Conference: Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention

“Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention; 4-5 May 2017, Budapest

21 FEBRUARY 2017

On 4-5 May 2017, the European Network on Statelessness will hold a major conference in Budapest to launch a new comparative report as well as to provide a platform for concerted region-wide advocacy aimed at protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention.

The conference (download the draft agenda) is intended to facilitate the sharing of information among stakeholders from across Europe – including lawyers, NGOs and academics as well as representatives from governments, inter-governmental-organisations, ombudspersons/monitoring bodies and other stakeholders mandated to work on issues related to immigration detention.


You can register online. There is no conference fee although participants are expected to fund their own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. Due to limited places it is recommended to apply as early as possible. Registration deadline is 15 March. If you have any question regarding the conference please email Jan Brulc on

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Call for papers: World on the Move: Migration, Societies and Change

30 October – 1 November 2017, Chancellors Conference Centre, Manchester

The University of Manchester’s Migration Lab invites proposals for papers, workshops, exhibitions and performances which respond to the theme of ‘migration in the context of uncertainty and change’. For submission guidelines and information please visit the Migration Lab website.

Deadline for paper submissions: 30 April 2017

About the Conference

The conference will provide an arena for discussion, debate, and the development of future research projects. Plenary sessions from world-leading migration researchers, panels, and workshops will create spaces for the development of sustainable networks and relationships across the academic, policy, not-for-profit and media sectors. The first day will be a half day policy and politics event where distinguished speakers from policy, activist, NGO and media backgrounds will debate the question ‘How is Brexit Britain responding to a world on the move?’.

Conference Themes

We invite proposals for papers, workshops, exhibitions and performances which respond to and confront the relationship between migration and the various social, political, environmental and economic upheavals currently in process worldwide. We hope to include discussions around issues such as forced displacement, asylum, labour migration, trafficking, diaspora, integration, citizenship and their reciprocal relationships with conflict, economic inequalities, hardship, climate change, political change and social   transformation. The following themes are intended as a guide:

1) Home, Borders, Identities

2) Media, Culture, New Populisms

3) History, Agency, Institutions

4) Languages, Narratives, Expressions

5) Methodologies, Research and Practice

Key Dates

  • Abstract Deadline: 30 April 2017
  • Notice of Acceptance: 30 May 2017
  • Registration: 15 July 2017
  • Conference: 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2017

Find out more.

Call for Papers | Postgraduate Student Conference – Negotiating Borders & Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean




Abstract: 300 words
Abstract Deadline: 24 February 2017
Conference Dates: 29 – 30 April 2017
Venue: Radcliffe Humanities Building, University of Oxford

A postgraduate student committee from the University of Oxford’s Modern Languages Faculty (Sub-faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek) and the Oriental Institute (Modern Middle East Studies) invites abstract submissions from postgraduate students to participate in a two-day conference in order to consider the question of how borders and other forms of boundaries were created, negotiated or challenged in the Eastern Mediterranean throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Participants are particularly encouraged to think of borders and boundaries not only in geographical terms, but also as a more general category denoting limits – be it the limits of genre, identity or culture. What continuities and ruptures are invoked in the making of borders and boundaries? How are they delimited, and what are their markers, if any? What is it that crosses borders (people, products, stories) and what stays behind? What cultural processes take place as a result of such crossings? How do the crossings manifest themselves in our everyday? Do the traditionally perceived binaries between self and other still hold at the liminal spaces of crossings? The conference calls postgraduate students to explore these questions through the lens of history, geography, politics, anthropology, sociology, media studies, translation, literature, performance and visual arts, cultural and religious studies, and other relevant disciplines.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • State borders, geographical boundaries, and transitory spaces
  • Cultural and religious minorities and multicultural identities
  • Sites of memory and cultural heritage as spaces of cultural negotiation
  • Crossings through time: uses of the past in the present
  • Crossings in literature, film, theatre, music and visual arts
  • Translation, transliteration, and translingualism across literary traditions
  • Bodily boundaries and the politics of gender and sexuality
  • The role of media, Internet, and social networks
  • Transcultural and transnational networks and the processes of globalization

The conference will run over the period of two days on 29-30 April, 2017. It will feature a number of panels where students will present their papers and workshops with distinguished speakers, exploring the conference theme from multiple perspectives.

Students from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Paper abstracts (up to 300 words) must be submitted as an e-mail attachment to by Friday, 24 February 2017 (in the body of the email please also indicate your name, the degree for which you are registered, your university and e-mail address). Papers should be in English and should not exceed 20 minutes. Those who submit proposals will be notified by early March whether their submissions have been accepted.