Keynote Speakers

Michel Agier – École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

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Wendy Espeland – Northwestern University (US)

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Michel Agier is a French ethnologist and anthropologist, Professor at the Development Research Institute and as well as the School of Higher Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. His research focuses on the relationships between globalization, places of exile, and the formation of new urban contexts. Engaged in the associative world, Michel Agier militates for the opening of borders for migrants. ( Adapted from https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Agier )

Professor Wendy Espeland works in the areas of organizations, culture, and law. Her book, The Struggle for Water: Politics, Rationality and Identity in the American Southwest was awarded the Best Book Prize by the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, the Rachel Carson Award from the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration. (From http://www.sociology.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/core/wendy-espeland.html )

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