Call for papers for the Migrinter doctoral students’ day

Call for papers for the Migrinter doctoral students’ day entitled « Ethnography and International Migrations », organized in the framework of the 30th anniversary of Migrinter « Rethinking migrations to rethink the world ». This day will be organized on 21 June 2016 at MSHS, Poitiers University. Deadline for proposals is 1 March 2016.
Migrinter’s doctoral students strongly encourage Master students, Phd students and early-career researcher to participate.
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International conference: Thinking Migration to Rethink the World University of Poitiers, Migrinter, 21-­24 June 2016


International conference

Thinking Migration to Rethink the World

21-24 June 2016 – University of Poitiers, Migrinter

Call for papers

The scholarship on migration, relatively scarce until the 80s, is now outstandingly abundant. Migration studies have become a scientific field in its own right, with associated conferences, research centres, international associations, journals and so on. For the last three decades, the MIGRINTER team, whose research agenda includes a variety of issues ranging from human circulation to diasporas and urban mobilities, has marked of its imprint francophone research on international migration.

While taking shape as an autonomous scientific field, migration studies have irrigated and renewed broader social theory. All disciplines are now concerned: geography, history, demography, sociology, anthropology, economy but also linguistics, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies and humanities. A wide array of theoretical and epistemological advancements has been inspired by the analysis of migration dynamics. Postcolonial anthropology, multi-situated approaches, transnationalism, new approaches to identity and global history are some of the scientific areas whose foundation dwells on a critique of the sedentary vision of cultures and societies. Migration studies are the crucible of an alternative to the methodological nationalism that has, for long, underwritten social sciences. This scientific field offers a lens through which mainstream conceptions of state, individual and collective identities, societies, artistic practices, but also our relationship to time and space, can be revisited. This has led some scholars to evoke a “migration paradigm”.

The aim of this conference, celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of MIGRINTER, is to examine the contribution of migration studies to human and social sciences at large. It will feature panels bringing forward some of the scientific domains that have addressed issues pertaining to international migration: the production of cities; the relation of politics to migration and of migrants to politics; history beneath and beyond nations; literature in/of exile.

This conference encourages the participation of migration and non-migration scholars with a view to enhance a cross-fertilizing dialogue between disciplines and theoretical fields.

Abstracts (2000 characters max.) are to be sent before 15 January 2016 at the following address :

Authors will have to specify the panel to which they are applying. Proposals can be in English, French or Spanish.

The scientific committee will notify authors whether their proposal has been selected on the 29 February 2016.

The full text of selected proposals (30 000 characters max.) is expected by 1 June2016.

A selection of papers will also be published in a special issue.

Accommodation and meals (subscription fees included) will be covered by the conference organisers, but participants will have to take in charge their travel expenses.

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INTEGRIM Third Annual Conference

3rd Annual Conference of INTEGRIM Network
20 November 2015
Venue: Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University
İstiklal Caddesi No:181, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

