In this seminar, I will first present how post-colonial ties have been conceptualised and the main results this conventional approach has generated. Second, focusing on migration in the Caribbean region, I will show that insights can be gained when we consider post-colonial ties in association with the establishment of border regimes between the former colony and the former colonial state. Third, by examining the cases of the three Guianas, I will show that independence, border regimes and the sequencing of these events we can help us to understand the dynamics that lead to the endurance, or weakening, of post-colonial ties. The seminar concludes by suggesting that we should not consider post-colonial ties as a static factor but as one of the components within a set of preferences that influence migration destination decisions. As a result, rather than remaining the sole ‘preferential’ destination, the former colonial state may become one of various possible destinations within an ever-changing ‘worldview.’
Simona Vezzoli has just completed her PhD dissertation entitled ‘Borders, independence and post-colonial ties: the role of the state in Caribbean migration’ at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, which she will defend in the autumn. She is currently a KITLV fellow and in October will start a position as Researcher at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam, where she will work on a project entitled ‘Migration as Development.’ Her research links migration dynamics with historical and long-term political, socio-economic and cultural developments. Her other research interests include the role of governments in shaping migration through non-migration policies, and migration decision strategies, including migrants’ engagement with their origin country.
If you wish to attend please register with Yayah Siegers: [email protected]