IASFM18: Call for Contributions

Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy

University of Ghana, Accra

27th – 30th July 2020

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

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The title of IASFM18 – ‘Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy’ – represents an attempt to engage forced migration scholars and others directly in addressing these questions. The conference will be organised around a number of key underpinning principles which will shape the content of the programme, the nature of the contributions and a range of other activities taking place before and after the conference to ensure that IASFM18 is part of a process rather than a time-limited event:

  • Key note and plenary sessions will include the voices and perspectives of scholars, policy makers, artists and displaced people working in the Global South;
  • Space will be created within the programme for new and emerging scholars to be heard and for their work to be supported;
  • Refugees and other displaced populations will be directly involved in the programme design and delivery as scholars, artists and people directly affected by the issues under discussion, including through activities that will be developed with local refugee communities in the period leading up, and beyond IASFM18; and
  • The format of the conference will allow for a wide range of contributions to be fully included: creative and artistic representations, debates and discussions as well as more ‘traditional’ academic papers.

CONFERENCE FORMAT

The conference will run over three and a half days and will consist of four keynotes, three plenary discussions and thirty parallel sessions, providing an opportunity for a wide range of contribution and participants from different backgrounds and geographical contexts. Part of the conference programme will be organised and run by Liberian refugees living in the nearby Buduburam camp. A full conference programme will be available shortly.

CONFERENCE THEMES

The Organising Committee for IASFM18 invite contributions that address the cross-cutting themes of knowledge production, category construction and representation. Contributions should critically engage with dominant conceptualisations of forced migration/refugees as a ‘problem’ to be solved by global elites, instead developing approaches that fuse the critical and the creative and which integrate theoretical rigor and policy concerns with refugees’ rich and complicated experiences. We are particularly interested in contributions that examine the dynamics of knowledge production in relation to issues of forced migration and concomitant methodological challenges including/reflecting relationships between researchers and the researched, between researchers from the Global South and North, and between researchers and policy-makers. Case studies/examples from the Global South of the ways in which scholars and practitioners from the Global South are able to shape research and policy agendas, are particularly welcome. Examples of topics that may be explored in relationship to the conference themes include:

  • Representations of ‘the refugee’;
  • The political economy and ethics of knowledge production in forced migration research;
  • Innovative and inclusive methodologies in researching displacement and belonging;
  • The legacy and implications of the Global Compact on Refugees;
  • Regional responses to displacement in Africa;
  • Refugee protection in countries that are not signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention;
  • The protection of refugees in Europe;
  • The relationship between forced migration and inequality;
  • The relationship between development programs, refugee protection and removal;
  • Protracted displacement;
  • (Re)conceptualising internal displacement; and
  • Forced migration and environmental change.

CONFERENCE FACILITIES AND SUPPORT

Visas

Ghana provides visa free access for all those travelling from other West African countries and a few countries outside West Africa, including Kenya and Singapore. Citizens of African Union countries (except Morocco) and many countries outside Africa are able to obtain a 30 day visa for Ghana upon arrival for a fee $150. Further information about visas to Ghana can be found here. The Centre for Migration Studies will provide letters of invitation where required to enable speakers and participants to travel to Ghana.

Bursaries

Funding for travel subsidies will be very limited and will be restricted to those who will be presenting at the conference. We strongly encourage participants to look for funding support from other sources. The application is available online: http://tinyurl.com/y3auqurb

YOUR CONTRIBUTION

The Organising Committee welcomes contributions to IASFM18 which fit the overarching conferences themes. Whilst we will accept individual papers, our preference is for panel sessions of 1.5 hours. The slot allocated for a panel session time can be used in any way you choose e.g. paper presentations, panel discussion, roundtables, workshops, open debate, performance –  or indeed a combination! If you would like our assistance in devising a panel, please contact the ESPMI Network at espminetwork@gmail.com who will endeavour to connect you with others who are interested in contributing on a similar theme/issue in order that you can develop your collective panel proposal.

The deadline for submissions is 4th November 2019. Submissions can be made at http://tinyurl.com/n5nm7yu

You will receive a decision about whether your contribution has been accepted by the end of February 2020.

Please note that decisions about the final conference programme will be underpinned by equality principles, ensuring opportunities for a wide range of speakers and participants from different backgrounds provided that their proposed contribution is consistent with the conference objectives and reaches a minimum quality threshold. Particular care will be taken to ensure that early career researchers, scholars working in the Global South and those working across a range of geographical and organisational contexts are able to participate.