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Talent mobility and the shifting geographies of Latourian knowledge hubs

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posted on 13.11.2014 by Heike Jons
This paper outlines how the mobility of academic talent as a significant dimension of highly skilled migration has impacted on the formation and shifting of global knowledge centres. By conceptualising talent mobility as an integral part of multifold mobilisation processes in Latourian centres of calculation, the paper aims to contribute to an ongoing development of the theoretical resources underpinning migration studies. Using Latour's concept, it examines two case studies on the global circulation of researchers and academics in the 20th century to discuss what their insights imply for future geographies of knowledge production. The analysis shows how academic mobility from and to Europe has contributed to the emergence and reinforcement of an Anglo-American hegemony in science and higher education since the early 20th century. Based on these historical experiences, it is argued that the recent increase in transnational academic mobility from and to Asia-Pacific indicates future changes in the global geographies of knowledge production by shifting the emphasis from transatlantic to transpacific knowledge flows. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Funding

This article is based on research funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG project ME 807/18-1) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (jointly with the University of Nottingham).

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Population, Space and Place

Volume

early view

Pages

1 - 18 (18)

Citation

JONS, H., 2015. Talent mobility and the shifting geographies of Latourian knowledge hubs. Population, Space and Place, 21(4), pp.372-389.

Publisher

© John Wiley and sons

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: JONS, H., 2015. Talent mobility and the shifting geographies of Latourian knowledge hubs. Population, Space and Place, 21(4), pp.372-389., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/psp.1878. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

ISSN

1544-8452

Language

en

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