The UCL Migration Research Unit (MRU) has recently published a call for papers for their sixth annual student conference, due to take place on the 9 June 2017 in UCL, London. A brief description of this exciting event, which explores a number of themes and questions relevant to the Refugee Hosts project, can be read below: 

The world today can be viewed as made up of divided nation states, each of its constituent parts following differing ideologies and degrees of securitised, patrolled and monitored borders. Do these frontiers create difference? Are they a symptom of fragmented world views? Or merely forms of maintaining control, order and regular migration? How do these spaces affect identities? On what level do they form an obstacle to mobility? These are some of the big questions for today’s globalising world and we hope to be able to address them at the UCL Migration Conference 2017.

In order to address these themes, the conference will be framed by the following three key panel topics:

  1. Borderlands as a space of identity production, reassertion and indefinition
    • Boundaries of culture, identity and difference
    • Transnational identities
    • Migrant identity and generation, intersectionality and definition
  2. Traversing borders: legal and practical challenges of geo-political barriers to movement
    • Citizenship in the nation-state
    • Migration and human rights
    • Criminalisation and securitisation of migration
  3.  National challenges the politics of borders and exclusion
    • Gendered and racialised politics of belonging
    • The rise of the far-right, alt-politics and populism
    • Diversity versus monoculturalism?
    • Discourses of integration, assimilation and acculturation

Should you wish to participate in the conference please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to: by the following deadline: 6th March 2017. In your submission, please include the title of your paper, your full name, institutional affiliation, a short biography, and a contact email address. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by 27th March 2017.

Further details on registration for the event, cost and ticket information will be announced on 27th March 2017. Presentations on the day will be no longer than 20 minutes to allow time for question and answer panel discussion.

*Please note, the organising committee cannot cover travel or visa costs so these must be considered before confirmation.*

The full call for papers can be found here.

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