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.


Migration-mobility studies as social critique
13-15 July 2023

This workshop will explore ways of developing migration-mobility studies as social critique. more
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

Xiang, Biao, William L. Allen, Shahram Khosravi, Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, Yasmin Y. Ortiga, Karen Anne S. Liao, Jorge E. Cuéllar, Lamea Momen, Priya Deshingkar, and Mukta Naik. 2022. Shock mobilities during moments of acute uncertainty. Geopolitics. DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2022.2091314. Published online: 25 Jul 2022.
In this collective essay, MoLab contributors and other researchers examine mobility and immobility during the pandemic as lenses onto the ways that routinised state power reacts to acute uncertainties, as well as how these reactions impact politics and societies. more
Xiang, Biao. 2022. "How COVID-19 has re-distributed human mobility." Current History 121(838): 304–309.
This article suggests that mobility regulation during the pandemic indicates how relations are changing between government and citizens, not only in China, but across the world. more
Xiang, Biao and Pal Nyiri. 2022. " Migration and values". Intersections 8(2): 201–206.
This article is part of the outcomes o the workshop "The re-enchantment of culture and flexible citizenship in a hardening world", co-organized by The Research Centre for Social Sciences (Centre for Excellence, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest) and MoLab, November 2021. more
Xiang, Biao. "Remote work, social inequality and the redistribution of mobility". International Migration. 2022 (60):280–282.
This article reflects on how the perspective of the "redistribution of mobility" helps to understand the relation between remote work, the pandemic, and inequality. more
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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