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PhD Conference Bilbao, Spain, November 10-12, 2010

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PhD students and young researchers in the fields of migration, diaspora, and ethnic studies, with particular emphasis on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), are invited to apply to the IMISCOE PhD Conference, which will take place from the 10th to the 12th of November, 2010 in Bilbao, Spain. The IMISCOE PhD Conference is organised and hosted by the International Migration Research Unit at the University of Deusto, Bilbao.

Within the European Union, one of the identified emergent research areas relates to the use of ICTs by immigrants and ethnic minorities as well as its socio-economic and political implications. Consequently, it is the belief of the organizers that PhD students would extraordinarily benefit from a conference addressing the aforementioned issues by focusing on the development of research skills regarding online methodological tools. The conference will provide specialized training to develop specific quantitative and qualitative research skills to be applied on ongoing and future research by the participants. The PhD Conference hopes to consolidate as well as to lead to new research on the above fields of study.

The IMISCOE PhD Conference has been envisioned as part of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Migration, which will take place at the same time. This conference on new technologies and migration will bring together leading international academics on the fields of ethnicity, migration, diaspora, and ICTs. Those attending the IMISCOE Conference will have the opportunity to actively participate in it.

Programme

A. IMISCOE PhD Workshops

The PhD Conference will be structured around two interdisciplinary workshops for PhD students and young researchers.

Workshop I: Online Research Methods

This workshop will address online research methods (e.g., online survey design, online social network analysis, and virtual ethnography).

Workshop II: Overview of Research Methods

This second workshop will provide an overview of quantitative, qualitative and comparative methodological tools.

Goals

The PhD Conference hopes to consolidate as well as to lead to new research on ethnicity, migration, social cohesion and new technologies. On one hand, the IMISCOE PhD workshops will provide specialized training to develop specific quantitative and qualitative research skills to be applied on ongoing and future research by the participants. On the other hand, it will attempt to get the attention of scholars and researchers and their affiliated institutes, which could potentially join IMISCOE RN.

Objectives

Both workshops will present and discuss quantitative, qualitative and comparative methodological techniques for migration research, with a clear emphasis on online methods. Two specialized instructors from within and/or outside IMISCOE will address the most pertaining issues regarding research methods and will facilitate discussion among the participants in relation to their own research. That’s to say, participants will be encouraged to share their research methodology as well as the problems that they might have encountered with the rest of their colleagues and instructors.

B. International Conference on ICTs and Migration

In addition to the workshops, IMISCOE PhD Conference participants are invited to attend the International Conference of Information and Communication Technologies and Migration.

Goals

The goal of the International Conference is to provide fresh insights into a wide range of dispersed populations and their interactions with new technologies. It will also explore the richness of the intricate realities of digital migrant communities and diasporas as a true global phenomenon. These groups share similar concerns, anxieties, hopes, and desires, which to a certain extent go unnoticed by both their host societies and their countries of origin. The use of telecommunication technologies does more than enable those communities to connect to their homelands while reinforcing their sense of collective identity as it will be illustrated by the conference participants. This interdisciplinary conference will facilitate a scientific forum of excellence where international leading experts on the fields of migration, diaspora, and ICTs would be able to share their knowledge and present their work to the academic community and society at large.

Objectives

PhD students and young researchers will clearly benefit of the presentations made by eleven international experts on the field of ICTs and migration and diaspora studies. IMISCOE PhD participants will be strongly encouraged to join discussions and interact with the presenters at the conference as well as at the social events that will be organized.

Language

All events will be held in English.

How to Apply

  • Candidates are required to fill the attached application form, enclose a short academic bio as well as a brief abstract of their research work (thesis/dissertation or research project), and return them to Pedro J. Oiarzabal ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) before the deadline, September 15, 2010. If any of the candidates are interested in presenting and discussing their methodological problems or have specific questions, with particular emphasis on online research tools, please also include a brief description of them.
  • Enrolment is cost-free for all students. Lunch expenses will be covered by the organisers.
  • Participants have to cover their own transport and accommodation expenses. Nevertheless, IMISCOE participants are eligible to apply for partial coverage of transportation and accommodation costs. Those wishing to apply should include a cost estimate with their application. Financial support is quite limited and is not guaranteed, so IMISCOE participants are encouraged to seek additional funding.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The IMISCOE PhD Conference welcome applications from PhD students and young researchers interested in pursuing their work on ethnicity, migration, social cohesion and ICTs, within and outside the IMISCOE network. However, the total number of participants is limited to a number between 15 and 20 students. Consequently, IMISCOE students will be given priority.
  • Only those complete application packages received before the deadline, September 15, 2010 will be considered. The application package consists of the application form, academic biography, abstract of research project (up to 250 words), summary of methodological inquiries (optional; also up to 250 words), and a statement of financial support stating an estimate of costs (only for PhD students of IMISCOE affiliated institutes).

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified via e-mail at the end of September, if not earlier.

Contact Information

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

Pedro J. Oiarzabal ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


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