Call for papers
Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration -
ESF-ZiF-Bielefeld University Research Conference 2012 in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre “From Heterogeneities to
Inequalities” (CRC 882), GICC-EXCLIM and COST Action IS1101
Concept-note-ESF-UniBi-2012_final.pdf (123,6 kB)



Call for papers and posters


Call for papers and posters for the International Conference on Climate Change, Hydro-conflict and Human Security Nicosia, Cyprus, 10-12 December 2012



Call for papers


2º Simpósio Internacional de História Ambiental e Migrações

Laboratório de Imigração, Migração e História Ambiental
Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brasil, 17-19 September 2012




Call for papers EDITED BOOK
Human mobility: Migration from an African and European viewpoint

ebook CNR (Migration).pdf (87,1 kB)




Conference organized by The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)
Hosted by Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS)
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 16-18, 2012

cfp carfms.doc (29,5 kB)
4th Global Migration History Conference 


FP: Migrations and societies in Africa and the Middle East: a long term perspective

The 4th Global Migration History Conference (Rabat, 19-21 May 2012)

Aim of the conference

The conference seeks to map and understand patterns of cross-cultural migration in Africa and the Middle East from 1500 until the present. We are interested in local, internal, international and intercontinental movements of people, as well as in free and unfree migration. Following Manning's ideas on the crucial role of cross-community migration as an engine for social and cultural change (Migration in World History, 2005), both in sending and receiving societies, we are predominantly interested in geographical moves that involve the crossing of cultural boundaries. Such migrations, defined in linguistic, religious, class or other terms, bring people with different cultural repertoires in contact with each other and thereby has the potential to lead to innovations in various domains.
The conference seeks to assess the degree of mobility in African and Middle-Eastern societies over a longer time-frame, changes therein between periods, and, ultimately, the cultural, political, social and economic effects of migration on both sending and receiving societies. We especially invite scholars to critically rethink widespread assumptions that portray non-Western parts of the world as essentially immobile until the 19th and 20th centuries, and interpret any forms of mobility there were as induced by the actions of violent and coercive outsiders (mostly Europeans). As a counterpoint, we put forward the hypothesis that, throughout the period under study, cross-community migration has been both part and parcel as well as a major determinant of processes of social change in the countries of Africa and the Middle-East. Therefore, we urge participants - where possible - to particularly pay attention to the human capital of migrants into their analyses.

Analytical and theoretical framework

In order to guarantee that the data presented at the conference enable systematic comparisons, we have chosen a conceptual framework and typology of different forms of migration that has been developed for Europe and since applied to Asia (discussed in the Journal of Global History, no. 2, 2011):

A typology of Cross-Community Migrations

moving to cities (urbanization)
moving to land (colonization)
moving as soldiers and sailors
moving as seasonal workers
emigrating from the geographical unit under study (Middle East or Africa)
immigration into the geographical unit under study (Middle East or Africa)

See Jan Lucassen en Leo Lucassen, 'The Mobility Transition Revisited, 1500-1900: What the Case of Europe Can Offer to Global History', The Journal of Global History 4, no. 4 (2009): 347-77.

This typology is inspired by Patrick Manning's work on global migration history mentioned above. The aim of the typology is first of all to distinguish different modes of migration and their respective impact on social and cultural change. For reasons of coherence and comparison we strongly urge participants to the conference to apply this typology to the region and period they study and secondly to reflect critically on the typology itself and come up with suggestions and modifications needed to encapsulate other types of cross-community migration (like forms of nomadism) that can be found in Africa and the Middle east in the last five centuries.

The application of this model to Africa and the Middle East implies a number of specific challenges:

There will be a special emphasis on demography (i.e. population figures through time and migration data and/or estimates) before 1900. Such demographic key data are at the core of our global comparison, but have been less well studied for Africa and the Middle East.
For the reconstruction of population mobility in Africa and the Middle East from 1500 onwards we solicit contributions based on written evidence produced by historians but also on archeological, linguistic, anthropological and geographical data and insights.
As to written evidence, apart from the usual suspects (in English and French languages), we emphatically solicit contributions by historians well versed in Portuguese, Spanish and Latin sources, and in particular in Arabic, Ottoman and other non-European languages, which usually tend to fall below the radar-screen of mainstream scholarship on the issues of migration and mobility.

