Week-long Programme on Statelessness for Early/Mid-Career Academics (5-9 June 2017, New York, USA)

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion is collaborating with NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and Open Society Justice Initiative to convene a dedicated week-long programme on statelessness for early/mid-career academics. This will take place from 5-9 June 2017 at NYU in New York, United States. Click here to download the flyer.

Statelessness is a growing field of scholarship around the world. Yet, there remain relatively few opportunities for the exchange of ideas or for collaboration on statelessness research. Dedicated annual conferences, journals, international consortia projects, etc. are all lacking. As a result, scholars working on the issue can sometimes feel isolated. The specialised workshop on statelessness for early/mid-career academics provides a forum for meeting and sharing expertise with peers, exchanging ideas with practitioners and participating in an expert meeting on statelessness. The programme, which will be facilitated by leading academics and practitioners in the field, is designed to push participants to look beyond their immediate research focus and explore the bigger picture, to consider their own work through a new lens and to debate unresolved questions. It also offers a springboard for collaboration, including through pairing up participants to design a concrete writing project which they will deliver in partnership following the workshop.

Two days of the five day programme are dedicated to participation in the first ever Expert Meeting of academics on Statelessness, Citizenship and Inclusion. This invitation-only roundtable event will bring together approximately twenty leadings scholars from around the globe to collectively explore how scholars have engaged with statelessness in the past, and how we may contribute to a more sustained, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral engagement with the topic going forward. Participants in the early/mid-career workshop will have the unique opportunity of joining this meeting, inputting into this agenda-setting discussion and taking the agenda forward.

Practical details

Only ten to twelve early/mid-career academics will be selected for participation in this unique programme by a panel of academics and practitioners. The participation fee for the workshop is € 1,000. This fee includes 6 nights’ accommodation at an NYU Hall of Residence (single occupancy bedroom, bathroom shared between two rooms; arrival 4 June 2017, departure 10 June 2017). It also includes lunch on all workshop days. All other meals and incidentals, as well as travel to New York are not included. The fee for participants who do not require accommodation is EUR 500. By applying for the workshop, you commit to covering the fee and all further travel and related costs, should you be offered a place on the programme. Please note that participants are also responsible for their own visa arrangements.

To apply for a place on this programme, please complete this online application form by 30 January 2017.


The programme will kick off on Monday 5 June with sessions on core theory and concepts; the sharing of research approaches and methods across different disciplines, topics and contexts; and a first brainstorming on collaboration and a future research agenda on statelessness. Tuesday morning will be dedicated to a session with practitioners working on advocacy and policy issues relating to statelessness around the world to discuss how academics can contribute to advancing the overall field. The afternoon session on Tuesday will be spent sharing techniques, models, expertiences and outcomes on teaching statelessness. Wednesday and Thursday are set aside for participation in the expert meeting with leading academics from across the globe. The programme closes on Friday with a final opportunity to debate the “big” questions that cut across different areas of research and thinking on statelessness and citizenship, as well as to discuss next steps and opportunities for collaboration.

Apply for a place on the course if you are interested to…

– Debate the “big” questions on citizenship and statelessness with leading international experts

– Compare research approaches and methods with scholars from around the world

– Look at your work through the lens of different disciplines

– Share experiences and models for teaching on statelessness

– Explore how to make your work “count” in a dialogue with policy/advocacy practitioners

– Work on a joint writing project with one of your peers

– Help to shape a global research agenda on statelessness and identify areas for collaboration


The Institute convenes an annual Statelessness Summer Course during the first week of August at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The course looks at statelessness globally and draws participants from all regions of the world. The 2017 edition of the Summer Course dates will take place from Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August 2017. Further details of the 2017 course and how to apply will be posted here early in the New Year.

Further information and questions

Questions about our Statelessness Courses can be directed to courses@institutesi.org.