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02.06.2018 13:15 Alter: 76 days

Migrations and Diasporas


Call for Papers

Theme: Migrations and Diasporas
Type: 2nd Global Conference
Institution: Progressive Connexions
Location: Vienna (Austria)
Date: 1.–2.12.2018
Deadline: 8.6.2018


In the past few years, humanity has been confronted with what the UN
calls “the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the
United Nations”: starvation, war and political oppression have
forcibly displaced a record number of over 65.6 million people
worldwide, leading to major social and political turmoil across the
globe. Refugees from developing countries such as Syria, Syria, Iraq,
Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and more are
risking their lives in perilous journeys to escape certain demise,
only to often find themselves trapped in precarious conditions in
refugee camps across Europe, facing the ill sentiments of disgruntled
locals. At the same time, the EU and USA are struggling to balance
their immigration and asylum policies between their professed
commitment to upholding human rights and the growing pressures from
increasingly popular and vocal nationalistic movements.

All these recent developments have also added to the levels of
uncertainty faced by the millions of economic migrants, in search of
a better life. Developments built on nationalistic sentiment and
aversion towards immigrants, such as the British Brexit or the
attempted US travel bans and waves of deportations have made members
of Diasporas reconsider their options and renegotiate their
identities.

According to the UN and the International Organization for Migration,
there are around 250 million migrants worldwide and the number is
quickly rising. If they were to make up a nation, it would be the
fifth largest in the world. Migration is becoming a more and more
pressing social and political matter, one that will reshape the world
as we know it and the way governments and societies decide to handle
this crisis will be defining a new era for human rights and
international relations.

Our second interdisciplinary Migrations and Diasporas conference
seeks to build on the success of last year’s event and create a
lasting network of professionals in all fields related to this topic,
to isolate, discuss and explore the main issues, pressing matters and
recent developments in this field of research and activity, to
identify areas to be subsequently explored in further depth and to
generate collaborative action that will lead to real, lasting change
in the way migration and migrants are perceived and approached in
institutional and informal settings.

Some of our suggested main issues to be approached include (but are
not limited to):

- Defining and measuring migration – identifying and analyzing trends
in migration, defining categories of migration and migrants,
presenting relevant data and instruments in migration studies etc.

- The current refugee crisis – refugee situation, struggles,
profiles, stories, efforts for integration, international responses,
conditions in refugee camps, conditions for receiving asylum,
policies, best practices, international responsibilities, human
rights issues, media coverage etc.

- Global and local social responses to migration – attitudes towards
refugees and/or economic migrants, social and political movements,
debates and controversies based on immigration/emigration related
issues

- Global and local implications of migration – social, political,
demographic, economic, religious etc consequences for both the
countries of origin and those of destination, for the migrants
themselves and for Diasporas.

- The migrant – case studies, profiles, typologies, integration and
identity issues, motivations etc.

- Sex, gender, and sexual orientation – the significance of these
factors in the experience of the migrant; how are migration and
diaspora experienced by women, trans and non-binary individuals, and
those identifying as queer, for instance?

- Narratives of displacement – migration and diaspora stories,
folklore, art, community building etc.

- Diasporas – community structure, struggles and achievements,
diaspora relationships with the country of origin or residence,
diaspora and power, diaspora social, economic and political
contributions etc.

- Policy and politics – migration policy trends in Western societies
and worldwide, impact and effectiveness of existing policies,
necessary changes in policy, geopolitical ramifications of national
and international migration policies

- Legal aspects of migration – legal vs illegal immigration, national
and international migration laws, legal provisions for obtaining
residency or asylum, migrants’ rights in theory and practice, legal
status of EU citizens in post-Brexit UK, legality of US travel bans
etc.; the examination of legal issues might also include a discussion
of human smuggling and human trafficking

- Migration and the media – depiction of refugees, migrants and
migration in the media, role of social media and new technologies in
facilitating migration and maintaining relationships with the
diaspora, role of the press in increasing/defusing social tension
between migrants and locals etc.

- Looking into the future – scenarios for future trends in migration,
evolutions of diasporas, challenges for the future generations of
today’s migrants, future challenges for the countries of
origin/destination etc.

- Professing in the Field of Migration and Diasporas – issues,
hardships, frustrations, communication needs, big and small victories
and bright, hopeful moments of professionals working towards the
integration and aid of refugees or migrants in general, studying
migration and migrants, drafting or applying migration policies or
legislation, protecting country borders from illegal immigration etc.

Our main goal is to facilitate dialogue and spark innovative
collaborations and discussions at an international level, in a
dynamic and interactive setting. Thus, we welcome participants from
all relevant disciplines, professions and vocations (NGO personnel,
aid workers, researchers, mental and physical health professionals,
educators, human rights activists, counselors, social workers, policy
makers, journalists, lawyers, politicians, business owners, military
personnel, customs workers and members of the border patrol, labour
specialists, historians, sociologists, psychologists, economists,
anthropologists, ethnographers social media experts, artists and many
more)

What to Send
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference and collaborative
networking event is to bring together academics, professionals,
practitioners, NGO’s, voluntary sector workers etc. in the context of
a variety of formats: presentations, seminars, workshops, panels,
performances etc.

300 word reviews of your proposed contribution (paper abstracts,
proposals for workshops, collaborative works or round tables,
overviews of artistic projects or any other relevant forms of
participation you are interested in) should be submitted by Friday
8th June 2018.

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous
(blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the
Project Advisory Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our
procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it
will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 22nd June 2018.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of
your contribution should be submitted by Friday 19th October 2018.

Proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats with the
following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation
as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d)
title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: Migrations and Diasporas Submission

Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair
and the Project Administrator:

Jonathan Rollins: jrollins@arts.ryerson.ca
Project Administrator: viennadiaspora@progressiveconnexions.net

Conference website:
http://www.progressiveconnexions.net/interdisciplinary-projects/cultures-and-societies/migration-and-diasporas/conferences/