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Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis

Call for Papers

Theme: Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical
Research and Normative Analysis
Type: Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Center of Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), University of
  Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics", University of
  Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, University of Bonn
Location: Bielefeld (Germany)
Date: 10.–12.9.2018
Deadline: 23.3.2018

Issues of migration policy have gained in importance in Europe and
around the globe. Against this background, the conference aims at
reflecting the interface between empirical research on migration
policy in the social sciences and the philosophical debate on the
ethics of migration. The interdisciplinary exchange is particularly
urgent for both disciplines: On the one hand, empirical research on
migration policy often includes implicit normative assumptions about
the role of the state and about the consequences of regulating access
for migrants, for the host countries as well as for the countries of
origin. To make these assumptions explicit could help to avoid
polarisations that tend to complicate a productive exchange between
different approaches. On the other hand, the philosophical debate
that essentially aims at evaluating migration policies barely
acknowledges the results of empirical research. Consequently, it
ignores questions concerning the moral evaluation of specific
policies that constitute borders and legal migration opportunities.

The international conference follows an interdisciplinary approach
and invites participants to reflect on research on migration policies
by jointly discussing methodological questions as well as concrete
ethical problems in various areas of empirical research on migration

Plenary lectures:
Joseph Carens, Sandra Lavenex, David Miller, Ayelet Shachar and
William Walters.

We kindly request for the submission of abstracts that speak to the
following topics:

- Critical Migration Studies, Normative Convictions and Empirical
- Global Inequalities, the Birthright Lottery, and Border Control
- EU Migration Policies: Selected Entries and Stratified Rights
- The EU Border Regime and Asylum Politics: Fairness Against Refugees
 and Fairness Amongst States
- Exploring the Paths from Immigration to Membership: Observing and
 Problematizing Inequalities within Citizenship
- The Ethics of Return and Deportation

All contributions should be oriented towards bridging the gap between
empirical and normative discourses on migration policy. Joint
contributions by empirical and normative researchers are explicitly

Please send abstracts of 400 to 500 words (in English or German) in
PDF format to: migration@uni-

Since the focus of the conference is to promote an interdisciplinary
dialogue, presenters are responsible to turn in conference papers (or
PPT slides) to their panel chairs and commentators in advance.

Submission deadline for abstracts: 23 March 2018
Notification of acceptance: end of April 2018
Submission deadline for conference papers: 20 August 2018
Conference date: 10 to 12 September 2018

Dr. Matthias Hoesch (Philosophy, Münster)
Dr. Lena Laube (Sociology, Bonn)

For further questions, please contact us:

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