The project consists of two strands of research. The first part, which involves research on opera singers, has been completed (2015-2020). The findings from this strand are based on in-depth interviews with 60 opera singers from former Soviet states who now live and work in Europe. This research has been presented at academic conferences and in academic publications, including the following outputs.
Isaakyan, I. (2018). ‘Career aspirations and agency of migrating opera singers’, conference presentation, IMISCOE Spring Conference, March 2018, Warsaw, Poland
Isaakyan, I (2019). ‘Transnational impact of global elite migrants’, conference presentation, IMISCOE Annual Conference, July 2019, Göteburg, Sweden
Articles and book chapters
Isaakyan, I. (Forthcoming). ‘Elite temporary migrants: A contradiction in terms?’, Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies (under-review).
Isaakyan, I. (Forthcoming). ‘Elite migrations’, in A. Triandafyllidou (Ed.) A Handbook of Migration. London & New York: Routledge.
Isaakyan, I. (Forthcoming/In-Progress). GEMs of Post-Communism: Agency of Migrant-Artists.
Isaakyan, I. (2020). ‘Opera singers: The elite migrants trapped in Italy’, Open Democracy Blogs 05/13/2020., external link
The in-depth interviews with migrant artists have inspired the forthcoming book ‘GEMs of Post-Communism’, which is now work-in-progress to be finished by the end of 2021. The book specifically looks into the work of migrant-artists’ agency. It explores how they make decisions to migrate, join and progress in transnational artistic networks, and eventually either establish themselves or drop from the global operatic industry.
The themes of agency and network in reference to global elite migrations will be further developed during the second phase of the project. The second part of this research studies migration of hockey players from socialist countries to North America and their transnational career development. Aiming at thirty in-depth interviews with the global migrant-athletes and their sports agents, the fieldwork of this phase has been scheduled to commence in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton at the end of 2021.