Every month, MDC members pass news to us of upcoming events, conferences and opportunities from around the world related to migration and diversity. We collate these into this compact newsletter.

MDC Newsletter
February 2015

Conferences and calls for papers              Events               Opportunities
MDC News
The MDC would like to thank Reinder de Vries for his hard work and contributions in the role as organizer at MDC. We would also like to welcome Harriet Gridley who will now be taking on this position.

MDC upcoming events

Friday 13 February, 16:00, Metropolitan Building, room  
Z .531
Panethnicity Revisited: Contested Group Formation in the Post-9/11 Era
Professor Mehdi Bozorgmehr, City University of New York 
Existing theories of panethnicity in the United States concentrate on Asian Americans and Latinos, two umbrella groups that originally coalesced during the 1960s Civil Rights era. Although the role played by the state is recognized as a central factor in panethnic development, this paper argues that the influence of this pivotal variable is contingent on historical context. Through a case study of emerging minority groups (Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the post-9/11 era), I reexamine the existing conceptualization of panethnicity at a time when the state plays a more punitive than compensatory role. Using a methodology which draws on a range of novel sources, this paper documents the way that pre-existing ethnic (e.g., Arab American), religious (e.g., Muslim American), and national-origin labels (e.g., Iranian American) have been reinforced instead of panethnic labels for the populations under study. Accordingly, this paper develops an updated conceptualization of group formation that incorporates historical context and the role of the state in the post-9/11 era. 

Drinks will be served and there will be time for an informal discussion!

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· · · Conferences and call for papers
What: Call for proposals for KNOMAD - Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development,
Thematic Working Group on Internal Migration and Urbanization (Link between Internal Migration and Rural and Urban Development).
Application: Interested research teams are invited to submit research proposals by 23 February 2015 
Additional information: More information can be found by looking on the website, or by contacting Soonhwa Yi,

What: Call for papers for the European Scientific Journal (ESJ)
All accepted papers will be published as a proceedings with an ISBN number. Hard copies will be sent after the event. The papers will be also published in a special edition in one of the largest open access journals in Europe, The European Scientific Journal (ESJ). Authors are not obliged to present their accepted papers. “Publication only” option is available. Authors who will not be personally present on the event will be given the opportunity, on their request, to make an online presentation for the present audience.
When: 2-4 September 2015
Where: University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Additional info: For more information see the event website: 4th International Scientific Forum, ISF 2015, or contact via email:

What: European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR) Spring School 2015: "The quantitative approach to the analysis of migration and migrants’ integration in the host society". A limited number of doctoral students and young researchers will participate to a five-day, full-immersion course, including: lectures on key current issues in the field, an intensive course on the longitudinal analysis of the life course of migrants and their offspring (including hands-on practical work), and the opportunity to present their work and have it discussed by leading scholars in the field. Particular attention will be given to the children of immigrants and their position in the social stratification of receiving societies.
When: 23 - 27 March 2015
Where:  Collegio Carlo Alberto, Via Real Collegio 30, Moncalieri (Turin), Italy
Application: Application deadline 15 February 2015
Additional Information: Priority in admission will be given to students from Institutions that belong to the ECSR. Admission to the School is free of charge. Admitted students will be provided with hotel accommodation, all lunches and the social dinner. More information about the event can be found here.

What: 12th IMISCOE conference Rights, Democracy and Migration. The 12th IMISCOE conference is to take place in Geneva, 25-27 June 2015. The conference will cover the theme "Rights, Democracy and Migration", and will be organised by the Institute for Demographic and Live Course Studies (University of Geneva), the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (University of Neuchâtel)  and & nccr – on the move. Keynote contributions will be addressed by: Dawn Chatty, Giovanna Zincone, Rainer Bauböck, Michel Wieviorka and Andreas Wimmer. 
When: 25 - 27 June 2015
Where: Geneva
Application: Proposals must be submitted by 15 February 2015
Additional information: More information about the event can be found here.

What: Producing knowledge on migration: Methodology, epistemology, ethics - an international workshop
When: 28 - 29 May 2015
Where: University of Paris
Application: Send abstract of max. 500 words before 15 April 2015 to the Specify your full name, institutional affiliation and contact information. Selected authors will be informed during April 2015.
Papers must be sent before the 15th May to allow for the organisation of the sessions.
Additional information: More information about the event can be found here.

