CFP: IMISCOE 17th Annual Conference: Crossing Borders, connecting cultures (Luxembourg) - Open to upload your paper/panel/workshop proposal
(30 June - 2 July 2020).
This conference proposes to zoom deeper into people’s migration experiences by foregrounding how migration is connected to culture. We will explore the nexus of migration and culture in more depth asking how migration is lived, experienced, mediated, and reﬂected through everyday cultural and artistic practice. Thereby we seek to deepen our understanding of the complexity and diversity of migration experiences on the one hand, and the possibilities of connecting diﬀerent migrant experiences and groups of people on the other.
You can submit either one individual paper, panel or workshop proposal (all sessions will each be assigned 90 minutes) for a double-blind review, using the links on the website.
Submission deadline is December 1, 2019
CFP: IMISCOE Spring Conference 2020 (Lisboa, 6-7 February 2020)
2020 Spring Conference will be organised by IGOT (Universidade de Lisboa - located here ) on 6-7 February 2020.
Moving, living, investing and surviving: housing and migrations in uncertain times.
Housing represents a major dimension of immigrant settlement and immigrant integration. Since the earliest contact theories to today’s “politics of presence” (Darling, 2017), where people live and can live has been a central concern to public policymakers, academics, activists and crucially, newcomers themselves.
However, the question of whose responsibility it is to make sure that newcomers have the right to decent housing, and have this right respected, is rather uncertain. Lines between State, private sector and individuals are blurred: State-led housing programmes are being privatised and outsourced; homeownership is increasingly financialized; private sector investments are encouraged by the state through investing mechanisms; residency is for sale through real estate investments; and ultimately, in a neoliberal era, households are held responsible for securing a home, and therefore a safety net when welfare erodes.
Survey Results Annual Conference Malmo, 2019
This year’s conference “Understanding international migration in the 21st century: conceptual and methodological approaches” took place on June 26-28 2019 at Malmo University.
As usual, IMISCOE was eager to get feedback from the participant without which there would be no conference in the first place. Therefore the opinions of those who took part in this year’s meeting are indescribably valuable for us, given our constant objective in improving what we offer and what we stand for. The survey ranges from practicalities, such as personal educational background or current profession, to degrees of satisfaction of the different activities. Moreover we gave an open platform for the respondents to freely express their thoughts, comments and advices. This provided us with a complete picture and the necessary tools to work on the upcoming events and specifically the future conferences.
Overall, the survey infers that it was a positive conference and generally a successful experience. Yet, there’s room for improvement and we should look into these opportunities and exploit them. Before diving into the results, a few technicalities must be put forward. The respondents were 276, and none of the questions required obligatory responses to allow everyone to freely reply only to what they could or wanted. This means that not all the questions have been replied by the whole sample.
Degree of satisfaction
We present one of the most pressing question: did the participant appreciate the conference? This simple yet very important question was dissected into different subtopics, in the attempt to touch upon all the activities that were available. The graph below is self explanatory, with 1 being very dissatisfied and 10 being very satisfied.
These grades should make us think on what we need to improve. The most alarming ones are clearly the ones regarding the “discussant in panel/workshops”, together with the relative chairs and also the PhD workshops. These numbers show evident dissatisfaction. The other activities all wobble around 7.5, which is a positive result with room for improvement.
This satisfaction table is concerned with the practicalities surrounding the conference, with items such as registrations, venues and similar. Overall there is a high level of appreciation, with the venue taking the front page. A few of this elements will be improved once the new website will be in place. A figure that needs to be pointed out is that of the expectations. Participant largely had their expectation fulfilled, with a joyful 8 showcasing such average.