The world population is on the move. Along currently highly problematized asylum seeker and irregular migrant flows, a significant share of migrants are moving within confines of legal migration regulations for settlement, work, and education. Moreover, regular migration more often includes transnational activity, which challenges the current state-citizen relations as taking place in a strictly defined territorial space. Citizenship policy is becoming increasingly politicized. Changes in citizenship policy interact with state’s migration policy, internal policy and foreign policy, and introduce dilemmas when trying to accommodate interests in relations with, inter alia, diaspora, minority communities and their kin-states, and international organizations.
The aim of this conference is to address the nature of changes in perceptions and policies of citizenship, and on how these changes reflect on immigrant interaction. Issues as the centrality of the notion of nation in the understanding of citizenship, the expansion of citizenship rights across geographical space, as well as economic, cultural, and social dimensions of citizenship will be addressed at the conference to provide a comprehensive outlook on the challenges and opportunities for citizenship provided by increase in transnationality. Perceptions of citizenship must be discussed across various levels of analysis, from the individual to the society, the state, and the international community.
The conference expects presenters and participants from political science, sociology, anthropology, history, economics, law, human geography and others, encouraging interdisciplinary debates and exchange of ideas.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Introductory remarks: İlke Şanlıer Yüksel, Migration Research Center at Koç University, İstanbul
9:15 – 10:30 Keynote lecture by Engin Isin, The Open University
Conventional Approaches to Citizenship Studies and their Critics
Introduction and Facilitation: İlke Şanlıer Yüksel, Koç University
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 13:00 Morning session:
Chair: Prem Kumar Rajaram, Central European University
Costica Dumbrava, Maastricht University
The Politics of Citizenship and Ethno-Demographic Survival Margit Fauser, Bielefeld University
Lifestyle Migration and Transnational Privilege: German Retirees on the Turkish Coast
Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas, Pompeu Fabra University
Deservingness Frames on Citizenship: Residence, Performance and Vulnerability
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:15 Keynote lecture by Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex
Immigration, Citizenship, and Human Rights: What is New?
Introduction and Facilitation: Ahmet İçduygu, Koç University
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:45 Afternoon session:
Chair: Ahmet İçduygu, Koç University Peo Hansen, Linköping University
EUropean Citizenship in Crisis Evren Balta, Yıldız Technical University and Ozlem Altan, Koç University
Transnational Values of Citizenship: The Case of the American Passport Marlou Schrover, Leiden University
Gender and Citizenship from a Historical Perspective

