The nexus of migration and climate change – two of the most important processes of our time – is increasingly becoming the subject of scientific, but also public interest. Apart from questions relating to the causal attribution of the two, the acknowledgement of the complexity of this nexus is growing: Treating migration, environmental (and climate) change and resilience as linked in multi-causal and multi-directional ways opens up the chance for investigating their complex interrelations.
This in turn can enable us to address important questions of high social and political relevance, relating for example to the extent and to the mechanisms how migration can contribute to the reduction of vulnerability in general, and to climate change adaptation in particular; or to the conditions and reasons why migration might also have adverse consequences, in social and ecological terms, and in areas of both origin and destination; or, finally, how climate change and development policy can possibly benefit from an integration of the topic of migration.
Focus of the Conference
This conference aims at creating a forum for scientific exchange on the nexus of environment, migration and resilience, bringing together scholars from different disciplines and fields of research (risk and vulnerability studies, migration studies, climate change adaptation, etc.). It will include discussing the findings of the Trans|Re project and putting them into the context of current discourses of the topics. The conference will be comprised of papers selected through an open call. Attention will be given to interactive formats for critically evaluating and discussing the findings and presentations. This includes a forum for poster presentations, where findings and results of ongoing and/or junior research are welcome to be presented. We therefore call for the submission of contributions addressing one or several of the following topics and/or questions:
- the relevance of migration (and translocality) for adaptation to climate change;
- conceptualizing and empirically operationalizing the relationships of migration, social resilience and climate change adaptation;
- how to bridge the divide between social and natural science concepts of resilience;
- empirical contributions on the relations between environmental change, migration, and transformation in rural areas (of origin);
- the role of migration in climate change adaptation governance.
Abstracts are welcome from both social and natural sciences and should be submitted latest by 21.06.2016. Please send your abstract (for both poster and oral presentations, please state the format of your contribution) of no more than 300 words to Harald Sterly ([log in to unmask]). Notification of acceptance will be made by 30.06.2016.
Call for Papers: 21.06.2016
Deadline for Registration: 31.08.2016 (through email at [log in to unmask] )
Key Lectures: Koko Warner (UNU-EHS), Jonathan Rigg (NUS-Singapore)
Venue: Geozentrum, Bonn University (Meckenheimer Allee 176, 53115 Bonn, Germany)
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