Program of the PhD-Network activities at the IMISCOE Annual Conference 2021

The PhD Network is happy to share the program of the PhD activities scheduled on July 7th, as per tradition, during the first day of the IMISCOE Annual Conference 2021. 

We are proud to announce that PhD activities are free and open to all doctoral students, regardless of whether they are registered for the conference. Please note that registering for PhD activities does not provide access to other conference sessions.

Below you can find a detailed program for the workshops that we offer thanks to the generous support from professors and researchers who share their knowledge and time with young scholars.



July 7 – 8:00-8.45 am CET “PhD Assembly”

Moderator: Sandra Morgenstern and Lucy Hunt

Speaker: Dr. Gunjan Sondhi

Our Annual PhD Assembly is a platform created for all those who are interested in the activities of the IMISCOE PhD Network. It is the place where young scholars can meet each other, ask questions, and discuss opportunities opened to the PhDs doing research on migration from all over the world. Although we all struggle in our new “online” reality, it. has made academia more inclusive for those scholars who do not have means to travel. The question now is how we can learn from this digitalization and creatively bring this inclusiveness forward in the coming years. In open and honest conversations, we will reflect on the benefits of digitalization and think about practical steps to help make academia as inclusive as it can be.


July 7 – 9:00-10:30 am CET “PhD Activities – Parallel Sessions 1


Activity 1 – “Digital Teaching in COVID-19 Times: Practical Experiences”

Organizers: Lara Wilhelmine Hoffmann, Souhila Belabbas, and Dorina Dedgjoni

Speaker: Dr. Christof Van Mol

Following up on last year's discussion, this year's workshop aims to explore further online teaching challenges after one COVID-19-restricted year. The focus will be on the online teaching experiences of a lecturer working on migration studies. This interactive workshop is open to all PhD students who are teaching (or are planning to teach) and facing challenges, particularly in light of the numerous substantial changes brought by the pandemic.


Activity 2 – “Discussion Rooms”

Organizers: Hakan Kilic, Sebastian Carlotti, Carolin Müller, Olav Nygård, and Marina Lazëri

 This is an informal activity focused on connecting young scholars with more experienced academics, creating a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

 We encourage interested PhDs to send questions using the registration form. Discussion questions will be shared with the speakers in advance of the sessions.


1. Migration research and migration policymaking: a complicated relationship (FULL)

The field of migration research in the European Union has seen a considerable expansion. Political salience of migration as a policy issue has grown. There is an increasing demand for “evidence” on the side public authorities. At the same time, the relationship between research and policy remains fraught with tensions. This room serves to reflect on engagement of migration researchers with policy, based on participants own experiences, questions, and commentaries.

Moderator: Hakan Kilic

Speaker: Assist. Prof. Dr. Albert Kraler (Danube University Krems, Department for Migration and Globalization) and Univ.-Ass. Leila Hadj-Abdou, Ph.D. (University of
Vienna, Department of Political Science)

  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Albert Kraler is a political scientist and Africanist. His research has focused on migration statistics, irregular migration, regularization, family migration policies, discrimination, border control, and more recently, international protection.
  • Univ-Ass. Leila Hadj-Abdou, Ph.D. is specialized in migration governance and politics (from a multi-level, and multi-actor perspective), and the European Union. She is particularly interested in the increasing politicization of migration, its manifestation and effects on democracy.


2. Anti-racism in academia (max. occupancy: 20 participants)

Racism is a structural problem in the societies we study and in the institutions where we work. As junior scholars, we should make practices that challenge structures of domination and oppression part of both our research and our everyday. But how do we achieve this? Join us in a discussion with established scholars working with anti-racism, to learn from their experiences. This room acknowledges that conversations about racism are connected to strong emotions. We recognize and value the experiences, abilities, and knowledge each person brings to the discussion, and pledge to create an environment that is a safe space open to challenges.

Moderator: Olav Nygård

Speakers: Dr. Adrián Groglopo (Gothenborg University, Department of Social Work) and Dr. Guia Gilardoni (ISMU foundation)

  • Dr. Adrián Groglopo is the chair of the Swedish organization Anti-Racist Academy (“Antirasistiska akademin”), which aims to combat racism in the scientific community. He is also a sociologist and senior lecturer in social work. 
  • Dr. Guia Gilardoni is a member of the IMISCOE Anti Racism Working Group, and an international research project manager at ISMU Foundation, where she is in charge for the International Relations. Her topics of interest are European migration policy, refugees, and migrant integration.  


3. Addressing Diversity in Teaching and Education Spaces (max. occupancy: 20 participants)

In this discussion room we cover issues of diversity in teaching. We discuss how teaching spaces are diversifying and what we should take into account when we enter the classroom. What should we keep in mind when teaching about migration, ethnicity and race? What is our role as teachers and how do we align ourselves into teaching spaces?

Moderator: Marina Lazëri

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Parvati Raghuram (The Open University, Department of Geography), further speakers tba.

  • Prof. Dr. Parvati Raghuram is a professor of geography. She has published widely about retheorizing migration of international students, skilled migrants and that of care-workers.


4. Doing Mindful Work in Migration Research (max. occupancy: 20 participants)

Migration research explores many forms, histories, and routes of (im)mobility as well as their effects and reception. Migration researchers, therefore, often engage in work that involves sensitive issues. This discussion room addresses the mindful work that is needed in the field. How can we responsibly collect, analyze, and disseminate knowledge about and with the people whose experiences we study?

Moderator: Carolin Müller

Speakers: Prof. Emerita Dr. Martha Montero-Sieburth (Amsterdam University College, Social Sciences and Humanities)

  • Prof. Emerita Dr. Martha Montero-Sieburthis a multi-, cross-, and intercultural comparative educator and community-based researcher, working on American urban schooling, Latinos, and Mexicans in New England; bilingualism and curriculum development in Latin America; interculturalism in Spain; Latin Americans in Spain; Turkish Dutch youth in highly diverse high schools, and first- and second-generation Mexicans in the Netherlands. 


July 7 – 10:30-11.45am CET “PhD Activities – Parallel Sessions 2”


Activity 1 – “Publishing – How to Get Published During PhD?”

Organizers: Mariana Rosca, Jorge Morales Cardiel, and Tata Todria

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tatia Chokoraia

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tatia Chokoraia holds a PhD degree in philology and is an associate professor, simultaneously she leads the academic writing center confrat Caucasus University. She has been a head of library as well at the university and is well aware on electronic publishing resources.


Activity 2 – “Dissertation – How to Write a Good PhD thesis?”

Organizers: Mariana Rosca, Jorge Morales Cardiel, and Tata Todria

Speakers: Mahardhika Sjamsoe’oed Sadjad and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roy Huijsmans 

  • Mahardhika Sjamsoe’oed Sadjad is a PhD Candidate at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is currently in the final year of her PhD program, through which she combines media and policy analysis with ethnographic research on reactions in Indonesia to the presence of refugees from abroad.
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roy Huijsmans is an associate professor at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University. He has written about various migration-related topics, including human trafficking as discourse, child and youth migration (especially in the Southeast Asian context), translocal householding, and everyday cross-border mobilities.






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To read more about the IMISCOE Spring Conference activities, the atmosphere you can expect, and the kinds of discussions that take place, read Marina Lazëri’s blog post about her experience of the event.

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