As in the past years, the IMISCOE Annual Conference hosts a series of activities tailored for PhDs, aimed at meeting their specific needs. All the PhD activities will take place during the morning of the first day of the Annual Conference: Wednesday, 26 June 2019, between 8.30 and 12.15. Organized by fellow PhD students, the PhD Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for any interested PhD student to learn about the PhD Network, get to know and exchange with other PhD students as well as with senior researchers, and, last but not least, to acquire and train academic skills of relevance both during and after a PhD.

Here is the program: we will start the conference with breakfast and coffee, which will be kindly provided, and we will then open the PhD Assembly. After the Assembly, we will have our four workshops.


08:00 - 08:30 Breakfast & Coffee
Niagara building- in the corridor outside rooms A0306 and A0307
08:30 - 09:00 PhD Network Assembly
Niagara building, room A0306
09:00 - 10:30 Preparing an effective abstract for a conference
Niagara building, room A0306
Intergenerational Feedback session
Niagara building, room A0307
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
Niagara building- in the corridor outside rooms A0306 and A0307
10:45 - 12:15 Teaching Controversial Migration and Integration Issues
Niagara building, room A0306
How to get research funding
Niagara building, room A0307
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 Start of the Conference


1. Breakfast and PhD Network Assembly, 08.00 – 09.00, Niagara Building - A0306

After a good cup of coffee, we will begin with the PhD Network Assembly, which is open to anyone who wishes to know what the Network is and how it functions and possibly wants to get involved! Please do come, even if you have never heard of the Network before and it is the first time you come to the IMISCOE Annual Conference, as you will learn about the work and organisation of the PhD Network. All interested PhDs are invited to discuss current developments in IMISCOE and raise issues concerning PhDs during the assembly. If you’re interested in becoming an active member in the PhD Network, this is the place to be!

2. Preparing an effective abstract for a conference, 09.00 – 10.30, Niagara Building - A0306

Struggling every time you need to put together an abstract for a Conference? As short as an abstract is, making sure that all the rights “components” of an effective abstract are there may not be such a self-evident task. We will tackle this topic through an interactive session, with exercises and simulations. This workshop is specifically tailored for PhDs in the early phases of their PhD life who want to learn more about the “art” of writing good abstracts that can make it through the selective procedures of large conferences such as the IMISCOE one (but is of course open also to those who need a “refresh”!). Participation is limited to those who registered for the workshop via the Conference Registration form. Those who will participate are kindly required to bring with them abstracts they prepared for conferences, especially rejected ones, together with the Calls of those Conferences, so that it will be easier and more fruitful to get hands-on and practise the art of abstract-writing. Speakers will be Inka Stock (Universität Bielefeld) and Lorenzo Piccoli (University of Neuchatel).

3. “Intergenerational Feedback” Session, 09.00 – 10.30, Niagara Building - A0307

Would you like to receive feedback on your research project or advice on your future career plans and options? Then the Intergenerational Feedback Session is what you should attend, as it connects PhD students with experienced scholars for dialogues across generations, in an interdisciplinary and international context. The aim is to provide an open, safe and accessible platform for constructive discussions, where PhD students receive feedback from experienced scholars on theoretical and methodological frameworks related to their research project, exchange comments with their peers about their respective research endeavours and share insights and possibilities for career options. In an informal, yet productive, setting, the session will take the form of small group discussions – groups of PhDs will be formed and matched to a senior scholar with whom the group will discuss. PhDs at any stage of their research are welcome! Participation based on a Call issued earlier in 2019.

4. Teaching Controversial Migration and Integration Issues, 10.45 – 12.15, Niagara Building - A0306

Many PhDs have to teach courses or seminars while they undertake their research – a task that is not so easy to manage. Furthermore, PhDs students involved in teaching migration studies possibly face greater challenges, as they deal with emotionally charged and highly politicized topics like international migration and integration. Indeed, the growing diversity within today's classrooms underlines the necessity for changes in attitude and pedagogical practices. The aim of this workshop is to provide insights into how to teach controversial and sensitive topics on migration-related issues which touch on strong identifications of either students or ourselves. We wish to provide an open space for discussion and reflection, by stimulating reflexivity, sharing experiences and resources (teaching materials and tools) and by exchanging about ideas for innovative teaching formats. Aided by Johanna Neuhauser, from Osnabrück University, who has faced the challenge of teaching migration studies in multicultural classrooms, the session aims to be interactive and dynamic. The workshop invites all doctoral students both with and without teaching experience, but the number of places is limited! Participation is limited to those who registered for the workshop via the Conference Registration form.

5. How to get research funding , 10.45 - 12.15, Niagara Building - A0307

We all know too well that career advancement in academia is based on developing research proposals and applying for funding, be it as individual researchers or as members of large research projects. And we all know too well how difficult it is to understand what is needed to write successful applications. This workshop will deal with the many issues evolving around the daunting question “how can I get funding for my research?” and will be particularly relevant for those who are almost done with their PhD and are thinking about “what next?”. So, don’t hesitate to ask questions about complex application processes to Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham), who will be our speaker. Participation is limited to those who registered for the workshop via the Conference Registration form.