October 2018

Newsletter #05



Call for Papers 16th Annual IMISCOE Conference, 
June 26-28, 2019, Malmö University, Sweden



The growing diversity and complexity of international migration present a need for reconceptualizing migration research. The aim of the 2019 IMISCOE Annual Conference is to facilitate exchanges in new concepts and innovative methodologies for understanding human migration in the 21st Century. We welcome proposals from various disciplines, such as political science, sociology, economics, history, law, anthropology, social work, public administration, demography, social geography, and others. The deadline for submitting proposals is :

December 1, 2018 (24:00 CET). Applicants will be informed about acceptance of their submission by the end of January, 2019.

READ MORE about the conference.

Call for Paper Proposals: IMISCOE Spring Conference: Migration and Social Protection in the European Union: Public Policies, Migrant Practices and the Politics of Welfare

The “Migration and Social Protection in the European Union: Public Policies, Migrant Practices and the Politics of Welfare” IMISCOE Spring Conference will take place from February 27 to March 1 in Liège, Belgium. The IMISCOE board of directors will also meet during this event (closed meeting).

This conference is organized by the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM) of the University of Liège in partnership with the ERC-funded research project ‘Migration and Transnational Social Protection in (post) crisis Europe’ (MiTSoPro).

The organisers would encourage potential participants to submit any proposals related to the topic of migration and social protection in Europe (for topic list and more information go to the website).

Practical information: Paper proposals including a 250-word abstract with title and contact details should be submitted by 30/11/2018.


REMINDER: Call for Paper proposals: IMISCOE Spring Conference: Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond

The ‘Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond’ IMISCOE Spring Conference will take place on 28-29 March 2019 in Sheffield, UK. 
Organised by the Migration Research Group (MRG) at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the Centre of Migration Research (CMR) at the University of Warsaw and IMISCOE . It is supported by the Noble Foundation’s Programme on Modern Poland

We welcome paper proposals from various disciplines, theoretical and empirical oriented, case-studies and comparative and with relevance to the UK, Europe and beyond.
The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 31th October 2018.
Read more how to submit here.


Welcoming 5 new institutes - 5 short introductions:

1. Migration and Mobilities Study Group of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (MMG-PLUS) joins IMISCOE

MMG is a collective that brings together several thematic groups of scholars within migration and mobility studies at the University of Salzburg.

"MMG is truly diverse in terms of the disciplines: they range from sociology, history, political science, geography and education to literature, law, theology, and media and communication studies"



Victoria Reitter, Kyoko Shinozaki and Wolfgang Aschauer

2. The Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) was a founder member of IMISCOE and we are very happy to return! 

The SCMR was one of the first migration research centres established in Europe and brings together a large community of migration scholars as well as a dynamic and engaged post-graduate community. True to the University of Sussex tradition, the SCMR has a creative, genuinely interdisciplinary, and global approach to research and teaching.

"The SCMR’s interdisciplinary and global approach is also well reflected in our postgraduate teaching. Sussex established the UK’s first Migration Studies MA and PhD programmes back in 1997".



3. Cà Foscari University of Venice joins the IMISCOE Network

During the 15th Annual Conference in Barcelona, the Board of Directors officially welcomed Cà Foscari University of Venice as new IMISCOE member. Ca' Foscari University of Venice, established in 1868 as Royal Business College, was the first of its kind in ltaly. Today, it is recognized as one of the best universities in the country offering its students diverse and ample study programmes in the following areas: Humanities, Foreign Languages, Economics and Business, Environmental Sciences, Information Technologies, Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability.

"Today, Cà Foscari is recognized as one of the best universities in the country offering its students diverse and ample study programmes in the following areas: Humanities, Foreign Languages, Economics and Business, Environmental Sciences, Information Technologies, Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability".



4. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) joins the IMISCOE network - presentation of BIRMMVUB

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) conducts a wide variety of research on migration and diversity, spread over many disciplines, departments and research institutes. The application for institutional membership to IMISCOE has provided a catalyst for a long-discussed creation of an interdisciplinary research centre in which VUB migration and diversity researchers can meet, exchange and bundle forces. This interdisciplinary group, called the ‘Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM)’ has therefore been created in January 2018.  It joins over 60 researchers working on migration and diversity related topics, mostly in social sciences (sociology, political science, communication science, criminology), history, philosophy and law.