Call for papers

The organizational committee invites scholars to submit abstracts for papers. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 December 2011. The deadline for submission of papers will be 1 May 2012. Abstracts can be sent to Mrs. Astrid Verburg, IISH secretariat (>). Guidelines for contributions:

Paper proposals should in principal be historical in the sense that they deal with longer periods of time or compare current developments with earlier ones.
Paper proposals should engage with the theoretical and conceptual framework as set out above.
Where possible papers should reflect on ways to quantify types of migrations in relation to the total population of a given area as this is essential for a proper assessment of the importance of cross-community migration in its entirety and as well as in its constituent parts.
The conference has been made possible by a most generous grant from the World History Center of the University of Pittsburgh as well as by a grant of the NIMAR. This conference will extend the scope from Eurasia to Africa and the Middle East.

The Rabat conference is organized by a group of historians, committed to a truly comparative history of human mobility from a long-term and global perspective. The theoretical and empirical implications of such an endeavor have been explored in a series of conferences, of which the Rabat conference will be the fourth in line. Earlier conferences addressed the following topics:
Wassenaar (the Netherlands), see J. Lucassen/ L.Lucassen/ P.Manning, eds., Migration History in World History. Multidisciplinary approaches, Brill Publishers 2010, paperback 2011;
Minneapolis / St. Paul (USA), see U. Bosma / G. Kessler/ L. Lucassen, eds., Migration and Membership Regimes in a Global and Historical Perspective, submitted to Brill Publishers, forthcoming 2012;
Taipei (Taiwan): the theme of this conference was the reconstruction of mobility in Asia over the last five centuries following the proposal made by J. Lucassen and L. Lucassen ['The mobility transition revisited 1500-1900', Journal of Global History, 4 (2009) 4, 347-377; see also the forthcoming discussion dossier about this article with A. McKeown, L. Moch, J. van Lottum and J. Ehmer in the Journal of Global History 6 (2011) 2]. This will result in J. Lucassen / L. Lucassen, eds., Globalising Migration History. The Eurasian Experience, 16th to 21st centuries, forthcoming at Brill Publishers 2012/2013.

Organizational committee:
Ulbe Bosma (IISH, Amsterdam)
Gijs Kessler (IISH, Moscow)
Jelle van Lottum (University of Cambridge, Cambridge)
Jan Lucassen (IISH, Amsterdam)
Leo Lucassen (Leiden University)
Patrick Manning (University of Pittsburg)

Mrs. Astrid Verburg, secretariat IISH (>)



The American Society for Environmental History Conference, Madison Wisconsin 2012

deadline 8 July 2011



The call for the 2012 European Social Science History Conference in
Glasgow, UK, is out.



Ethnicity and Migration is the largest network at the ESSHC. With over
40 sessions and 160 papers on migration and ethnicity at the last two
conferences (Ghent 2010 and Lisbon 2008), this conference is clearly
an important venue for migration researchers.

We invite you to submit ideas for a session or an abstract for a paper
for within the Ethnicity and Migration network for ESSHC 2012.

A session consists of four speakers, a chair and a commentator. The
chair and the commentator can be the same person. The speakers are not
to come from the same institute (best also not from the same country).

In the past organisers of sessions have successfully used H-migration
for finding additional speakers, chairs and commentators.

We have a preference for the submission of complete sessions, but
authors can also submit individual papers. We as network chairs will
do our best to allocate them to sessions. It may not always be a
perfect match.

Below please find some ideas which have been suggested at the last
ESSHC. Your contribution might fit into these areas, or cover very
different ground. From these previous suggestions, we have created
meta-themes that are currently gaining interest.

The deadline for sending in a paper or session proposal is May 1, 2011.
More information on the conference and an electronic pre-registration
form can be found on the website of the ESSHC: and

We are looking forward to your ideas and hope that with your
participation the ESSHC 2012 will be as successful as the previous one.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

The Chairs of the Ethnicity and Migration Network

Marlou Schrover Leiden University, History Department, NL,

Irina Schmitt University of Lund, Centre for Gender
Studies, Sweden,

Phillipe Rygiel Université Paris I, Centre
d'histoire sociale du XXe siècle, France,

Per-Olof Gronberg Centre for Population Studies, Umeå
University, Sweden,


Empire and post-colonialism - revisited?

Intra-British Isles migration/intercultural migration in the British
Isles (esp. Ireland and Scotland)

Institutional and career migration, e.g. missionaries, experts

African Migration in Europe

Empires and migration (comparison between empires)

Migration in the Ancient World


Ethnicities, areas, regions, belongings

German-language migration, in Europe and beyond – transnational
research (contact H-net list)

National minorities (e.g. Sorbes in Germany)

Intra-African migration/moves

Ethnicity and space

State and national identity


International short-distance migration



Conflicts and migrations

Health and migration

Smuggling and human trafficking as aspects of migration

Evacuation, children and borders

Migrants as invaders, invader migrations and state building (e.g.


