32nd Pews Conference at Fairfield University attracts scholars from around the globe


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The Thirty-Second Annual Conference of the Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association (PEWS) will take place at Fairfield University from Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26. "Flows of People and Money Across the World-System: Past, Present and Future," is the title of the conference which is being co-chaired by Terry-Ann Jones, Ph.D., and Eric Mielants, Ph.D., both assistant professors of sociology and anthropology at Fairfield. The conference is open to the public with no admission charge.

The conference features scholars from across the country and around the world, including from, Nicaragua, Canada, Spain, United Kingdom, Turkey, France, Sweden, and Germany, and will focus on the global flow of people and money.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for scholars to discuss some of the most complex and important questions in the study of migration," said Academic Vice President Orin Grossman. "Issues of migration are vital aspects of the Jesuit commitment to social justice, and the scholarship of migration is critical for Fairfield University. We are proud to host this conference and particularly grateful to Professors Eric Mielants and Terry-Ann Jones for taking leadership roles in its organization."

Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University, opens the conference with the keynote address, "Free Flows and Real Obstacles: Who Wants Laissez-faire?" on Thursday, April 24 at 6:45 p.m. in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola.

The Friday program opens in the Media Room of DiMenna-Nyselius Library with a panel on "Labor Migrations and Environmental Challenges," moderated by Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Fairfield University. Other panels throughout the day focus on "Challenges on the U.S. Border," at 11 a.m.; "Foreign Direct Investment, Migration and Economic Change," at 1:45 p.m.; and "Financial Crises, Remittances, and Inequality," at 3:45 p.m. All programs take place in the library.

Saturday's panels, all in the library, begin at 9 a.m. with "Migration and 'Development' in Asia," and continue with "Immigrants and Resistance: Agency in the World System" at 11 a.m., and "Historical and Theoretical Analyses of Migration in the World System: Past, Present, and Future," at 1:15 p.m.

PEWS is a unique section in the American Sociological Association that studies the relationship between local and global social, economic, and political processes, whether of historical or contemporary significance. Some areas of research include Third World development, International Migration, Global environmental problems and survival strategies in gender, race and class issues.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 4, 2008

Vol. 40, No. 229