Call For Papers
The Refugee Studies Centre will host a major international conference in March 2017, thirty-five years after the RSC was founded. Its purpose will be to reflect on the role that Refugee Studies can play in the world. In the context of profound changes in the nature of forced displacement, this conference will assess what kinds of knowledge, evidence, and concepts are needed to understand and respond to contemporary challenges.
Over the past year, the so-called European refugee crisis has created unprecedented public interest in forced displacement, as well as a demand for research. Yet despite a series of policy-oriented conferences, there have been few spaces in which to reflect on the state of Refugee Studies and to explore the extent to which we have the academic tools necessary to think about and respond to a changing world.
Against this backdrop, this conference seeks to reinvigorate scholarly debate on ways in which we can conceive of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. By bringing together a range of reflective thinkers and their work, alongside policy-makers and practitioners, our hope is to develop a research agenda and scholarly community that can engage meaningfully with the long-term challenges of forced displacement.
We seek papers on any aspect of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, from any disciplinary perspective, which can serve to stimulate engaging debate. The conference will aim to take the core concepts and ideas of Refugee Studies and critically reassess through inter-disciplinary dialogue. Some of the cutting-edge themes that papers might consider include:
Maximum length: 300 words
Deadline for submission: 5pm on 15 November 2016
We are open to a variety of panel formats, including traditional academic paper panels, debates, and roundtables. We will also have an exhibition space, and welcome contributions including photography, art, and design.
Authors are invited to submit an abstract for individual paper proposals or a brief outline for panel proposals. Individual paper proposals should include the title of the paper and an abstract of up to 300 words. Panel proposals should include the title of the panel, an abstract for the panel theme, and details of all the authors and papers to be included.
Abstracts of up to 300 words can be submitted but academic papers are not required. Please submit proposals for individual presentations or full panels using our online form.
Please submit one application per proposal. For example, if you wish to submit a paper and also a panel discussion, this will require two separate submissions.
For any questions, please contact Susanna Power, Events & International Summer School Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further details contact email@example.com . The conference has capacity for up to 200 participants. Full registration details will be available in the near future.
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