We are pleased to share this announcement on behalf of the convenors of UCL’s 2017 Migration Conference, ‘Between Borders: Exploring spaces of exclusion and belonging in global migration.’ The conference will be held on 9th June 2017, 9.30am – 6.00pm in UCL’s Pearson Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. You can register to attend the Conference by visiting the Eventbrite page here.
‘Between Borders: Exploring spaces of exclusion and belonging in global migration.’
9th June 2017, 9.30am – 6.00pm
UCL’s Pearson Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Today’s world is composed of divided nation states, each of its constituent parts following differing ideologies and varying degrees of securitised, patrolled and monitored frontiers. Our contemporary societies are fragmented, characterized by spatial and symbolic, political, discursive, legal and social borders.
The 2017 UCL Migration Conference seeks to explore how, why and with what effect these borders establish and demarcate lines for exclusion and belonging. Through a range of interdisciplinary presentations, the conference invites us to reflect on questions including the ways in which these frontiers and border zones create difference and affect identities, and whether borders are a symptom of fragmented world views, or merely forms of maintaining control, order and regular migration.
The themes of the conference tie in closely with the focus of our Refugee Hosts project, and also with the aims of a new journal, Migration and Society, which is currently accepting submissions for a special issue on Hospitality and Hostility Towards Migrants. Refugee Hosts’ Project and Communications Coordinator Aydan Greatrick will be speaking at the conference about his research into the different humanitarian responses to sexual minority refugees in Turkey.
This annual conference is convened by UCL graduate students taking the interdisciplinary MSc Global Migration, with the support of Dr. Claire Dwyer and Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts PI) who are co-Directors of University College London’s Migration Research Unit and UCL’s Refuge in a Moving World research network. The conference is financially supported by the UCL European Institute, UCL IAS Octogon Fund, and UCL Grand Challenge for Justice & Equality.
Sign up to attend the Conference by visiting the Eventbrite page here.