Abstracts in the Order of Talks
Engin Isin
Conventional Approaches to Citizenship Studies and their Critics
Between 1949 and 1989 T.H. Marshall’s interpretation of citizenship as a group of civil, political, and social rights more or less held sway in Euro-American social sciences. Since 1989 however critique of Marshall coincided with rapid transformations in not only Euro-American states but also in Africa, Asia, Latin and South America and the Middle East developed. It is very difficult to say whether this critique was witnessing or performing pivotal changes in how we understand citizenship. The critique overturned several of Marshall’s assumptions: that civil, political, and social rights developed in sequence, that the British experience was applicable to European and American let alone African, Asian, Middle Eastern experiences, that rights were only civil, political, and social, and that citizenship was essentially about amelioration of social class conflict. By overturning these conventional assumptions what is now considered as ‘critical citizenship studies’ began documenting that civil, political and social rights can be synchronous as well as asynchronous, dispersed as well as concentrated, and social and political struggles could involve new rights such as sexual rights, women’s rights, environmental rights, animal rights and digital rights. Moreover, critical citizenship studies documented the convergence between citizenship and human rights and how claiming rights could cross borders. Finally, critical citizenship studies also warned against taking the existing citizenship rights taken for granted as neoliberal regimes have variously eroded them. Now, after almost thirty years of this critique, we not only have a radically dynamic understanding of citizenship but also radically dynamic ways of studying it.
Panel 1
Costica Dumbrava
The politics of citizenship and ethno-demographic survival
Many countries in Europe grant preferential access to citizenship on ethno-cultural grounds. This trend overlaps with several demographic changes (low fertility rates and increased immigration/emigration) that pose serious challenges to the economic, social and cultural survival of nation states. This presentation explores the politics of ethnic citizenship in Europe through the lens of demographic changes. What is the real or expected demographic impact of preferential citizenship based on ethno-cultural grounds? To what extent have citizenship policies been used as tools for ethno-demographic survival?
Margit Fauser
Lifestyle Migration and Transnational Privilege: German Retirees on the Turkish Coast
While the classic version of modern citizenship refers to membership in a national political community and state most research on migrants’ citizenship concentrates on their situation as immigrants within their country of residence. In focus are access to formal legal citizenship as well as the social and political rights and other substantial aspects that exist for non-status citizens in many immigration countries. In this research the implications of migrants’transnational attachments and the various expressions of dual and transnational citizenship have also started to receive attention. However, when it comes to the external dimension of membership, or transnational citizenship, research is less abundant, and existing studies center around dual citizenship allowance on part of emigration states and cross-border voting rights from abroad. Other dimensions of emigrants’ transnational membership have hardly been considered.
In this contribution I propose the study of transnational membership of emigrants, considering both formal and substantial aspects. Furthermore, rather than engaging with the more marginalized groups, I consider a relatively privileged group, notably the lifestyle migrants, that constitute a crucial case to explore contemporary reconfigurations of membership in the age of global mobilities. This type of mobility constitutes part of ‘reverse migrations’, broadly speaking moving from richer to poorer countries. In empirical terms I use a case study on German senior citizen retirees who settle temporarily but also often permanently in the Turkish coastal town of Alanya. It is the aim here to explore their transnational membership that informs their privilege in cross-border as well as local perspective.
Blanca Garces Mascarenas
Deservingness frames on citizenship: residence, performance and vulnerability
In this presentation I will discuss how the boundary between citizens and non-citizens is constantly negotiated at the formal policy and discursive level. By analysing immigration and integration policies as well as current political debates on immigrants and refugees in Europe, I will consider what makes a foreigner a more or less deserving citizen. I will show how the chances to deserve depend on frames based on residence, performance and vulnerability and how these are used differently at different administrative levels and depending on different categories of immigrants.
Yasemin Soysal
Immigration, Citizenship, and Human Rights: What is New?
Panel 2
Peo Hansen
European Citizenship in Crisis
The debate over migration in the EU is no longer confined to the EU’s external asylum and migration policy. Rather—and certainly much propelled by the growing crisis-induced disparities between member states and the increasing anti-immigrant tendencies in the EU—the eroding commitment to migrants’ social incorporation can now also be seen to be catching up with the very institution of free movement in the EU itself. More and more, a formerly commended free movement of EU citizens is being recast as a detrimental immigration of “welfare tourists”. Accordingly, many EU members at the centre are now calling for restrictions on free movement from the peripheral members, requesting, above all, a curtailment of the social provisions that until now have formed an integral part of the EU’s citizenship and free movement regime. This could be seen as calling into question the whole edifice and hence the whole future of EU citizenship as we know it. As with the current refugee crisis, it could also be taken as a sign that many of the features of the EU’s external migration policy are about to be internalized—reflecting a larger core-periphery dynamic currently being internalized within the EU—with a socially embedded free movement increasingly metamorphosing into a no-frills circular migration.
Evren Balta and Ozlem Altan-Olcay
Transnational Values of Citizenship: The Case of the American Passport
Passport is the regulatory instrument of residence, travel, and belonging; thus it represents the contours of citizenship. This paper aims to explore transnational values of citizenship, by approaching the American passport as an idea and practice among its holders outside of the United States. The literature on citizenship has discussed how having political membership in well-off polities plays a crucial role in the distribution of basic social conditions and life opportunities on a global scale. It has also debated whether the value and meaning of national citizenship regimes are on the decline in an age of globalization. These findings lead to conclusions about place-specific nature of citizenship regimes, which play a fundamental role in life-chances of individuals. We move a step further and explore the meanings and values membership to well-off-polities has outside of the borders of that specific polity. The paper is based on interviews with three groups of people, all with permanent residence in Turkey, at the time of the interviews: US citizens born and raised in the US, Turkish citizens who have been naturalized also as US citizens and Turkish citizens who gave birth to their children in the US for purposes of acquiring US citizenship for them. Based on their experiences with and perceptions of US citizenship outside of the US, this paper aims to open up a new discussion of inequalities, emerging around the transnational values of citizenship. We suggest that citizenship can be experienced as a global resource, whose value outside the country of birth is determined at the intersection of geopolitical circumstances and histories of local classification struggles.
Marlou Schrover
Gender and Citizenship from a Historical Perspective
Citizenship is seen as a key element of integration. Citizenship regimes are indicative for the openness of societies to newcomers, and determine integration policies. In popular discourse, citizenship is presented as the crown on a successful integration trajectory. In current political and public discourse, citizenship is equated with integration, civil society and active societal participation. This conflation results from the definition of citizenship at two levels: the juridical and the discursive level (membership of the nation-state and membership of society). People with juridical citizenship can be denied discursive citizenship. At the juridical (or formal) level citizens have rights that non-citizens do not have (voting rights for instance). At the juridical level a sharp distinction is made between citizens and non-citizens. Discursive (or moral) citizenship relates to being (seen as) part of a community or society, and being a virtuous citizen. In recent decades, the sovereignty of nation states has eroded, because of globalisation and the creation of larger political units such as the EU. Yet, this has not decreased the discursive or moral importance attached to citizenship. Discursive citizenship is a vague and flexible notion.
Citizenship regimes are – or were in the past – not the same for men and women. Men could lose their juridical citizenship when they joined a foreign army, and thus morally betrayed the nation. It also meant they moved. Women could lose both discursive and juridical citizenship without ever moving. Between 1850 and 1950, citizenship laws in most countries distinguished between men and women: wives derived their citizenship from their husbands. Women who married foreign men lost their citizenship, acquired the nationality of their husbands, and became foreigners in their country of birth and abode. In several Western European countries women could reclaim their citizenship within one year after the end of their marriage (because of divorce or death of their husbands), but women were frequently not aware of this possibility. The widely used concept of derivative citizenship shows how ideas about juridical and discursive citizenship intertwine, and are gendered. Women are seen as the biological reproducers of ethnic collectivities, and the reproducers of the boundaries of national groups. Women are carriers of national identities. Men monopolize the political and military representation of the nation, while women ‘embody’ the nation as such. Precisely because they embody discursive citizenship, women who out-marry are deprived of juridical citizenship. Over a century, authorities have alienated part of its citizens not because they were foreigners, but because they married foreigners. The acts of women were framed in terms of betrayal, sleeping with the enemy and horizontal collaboration. Through the single act of marriage – with marriage being the choice rather than the loss of citizenship – women were alienated from a society they mostly continued to live in. Integration was a long and winding road, while dissimilation was a walk down the aisle. It seriously questions the idea that citizenship is the crown on the integration trajectory.
In my presentation I look when and why gendered ideas regarding citizenship changed.