"BIRMM"  joins over 60 researchers working on migration and diversity related topics, mostly in social sciences (sociology, political science, communication science, criminology), history, philosophy and law".





5. New IMISCOE member institution: The Department for Migration and Globalisation (DeMiG), Danube University Krems, Austria

The Department for Migration and Globalisation (DeMiG) at Danube University Krems has recently been accepted as a new member institution of the IMISCOE network. As a member of this unique network, our department will further intensify and institutionalise the links with the growing number of migration research centres across Europe and contribute to the activities the IMISCOE network is committed to.


"The Department for Migration and Globalisation is the only university department in Austria that is exclusively dedicated to migration research and teaching".



Mathias Czaika and the DeMiG team - Photo: Department for Migration and Globalisation

Reflection on IMISCOE's 15th Annual Conference, 2018 - Barcelona by Ricard Zapata - Barrero


GRITIM-UPF has been honoured this year to contribute to the most singular activity of Imiscoe. Its Annual conference reached more than 650 registered participants, including both young and senior researchers for all over Europe and beyond, distributed through more than 130 sessions including research panels, workshops, and working sessions for IMISCOE Research Groups and Standing Committees.  As we have clustered the sessions, we can see how strong the Imiscoe research agenda is connected with the social and policy global and local concerns, and cover almost all the important issues of present historical time: Refugees and Forced displacements, Discriminations and Exclusions, International Migration and new mobilities, Welfare and social protection, Economy and Labour Market, Transnational challenges, Society and Attitudes, Politics and Governance, Superdiversity and Intersectionality, Methodological challenges.


New PhD Representative of the IMISCOE PhD Network: Giulia Mezzetti

The PhD network keeps expanding every year, attracting the interest of numerous early career researchers involved in migration and integration-related studies. At the 2018 Annual Conference in Barcelona, the PhD Network organized three workshops specifically addressing PhDs: two were devoted to career development – publishing and research funding opportunities – and one concentrated on the use of categories in migration research. Furthermore, the network organized an “Intergenerational Feedback” session, where PhDs could receive advice on their research from senior academics through small group discussions. 


We received a very positive feedback concerning these three initiatives, as well as numerous adhesions from PhDs interested in becoming part of the PhD network Soundboard, which organizes all the Network activities. Besides workshops at the IMISCOE Annual Conference, we aim at expanding networking opportunities by putting in touch PhDs and senior scholars in the same research field, we run a blog on migration research, and have activated a “teaching reflections” group for researchers involved in teaching activities. 


As of October 2018, Giulia Mezzetti  was appointed as new representative of the network. For 2018-2019 she aims to improve the visibility of the PhD Network and strengthen its ongoing activities. The PhD Network thanks Cathrine Talleraas for her immense work coordinating the network in 2017-2018.

We encourage members and others who are interested to check out our website, our blog, our facebook page, and our new twitter account @IMISCOE_PhD.

Giulia Mezzetti

REMINDER - IMISCOE Competitive Call for Book Proposals - 2018 - Extended deadline!


The IMISCOE Network is launching a Competitive Call for ground-breaking new manuscripts (whether authored or edited). The Call is Open Topic. The selected best book proposal will be offered a contract and a total Open Access fee waiver. The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 October 2018. Further information can be found on the IMISCOE website.

Breaking News! CMS accepted for inclusion in SCOPUS

The editors of Comparative Migration Studies are pleased to announce that the journal has been accepted into Scopus! Content from Comparative Migration Studies will be available in the Scopus database soon.  


Immigration Research Network (IRN) Best Paper Award

Comparitive Migration Studies, under Peter Scholten, is generously supporting the IRN by sponsoring the annual IRN Best Paper Award. This sponsorship began in 2017 and entails a 500 euro prize, as well as the opportunity to have an expedited review process if the article is submitted to CMS.


In 2017, the prize was awarded to Marc Helbling (University of Bamberg) and Richard Traunmueller (Goethe-University, Frankfurt) for their paper entitled, "What Is Islamophobia? Disentangling Citizens' Feelings Towards Ethnicity, Religion and Religiosity Using A Survey Experiment."


In 2018, the prize was awarded to Lars Leszczensky (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research), Rahsaan Maxwell (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and Erik Bleich (Middlebury College), for their article entitled, "Explaining National Identification Among Muslim Adolescents: Evidence from Four European Countries."



