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Symposium: An unsettled status? Migration in a turbulent age

Date July 2, 2019

Symposium: An unsettled status? Migration in a turbulent age

Aberystwyth University, 2nd July 2019

Keynote address – Dr Kathy Burrell (University of Liverpool): Unsettling Freedom of Movement? Hostile Environments, Conditionality, and the Experiences of Polish migrants on the Eve of Brexit

The symposium will also include 2 x paper sessions (CFP below) and a panel discussion – including academics and practitioners in civil society


Dr Taulant Guma, Edinburgh Napier University and WISERD.

Professor Stephen Drinkwater, University of Roehampton, London and WISERD.

Rhys Dafydd Jones, Aberystwyth University and WISERD.

Call for papers:

The last decade can be characterised as representing a turbulent age.  Austerity, populist politics, and an increasing climate of hostility and xenophobia have been observed across Europe, north America, and elsewhere.  These politics have unsettled previously hegemonic norms and expectations in the political arena, as well as having implications for international migrants, whose lives may have become increasingly challenging and their futures more uncertain.  For example, hostile rhetoric and policies have targeted migrants, their families, international students, asylum seekers, and refugees, placing additional responsibilities and conditions on them, and limiting their rights.  Furthermore, the repatriation of long-standing residents and the removal of citizenship demonstrates the extent that “taken-for-granted statuses” can be subject to change.  These practices question the extent to which ‘denizenship’ – the rights afforded to non-citizen residents – continues to be a meaningful concept, as well as highlighting the implications for promoting a cohesive, inclusive and diverse society.

It is against this context that WISERD has organised a one-day symposium that aims to cover and discuss a range of issues related to migration. The organizers therefore invite contributions along a number of themes and areas, including:

  • Migration and precarity
  • Negotiating uncertainty and hostility
  • Belonging, anchoring, and identity
  • Civil society and community responses
  • Integration into host communities
  • Hate crimes, cohesion, and convivial encounters
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Citizenship and denizenship
  • Institutions, surveillance and diversity
  • Intersectional turbulence
  • Hope
  • Methodological and ethical reflections on studying turbulence

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words to rhj@aber.ac.uk by 1st June 2019.

Free event

6 x £50 Bursaries available for postgraduates and unsalaried attendees.  Email rhj@aber.ac.uk for details.

Deadline for abstracts: 1st June 2019

Deadline for registration: 14th June 2019

Registration via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/symposiwm-symposium-an-unsettled-status-migration-in-a-turbulent-age-tickets-61504987072




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