INTEGRIM 3rd Annual Conference_Friday Program with bios and abstracts

SAVE THE DATE: ‘International Migrations and New Local Governance’ on 10-11 December 2015 in Poitiers, France

Migrinter, with the support of Integrim Program – Marie Curie Actions, invites you to participate in the upcoming seminar ‘International Migrations and New Local Governance’ on 10-11 December 2015 in Poitiers, France. Lectures will tackle issues related to immigration, decentralisation and local governance in the North and in the South. See the program attached!

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Save the Date: Third Annual Conference of the INTEGRIM Network, 18-20 November 2015, Istanbul

The third Annual Conference of the INTEGRIM Network will take place on 18-20 November 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

In the framework of the Annual Conference, there will be a consortium meeting and a pro workshop for the ESRs on November 18. INTEGRIM Work Package scientific meetings will be held on November 19 and a one-day large-scale conference will be organized on November 20, focusing on the theme “Citizenship in Motion: Responses to Increasing Transnationality”.

At the third annual conference, we aim to address the nature of changes in perceptions and policies of citizenship, and how these changes reflect on immigrant interaction. Issues as the centrality of the notion of nation in understanding of citizenship, the expansion of citizenship rights across geographical space, as well as economic, cultural, and social dimensions of citizenship will be explored to provide a comprehensive outlook on the challenges and opportunities for citizenship provided by increase in transnationality.

Preliminary Program

IMISCOE Spring Conference (organized by AMIS)

Call for Papers


Measures of Control: Managing Migration in the 21. Century

(AMIS, University of Copenhagen)

Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) and IMISCOE jointly organize a conference on controlling migration, University of Copenhagen, 18-19. February 2016.

