July 7- 9, 2021, Luxembourg

18th IMISCOE Annual Conference

Crossing borders, connecting cultures

Originally, the IMISCOE Conference should have taken place in Luxembourg in July 2020. However, due to the COVID-19-Pandemic, the conference had to be rescheduled to July 7-9, 2021. We warmly invite you to sent in your abstract or proposal and join us, face to face in Luxembourg for the 18th Annual Conference on July 7, 8 and 9, 2021.

As some countries have gotten over the first wave of the pandemic and are bracing themselves for a possible second wave, we are only starting to grapple with the impacts and the responses to this pandemic. One of many impacts we have seen so far were the COVID-19-related border closures, which limited free movement and thus have shaken the foundation of the European Union. Border closures took effect not only in Europe. Many migrants, as well as international students, were and are affected profoundly as they were not able to return and hence are trapped in their destination countries – often without income. Since many migrants work in critical sectors, such as the health care sector, the important role they play in the crisis-response increases their exposure to the virus. Data from New York showed, that, due to income inequality and marginalisation, migrants are overrepresented in neighbourhoods most affected by the virus. Further, this pandemic makes existing inequalities more visible and it amplifies them as the strong and worldwide BLM-protests show. However, we also experienced that things considered impossible until very recently, suddenly now are indeed possible. Nothing is set in stone and inevitable, we are able to not only to bounce back but to bounce forward to an improved state.

This conference still proposes to zoom deeper into people’s migration experiences by foregrounding how migration is connected to culture and language. We still intend to explore the nexus of migration, and culture in more depth by asking how migration is lived, experienced, mediated, and reflected in general and through everyday cultural, linguistic and artistic practice. We are still interested in deepening 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. However, in light of the current developments this cannot be achieved without extending our focus. Hence, for the 18th IMISCOE-Conference we also invite your contributions on inequalities in general and on health and racial inequalities in particular.

Invitation to submit an individual paper, panel or workshop proposal

In line with the theme ‘Crossing borders, connecting cultures’, preferred proposals shall feature:

  • Theories, concepts and methods in migration research
  • Cultures and cultural practice in migration research
  • Borders and border experiences in migration research
  • Health and racial inequalities in migration research
  • Multilingualism and educational challenges in migration research

Paper, panel or workshop proposal

You can submit either one individual paper, panel or workshop proposal (all sessions will be assigned 90 minutes each) for a single-blind review:

Panels and papers will be grouped together thematically throughout the conference program

  • SC Reflexive Migration Studies
  • SC Migrant Transnationalism 
  • SC Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation 
  • SC Superdiversity, Migration and Cultural Change
  • SC Older Migrants
  • SC Gender and Sexuality in Migration Research
  • SC Immigration, Immigrants and the labour market in Europe
  • SC Migration Politics and Governance 
  • SC Education and social inequality
  • SC Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research
  • RI Privileged Mobilities: local impacts, belonging and citizenship
  • RI Revisiting Return Migration in Shifting Geopolitics 
  • RI Norms and Values in Migration and Integration

Your submission needs to contain

  • Names and email addresses of the presenters or primary organizer and the co-organizer (we prefer two presenters or organizers in case of unforeseen circumstances)
  • The proposed title of the paper, panel or workshop proposal
  • The matching Standing Committees and Research Initiatives
  • The matching conference topics
  • A 250-word abstract of your paper for the conference programme


Submission-deadline December 1, 2020

Key Note Speakers

18th IMISCOE Annual Conference

Jaan Valsiner

Aarborg University

18th IMISCOE Annual Conference

Mulki Al-Sharmani

University of Helsinki


18th IMISCOE Annual Conference

Marco Martiniello

University of Liège

18th IMISCOE Annual Conference

Wiebke Sievers

Austrian Academy of Sciences

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Olivia Ruiz

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

18th IMISCOE Annual Conference

Francio Guadeloupe

University of Amsterdam

Dean of University St. Martin

Conference fee for face-to-face conference

  • Registration before May 1, 2021 (23:59 CET): € 200 for senior researchers, and € 150 for PhD students.
  • Registration after May 1, 2021: € 250.
  • Conference rates include:
    • Conference documentation, admissions to all sessions, admissions to opening and closing plenaries, gala dinner, welcome reception, lunches, tea/coffee breaks.
    • One-year individual IMISCOE-membership, which provides members with various benefits.
  • Accommodation is not covered by the conference fee.
  • We are planning the 18th IMISCOE conference as a f2f-conference. However, we are organizing the conference in such a way that we could switch to an online conference if an emergency situation would arise. Therefore, we are currently evaluating the options for a face-to-face conference with online provisions. Prices, conditions etc. will be communicated as soon as possible.

If you have a disability or special need that may affect your participation in the conference, please contact Nicole Holzapfel-Mantin
( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), this includes the need for childcare. Based on all received requirements and needs, the local organizers will make decisions regarding the requested facilities.

For more information and details please visit https://imiscoe2021.uni.lu/


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