Migration, labor, care

Child labour

Care-giving, domestic work and gender – and the children ‘left behind’

Women in the labour force, in relation to migration (joint with network

Migration and religion on relation to migrant labour

Migration and trade networks (Early Modern)


Working with migration - the research field

‘Feeding in’ migration into databases (joint with computing and GIS)

Migration researchers in society – popular or suspect?

How to present migration history on the net (for educational purposes,
e.g. migration museums)


Migration, gender, sexuality

Same-sex marriage as means of legalization (and national and
international limitations)

Gender, class and ethnicity

Sexuality and migration


The politics of migration

Transnational politics of migration

Migration issues in the press: spectacles and moral panics

Comparison between immigration and emigration policy


Immigrants and/or return migrants in politics (local, regional,


Migration and religion

Migration and pilgrimage: Christian and Muslim compared

The hippie trail (i.e. India and Morocco) and migration

Religion and transnationalism


Migration, ethnicity, art and politics

Literature and ethnicity

Migration and art

museums and migration - migration museums


Transfer of ideas - migration and knowledge

Transfer of ideas through return migration from post-war northwestern

students' migrations



ESSHC Panel on Migration and the British Empire - Call for Papers and


The next European Social Science History Conference will take place at
Glasgow University, 11 - 14 April 2012


We are organising a panel on "Migration and the British
Melodee Beals plans to present a paper on imperial perceptions of
immigration to early-19th century Australia and Amy Lloyd plans to give
a paper on English immigration to Canada during the early-20th century.

We are in need of two more papers and a discussant. We would be
particularly interested in receiving paper proposals relating to
countries other than Canada and Australia.

If you would like to offer a paper, please send an abstract of 150-250
words along with a short CV or a statement of current research interests
to Melodee and Amy by March 1st 2011. If you would like to act as
discussant, please send a note of interest, along with your CV.

Many thanks,
Dr Amy Lloyd, University of Edinburgh ( Dr Melodee
Beals, University of Warwick (



CALL FOR PAPERS - Migrants and External Voting in the EU: New
Prospects and Challenges for Research and Policy-Making
Rome, Academia Belgica, 26-27 May 2011


***Deadline: February 20, 2011***
Dear Colleagues,
 Please find below a call for papers on "Migrants and External
Voting in the EU: New Prospects and Challenges for Research and
Policy-making". The workshop - to be held at the Academia Belgica
in Rome (Italy) on 26-27 May 2011- is co-organised by Jean-Michel
Lafleur (CEDEM, University of Liege) and by Paolo Boccagni (University
of Trento) with the support of the IMISCOE Research Network, the
Belgian National Scientific Foundation (FRS-FNRS) and the Academia
Belgica in Rome. Its aim is to gather contributions on old and new EU
countries that hold their national elections in other Member State
territories (and beyond) or third countries (i.e. emigration
countries) that hold their national elections in the EU territory.
Contributions that approach the issue of external voting in Europe
from a theoretical, empirical or comparative perspective are welcome
(see details in the call).
 Proposals should be sent by the 20th of February 2011 to
Jean-Michel Lafleur [

 Emigrants' electoral involvement in the homeland, from their
countries of settlement, is an issue that is increasingly gaining
attention in the European Union. This workshop, which builds on
several initiatives developed by IMISCOE in the last few years, aims
to provide a venue for presenting and discussing contributions to the
topic. This may be relative to old and new EU countries that hold
their national elections in other Member State territories (and
beyond) or third countries (i.e. emigration countries) that hold their
national elections in the EU territory.
The workshop is co-organised by Jean-Michel Lafleur (CEDEM,
University of Liege) and by Paolo Boccagni (University of Trento). It
is funded by the Belgian National Scientific Foundation (FRS-FNRS),
the IMISCOE Research Network, and the Belgian Academy in Rome. In
addition to the paper presentations of selected researchers, the
workshop will feature keynote presentations by Prof. Rainer Bauböck
(European University Institute) and Prof. Robert C. Smith (CUNY) among
Papers are invited on emigrants' external voting in Europe,
approaching this multifaceted issue from one or more of the following
* theoretical analyses (from a political, sociological,
migration theory or legal viewpoint)
* empirical research (i.e. case studies on specific instances of
external voting, whether through surveys, interviews, ethnography
and/or other techniques)
* comparative analyses - policies, regulations or even practical
experiences of external voting, in a comparative perspective between
different national cases (and/or different emigrant groups).
Case studies based on empirical research, with respect to
migrants’ involvement in (or reactions to) external voting initiatives
promoted by their home countries, are especially welcome.
Paper proposals should contain a preliminary title, an abstract of
100 to 200 words, and a more extensive outline of about 1000 words.
The outline should contain a clearly stated research question,
indications of methodology and approach, references to the literature
and a tentative structure of the sections of the paper. Proposals
should be sent by the 20th of February 2011 to Jean-Michel Lafleur> and Paolo Boccagni>. Acceptance will be notified by the
1st of March 2011. Full papers (6-7,000 words) are then expected by
the 6th of May 2011.
 Selected presenters will have their accommodation expenses
covered. Limited funding covering the travel expenses of some
participants may also be available. A selection of the papers
discussed in the conference is expected to be published in an edited
book, or in a journal’s special issue.



Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture

Aims and Scope

Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture (
situates itself at the interface of Migration Studies and Cultural
Studies. The terminology and key concepts in use in discourses on
migration have yet to be sufficiently theorized or understood from
theoretical perspectives linked to cultural studies, although migration
is intrinsically linked to questions of culture. The course of cultures
at both local and global levels is crucially affected by migratory
movements. In turn, culture itself is turned migrant.

This journal's scope is global, with a predominant focus on
migration and culture from the latter half of the twentieth century to the
present-day. Apart from the inclusion of refereed articles, Crossings:
Journal of Migration and Culture ( )also includes
a section of reviews of films, music, photography, exhibitions or books
on migration-related topics, interviews with cultural practitioners who
focus on migration-related topics, and oral histories of migrant
cultural experiences.

In addition to numerous features and a lively reviews section, the
inaugural issue includes articles 'Cinematic representations of
diaspora: Italians and Jews', 'Moving from silence in to
speech: Palestinian refugee women speak about their lives' and Noel B.
Salazar's 'Towards an anthropology of cultural mobilities'.

The first 3 articles are available for FREE online:

For subscription information visit:

Title info
ISSN 20404344 | 1 issue per volume

Principle Editor
Parvati Nair (Queen Mary, University of London)
Associate Editor
Omar Garcia-Obregon (Queen Mary, University of London)
Reviews Editor
Tendayi Bloom (Queen Mary, University of London)







Call for papers: The discursive construction of 'climate refugees'
fromDr. Angela Oels


Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Institute of Geography, room 709

University of Hamburg



More information is available on the conference website:


cfps the discursive construction of 'climate refugees'.pdf (12,2 kB)





Florianópolis SC, Brazil - September 13, 14 and 15, 2010


The members of the Search Group "Laboratory of Immigration, Migration and Environmental History Studies" are pleased to invite scholars and researchers to send proposals for presentation for its International Symposium of Environmental History and Migrations. The meeting will take place at the Federal University of Santa Catarina located in the city of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, from September 13 to September 15, 2010.

In this Symposium will be discussed different issues of Environmental History and Migrations covering all periods and regions of the globe; preserving one of the characteristics of the field of Environmental History, the Symposium is open to scholars from all disciplines and backgrounds.

The Symposium language is Portuguese; but submissions in other languages (English and Spanish) will be accepted. All proposals should be submitted through our online submission system.

All proposals will be reviewed by a Scientific Committee. The proposals should explore one of the main themes listed below:

    TS 1. The climate and its implications in history
    TS 2. Agriculture, livestock and environmental impacts
    TS 3. Flora, fauna and humans in motion
    TS 4. Traditional communities and protected areas
    TS 5. Energy resources
    TS 6. Discourses, ideas and perceptions about the environment









Power & Knowledge

The 2nd International Conference, Tampere, September 6-8, 2010



National Immigration Conference entitled Immigration and Social Policy: The Changing Face of America

European Environmental History Conference 2011



Health, Disease, and Physical Culture Call For Papers, Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference Boston October 23, 2010


Ethnicity, Governance and Social justice: Linking Canada to the World


ASEH Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona, April 12-16, 2011


“History and Sustainability: Stories of Progress, Hubris, Decline, and Resilience”



Home, Migration and the City: New Narratives, New Methodologies

Deadline for abstracts: 16 April 2010

The first workshop on Climate Induced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa

Deadline:  April 19, 2010


The first workshop on Climate Induced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa is organised by the World Bank and the Agence Française de Développement, in partnership with the United Nations University EHS and the International Organisation for Migration. It will take place on 15-16 June 2010 at the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) in Marseille, France.


The workshop will share knowledge of current research on climate induced migration and displacement carried out in and on the region, creating networks of researchers on these themes, and defining the agenda for future research.