New book releases

Debating Transformations of National Citizenship (open access)

Editor: Rainer Bauböck


  • This open access book covers debates about the future of national citizenship
  • Presents a wide range of views by legal scholars, political scientists, and political practitioners
  • Organizes debates as conversations whereby authors respond to each other

Debating European Citizenship (open access)

Editor: Rainer Bauböck


This open access book raises crucial questions about the citizenship of the European Union. Is it a new citizenship beyond the nation-state although it is derived from Member State nationality? Who should get it? What rights and duties does it entail? Should EU citizens living in other Member States be able to vote there in national elections? 

‘European Somalis’ Post-Migration movements : Mobility capital and the transnationalization of resources’ (open access)

Author: Joelle Moret 

This open access book highlights the relevance of various types of cross-border movements in the post-migration lives of women and men of Somali originBrings together conceptual insights from the migration studies and the mobilities studies to understand migrants' biographiesContributes to an emerging field that aims to
transnationalize theories of social inequalities 


CMS articles - update

Segmented socioeconomic adaptation of New Eastern European professionals in the United States - Nina Michalikova

A migration effect? Comparing the acculturation of Russian migrant populations in Western Europe to Russians in three former soviet countries on attitudes towards government responsibility - Troels Fage Hedegaard and Hidde Bekhuis

Playing the safe card or playing the race card? Comparison of attitudes towards interracial marriages with non-white migrants and transnational adoptees in Sweden - Sayaka Osanami Törngren

Combining transnational and intersectional approaches to immigrants' social protection: The case of Andean families' access to health - Jean Michel Lafleur

Using population registers for migration and integration research: examples from Denmark and Sweden - Romana Careja and Pieter Bevelander. This article belongs to a special issue entitled: In search of a frame: Challenges and opportunities for sampling immigrant minorities

Commentary Series: Multiculturalism-Interculturalism with the 2 main articles of Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Tariq Modood, containing the commentaries/editorial and the 2 rejoinders

Shifting vulnerabilities: gender and reproductive care on the migrant trail to Europe

Vanessa Grotti, Cynthia Malakasis, Chiara Quagliariello and Nina Sahraoui

Narratives of meaningful endurance – how migrant women escape the vicious cycle between health problems and unemployment - Jasmijn Slootjes,  Saskia Keuzenkamp and Sawitri Saharso

Debating the ‘integration of Islam’: the discourse between governmental actors and Islamic representatives in Germany and the Netherlands - Matthias Kortmann

The relationship between social identification and local voting, and its interplay with personal and group discrimination among the descendants of Turkish immigrants in Western Europe - Maria Kranendonk

Claiming control: cooperation with return as a condition for social benefits in Austria and the Netherlands - Sieglinde Rosenberger and Sabine Koppes

Welcoming talent? A comparative study of immigrant entrepreneurs’ entry policies in France, Germany and the Netherlands - Tesseltje de Lange

New: Commentary series: Imagined Societies author discussion

Main article: Against ‘immigrant integration’: for an end to neocolonial knowledge production - Willem Schinkel. Commentaries, rejoinder and editorial will follow on a later date


Migration crisis in the EU: developing a framework for analysis of national security and defence strategies - João Estevens




Towards the IMISCOE Research Infrastructure of the Future - IMISCOE meets CrossMigration, 29 – 30 November 2018, Rotterdam 

Migration has evolved rapidly as a field of academic study. This involves the rise of new research topics, and methods, and encompasses an increasingly broad range of disciplines. The effort of H2020 project CrossMigration to promote systematic knowledge accumulation in migration studies provides opportunities for developing IMISCOE’s future research infrastructure. This conference aims to rethink the backbone of IMISCOE – its Standing Committees - in the light of broader developments in the field of migration studies. What new topics of research should be promoted by IMISCOE? What impetus can be given to the role of Standing Committees in the network in and in the field of research at large? And what synergies can be established between the activities of current Standing Committees?






forward this mail to a friend

unsubscribe from this mailing list

© 2018 IMISCOE
All Rights Reserved.



Erasmus University Rotterdam
Department of Social Sciences, Room T17-16
PO Box 1738
Rotterdam, ZH 3000 DR