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Refugee Migration and Urban Studies – Theoretical Challenges and New Approaches
Forced migration is a global phenomenon, which is regulated by supranational and national laws
and politics. However, it is the city where the arrival, accommodation and integration of refugees
predominantly take place. The city often overtakes a significant role – not only in implementing
national approaches, but also in developing innovative and progressive urban solutions in regards
to receiving, housing and integrating refugees. Especially in the context of the decline of the
nation state and globalization, cities – due to processes of localization and rescaling – have the
ability to overrule national migration regimes and to push for a migration agenda that has the
needs of refugees at its heart.
Migration research and refugee studies have traditionally explored the nation state and
supranational migration regimes in regards to refugee resettlement, housing challenges and
integration practices. In the fields of urban studies, the city in relation to migration has been
often applied as a container in which migrants settle consequently neglecting the impacts of
refugees on urban development and the transformation of urban politics and society. However,
in the passing years a growing body of scholarship has emerged addressing the importance of the
local scale and the city as an actor in regards to migration and particularly the arrival of refugees.
These research works apply and develop theories and/or conceptualize ideas of (im)mobility,
infrastructures, arrival, local migration regimes, governance, localization and rescaling processes
as well as planning theories and theories of space.
With focusing particularly on the (political, societal, cultural and economic) arrangements of the
arrival of refugees in metropolitan areas, this panel discusses the dynamic and complex
relationship between refugee migration, urban development and restructuring from a theoretical
angle. It examines concepts to study the role of the city (and its various actors) in managing
refugee migration in relation to national political systems, trends of globalization and thus in
regards to rescaling processes and “scale jumping”. It asks which theoretical approaches are
suitable to develop research designs for the study of the organization and negotiations of the
arrival of refugees in cities. Consequently this panel brings together the theoretical and
conceptual fields of urban studies and refugee/migration research. It invites contributions that
work with the mentioned concepts and other approaches focusing on theorizing (aspects of) the
urban in regards to refugee migration.
If you are interested in participating in the session please send an abstract of no more than 250
words before December 11 to [email protected]as.fu-berlin.de and [email protected]
de. We will give a pre-decision on the papers until December 15th. The final decision
upon acceptance of the panel is taken by the IMISCOE office in the course of February 2017.
Organisers of the panel:
René Kreichauf, MA Urban Studies, PhD Candidate at Freie Universität Berlin and Graduate
School of North American Studies (GSNAS), John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius, associate professor at Chemnitz University of Technology, Institute
for European Studies, Chair of Human Geography of East Central Europe, Chemnitz, Germany
IMISCOE is the largest European network of scholars in the area of migration and integration.
The focus is on comparative research and joint research projects. The annual IMISCOE
conference is a key-moment in the agendas of most migration scholars in Europe. In addition,
IMISCOE contributes to the training of young researchers and their exchange throughout
Europe. Also IMISCOE plays an important role in the mutual dialogue between researchers and
society (policy, politics, civil society).
Read more http://www.imiscoe.org/
Call for Papers
The 2017 Annual Soyuz Symposium
Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity: on Matters of Method in Postsocialist Studies
Russian and East European Institute
Indiana University Bloomington
March 3-4, 2017
Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies invites presentation proposals for the 2017 symposium hosted by the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. We are seeking research papers and visual presentations (including, but not limited to documentary and ethnographic films) that engage with the issues of methodology in the postsocialist world broadly defined, encompassing East-Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union, as well as Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Our goal is to foster conversations about knowledge production in the field of postsocialist studies that spans generations of researchers: from graduate students and junior scholars to senior professionals. The 2017 Soyuz Symposium theme Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity is inspired by the immense and somewhat untapped potential that postsocialist studies have to offer to methodological conversations in social sciences. In our view, a more vibrant scholarly exchange will aid current compartmentalization of much scholarship into global North and South and produce new analytical categories. Recent resurgence of Cold War ideologies in Europe has ushered a renewed interest in this region on the part of policy makers, funding organizations, and academic programs, and we want to invite scholars of postsocialism to provide their critical commentary on the issues that have accompanied these geopolitical shifts.
Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity theme encourages presenters to consider questions they have faced and discoveries they have made on a journey from conceiving a research idea to their interpretation of findings. In what ways have postsocialist transformations and the scholarly analyses that followed posed a challenge to long-standing social scientific categories, methods and theories? What portable analytical categories and methodological insights have postsocialist studies yielded? How have our methodological frameworks and research questions changed in the last decades? Which conversations, interpretive frames, and collaborative processes were beneficial and which were not? What sorts of creative responses have scholars of postsocialism generated to navigate confusing times? And how do insights gleaned by earlier generations of researchers translate, travel and land in the world nearly thirty years removed from the iconic fall of the Berlin Wall?
Invited themes include, but are not limited to the following: creating knowledge about a space; methodologies of data collection and analysis; fieldwork events; analysis of state narratives and discourses; interpretation of contested histories; conducting policy-relevant research; writing in social sciences, and others. As always, at Soyuz, other topics of research on postsocialism that are not directly related to this theme are also welcome. We will invite selected papers for publication as a special issue in one of the relevant journals. Partial funding might be available for graduate students, please indicate if you’d like to be considered in your materials.
Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to Soyuz board at [email protected] by October 15, 2016.
Please include your full name, affiliation, and paper title. Write “Soyuz 2017” in the subject line of your email. Papers will be selected and notifications made by December 1, 2016.
The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, ranging from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting. More information on the Soyuz Research Network can be found at the website.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Section H is proud to announce the inaugural Robert W. Sussman Award for Scientific Contributions to Anthropology. As you all know Bob Sussman embodies the science and spirit of Anthropology. From fieldwork on lemurs to human biology to deconstructing the evils of race, his legacy of mentorship, caring, and dissemination of knowledge will be with us forever.
This award recognizes meritorious scientific contributions to the field of anthropology by mid-career anthropologists. AAAS Section H members are encouraged to nominate candidates they feel exemplify the ideals of this award. Nominees do not have to be members of AAAS (though nominators do). Criteria and procedures are described in the attached document.
Nominations and questions should be sent to Section H Secretary Dr. Karen Strier at [email protected]. Deadline for nominations is APRIL 30, 2017.
“Europe and Its Immigrants in the 21st Century,” to take place on May 11-12, 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia.
The themes of the discussion will include:
- Managing international migration better: Principles and perspectives for gaining more from migration
- The challenge of integration in Europe
- Future demographic change in Europe: Contribution of migration
- The new role of immigrants in the economies of South-eastern Europe
- Building successful urban policy in the new era of migration
- Selecting economic migrants
- Integration processes of migrants: Research findings and policy lessons
- Migrants and the European labour market
- Migrants and immigration policy in Europe
Please see the website: europeanimmigrationconference.com for more information including information on submitting abstracts. The conference is being organized by:
Centar za istraživanje Hrvatskog iseljeništva (Centre for Croatian diaspora studies)
Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar (Institute for Social Sciences Ivo Pilar)
Institut za migracije i narodnost (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies)
International Metropolis Project
The Parkes Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural Geoffrey Harrison prize lecture on human/biosocial sciences.
The Prize Lecture is to be awarded annually in Geoffrey Harrison’s honor to persons who have made a substantial and sustained contribution to the study of human biology and especially biosocial sciences.
Nominations and self-nominations are welcome and must be accompanied by a CV of no more than two A4 pages (set in Arial font size 12). Please submit nominations via email to Dr Alex Alvergne ([email protected]) and Dr Simon Underdown ([email protected]).
The closing date for nominations is Friday 2nd June 2017. The lecture will take place on Friday 3rd November 2017 followed by a drinks reception at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The Parkes Foundation will contribute to travel and accommodation of the Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecturer.
The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.