Workshop Themes

The workshop will focus on different dimensions of internal and international climate-induced migration. Papers on internal (within country) migration and migration trends from Sub-Saharan Africa to MENA are particularly welcome, as are papers and contributions based on multi-disciplinary approaches and methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, and spatial). Papers should be focused on the themes addressed by the workshop.

- The methodological challenge: data, methods and approaches
- Quantifying past and future impacts of climate events on migration trends
- The role of migration in facilitating adaptation in sending communities
- The challenges of climate induced rural-urban migration for MENA Cities
- Rapid onset climate events and displacement: quantifying impacts, identifying consequences, managing risks
- Gender-related aspects of climate induced migration
- Implications of expected climate future migration on rural and urban development, with specific reference to infrastructure investments


Call for Papers

Researchers, academics and practitioners interested in presenting their work should submit a 300 words abstract by April 19, 2010 to Proposed papers should address the themes above, and be directly related to the region as a whole or to one or more countries in the region. Papers and presentation should be original contributions. Selected participants will be invited to present at the conference and reimbursed (travel, lodging and per diem).

For questions and additional information, please contact: Aditi Banerjee (; Sarah Lahmani (; and Andrea Liverani (




The Migration Studies Center (Espacio de Estudios Migratorios, in Spanish) is a research group focused on the various issues included in population movements around the world.

In occassion of the First World Conference of the World Originary People about Climate Change and Rights of the Mother Earth ( to be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, between the 19th and 22nd of april 2010, we are organizing an activity. It will include a documentary and a later debate and discussion on the relations between migration and climate change.

We are proud to present through the EMiGR network this calling, that has to main points:


-Invite other organisations related to the issues to participate jointly with the EEM in the activity. We are a young institute with very few resources, so it's impossible for us to help with the transport, but we could manage to help with the "sleeping there" issue. We offer to coparticipate the iniciative with the interested, and put efforts together to make a very complete event. We count already with the support of some third sector organizations from Bolivia (we are radicated, for instance, in Argentina, although our world-wide view and work)


-Ask among the network about titles of documentaries about this two variables, migrations and climate change. We know of 2050, how soon is now?, and "climate refugees", but have no idea about how to contact their directors. If anyone for instance has a work in the field, we would be please to offer the chance of showing it at the Conference, with the appropiate presentation.


Inviting you to visit us at, and to keep conected to this growing network in wich we are very proud to be considered in, thanks, and keep the effort.

Sergio Prieto
Espacio de Estudios Migratorios-EEM
“De existir un cielo, tod@s seremos allí inmigrantes”


International Conference

Local Diversity and Global Challenges

Religions and Migrations in Southern Europe

30 September – 1 October, 2010 | Faculty of Arts
of the University of Porto, Portugal


Since the second half of the 20th century,
Western societies have become culturally,
religiously and ethnically more diverse. This
growing diversity has also paved the way for
Southern European countries to gradually turn
into global societies. Immigrants bring with them
the cultural features of their countries of
origin. Some of these cultural features are
rooted in ethnicity and religion. As a rule,
immigrants’ religious identities are different
from their host country’s mainstream religion.
Traditionally Roman Catholic, Southern Europe is
watching today to the proliferation of other
religious groups, among them, Islamic, Eastern
Christian, and neo-Pentecostal groups from Africa
and Brazil. Having become plural spaces, our
societies tend to underestimate the effects of
diversity. They are far more concerned with the
issue of social integration rather than with that
of social identities reconstruction in society as
a whole, often ignoring that today religion
manifests itself as a plurality of religions.


Call for Papers:>



Call for papers of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)




The 13th conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced
Migration (IASFM) will be hosted by the Refugee Law Project, Kampala, Uganda
from June 26 to 30, 2011. Abstracts are due by October 31, 2010.

IASFM 13: Governing Migration


This conference aims to explore key dimensions of the relationship between
forms and tools of governance on the one hand and patterns and experiences
of forced migration on the other. To what extent is lack of 'good
governance' a factor in generating forced migration? Are some rights
violations and particular types of 'weak state' more intimately related to
forced migration than others? How does the governance of migration
intersect with other areas of governance, such as identity, gender,
sexuality, and ethnicity? What can be said about the international refugee
rights regime and the more recent IDP Guiding Principles as forms of
international and/or global governance which both contribute to and detract
from the protection of forced migrants? Does the gradual emergence of
regional blocs such as the EU, OAS, SADC, ECOWAS and the East African
Community create another layer of governance with particular beneficial or
negative impacts on forced migration? Do discourses and policies of 'Good
Governance' help to stabilize situations and thereby contribute towards
'durable solutions' and a reduction in forced migration, or can they be
better understood as a direct or indirect cause of it? How is the
relatively new field of Transitional Justice related to that of Good
Governance, and do the fields of Transitional Justice and Forced Migration
have anything to offer each other and the broader discussion of Good

