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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Racialized Migration and Displacement in a (De)-Colonizing World
20th of September 2019
University of Leeds

International migration has become a complex phenomenon in a more interconnected world. It has become a global challenge and a local one for sending, transit and receiving societies in terms of scope, patterns of migration, governance policies and strategies. The irony of today’s globalized world is that migration has become a privilege for certain people whereas it is a stigma for others at the time of an absolute absence of fundamental human rights of the migrants and the growing sentiment of xenophobic and nativist attitudes. Through the lens of (de)-colonizing migration, the growing securitisation approach of migration and repression performed against the migrants seem to be based on ‘racial’ social categorisation of the world population and part of the rhetoric of modernity and logic of coloniality of power.  At the same time, the causes of migration and displacement are de-historicised, affecting the lives of millions of people worldwide. According to the UNHCR’s global figures, ongoing internal conflicts, regional wars, extreme poverty, and the impact of climate change have displaced over 68.5 million people with 31 people displaced every minute of the day. 
    On behalf of The Migration Conference Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to submit abstract(s) to the conference entitled “Racialized Migration and Displacement in a (De)-Colonizing World”. The programme of the conference will comprise invited talks, oral presentations, workshop, and distinguished keynote speaker Prof Michael Collyer joining us in intriguing plenary session. Our interdisciplinary Migration conference aims to open a platform for interdisciplinary perspectives on migration organized in thematic streams focusing on international migration, forced migration, displacement, diasporas, migration policies, labour migrations, human mobility impacts on sending, transit and receiving societies. 

Papers are encouraged to address the following themes/questions:
-	The new dimensions of displacement, its impacts and solutions.
-	How can we harness the strengths and address the vulnerabilities of displaced people on their journeys (in countries of origin, transit and arrival)?
-	What actions can be taken at international, regional and local levels to address displacement and asylum, including displacement resulting from climate change?
-	What are the links between inequality and perceptions of insecurity about migration in the global current economic, social and political context?
-	How do migrants negotiate their identity and citizenship in the context of international migration and displacement? 
-	In the context of current dynamics of global displacement, what are the emerging patterns of migration governance? 
-	How is migration securitised in the context of de-historicised migration towards the ‘Global North’?

The conference will take place at the University of Leeds; School of Sociology and Social Policy in collaboration with the School of Geography and Leeds Migration Research Network. The Conference is a forum for discussion where experts, young researchers and students, practitioners in the field of migration are encouraged to exchange their knowledge and experiences in a friendly and frank environment. 

We are looking forward to seeing you in the University of Leeds, School of Sociology and Social Policy room 12.21/25 on the 20th of September

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2019 (450 words) to the following email address: [log in to unmask]
Acceptance notification: July 2019
Attendance confirmation: August 2019

Supported by Leeds MRN, University of Leeds
Funded by Social Science Graduate School, OD&PL University of Leeds, The SJCC Research Cluster in the School of Geography, CERS 

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