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Migration, Stability and Solidarity

Call for Papers

Theme: Migration, Stability and Solidarity
Type: Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Ruhr-University Bochum
Location: Bochum (Germany)
Date: 28.–29.10.2019
Deadline: 19.7.2019

The conference will discuss two neglected questions within migration ethics:

- What is the relation between migration and political stability?
- How should solidarity be understood when it comes to migration?

With respect to the first question, some theorists argue that
political stability is important in a pragmatic but not principled
sense when it comes to migration (e.g. Carens, Cassee, Pevnick).

Others disagree, especially many participants in public discourse. To
them, political stability is of utmost importance and can be
threatened by migration under certain circumstances (e.g. Miller,
Walzer). This discursive divide raises a number of philosophical
questions, for instance: What exactly is the normative importance of
political stability? How is it possible to determine if and to what
extend political stability is threatened by migration? If there
indeed is such a threat, how can it be reduced without infringing on
the legal and moral rights of migrants?

With respect to the second question, it is sometimes argued that
migration undermines solidarity within societies (e.g. Miller). At the
same time, it can be argued that it establishes and strengthens
patterns of global solidarity needed to advance liberal values and
human rights globally (e.g. the case of 'solidarity cities' or
Rorty's approach to solidarity). As in the case of political
stability, the question arises as to the normative importance of
different forms of solidarity. Related questions concern the proper
understanding of solidarity and whether solidarity presupposes some
form of perceived similarity or connectedness. It might also be asked
how solidarity can be strengthened without damaging the rights of

The topics of stability and solidarity are interconnected, since both
point at something like a discursive dilemma. Whereas some argue that
a discussion of these issues would play into the hands of
nationalists and illiberal right-wing movements, others claim that
avoiding this debate would have the same effect. In any case, an
informed and rational discourse is needed. For this, it is important
to get the empirical facts right, but also to map the normative
landscape carefully. Urgent tasks are to identify and weigh different
moral claims as well as to develop creative policy solutions that
address the apparently conflicting claims of residents and migrants.

We invite contributions that address these issues or similar questions
regarding migration, political stability, and solidarity.

Submission Details

If you are interested in presenting a paper or work in progress,
please send an anonymised abstract of no more than 500 words, as well
as your contact information in a separate file, by July 19th 2019, to:

Michael Blake (University Of Washington, Seattle)

Wolfram Cremer (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Corinna Mieth (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Christian Neuhäuser (Technical University Dortmund)