In summary, the conference, under the title 'Governing Migration', will
enable a wide-ranging exploration of both the direct and indirect
relationships between conflict, governance and forced migration and
transitional justice. While relevant to forced migration situations around
the globe, the theme has particular resonance in Uganda (the host country
for IASFM 13) and the Great Lakes region of which it is part, Latin America
and some Asian countries. The Great Lakes region has seen some of the most
extensive forced migration in recent times, including but not limited to the
ongoing cycles of violence and forced migration in eastern Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC), the exodus of Rwandans following the 1994
Genocide, the mass internal displacement of people in northern Uganda as a
result of interminable 'war' between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's
Resistance Army, and an influx of Kenyans in the wake of rigged elections in
early 2008. The tabling of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill in late 2009
has also foregrounded the intimate relationship between attempts at
governing sexuality and people being forced to move. Whereas such dynamics
are clearly emerging in the Great Lakes region of Africa and in Asia (e.g.
in Sri Lanka, Burma and Indonesia), Latin American countries were among the
first to experience internal forced migration caused by political conflict
while in Central America lack of labour and post-conflict contexts force
people to travel within countries and from country to country.

To enable broad involvement while at the same time seeking to significantly
inform key policy discussions, we propose to structure IASFM 13 around the
following three major themes and one cross-cutting theme, each of which has
multiple strands:

1. Governance and Patterns of Forced Migration

Strands within this should include causes, perpetuation and solutions,
meanings and practices of citizenship as part of the experience of forced
migration, and the potential of citizenship policies to alter the
relationship between forced migrants and the state.

2. Governance and Protection

Sub-themes may include regimes of rights, entitlements, and social
protection, in addition to other related issues such as the linkages between
transitional justice, displacement and reparations; transitional justice and
property restitution; identities and citizenship (as a means of accessing
certain rights, an indicator of or an antidote to migration); and governance
& sexuality.

3. Conflict, Forced Migration, and Transitional Justice

Key themes within this strand include: to understand how forced migration
may be a focus of, and challenge for, post-conflict reconstruction and
transitional justice; Transitional Justice as an instrument of good
governance; to consider the trauma associated with forced displacement, and
the extent to which transitional justice remedies may be used to address
this trauma. Should therapy be at the individual, household, or state
level? At what point in processes of displacement and return can
transitional justice mechanisms best serve to address the traumas involved?
When is justice (or the lack thereof) a cause of forced migration? Could it
serve to consolidate durable solutions?

4. Relating domestic (and local), international and global governance,

whether in respect to climate change, which, understandably, is not limited
to state responsibility, but also as a wider global responsibility to
protect as causes of destabilization, factors in (lack of) protection, or
help and hindrance to domestic post-conflict recovery.

Specific objectives of IASFM 13

. To juxtapose a number of discourses and areas of policy within the
overall theme of governance (e.g. transitional justice & forced migration,
sexuality and forced migration, justice & durable solutions) in order to
prompt greater recognition of their mutual significance and the need to
address them holistically;

. To thereby widen and deepen the field of forced migration studies
while at the same time promoting the importance of democratic citizenship as
an anti-dote to forced migration;

. To examine the extent to which existing international instruments
and adjudicative institutions adequately address forced displacement (e.g.
UNHCR, IOM, ICC, ICTR, ICTY, Special Court in Sierra Leone, CAVR in East
Timor, etc.);

. To examine the key variables affecting the number of refugees and
IDPs and the variables affecting emergence of new legal instruments, such as
the African convention on the Protection and Assistance of Refugees,
Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons. Alongside this is the related
topic of how refugees and internally displaced people face and rebuild their
lives after forced migration.