The National Metropolis Conference will focus on future immigration trends and policies and the challenges and opportunities that they create for Canadian society. The conference will include plenary panels with distinguished speakers and workshop and roundtable sessions on a wide variety of topics related to immigration and diversity.
Register for the conference at https://www.metropolisconference.ca/en/registration.php.
Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, and Diasporic Communities in a Transnational World
The Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) invites panel and/or paper proposals for its upcoming conference on the theme of “Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, Diasporic Communities and Transnationalism in a Transnational World”. Departing from the traditional ethnic-studies- in-Canada perspective, the theme of this CESA conference intends to explicitly connect with transnationalism allowing reflection of current, dynamic and ongoing transformations of Canada and its ethnic community landscape in a globalized era. Constant population movements within, but also across national borders, alongside a much more extensive and complex communicational, informational and exchange network, are permanent features of a globalized world. Both population movements and intricate exchange networks signal the multiple economic, cultural, social, ideological and symbolic mobilities within and across states in transnational social spaces.
Such radical changes in the Canadian multicultural state necessitate that we recast traditional Canadian ethnic studies beyond ethnic communities to encompass (im)migrant movements, “mobilities,” not only within Canada but also over and beyond Canada. Even if it has been a myth that historians have debunked that previous immigrants to Canada rarely moved again globally, contemporary (im)migrants have complex and diverse forms of mobilities which have surpassed those of any previous imagination and have called into question not just borders, sovereignty and national states but also citizenship, belonging and the very nature of our multicultural mosaic. Furthermore, although for some mobility is a privilege that they enjoy and a tool they utilize to improve their social locations, for many mobility is forced, unwanted, and even resisted. What are the forces behind the creation of transnational social spaces, the mechanisms, routes, and processes, as well as the consequences of these radical changes in Canada and globally? How exactly do they change the Canadian multicultural mosaic, citizenship, identities and belonging? What can we expect of the 21st century with respect to such phenomena? Within this larger problematic, CESA invites theoretical and empirically-based papers, fully formed panels or presentations in other formats, addressing, from a variety of disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives, more specific topics such as:
- The future of immigration, ethnic studies, and multiculturalism
- Intersections of immigration and race, class and gender
- Voluntary and forced mobilities: Refugees and the Canadian state
- Youth, ethnicity, and identity in multicultural Canada
- Ethnic communities, global diasporas and transnationalism in Canada
- “Homelands”: Memories, reconstructions, returns and directions forward
- Citizenship and belonging in transnational spaces
- Gender, class, and ethnic intersections in transnationalism
- The future of transnational and ethnic mobilities in an unsettled world
Conference organizers welcome proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, posters and video presentations that address any of these and other related topics. Organizers invite submissions from a variety of perspectives, academic disciplines, and areas of study. We will endeavour to make a decision shortly after the abstract is received in order to facilitate those who need verification of their acceptance for travel funding purposes at their own institutions.
Who should attend? In addition to members of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, the conference will be relevant to a wide range of people interested in history, ethnicity, race, immigration and citizenship issues in Canada and internationally. University professors, graduate students, other researchers and teachers; policymakers and civil servants from all levels of government; those who work in various non-governmental organizations, as well as those involved as frontline workers delivering various kinds of social services – all of these will find that this conference offers them worthwhile information, challenging critical perspectives, and an opportunity to network and discuss important issues with people from across the country and from a variety of academic disciplines and institutional perspectives. A special issue of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal will showcase selected papers from the conference. To be considered for publication, papers must be submitted no later than four weeks after the conference. Papers must be written in accordance with the journal’s guidelines.
All abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and will be refereed by the CESA Program Committee. Individual conference presentations will normally be 20 minutes in length, and conference sessions will be 90 minutes. Abstracts should be directed electronically to [email protected].
CESA will provide a $600 subsidy for conference presenters who stay at the Banff Springs Hotel. This subsidy will be provided for the first 50 presenters who register for the conference.
Please visit our new website: http://www.cesa-scee.ca for more information.
The deadline for submission of proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster presentations is February 15th, 2018.