What: Call for papers for "Reframing the Migration Debate", 1st Postgraduate Workshop on Migration by the White Rose Migration Research Postgraduate Network. The workshop is inviting postgraduate students and early career researchers from different disciplines to critically discuss and reflect about different aspects of migrants’ experiences. The workshop welcomes research and work in progress about broad heterogeneous groups including documented, undocumented and forced migrants.
When: 11 June 2015
Where: ICoSS, University of Sheffield
Application: Send abstract of max. 300 words before 15 March 2015. Conference registration deadline 30 April 2015.
Addition information: Attendance is free, lunch and refreshments will be provided. More information about the event can be found here.

What: Call for papers for the 2015 HDCA Annual Conference - Capabilities on the Move: Mobility and Aspirations
When: 10 - 13 September
Where: Washington, D.C.
Application: The proposal submission deadline is 15 February 2015
Additional information: More information about the event can be found here.

What: Call for papers, International Workshop for the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp, a forum for academic reflection on societal issues and their ethical implications, on the topic of ‘socially responsible innovation in security’
When: 21 - 23 October 2015
Where: University of Antwerp, Belgium
Application: The deadline for submission of applications is April 30th 2015
Additional information: The organizer takes on charge all costs pertaining to participation and stay in Antwerp of all selected participants, while travel arrangements and costs are incumbent on participants themselves. The selected participant will present her/his paper in a panel session (20 minutes in English) and will afterwards send in an article to be considered for publication (which will be submitted to careful selection). The aim of the organizer is to publish a selection of articles presented at the workshop. More information about the event can be found here.

What: Call for papers for Thematic section #5: Sociology of External Voting. This thematic section aims at confronting original research on external voting. This practice has received increasing scholarly attention in recent years as researchers interested in transnational migration have shown that, besides money, migrant are able remit norms, values and practices (Levitt, 1998). Even though international organizations often associate external voting with democratization, the practice is not exempt of issues such as strong abstention and corporatism (Itzigsohn et Villacrés, 2008).
When: 22-24 June 2015
Where: Aix-en-Provence, France
Application: Send proposal of max. 500 words (English or French) by 15 October 2015.
Additional information: More information about the event can be found here.

· · · Events

What: Symposium - Jerusalem: A City Disunited. A discussion of the often unseen or hidden aspects of the current political and social situation in Jerusalem, such as human rights issues, settlements, and urban planning. It will also look at the ways political, social and historical processes influence the city today.
When: 12 - 13 February 2015
Where: De Balie and CREA
Additional information: More information about the event can be found here.

What: Beyond 'Law in Context' - The case of Clinical Legal Education in EU Law - by Professor Alberto Alemanno. This presentation aims at discussing and injecting a new perspective to the study and teaching of EU law.
When: 18 February 2015, 11:00 - 12:30
Where: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN, Amsterdam
Registration: Attendance is free, registration with Angela Moisl,, is requested.
Additional information: More information about the event can be found here.

· · · Opportunities

What: Next month INTEGRIM network will launch its third and last call for the recruitment of ESR. The Consortium is looking for 7 new ERS researchers who would ideally  be PhD candidates who are already in advanced stages of their doctoral research and the elaboration of their thesis (applicants should have no more than 4 years of full-time research experience since obtaining the degree that entitles them to pursue doctoral studies). This project aims to research on policies and pathways of integration processes concerning migrants and minorities in European societies. The early-stage research positions offered in this call are open to students exploring issues related to migration and the integration of migrants in European societies, whose doctoral research should fit into the following INTEGRIM themes: 1. Identity and cultural integration; 2. Citizenship and political participation; 3. Labour and social integration; 4. Urban integration, residential patterns and mobility.
Application: The online application will be opened from February 2nd until March 2nd on the project web page.

What: PhD Partnership in Global Social Protection, Transnational Studies Initiative - Harvard University, Peggy Levitt and Jocelyn Viterna

Starting in September 2015, TSI will host one or two PhD or post-doctoral students working on related topics who would like to partner with them
Application: All interested candidates should send their resume and statement of research interests to Peggy Levitt  and Jocelyn Viterna by March 15, 2015.   Selected candidates will be interviewed by skype in early April. 
Additional information: More information about the opportunity can be found here.

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