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Contemporary postcolonial migration is a compelling force increasing diversity in global cities. As Isin (2002) notes, the city is not just “a container where differences encounter each other” but “generates differences and assembles identities”. While civility in public spaces is often taken to be the key litmus test for private prejudices and moralities, it is equally important to rethink the politics of diversity and migrant encounter in private spaces, where “the other” may be “strange” and “unfamiliar”, but may well be “intimate” and even “familial”. The case of Singapore as a rapidly globalizing city-state is drawn upon in this paper to illustrate two themes of salience in understanding local-migrant encounters: care and control in transient spaces of enclavisation and enclosure; and intimate encounters in the home-spaces of the city.

Event details of 29th Wertheim Lecture by Prof. Brenda S.A. Yeoh
Date 8 November 2021
Time 17:30 -18:30

About Prof. Brenda S.A. Yeoh

Brenda S.A. Yeoh FBA is Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Research Leader, Asian Migration Cluster, at NUS’ Asia Research Institute. Her research interests in Asian migrations span themes such as gender, social reproduction and care migration; skilled migration and cosmopolitanism; higher education and international student mobilities; and marriage migrants and cultural politics. Her recent books include Handbook of Asian Migrations (Routledge, 2018 with G. Liu-Farrer), Student Mobilities and International Education in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, with R. Sidhu and K.C. Ho) and the forthcoming Handbook of Transnationalism (Edward Elgar, 2022, with F.L. Collins). 


17.30-17.35   Introduction by Dr. Yatun Sastramidjaja

17.35-18.30    Wertheim lecture by Prof. Brenda S.A. Yeoh

18.30-19.00    Small reception


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About the Wertheim Lectures

Honoring the legacy of Prof. W.F. Wertheim, the founding father of Asian studies at UvA, the annual Wertheim Lecture is organized by the Moving Matters programme group of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR, University of Amsterdam). The Wertheim Lecture series transcends the boundaries of the individual disciplines which constitute the social sciences, and aims at understanding the dynamic forces at work within Asia during the colonial and post-colonial eras. Patterns of cultural and structural change are analysed in a framework which is comparative in both time and place. Sometimes the focus is on the nation-state, in its mid-twentieth century form, or on its antecedents in the recent past, but it may also be directed towards other societal levels. A recurrent concern is the integration of intellectual rigour with compassion and social concern.