12 November 2015
The Innovation Forum, Frederick Road, Salford
Prof Carole Boyce Davies
Dr Suryia Nayak
Prof Kum Kum Bhavani
Prof Louise Ackers
Dr Parvati Raghuram
Jackie Kay – Chancellor University of Salford
Summary: This international conference seeks to bring together a range of practitioners, community members, activists, researchers and academics. The aim is to share research, ideas and testimonies around migration.
The politics of location:
The conference will create a space that interweaves activism, practice, academic scholarship and testimony to interrogate and trouble constructions of the concept and experience of migration from a variety of perspectives.
The key note speakers will set out key current debates and issues in the field of migration. In particular, our distinguished keynote speakers reflects the ways in which the activism of Black feminist theory born out of intersecting subjugated knowledge in the matrix of power (Hill Collins, 2000) offers a ‘politics of location’ (Boyce Davies, 1994:153; Kaplan, 1994) that is pivotal to negotiating interdisciplinary, inter-subjective, psychic, emotional, political and practical explorations of migration.
Critical analysis of the concept and experience of movement, migration and mobilization will provide a lively and informed discussion.
Themes & paper types:
Theoretical papers: The conference welcomes papers relating to the complexities, issues and debates. In particular, would welcome papers that examine:
· The function and production of constructions of migration, movement, mobility and mobilization.
· Applications of the interrogation of the discourse, representation, conceptual scaffolding and ideology that notions of migration, movement, mobility and mobilization are contingent upon.
· The intersectional experience (Crenshaw, 1989, 1991; Yuval-Davis, 2006; Nash, 2008) of migration, movement, mobility and mobilization in terms of the (inter)subjective impact of external constructions of migration, movement, mobility and mobilization.
· How the transgression of borders (for example post-colonial ideas of ‘hybridization’) creates the potential for strategies of resistance to and subversion of oppressive regulatory geopolitical, psychological and discursive borders
· Papers with a comparative element are particularly encouraged
Practitioner/Community: Papers are welcomed that present a variety of relevant research in this area:
o Narrative and lived experience, including testimonies from individuals and communities
o Exploring the current policy in the response to migration, movement and mobility across a range of contexts. Varied exploration and critique of some of these areas is encouraged.
· Studies and idea’s from practice contexts and their implications, including tensions in practice in the current political, social and economic context
· Discussions of practice settings where issues of migration and intersectionality are manifested and interplay.
· Papers that take a comparative perspective are particularly encouraged, including a transnational perspective
Abstracts will be considered by a panel of the conference organisers. Please send an abstract of 200 words to by Monday 15thJune at 10.00 am.