CfP: MiReKoc 15th Anniversary Conference “Migration and Development in the ‘Global South’: Research Challenges and Policy Implications”

MiReKoc 15th Anniversary Conference 
Migration and Development in the ‘Global South’: Research Challenges and Policy Implications 
Call for Papers for Young Scholars and Early Career Academics
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Confirmed Speakers:
Professor Oliver Bakewell (The University of Manchester)
Professor Thomas Faist (Bielefled University) 
Professor Ranabir Samaddar (Director of the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group)

Dates: October 24 –25, 2019 
Hosted by the Migration Research Center at Koç University (
Deadline for abstract submission: June 19, 2019

The global migration research agenda mainly focuses on migration from states in the ‘Global South’ to the ‘Global North’, although much migration occurs among countries within the ‘Global South’. Migrants and refugees within the ‘Global South’ migrate to neighboring states or far beyond seeking refuge, as skilled or unskilled labor, entrepreneurs among others. Simultaneously, citizens from the ‘Global North’ migrate to the ‘Global South’ for work, retirement or as a lifestyle choice. Migration to, through and among countries within the ‘Global South’ may involve multiple trajectories, transit spaces or destinations as migratory policies change, or economies fluctuate. Providing a space for discussion, we call upon researchers to reflect on migratory practices, experiences of displacement and forced migration in the ‘Global South’.

Papers must engage directly with the notion of ‘Global South’ and focus on one of these themes:
•    The Migration-Development Nexus 
•    Urban Migration: Cities, Labor, Processes of Othering and Forms of Belonging 
•    Forced Migration in the ‘Global South’: Legal Frameworks, Actors and Experiences
•    Methodological Innovation and Terminology in Migration Research on ‘Global South’
•    Research Collaboration across Geographies and Institutions in the ‘Global South’ and ‘Global North’

The conference is organized with panels for young scholars and early career academics and three roundtable panels with senior migration scholars.