Call for Abstracts


IMISCOE Spring Conference

Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond

28-29 March 2019, Sheffield, UK

Organised by the Migration Research Group (MRG) at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the Centre of Migration Research (CMR) at the University of Warsaw and IMISCOE.  It is supported by the Noble Foundation’s Programme on Modern Poland.

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Feargal Cochrane, University of Kent

Professor Nira Yuval Davis, University of East London

Professor Pawel Kaczmarczyk, University of Warsaw

Professor Shahram Khosravi, University of Stockholm

Dr Majella Kilkey, University of Sheffield

Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield

Professor Louise Ryan, University of Sheffield

Professor Peter Scholten, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute

Professor Bryan Turner, Australian Catholic University and Potsdam University

Catherine Woollard, European Council on Refugees and Exiles

At the very moment the UK plans to exit the EU, the Migration Research Group (MRG) invite migration scholars to come together to discuss how Brexit cannot be understood in isolation, but must be seen in relation to a geographic, temporal and conceptual ‘beyond’. They will collaborate to develop understanding of how on-going events in Europe and worldwide are transforming regimes, patterns and understandings of mobility and immobility.

In the 15 years since the 2004 Enlargement, at local and national scales, European countries have experienced seismic shifts associated with increasing intra-EU mobility, the economic crisis, austerity, the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, the rise of far-right and other populist sentiments. Brexit is clearly a notable political landmark in the UK’s more generalised ‘hostile environment’, but globally it sits alongside other significant events such as Trump’s ‘raising the border’ rhetoric in the USA to the forced displacement of the Rohingya from Myanmar.

Following Castles (2010: 1576), we understand these shifts as bound up in broader processes of social transformation in which ‘existing social patterns are questioned and many are reconfigured’. A social transformation lens on migration, invites us, therefore, to interrogate what is changing in the politics, policies and practices of mobility and immobility, and what this means for our existing theoretical and conceptual frameworks.

The MRG welcome paper proposals from various disciplines, theoretical and empirical oriented, case-studies and comparative and with relevance to the UK, Europe and beyond on the following themes:

  • Shifting mobility and migration policy regimes
  • Ordering and re-ordering of (im)mobile subjects in shifting regimes: gendered, classed and racialised implications
  • Rescaling borders and everyday bordering
  • Bottom-up strategies of individuals and groups to negotiate and resist borders
  • Social transformation through migration: countries of origin and countries of living perspectives
  • New and emerging patterns of migration and mobility
  • Multicultures in place and understandings of integration in local contexts
  • Understanding and responding to the politicisation of borders and migration

Important information

Day 1 of the conference is dedicated to doctoral research. PhD students will be given the opportunity to showcase their research, ‘work in progress’ and emerging research findings.

The Conference Opening Panel Discussion and a drinks reception will take place on the evening of Day 1 for all conference participants. Day 2 of the conference will include paper presentations from post-doctoral level researchers / academics and plenary sessions.

Submission of paper proposals should include a 250-word abstract. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 31st October 2018.

Applicants will be notified about the acceptance of their paper proposals by end of November 2018, at which point the conference registration system will open.

Registration Fees: PhD Day: £40 (Early Bird),  £50 (Late registration); Full conference:  £80 (Early Bird), £100 (Late registration). Discounted registration fees may be available for paper givers from NGOs. Please contact MRG Network Administrator for further information.

Please consult the conference webpage for more details and information on how to submit:

Professor Louise Ryan and Dr Majella Kilkey are Co-Investigators in the Sustainable Care programme, you can view their profiles and their work package, Care ‘In’ and ‘Out of’ Place by clicking the images below

Dr Majella Kilkey

Dr Majella Kilkey

Sustainable Care Co-Investigator

Louise Ryan Care in and out of place

Professor Louise Ryan

Sustainable Care Co-Investigator

Care ‘In’ and ‘Out of’ Place


Towards sustainability and wellbeing in mobile and diverse contexts

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