Events and Outputs

Events and Outputs

We support workshops, seminars, and collaborative projects that develop material in the Inventory into publications with lasting impacts. We also support writing projects that make use of the inventory. Find further details under 'Invitation to Participate' in the navigation menu.

How can social theory and anthropology help practitioners change society? — Erik Forman, Biao Xiang
Big data and global mapping exercises are sometimes “anti-theory,” as they claim to offer full representations of reality that render theoretical explanation redundant. Butglobal data can be theoretically generative if we pay attention to details and ask “what does the data mean?” Furthermore, global data may shed light on intersections between technology, policy, materiality, ideology and ethics. — Jelena Dzankic, Timothy Jacob-Owens, Lorenzo Piccoli, Biao Xiang
We need to broaden migration studies to address a wide range of mobilities, rethink the role of local community as a central scale for intervention, and redefine the relation between the state and the civil society. — Mukta Naik, Biao Xiang


Call for Papers: Ideology and life strategies in middleclass migration to Europe
This workshop at the Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, in co-operation with MPI, is tied to the forthcoming MoLab theme of “Reproduction Migration”.

Formal publications that draw on material from MoLab Inventory

项飙,2020《 流动性聚集 和 陀螺式经济 假说:通过 非典 和新冠肺炎疫情看中国社会的变化》《开放时代》 Issue: 3 53-60.
This Chinese article suggests that changes in the patterns and meanings of mobilities, of both people and goods, explain why the Chinese government reacted differently to COVID-19 and to SARS (2003).
"The theorie of 'concentrated mobility' and the gyro-economy': understanding social change in China through SARS and the coronavirus"
This is the English version of the Chinese article above, introduced and translated by David Ownby “[I]n the face of concentrated mobility, half-measures are largely impossible. I find Xiang’s perspective unique in Chinese discussions of the virus, as well as a subtle call to reflect on the perils of development at all costs." (Ownby)
Xiang, Biao. 2020. “The gyroscope-like economy: hypermobility, structural imbalance and pandemic governance in China”. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 21:4, 521-532.
This article explores connections between the securitization of mobilities, mobile livelihoods, and emerging mobility businesses during the COVID pandemic in China.
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