CfP: IMISCOE research cluster on Changing migration dynamics - Geneva conference, 25-27 June 2015

Panel convened by Chris Timmerman (CeMIS, University of Antwerp), Godfried Engbersen (CIMIC, Erasmus University) and  Roos Willems (CeMIS, University of Antwerp)

This panel presents papers that look into the impact of social, economic and political transformations on migration flows and mobility patterns in the world which are of interest to Europe.

These transformations not only have a structural impact on migration patterns in the Euro-African migration system and the intra-European mobility flows, yet through global interconnectedness on the Afro-Asian and Afro-American migration systems as well. The core idea in this approach is to conceptualize migration as an intrinsic part of broader exogenous processes of social, economic and political changes and transformations. Transition theories offer a promising framework for this approach because they allow the integration of external as well as internal migration dynamics, including the element of time. Models based on migration transitions focus on the impact on existing migration patterns and flows, of social and political changes and transformations and recent economic development successes and/or crises, yet without ignoring the strong influence of internal migration dynamics. In other words we want to focus on the relevance of social and political changes as well as economic development or crisis  in explaining existing migration patterns, without ignoring the strong influence of internal migration dynamics,  such as transnational social networks, feedback mechanisms, etc… This panel focuses  particularly on how interconnected political and development transformations have affected and continue to affect mobility and migration patterns within and around Europe.

Aim

The aim of the workshop is having a well-informed discussion on the recent trends in research on the impact of social, economic and political transformations on migration flows and mobility patterns in the world which are of interest to European countries.

Format and Deadlines:

For selection, following criteria will be relevant:

  • submitting an abstract of about 500 words
  • the academic quality
  • empirically based and theory driven
  • original contributions
  • relevance of the topic in relation to proposed topic
  • complementary  contributions: research based on quantitative and  qualitative research methodologies

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 27 April 2015.  Please send abstracts (500 words) by email simultaneously to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Successful applicants will be notified by 8 May 2015. Full paper drafts should be submitted by June 15th 2015. Every participant will have the opportunity to present his/her paper followed by a discussion and Q/A session.

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