Keynote lectures: Adrian Favell (University of Leeds) and Sarah Fine (King’s College London)

In response to increasing and new patterns of migration, policies of control are increasingly proposed and implemented in Europe and elsewhere.  This includes efforts to control numbers of immigrants and in particular the composition of the immigrant group, but also efforts to impact the political, social and cultural integration of immigrants once they have arrived in destination societies. This conference theorizes control, including its forms, manifestations and limits. Contributions may address (but are not restricted to):

  • Border controls, the externalization of border controls, and the technologies used to monitor and restrict migration
  • The rise and significance of migration industries, including the outsourcing of control to private companies
  • Incentives and disincentives – measures and technologies used to attract and keep out migrants
  • The refugee crisis and efforts to control and manage the influx in Europe
  • Efforts to prevent radicalization, including restrictions on the right of exit (e.g. to go fight in Syria)
  • Experiences of loss of control and xenophobia
  • Policies to impact the behaviour of immigrants, including their political, social and cultural integration
  • Conflicts between control and liberal rights in the aftermath of the Paris and Copenhagen killings

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Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Middle East

24/09 | 09h00-18h00


Séminaire INTEGRIM du groupe de recherche Migrations et mobilités du CERI


En partenariat avec MIGRINTER, Université de Poitiers

Forced migrations have usually been described as “spontaneous” migrations and analysed in terms of political and security constraints. But even refugee movements resulting from conflicts are often fashioned by previous migration flows and correlated network structures that are re-mobilised during the humanitarian crisis. Therefore, tracing a genealogy of mobilities in the Middle East will help better understand current forced migration processes and their connections with other forms of social organisation built over time in a regional area (commercial mobility, family strategies, pilgrimage, etc.)
The distinction commonly made between forced migration and voluntary migration in the Middle East and elsewhere has already been criticised by a growing number of authors (Long: 2013, Richmond: 1994). In the case of “refugee” category, a huge diversity of social, legal and economic statuses and personal backgrounds coexist within such a category (Malkki: 1995, Marx: 1990). Early attempts to build a general theoretical model of refugee issues have focused mainly on push factors to explain refugee movements (Kunz, 1973). Studies have also emphasised the role of international relations in the production of refugee flows (Loescher, 1990). If push factors as well as international politics are key issues for the understanding of refugee movements, little attention has so far been paid to dynamics generated by the refugees themselves. Seteney Shami (1993) suggests that “displacement often leads to labour migration as a coping strategy”. But conversely, as will also be shown, labour migration may also mould and structure forced displacement patterns of dispersion and settlement.
The questioning of the dichotomy between forced and voluntary migrations is even more interesting in the Middle East as neither Jordan, Lebanon Iraq nor Syria, are not signatories of the Geneva Convention on Refugees. The refugee category (with the exception of Palestinians who are recognised as refugees in the state where they have their permanent residency) does not exist as such. There is often a confusion in the field of forced migration between legal categories (refugees, asylum seekers, etc.) and those relating to the analysis of migration (Zetter, 2007). This project aims to re-examine the production categories of asylum in an area outside the Convention (Jordan, Lebanon) and one signatory (Turkey) from three unusual situations, the Syrians, the Iraqis and the Palestinians from Syria.

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Migrations and new local governance

Migrinter research lab at the University of Poitiers, in cooperation with the Integrim program – Marie Curie Actions, and Mobglob, invite scholars working on international migrations and local governance in the Global North and the Global South to share their on-going research works during the workshop “Migrations and new local governance” on 10 and 11 December 2015 in Poitiers (France). This call addresses scholars as well as early-stage researchers and Phd students from all fields (geography, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, demography and more).

We invite scholars in the North and in the South to present their work to better understand:

1) Immigration management in a context of decentralisation

2) Immigration, diversity and multiculturalism promotion as a lever for economic development in host cities

3) And finally, the transnational logics of local government in sending countries through transnational actors in order to mobilise new resources. 

Additional information: 

Confirmed speakers: Keynote speaker Prof. Izhak Schnell from Tel Aviv University will introduce the workshop. Dr. Stéphanie Lima from Jean-François Champollion University (Albi) and Dr. Hamidou Dia Paris Descartes University will also present their research.   

Submission: Please kindly submit an abstract of 250 words at most before 10 July 2015 following this link. Contributions in English are preferred although French is also possible: We also accept abstracts sent directly by email.

The coordinators:

Thomas Lacroix, CNRS researcher, Migrinter: and Amandine Desille, Phd student, Marie Curie fellow, Migrinter/ Tel Aviv University: