talk, please find below her paper and presentation titled “Disney’s Theme Parks as Nodes of Mobility” for your perusal. Feel free to contact her by e-mail should you have any suggestions or questions about it:

Paper Presentation

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Thank you, everyone!

Dear all,

After months of planning and organizing, the 2016 GSNAS Graduate Conference went by too fast! We thoroughly enjoyed three exciting days of fascinating keynote lectures, thought-provoking papers and fruitful discussions, and, of course, of getting to know amazing young researchers from around the globe. We hope that everybody made it home safely and we also hope to see you again in the future, either at the JFKI or your home institutions. We would like to thank each and every one of the keynote speakers, presenters, panel chairs, helpers, and guests. Thanks a lot for making our conference the success that it was!

Take care and all best,

The 2016 GSNAS International Graduate Conference Organizing Team

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Conference Program Online Now!

The conference program is online now! You can find it here:

We are looking forward to three days of fascinating papers and thought-provoking discussions. See you all in June!

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Immigration in Europe: NYTimes

Just a few more days to submit a proposal for our 2016 conference!

I thought I would share a few interesting articles I came across in the New York Times today on the refugee and migration crisis in Europe.

A few things I found it interesting to think about. First, these articles present seemingly disparate analysis of what’s going on (one is a bit more anecdotal and the other more data-oriented on the macro scale) and who is affected (by geographic, class, ethnicity, gender profile) – at least at first glance. Another is the venue – the perspective of a US based, world-wide news organization which frames displaced population as a European issue. Just some food for thought!

Disappointed With Europe, Thousands of Iraqi Migrants Return Home

The Migrant Crisis: No End in Sight

And now for your entertainment:

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On the Run in Your Home Town

Dear friends and potential participants!

Again, I’d like to share a bit of what I’ve been reading for your inspiration.

Alice Goffman’s penetrating ethnographic account into the life of a group of young, poor, black men under the thumb of the criminal justice system, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American Cityhas been causing quite a stir.  Read about the controversy in a New York Times Magazine article by Gideon Lewis-Kraus.

Also, check out her great TED talk.

And don’t forget, deadline to submit proposals is February 7th!

And now for a bit of humor: A doctoral student and his advisor walk into a bar. The advisor orders a rough draft and they sit in awkward silence for eight months.

Happy Writing!


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Socio-economic Immobility and Transportation

Hello world!  For inspiration, I would like to share a bit of reading with you.

Late last year, the Washington Post ran a great article by Chico Harlan on the interconnecting consequences of poverty, geographic segregation, and access to transportation infrastructure.  It’s a great read on a topic of great importance:

A Lonely Road – Washington Post

I hope that it provides some of you with inspiration!

And now for a joke: Two PhD students walk into a bar. You should be writing.

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Out Now: Call for Papers

The doctoral candidates of the 2015 cohort are very happy to announce our CfP for the GSNAS Graduate Conference in 2016.

The 9th international conference will be held at the John F. Kennedy Institute on June 2-4, 2016.

We are looking for a broad range of papers on the theme “Flows and Undercurrents: Dimensions of (Im)mobility in North America,” and invite graduate students, post-docs, and other scholars to join us in Berlin in June. We would be grateful if you could forward our CfP to scholars working on related topics.

For the Call for Papers, please click on CfP.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us:

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