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Le colloque Beyond Brain Drain. Skills and Mobility Without Methodological Nationalism s’est tenu les 26 et 27 mars 2015 à Paris Descartes.

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BEYOND BRAIN DRAIN
SKILLS & MOBILITY WITHOUT METHODOLOGICAL NATIONALISM

In the late 20th century, the metaphor of “brain drain” dominated the analysis of skilled labor mobility. Indebted to methodological nationalism, the metaphor framed the analysis as if nation-states were the primary unit of analysis and concern. The focus was on how countries are affected by highly-skilled migration, what policies they should adopt, and what obligations do individuals owe to the countries. While constantly assuming that skilled migration is detrimental to the countries of origin, the definition of the “skilled” varied significantly through the stages this debate: the scientists of the 1960s have been replaced by the “professionals, technical and kindred workers” in the 1970s and by doctors and nurses from the 1990s on. In four decades, the emigrants’ educational level required to be labeled “highly skilled” and qualify as a loss to one’s country has dropped from the once-obligatory doctorate to only two years of tertiary education. While in more recent times, rival metaphors such as “brain gain” and “brain circulation” counteracted the assumption of the detrimental character of emigration, new metaphors like “care drain” and “brawn drain” continued to feed it.

This conference builds on the recent critique according to which results in social sciences and arguments in political theory are often distorted by methodologically nationalist assumptions. The aim of the conference is to reframe the analysis of skilled labor mobility without the assumptions suggested by the “brain drain” metaphor.

Résumés des communications/Abstracts : ici/here

THURSDAY 26TH MOBILITY

INTRODUCTION: CHAIR: STÉPHANE CHAUVIER (P4)
9.15 – 9.30 SPERANTA DUMITRU (PARIS 5) INTRODUCING THE PROJECT

9.30 – 10.15 ALEX SAGER (PORTLAND) THE CRITIQUE OF METHODOLOGICAL NATIONALISM AND “BRAIN DRAIN”

Coffee Break

NEITHER UTILITY, NOR RIGHTS?

CHAIR: CAROLINE CAPLAN (PARIS 5)
10.30 – 11.30 ANTOINE PÉCOUD (PARIS 13) BRAIN DRAIN AND THE FREE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE

11.30 – 12.15 ADINA PREDA (LIMERICK) SOME REFLECTIONS ABOUT THE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS TO MIGRATE

LUNCH

THE STATES’ PERSPECTIVE

CHAIR: CAMILLE SCHMOLL (P7)
14.30- 15.15 LUCIE CERNA (COMPAS OXFORD) THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE WAR ON TALENT

15.15 – 16.00 OLIVIERO ANGELI (DRESDEN) TAXING THE ENTRANTS TO PROTECT THE STAYERS? ON THE PROSPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY OF SKILLED MIGRANTS

Break

A PLEA FOR CHANGE

CHAIR: HÉLÈNE THIOLLET (CERI)

16.15 – 17.15 MICHAEL CLEMENS (CGD, WASHINGTON): LOSING OUR MINDS? A FRESH START IN CONSIDERING POLICY TOWARD SKILLED EMIGRATION

17.15 – 17.45 GENERAL DISCUSSION

FRIDAY 27TH SKILLS
WHOSE SKILLS, WHICH SERFDOM?

CHAIR: SHIRIN SHAHROKNI (INED)
9.30- 10.15 VALERIA OTTONELLI (Genova): THE « GLOBAL DRAIN » OF DOMESTIC CARE WORK: WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT?

Coffee Break

10.30 – 11.30 BERNARDO BOLANOS & CAMELIA TIGAU (Mexico): DIASPORAS AND COLONIALISM. THE GEOPOLITICAL DIMENSION OF SKILLED MIGRATION

11.30 – 12.15 CHRISTINE STRAEHLE (Ottawa): ARE THEY MY SKILLED? ANTI-EMIGRATION MEASURES FROM A LIBERAL PERSPECTIVE

Lunch

COSMOPOLITAN VIEWS

CHAIR: STÉPHANE DUFOIX (PARIS 10)
14.00- 14.45 PHILLIP COLE (U WEST OF ENGLAND): LABOR MOBILITY:TOWARDS A COSMOPOLITAN ETHIC

14.45 – 15.30 JEAN-BAPTISTE MEYER (IRD Montpellier): BRAIN DRAIN AND THE COSMOPOLIS: CONFLICTING VIEWS… OR MAY BE NOT

Coffee break

TOWARDS A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON SKILLS

CHAIR: YVES BOQUET (U OF BOURGOGNE)
16.00 – 17.00 PARVATI RAGHURAM (Open University) DIS/LOCATING SKILLS

17.00 – 17.30 GENERAL DISCUSSION