The Mediterranean lies at the heart of migration studies in Europe and, currently, it is a focal point of large-scale human displacement. This is both a global and a local challenge with major effects on origin and destination countries in terms of society and politics, and with important implications for border and diversity policies, and geopolitical strategies.
The 2018 IMISCOE Annual Conference raises the theme “Europe, migrations and the Mediterranean: human mobilities and intercultural challenges” and will take place in Barcelona (July 2-4, 2018).
The aimis to draw attention to the geographical dimension of migration, and to approach human mobilities as a reality and diversity as a resource and an opportunity to connect societies and cities in the Mediterranean area. We particularly seek to focus on specific current categories in migration studies, such as transnationalism, super-diversity, solidarity, diaspora and co-development, and to link these with broader ideas on human rights, democracy and liberalism. The Conference will promote a dialogue between scholars and policy makers, and to open a forum for methodological discussions linking Mediterranean and migration studies.
Bringing the Conference with this particular topic to Barcelona highlights the traditional bridging role of Catalonia and its Mediterranean context. Barcelona gave it name to one of the first EU processes to create conditions of working with a Mediterranean approach. Furthermore, Pompeu Fabra University is contributing to the Mediterranean research agenda as one of its strategic objectives and GRITIM-UPF is focusing all of its three main areas of action (research, training and knowledge transfer) on contributing to the European and Mediterranean approach.
We welcome contributions from various disciplines, theoretical and empirically oriented, case-studies and comparative research, micro/meso and macro levels of analysis. We also encourage proposals to be interdis- ciplinary, intergenerational and gendered.
KEY NOTE SPEAKERS
There will be an opening (academic oriented) and a closure (policy oriented) key-lecture, and three semi-plenaries and Workshops. Proposed themes (still under discussion): Responding to the Refugee Crisis: research limits and policy dilemma; Intercultural relations in the Mediterranean: cities, societies and politics; how human mobilities shape Mediterranean societies: history and current times. Key note speakers will be announced soon.
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