Panel Proposal - International Studies Association Annual Convention (March 26-29, 2014, Toronto, Canada)
We are looking for papers to include in our panel proposal for the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, which will take place March 26-29, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. The conference theme emphasizes spatial dynamics, and we intend to propose a panel on "The Political Geography of Refugee Camps."
Transnational refugee flows have obvious spatial dimensions, intertwining as they do issues of borders, territory, and sovereignty. While most international studies research on the topic has focused on security externalities or the global refugee regime, there has been limited scholarly attention to the intersection of physical space and cross-border refugee flows. Accordingly, this panel aims to better understand the political causes and effects of spatial patterns in refugee settlement. For several decades, millions of refugees have resided in camps, segregated settlements, and collective centers around the world. Not only are space, place, and distance central to the refugee experience, but appreciating the role of these factors leads us to reassess and refine previous research on the politics of refugee flows.
All paper proposals broadly related to the panel theme are welcome. Please submit a title and abstract (<200 words) to Lamis Abdelaaty ([log in to unmask]) or Luara Ferracioli ([log in to unmask]) by May 24, 2013.
PhD Candidate, Politics, Princeton University
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