DAMR CfP: “The politics of immigration, citizenship and ethnic diversity”, Politicologenetmaal 2016. Deadline 01/03/2016

Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR) CfP: The politics of immigration, citizenship and ethnic diversity, Politicologenetmaal 2016, 2-3 June 2016, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Migration is a major driver of change in European societies. In recent years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of migrants and refugees striving to enter the EU’s territory. Western and Eastern European member states have struggled with regard to the distribution of these refugees within Europe. However, the response of policy–‐makers to immigration flows is only one aspect of states’ attempt to govern societal change. A particularly salient issue is migrant integration. In particular after the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, a controversy evolved to what extent a link can and should be made between failed integration policies and Islamist radicalization. Beyond migrant integration policies narrowly conceived, migration poses new (perceived) challenges in a broad range of policy fields, ranging from social security to education, from cultural policies to neighbourhood policies, and from foreign policy to justice and police.

This session invites contributions that deal in one way or another with the challenge of governing migration and the societal changes which migration spurs in Europe. It invites contributions that look into the responses of European, national and local policy-makers on altered migration patterns. It is also interested in questions of migrants’ integration and/or the contestation of migrants’ rights, be it by anti-immigrant parties or by other societal actors. Do we witness a new wave of mobilization against ethnic or religious diversity? Do we see new forms of pro‐migrant mobilizations as well? The panel does not constrain itself to migration but also invites scholars who deal with Roma and ethnic minorities.

The panel is open for senior and junior scholars working in or on the Netherlands or Belgium and embraces different methodologies and disciplines, e.g. comparative political science, sociology, European studies, political theory, and law. Abstracts and papers are accepted in both Dutch and English. The discussion in the panel will take place in English.

Panels at the Politicologenetmaal typically last an afternoon and a morning. The format is geared towards allowing in-depth, extended discussions. Find more information here: http://www.politicologenetmaal.eu/

Please send your abstract of 200-500 words to s.a.bonjour@uva.nl and florian.trauner@vub.ac.be no later than 1 March 2016. We will notify you of the acceptance or rejection of your paper no later than 10 March 2016.