Structure of Conference

The Conference will create a space in which academic rigour engages with the
compromises inherent in policy, as well as the challenges of practical work
in the field. As such, while presentations of academic research will
continue to provide the intellectual backbone of the conference, these will
go hand in hand with round-tables engaging policy makers and governmental
stakeholders, as well as presentations and discussions around practical
approaches to dealing with forced migration from a range of practitioners.
Furthermore, the conference will draw on non-academic analyses,
interpretations and representations of forced migration(e.g., portrayals of
displacement using art & crafts, music and dance, fictional literature) in
order to diversify the entry points into discussion of the major themes

Alongside traditional panel presentations, the conference will also consist
of plenaries, round-table discussions, public dialogues, film shows and
cultural events. While the core of IASFM membership is academic, and
academic contributions will be at the heart of the conference, there will
also be a strong presence of policy-makers and activists, as the conference
seeks to influence the relevant policy discussions and civil society

All participants, whether academic, policy-makers, donors, activists or
forced migrants themselves, will present from their particular perspectives,
but with an emphasis on stimulating live debate and pushing the boundaries
of the discussion about the relationship between forced migration, key areas
of governance, and justice (including transitional justice), as well as the
boundaries of these respective fields. RLP, for example, is particularly
concerned to continue our dialogue on gender, sexuality, masculinity, and
their connections to violence, and the extent to which these can and should
be accommodated in transitional justice thinking, as well as being factored
into our understanding of forced migration. In relation to this, conference
participants are encouraged to identify and establish panels examining
comparative experiences, for example on Latin America and the Great Lakes.

Perhaps most importantly, the conference will include direct participation
from refugees, asylum seekers and deportees. It is essential that refugees
and asylum seekers-across a wide range of sex, class, national, and
educational backgrounds-can participate directly in these debates which
concern their very livelihoods and well-being. As the host organisation, and
with a client base representing all the countries in the region, Refugee Law
Project will ensure refugee representation in the conference as well as
interpretation where possible. In this regard, the Conference methodologies
will be adjusted to accommodate the presence of affected persons and
therefore the Conference shall also consider ethical issues and
psychological needs of people as it progresses.

Outcomes of the Conference

The conference is expected to be agenda-setting, and to produce tangible
outcomes, including but not limited to press releases, an edited collection
summarising key debates and discussion, and the publication of a book and a
short documentary. Most importantly, however, the conference intends to
insert the linkage between forced migration and governance into the larger
policy debate, thus setting an agenda that is better able to address the
human rights of forced migrants in the Great Lakes Region and elsewhere.


We invite submissions of abstracts of 250 words from academics, graduate
students, practitioners, policy makers, individuals working with forced
migrants and forced migrants themselves. Submissions from all disciplines
are welcome. We wish to encourage practice-based presentations and other
non-traditional means of exploring forced migration and its study, including
film screenings, installations, and exhibitions.

Submissions may be of two types: (i) individual paper presentations, (ii)
proposals to organize a panel of up to four individuals on a particular
theme or topic.

The submission deadline for abstracts is October 31, 2010. Submissions will
be reviewed by the Programme Committee. Presenters should expect to receive
confirmation by 15 January 2011 if their submissions have been accepted.

Conference participants are responsible for their own expenses for
attendance at the conference. Some financial assistance may be available to
assist those who might be otherwise unable to attend the conference.
Priority will be given to graduate students and individuals from the Global

Financial assistance will generally only be available to individuals
presenting at the conference. Details of this assistance will be posted on
the IASFM website in the second half of 2010. Further details about the
conference and the online submission form can be found on the IASFM
conference website: <>

Requests for further information can be made to the following email address:




The first Joint Conference organised by the
International Political Science Association
(IPSA) and the European Consortium of Political
Research (ECPR) will explore the continuing
relevance of the international North-South
divide. The Conference will be organised into four broad Themes.

Applications for Sections and Panels are now
invited. Applications may be submitted to any of
four Themes around which the Conference will be structured.




In recent decades, traditional patterns of
international relations have been drastically
influenced by various aspects of the
globalisation process, including: the rise of new
regional and global powers such as Brazil, China,
India and South Africa; an increasing
transnationalisation of international politics;
and new issues such as terrorism, global warming,
migration and changes in the international
division of labour on the agenda. These changing
patterns have led to increased cohesion in
regional interaction, while the rapid development
of various cross-border activities has coincided
with an intensification of social problems beyond
the control of nation states. The theme will
address these complex dynamics, focussing on
structures and processes at the level of foreign
policies as well as regional and global
governance. Sections and panels are therefore
invited which address any aspects of these themes.

For informal enquires contact the Theme Convenors:
Dirk Nabers (<>
Miriam Prys (<>



While the number of democracies has grown
considerably over the past decades, academic
analysis is far from agreeing on what constitutes
the minimum requirements for democratic
governance. This is intimately related to debates
over the quality of democracy, the choice of the
most suitable institutional configurations and
the role that intermediary actors, such as
political parties, interest organizations and
NGOs, can play in the process of democratic
consolidation. Moreover, many countries have
undergone substantial institutional change
following transition to democracy. At the same
time, established democracies have experienced
shifts of power between levels of governance as
well as between the roles played by individual
and collective actors. This opens up multiple
comparative perspectives. Sections and panels
which address any aspects of these themes are
welcome, especially those which propose to
compare, across time and nations, different parts of the world.

