Thinking Migration to Rethink the World

November 5, 2015

The MIGRINTER team at the University of Poitiers is organizing a conference between 21-24 June 2016 to examine the contribution of migration studies to human and social sciences at large.

The scholarship on migration, relatively scarce until the 80s, is now outstandingly abundant. Migration studies have become a scientific field in its own right, with associated conferences, research centres, international associations, journals and so on. For the last three decades, the MIGRINTER team, whose research agenda includes a variety of issues ranging from human circulation to diasporas and urban mobilities, has marked of its imprint francophone research on international migration.

The aim of this conference, celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of MIGRINTER, is to examine the contribution of migration studies to human and social sciences at large. It will feature panels bringing forward some of the scientific domains that have addressed issues pertaining to international migration: the production of cities; the relation of politics to migration and of migrants to politics; history beneath and beyond nations; literature in/of exile.

This conference encourages the participation of migration and non-­migration scholars with a view to enhance a cross‐fertilizing dialogue between disciplines and theoretical fields. A specific place will be given to junior researchers and doctoral students. A parallel call for paper will be circulated later on with a view to attract doctoral and postdoctoral works.

List of panels

Panel 1: Migration and urban change: from housing to the city

Panel 2: Visible spaces: migration, urban planning and social inclusion

Panel 3: Immigration and Trade Unions

Panel 4: Reinforcing, Redefining or Challenging the Political? Cross‐disciplinary Perspectives on Migrants and Activism across the World

Panel 5: Migration from/to unrecognised States

Panel 6: Migrations and traceability: towards new modes of control?

Panel 7: Academic and scientific mobilities: a tool for understanding local and international social dynamics

Panel 8: How to think of 'the space and time' of migrations, as proposed by Fernand Braudel?

Panel 9: Migrations and Revolutions: a transhistorical perspective

Panel 10: Literature as a form of expression of the migration imaginaries: discourses, representations, identities

Panel 11: (Re)Tracing life's itineraries: On the art of collecting and interpreting

Panel 12: Public Spaces: Forms and Methods

Panel 13: How to teach International Migrations in social sciences ?

Abstracts (2000 characters max.) are to be sent before 15 January 2016 at the following address: Authors will have to specify the panel to which they are applying. Proposals can be in English, French or Spanish. The full text of selected proposals is expected by 1 June 2016. A selection of papers will also be published in a special issue.

Accommodation and meals (subscription fees included) will be covered, but participants will have to cover their travel expenses.

Call for paper (Download)