IMISCOE

March 2019

Newsletter #01

NEWS

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Contents

Intro

  1. PhDs’ initiatives at the Annual Conference
    - Workshops
    - Intergenerational Feedback Session: Call for Participation!

  2. IMISCOE Solidarity Fund and the PhD Network

  3. PhD Network’s Blog


Intro

 

The IMISCOE PhD Network keeps growing and, more and more, it aims at representing a stable reference point for early-career researchers working on migration and integration-related issues across Europe and beyond. In 2019, it will do so by further enhancing Training and Networking opportunities for PhDs, so as to create opportunities for young scholars to meet senior researchers to receive advice from, as well as other peers with whom to exchange ideas and resources. Below are listed the activities planned for 2019 and the updates from our Blog! Stay tuned!

 


1. PhDs initiatives at the IMISCOE Annual Conference in Malmo   

The PhD Network will organize four Training and Networking activities on the morning of the first day of the Conference, June 26th 2019: three Workshops and the Intergenerational Feedback Session.
 

Workshop 1 “HOW TO GET RESEARCH FUNDING”

Workshop 2 “WRITING AN EFFECTIVE ABSTRACT FOR A CONFERENCE”

Workshop 3 “TEACHING CONTROVERSIAL MIGRATION AND INTEGRATION
                         ISSUES”


Intergenerational Feedback Session: PhDs will have the chance to receive personalized feedback on their research and their possible career path from senior researchers in small group discussions.

Find more details about the Workshops and of the Intergenerational Feedback Session on the Conference Portal on this page. While participation in the workshops is on a first-come, first-served basis (registration via the Conference Portal), the Intergenerational Feedback Session will be based on a Call for Participation à Read the call here!

 


2. IMISCOE Solidarity Fund and the PhD Network 

IMISCOE has taken the commitment to offer support to scholars whose academic freedom is at risk in countries whose governments are increasingly taking repressive measures targeting academics and research endeavours. It did so by establishing the IMISCOE Solidarity Fund, which provides concrete support to scholars at risk by offering them the opportunity to be hosted by an IMISCOE Member institute. While the Fund is open to the participation of academics at any stage of their career, we deem that it is young scholars, in particular, who are more vulnerable when academic freedom is in danger, as their possibilities to work and make plans for the future are especially compromised in such situations. PhDs are depending on their supervisors to finish their dissertations. This makes them especially vulnerable since not only can they be threatened because of their own work and ideas, but also indirectly through their supervisors. Therefore, IMISCOE PhD Network wishes to become a reference point for PhD candidates who fear for their work and safety and we want to reach out to young scholars who need support while doing their research. 

We therefore:

  • Call anyone who might be interested in this opportunity to apply to the Fund by sending a statement letter (if possible, indicating existing connections to IMISCOE institutes or the IMISCOE research network in general), a CV and a work plan, clarifying their dissertation topic and what still needs to be done. The statement letter should also indicate the risk that the applicant is facing. We also kindly ask for a reference person whom we can contact for further information about the applicant.
  • Strongly encourage PhDs across the world to spread the news about this opportunity throughout their networks of peers and friends.

Contact: solidarity-fund@imiscoe.org ; phdnetwork@imiscoe.org

 

PUBLICATIONS

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3. PhD Network’s Blog

Check out our Blog for non-academic, yet inspiring and critical contributions, largely written by and for PhDs. Topics concern a wide range of migration-related themes, but also life in academia as a PhD scholar gets increasing attention. Latest blog posts regard refugees’ desire for ordinariness, the daunting questions surrounding the end of a PhD, tips for academic job applications from a selection committee regular, reflections on researchers’ categorical fetishism in the field of migration studies and developments concerning the free movement of persons in Africa. Interested in writing for the IMISCOE PhD Blog yourself? Please feel welcome to contribute! You can think of pieces that present your findings, pieces in which you take part in a wider discussion on migration related topics, complain about or cherish your life as a migration PhD researcher or interview someone you find interesting on a migration related theme. Be creative, write it up in blog style in 800 words, and send it to: imiscoephdblog@gmail.com. An editor will get in touch as soon as possible.

 

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