June 29 - July 1, 2022, Oslo (Hybrid)

19th IMISCOE Annual Conference

Migration and Time: Temporalities of Mobility, Governance, and Resistance

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Migration is intertwined with time in myriad ways and at multiple scales. In individual lives, migration propels change over time and entails engagement with personal pasts and futures. Time and temporalities are structuring migration experiences, when refugees are granted temporary protection, labour migrants are offered temporary employment and rights of residency, and undocumented migrants are living with uncertainties for the future. The governance of migration is also the governance of migrants’ relations to and experiences of time. Governance of migration happens in time – sometimes in the form of rapid changes in times of “crisis”, but perhaps also through postponement when the urgency has passed.

Attention to time and temporalities illuminates processes of othering and patterns of inequalities, as well as forms of resistance and adaptations to policies and institutions. The rapid changes in laws, regulations, policies and practices of migration also have repercussions on the topics, theoretical approaches, and methodologies of migration scholars. These and other perspectives on time and migration have flourished as part of the emerging ‘temporal turn’ in migration studies. The theme ‘migration and time’ brings out disciplinary, methodological and theoretical diversity of migration research with a shared focus. 

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Individual Paper Proposals

Paper proposals should include a 250-word abstract and the name and affiliation of the author(s). Individual papers will be thematically clustered into panels. We strongly encourage authors to highlight the conceptual and methodological novelty of their contribution.

Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should include a 250-word abstract of the theme of the panel, together with min 3/max 5 thematically consistent and related 250-word paper abstracts. Submissions should also include the name and affiliation of the chair and a discussant, as well as the name and affiliation of the author(s) for each paper abstract.

Papers and panels will be organised thematically according to the following IMISCOE Standing Committees

Workshop Proposals

Proposals can also be submitted for workshops, this can for example be book workshops, policy workshops. or round tables, with the aim of discussing research or to outline future research agendas. Submissions for workshops should include a maximum 400-word abstract, and the names and affiliations of the organizer(s) and the persons taking part in the workshop (up to 10 participants, excluding the workshop convenors).


Applicants may be the lead presenter of only one paper in the conference. In addition, applicants may chair only one panel. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 10, 2022 (23:59 CET). Applicants will be informed about acceptance of their submission on the 1st of March 2022. The conference may be fully online if the Covid-19 situation imposes it.