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Geography and Environmental Science

An intersectional approach to ageing and migration: between age and place in Bolivian migrations Seminar

3 March 2016
Building 67, room E2011

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Julie Vullnetari at .

Event details

Migration research is obsessed with youthfulness and with migrants. Yet migration affects migrants and non-migrants alike, the young and the old. Based on current research with migrants’ parents in their country of origin, Bolivia, this paper explores the heterogeneous consequences of migration on the older ‘left behind’. Qualitative life story interviews are used to explore how the migrants’ parents experience the migration of their children and how they deal with their absence. The findings suggest very different experiences in urban, rural and peri-urban areas, which span the vulnerability – opportunity spectrum. The paper challenges stereotypical representations of vulnerability of the migrants’ parents and of older age in general. You are warmly invited to join Dr Julie Vullnetari and colleagues from Geography and Environment who will be hosting this lunch-time seminar. Staff and students working in the areas of development, migration, ageing, gender, intersectionalities, social inequalities, qualitative research methods, and Latin American studies, might find this event of particular interest.

Speaker information

Dr Tanja Bastia, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. Tanja Bastia is Senior Lecturer in Urban Development at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research deals with migration and social inequalities, particularly gender but also ethnicity and she has been conducting long-term and multi-sited ethnographic research with Bolivian migrants in Buenos Aires and various cities in Spain. She is currently engaged in two new research projects: one dealing with urban citizenship and grassroots organising in Buenos Aires’ informal settlements, funded by cities@manchester, and a second one on ageing and migration, focusing on the effects of migration on the migrants’ parents who are ‘left behind’ in Bolivia, funded by MICRA (Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing) and the British Academy- Leverhulme Trust.

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