REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! (DEADLINE AUGUST 1ST)
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Immigration, Social Cohesion and Social Innovation
27-28-29th August 2014, Madrid (Spain)
The 11th IMISCOE Annual Conference covers the theme 'Immigration, Social Cohesion and Social Innovation.' The conference is organised by the IMISCOE partner IEUM in Madrid, 27-29 August 2014. This year's conference received a record number of proposals, over 200 in total. After a rigorous review, the Conference Committee has accepted about 90 sessions, including research panels, policy workshops, book workshops and a number of working sessions by IMISCOE research clusters.
The (final) conference program (PDF) is now available; you can download the program by clicking on the image to the right.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: Registration for the 11th IMISCOE Annual Conference in Madrid (IUEM, 27-29 August) is now open. Registration can be completed via the online conference portal (see link). The conference fee is €200. Deadline for registration is August 1st! Please note that registration is required for ALL participants; also if you've already payed your membership fee (either individual or via your institute), registration for the conference has to be done separately. If you have already payed for membership, you will automatically receive a waiver for the same amount as your membership fee. The conference fee includes participation in the conference, the opening reception, the conference dinner and the social tour. By paying your membership fee, you will automatically become member of IMISCOE for a one-year period (read more about our membership policy).
UPLOAD YOUR PAPERS: Participants can now also upload their papers via the conference portal (see menu on the left). Full papers will have to be uploaded to the conference online system no later than August 1st. Please mind that, after uploading your paper, it will take a couple of days for the paper to appear in the online conference program. The papers that have been uploaded, will be only visible to and accessible for registered conference participants ('behind password').
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The Research group Citizenship, Migration and the City (CIMIC) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam is glad to welcome applications for the second edition of the IMISCOE 3CI PhD Conference ‘Changing Europe - Changing Migration’: Europe in the World on the Move.
The second 3CI PhD Conference winter Transnationalism, Integration and Citizenship will focus on the interactions between patterns of transnationalism, integration and citizenship. This conference analyses contemporary migration within and to Europe and patterns of integration through a transnational lens. It will also address the role of migration and integration policies and the societal reception of categories of migrants in host countries. Furthermore, the conference will explicitly address two key issues for PhD students: (1) how to write a world class paper?; (2) and how to plan an academic career?
For more information, and for applying for the winterschool, go to www.cimic-eur.com/winterschool2015
The 12th IMISCOE conference is to take place in Geneva, 25-27 June 2015. The conference will cover the theme "Rights, Democracy and Migration", and will be organised by the Swiss Forum of Migration and Population Studies (SFM, University of Neuchâtel) and NCCR on the Move. A call for panels, workshops and papers will be issued in October. More information will follow soon.
IMISCOE proudly announces the first awarding of the Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award. This award, in honour of the founding father of IMISCOE, will be given to the best paper submitted to and presented at the annual IMISCOE conference. An anonymous review committee will decide on the allocation of the award. Besides the honour of receiving the award, the prize winner(s) will also receive €750,-- and the opportunity to publish the paper in the journal Comparative Migration Studies.
The award will be granted based on the following criteria:
- Contribution to the body of literature on migration, integration and social cohesion studies
- Clear research question and soundness of the research design
- Innovative contribution in terms of theory, methods or case studies.
- Paper should have been uploaded on the IMISCOE online submission portal before the deadline of August 1st.
The award ceremony will take place during the final conference plenary, on Friday August 29th, 17:45-19:00.
The winner of the 2014 IMISCOE - Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award is Dr. Ruben Andersson. His dissertation entitled “Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe”, was defended at The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London in March 2013. The award ceremony is to take place during the opening plenary of the upcoming IMISCOE conference in Madrid, on Thursday August 28th.
This dissertation is an ambitious and multifaceted ethnographic study of the “industry of illegality” at the Spanish-Moroccan border. It’s main contribution and originality lies in the fact that it paints a vivid image of the roles and workings of a wide array of stakeholders in the context of irregular arrivals from sub-Saharan Africa to Spain, including migrants, different types of governmental actors, civil society stakeholders and others, which Andersson describes as a “migration industry”.
Particular strengths are its coverage, multidimensionality, quality, originality and the engaging way it’s written. The author uses hundreds of interviews and the results of more than 14 months of participant observation as the basis of this thesis. One reviewer particularly praised how interesting the study is, “It is extremely interesting to learn the operational details of such different fields as the Frontex headquarters in Warsaw and the rundown external affiliates in Africa, the thriving business in Melilla and the futureless emptiness in Senegal.” Readers are invited to look at the everyday life of the illegality business in Senegal, Mali, Morocco, Southern Spain, and Poland through the eyes of an ethnographer-journalist. Another reviewer considered that this thesis would have a considerable impact on migration scholars: “His special focus on the ‘spectacle of the border’ at Ceuta and Melilla will certainly contribute to a better understanding of the contradictory and ambiguous logics of clandestine migration and the involved actors”.
The 2014 Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award Jury extends an honorable mention to Dr. Sorana Toma. Her dissertation entitled “Ties that bind? Networks and gender in international migration: The case of Senegal”, was defended at University of Oxford, Department of Sociology in October 2012.
The IMISCOE Board of Directors has decided to enter an association with the journal Comparative Migration Studies. Given the importance of journal publications to the development of migration and integration studies, this association adds an important component to the publication strategy of IMISCOE.
Furthermore, the association with this journal once again confirms the commitment of IMISCOE to promoting Open Access publishing. Given the developments in funding schemes like Horizon 2020 and in academic citation indexes, IMISCOE expects the demand for OA publishing to increase significantly over the coming years.
The journal Comparative Migration Studies was launched in 2013 as the first open access journal in the field of migration and integration studies. The journal encourages comparative and interdisciplinary work, in a way that is very similar to the IMISCOE network which confirms the strength of the new association. For more information on the journal and on the association between IMISCOE and CMS, click here.
The IMISCOE Board of Directors has decided to allocate seed funding to 22 research clusters for the year 2014-2015. This includes 8 Standing Committees, and 14 Research Initiatives. Two research clusters this year achieved the status of Standing Committee: 'Ageing Migrants' and ' Education and Social Mobility.