This session aims to discuss potentials, challenges, and innovative approaches of doing qualitative or interpretative research on migration and mobility in contexts of the Global South. Migrations and mobilities are expressions of global, regional or local interdependencies and inequalities, as well as social actions that change or challenge established social structures, hierarchies of inequality and modes of belonging. Different regions in the “Global South” are characterized by complex interrelations between social transformation and changing patterns of migration/mobility – always in the context of global dynamics (such as climate change, economic interdependencies, etc.) and global history, but also in the context of (trans-)regional dynamics and power relations. Examples of this are refugee movements within and between societies of the “Global South”, urbanization processes and polarization between urban and rural areas, inequalities between mobile and immobile social milieus/groupings, as well as the re-organization of migration and border regimes. Doing research on the interrelations between migration and social transformation is challenging because of the need to address the level of global inequalities and global historical entanglements, as well as the level of (trans-)regional and local dynamics. In this session, we would like to invite empirically-oriented papers on the interrelations between migration/mobility, displacement and social transformation in and from societies in the “Global South”. We welcome contributions, which are empirically based on qualitative-interpretative research and discuss how interpretative methods and their combination contribute to a better understanding of “Global-South”-migration and mobilities. Papers may be related to the following methodological topics:
(i) everyday-life-based/actor-based methodologies (such as ethnography, interview-based approaches, case studies) on changing patterns of migration and mobility in the “Global South” in their interdependence with the transformation of “communities”, social groups and belonging (e.g. change of families, local communities, transregional and transnational networks);
(ii) (socio-)historical approaches (e.g. multigenerational studies) to migration, mobility and displacement in the “Global South”;
(iii) challenges and potentials of combining methods in doings research on migration/mobilities;
(iv) methodological challenges of doings research on forced migration/violence-induced migration/displacement in the “Global South”.