This year’s conference received more than 600 proposals. After a rigorous review, the Conference Committee (chaired by Pieter Bevelander, Malmo University) has accepted about 348 proposals for 164 sessions, including research panels, policy workshops, book workshops and a number of working sessions for IMISCOE’s research clusters and standing committees.

The conference will also host 2 plenaries (at Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th).

Confirmed Keynote speakers

Keynote by Douglas S. Massey

Anatomy of a Train Wreck: U.S. Immigration Policy Before and After Trump

Douglas S. Massey

From 1986 to 2016 the United States spent $62 billion dollars on border enforcement in a bipartisan effort to curtail unauthorized migration from Mexico and Central America. Over this period the Border Patrol’s budget rose from $151 million to $6.6 billion and its workforce increased from 3,700 to 20,000 officers. Nonetheless, the undocumented population of the United States grew from 2 million to 12 million persons, with a marked acceleration during the 1990s. Despite abundant evidence that the policy is not simply a failure, but counterproductive, political leaders in both parties continue to frame border enforcement as a core feature of U.S. immigration policy. In this lecture I lay out the history of this massive policy fiasco, document its disastrous consequences, and seek to explain why “border security” continues to dominate the policy proposals of both Democrats and Republicans despite unequivocal evidence of its spectacular inefficacy and tragic cost in human lives.

When and where?

Wednesday 26, June 2019

Opening Plenary and Welcome Reception

Time: 17:30

Venue: Malmö Live Konserthus, Dag Hammarskjölds Torg 4, 211 18 Malmö

Keynote by Bridget Anderson

Migration Studies – Making a difference

Bridget Anderson

How can migration studies make a difference, more particularly, how can migration studies make a difference in the current European conjuncture? The field has grown significantly since the 1990s with some outstanding scholars, many of whom, in the tradition of the social scientists who dominate the field, want to impact on the world. Yet it seems we are failing: more people are dying on difficult and dangerous journeys, and in many countries the populist mood is resulting in increasing hostility to migrants and refugees – indeed anyone who looks ‘foreign’. In this presentation I will argue that those of us who want to make a difference must begin by taking a critical look at our field and, appropriately, its borders. I will invite us to think about how our research engages with (or not) race and class, and how that relates to methodological nationalism. I will then suggest that we must move beyond the critical, to uncover connections firstly between ‘migrants’ and ‘citizens’; secondly between human movement and other types of mobility, including the mobility of goods and of capital; and thirdly between contemporary ‘migration’ enforcement and historical efforts to control the mobility of the poor. These kinds of moves have the potential to enable us to use migration and responses to it as a lens through which we can better understand and move beyond current migration politics. However, to do so, we need to build new audiences for our research, and develop new connections between research and practice. All of these suggestions take me out of my comfort zone. But who said making a difference was going to be easy?

When and where?

Closing Plenary

Friday 28, June 2019

Time: 15:30

Venue: Orkanen OR:D138, Malmö University, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10