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Remittances Studies: Making and Mapping a Field

Tuesday 12 October 2021
Online via Zoom

This conference will discuss ongoing research in remittances (broadly understood) and try to start a conversation on what Remittance Studies could and should be. This includes questions such as: What would remittances-first concepts and theories look like? What are the ethics of studying remittances? What are the politics of remittances? What are the technological and regulatory foundations of remittances? What debates should be abandoned altogether? Which questions need to be asked? What should be the role of states, international institutions, policy makers, service providers, academics, and remitters themselves in shaping the world of remittances? 


There will be two panels followed by a roundtable. Each panel will have three presenters. 
Presentations should be 15-20 minutes long. 

1. 10:30-12:00 hrs., Empirics 

a. Crime, Bribery and Migrant Remittances – by Ana Isabel López García (Maastricht 
University) & Barry Maydom (Birkbeck, University of London) 

b. Remittances and Transnational Networks: The Case of Hawala and its use among 
Somali Diaspora – by Mohamed Muse (Leiden University) & Georgina M. Gomez 
(Erasmus University Rotterdam) 

c. Mapping Digital Remittance Infrastructure in Russia and Central Asia – by Anna 

Prokhorova (IOM) 

2. 13:00-14:30 hrs. Theory

a. The Financialization of Remittances in Nepal: Governing through the pedagogy of 
“coffinomy” – Lekh Nath Paudel & Rahel Kunz (Université de Lausanne) 

b. Remittances and Global Justice: On Root Causes and Remittance Washing – by 
Matthew Hoye (Leiden University) 

c. Researching remittances: Insights from UK migrants’ practices of remittance 
sending during Covid-19 – by Kavita Datta (Queen Mary University of London, 

3) 14:45-15:15 hrs. Roundtable

The last session will be left entirely open ended. 



If you’re interested in attending, please send an e-mail to justremit@fgga.leidenuniv.nl and you will receive a Zoom link before the event.


JUSTREMIT is an ERC funded projects involving a political theorist, an ethnographer, and two PhD candidates undertaking a interdisciplinary study of remittances and global justice. The Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University is the institutional home for JUSTREMIT and a leading Centre for Security Studies.


Matthew Hoye is the PI for JUSTREMIT and Associate Professor of Global Justice at Leiden University.
Ms. Melissa Tanusubroto is the Student Assistant for JUSTREMIT.

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Hoye or email justremit@fgga.leidenuniv.nl and one of us will get back to you.

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