For informal enquiries contact the Theme Convenor:
Thomas Pogunke (<>


Global processes of economic, social and
political changes in the last four decades have
affected many nations in different ways. Some of
these new processes have involved population
flows, migration and derived social changes, all
of them affecting local and regional political
processes. New political uncertainties were
generated by the response of national and
regional authorities in the context of the
2008-2009 crises. Economic and social changes
have produced despair and given way to the
movement of illegal labor across boundaries. This
labor is sometimes seen as economically
threatening and culturally inferior and the cause
of new ethnic and political conflicts. Incoming
workers enjoy in many cases only a marginal
social, cultural and political existence. How
have such processes affected the experience and
the perception of the middle and the lower strata
of different societies? To what extent does the
access of newcomers to national systems of social
protection, welfare, and justice reflect
commitments to extend political rights and
obligations inseparable from citizenship? The
theme focuses on these complex dynamics,
involving actors, institutions and processes at
the national level and/or regional and global
governance. Proposals addressing any of these aspects will be welcomed.

For informal enquiries contact the Theme Convenor:
Rachel Meneguello (<>


Global processes of change cover the economic and
financial integration of emerging market polities
into the world system as well as having political
and cultural implications. They refer not only to
the speed with which information, money and
commodities travel around the world but also to
new economic, political and cultural effects. The
processes highlight the limits of state-based
policy making and problem-solving, thereby
changing the perceptions that shape domestic as
well as transnational political and economic
cultures. While integration into global markets
go hand in hand with democratization in some
countries, in others such global processes remain
dissociated from or poorly related to democracy.
For historical or cultural reasons, some
societies may possess attitudinal and
institutional frameworks that facilitate coping
with the challenges, while others may not.
Nowadays most countries face these challenges, as
people adopt new or forgotten origins, party
identities and patterns of political culture. To
what extent do changes in the political realm
brought about by democratization, as a global
process, affect the reordering of North-South
relations? How does the emergence of hybrid forms
of democracy and “electoral authoritarianism”
reflect changes in the institutional frameworks
and regulatory mechanisms that aim to improve
global governance? The theme addresses these
complex dynamics, focussing on actors,
institutions and processes, and sections and
panels focusing on these issues are welcome.

For informal enquiries contact the Theme Convenor:
Lucio Rennò (<>










European University Institute and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced
Studies is inviting papers for its 12th Mediterranean Research Meeting:
6 - 9 April 2011, Florence.

Call for papers: Workshop Transnational family making: children, young
people and migration


DEADLINE for online submission: 15 July 2010.


Workshop description:
Whilst children and young people are often at the core of the migration
flows toward EU countries (on the move; left behind; or as main
&#8216;rationale&#8217; for migration), they do not always receive the proper
academic interest. The workshop aims to explore the migratory
experiences of families (including children and young people) and to
examine how policy-makers and service-providers assist children and
families in this process. It aims to bridge the gap between otherwise
separated scholarships on immigration and emigration, by exploring the
understanding of migration from home and host societies.

What are the main patterns of migration and how do they influence
children and young people? To what extent is migration changing the new
transnational family dynamics? How are children and young people
embracing the new roles and what are the social expectations exerted
upon them (be it in home or host countries)? How the different patterns
of parenthood from a distance impact on children lives and on their
migratory trajectories? How the needs of transnational families impact
and transform the offer of social and educational services in the
origin and arrival country? To what extent are children&#8217;s specific
needs, addressed by (trans)national social and migratory policies?

The workshop welcomes presentations that explore children, young people
and parents; own experiences of migration, but also papers that
critically examine the policy provisions and social interventions aimed
at children, young people and parents in the origin and destination

Deadline for online submission: 15 July 2010.

More information at


Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona, April 12-17, 2011
“History and Sustainability: Stories of Progress, Hubris, Decline, and Resilience”




Environmental history of immigration for ASEH 2011 (Richard Tucker, chair, program committee).pdf (53,2 kB)


Conference on 

“Environmental Change and Migration:

From Vulnerabilities to Capabilities”

5-9 December 2010


Jeanette Schade and Thomas Faist

Centre on Migration, Citizenship and Development (COMCAD), Bielefeld University


ESF-CfP[1].pdf (93 kB)                                                                                                                       



Call for Papers

Environmental Change and

Migration in Historical Perspective


cfps rachel carson conference.pdf (333,2 kB)

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