8 Comments on Who is who in migration studies: 107 names worth knowing

  1. I guess I have been a fraud all these years! I didn’t make your list, time to retire.


    On Monday, June 8, 2015, “Jørgen Carling” wrote:

    > jorgencarling posted: “During a recent conversation among migration > scholars, a PhD candidate mentioned in passing that ‘I’m not really > familiar with the names yet’. It was obvious that many of had a > shared mental inventory of migration scholars. So I started wondering > how this”

    • Did you read the caveats and see that I mention you specifically? I was debating back and forth before pressing the ‘publish’ button whether I should go ahead despite the obvious limitations. As I said, I’m also open to suggestions on how to do this differently!

      • I did! It’s not about me; I am nobody, but there are discussions everywhere … It’s been an interesting day! You got us talking.

      • If you want to continue this kind of analysis-which I think is very worthy–I think the focus should not be on individual scholars, but for example on the geographies and disciplines from which migration scholars come, gender and age of authors, etc.. I think Russell King did something like that for JEMS to see if they published people from all over the world or from selected places. This kind of analysis would obviously not answer the student’s question, but I wonder whether the question is worth answering as it might bias/unduly influence a young scholar … I have spent years thinking about how to facilitate migration scholarship and have a wide distribution of authors.

      • Thanks for these good points. I will indeed continue this a bit more thoroughly in another format, and will have your input in mind.

  2. A very interesting article that shows much more than who are the ‘migration scholars worth knowing’. As you mentioned there is in fact a “geographical bias” that leads to an underrepresentation of African, Latin American or Asian based scholars. If we go further down, and make the analysis by country, I think we could also find out that the countries where the worth knowing migration scholars are based are very few.
    I thing that one of the reasons for these is that only SSCI indexed journals were used in the analysis. It is a valid criteria, but it didn’t consider the immense work published by also ‘worth knowing’ scholars that publish mainly in non-Anglophone languages (and also in primarily migration-related journals) and which work is highly influential (political, social and academically) in the regional contexts where they publish. But to consider all these and to extend the analysis beyond journals that ‘publish primarily migration-related articles’ it would probably be necessary to start a whole research project.

    Nevertheless, congrats for this work…


  3. what a pity ! no name about France !! yet we are some scholars working on migration studies (entre autres catherine withold de wenden, virginie guiraudon, jean matringe, karine parrot, caroline lantero, christel cournil, chloé vlassopoulou, serge slama et moi aussi !)
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    • Yes, this was surprising to me too. I think it reflects the unfortunate divide between anglophone and francophone literatures. I will try to use other data sources and also include journals such as Migrations et société, Revue européenne des migrations internationales, and Cahiers de l’Urmis. Are there other francophone journals that focus exclusively on migration issues, which I should conider?


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