Call for papers & submission

Call for papers

Important deadlines

  • Deadline for abstract submission: April 15, 2018
  • Notification for acceptance or rejection: June 1, 2018


Conference theme: Needs and Care Practices for Migrants and Refugees

The migration and mobility of people, whether forced by circumstances of violence, conflict or poverty or as a certain choice during people's live, is a phenomenon of all times. However, worldwide globalization processes have accelerated these phenomena and the influences they have on the social, cultural, economic and political fabric of societies. On top, several conflicts worldwide have created a significant increase in the number of refugees seeking protection in different parts of the world, including the European continent. Migration, mobility and fleeing may challenge the involved individuals, families, communities and societies, creating a range of diverse and sometimes complex needs. Moreover, the growing numbers of migrants and refugees have challenged the existing care and need structures for these groups in different life domains, such as education, health, law and labour, with increasing pressures on societies' main principles of solidarity and human rights.

This international conference aims to bring together scholars, policy makers and practitioners who are exploring and responding to the diverse needs and care practices for refugees and migrants in order to:

  1. Map current research, policy processes and practice on the needs and care practices for refugees and migrants globally
  2. Critically reflect on methodological approaches and ethical considerations in research and practice, with a focus on the politics of knowledge
  3. Explore the relationship between knowledge production, policy and practice in global south and north context

In this conference, we invite scholars, policy makers and practitioners to discuss their perspectives and experiences on the compelling needs of different groups of refugees, migrants and newcomers in a global perspective and the diverse ways to address these needs. We hereby want to focus on:

  • Interdisciplinary perspectives: The needs and care processes and the social groups that form part of these processes involve many different aspects and life domains, and touch upon a range of different disciplines and fields (e.g., economics, sociology, pedagogy, psychology, history, linguistics, criminology, political science, law, (migration) policy, communication sciences and media studies, social work and medical sciences). An interdisciplinary dialogue is therefore necessary to realize a better understanding in this field and to better support the societal debate herein.
  • Transdisciplinary perspectives: Including perspectives of researchers, practitioners, organisations and policy makers will broaden our views on the needs of and support for refugees and migrants and will facilitate developing new approaches in this field.
  • Transnational perspectives: Input from a great variety of countries and especially countries from the global South might be stimulating and intellectual challenging for all those involved. At the same time, this transnational perspective might increase the cooperation between the global North and global South in order to enhance the creation of sustainable networks that might facilitate possibilities to create transnational networks branching the boundaries of disciplines, research and countries.

Within this framework, submissions will be welcomed on the following conference streams, which you will need to choose one from during submission of your paper:

  1. Education, language and integration (e.g., education for children, language classes, integration policies, leisure time, community building, media representation, educational initiatives in refugee camps)
  2. Work (e.g., access to the labour market, vocational skills training, income-generating activities for refugees/migrants, labour exploitation)
  3. Wellbeing, identity and resources (e.g., transnational identities, support practices, identity development, coping, social support, religion, multilingualism, protracted refugee situations)
  4. Health and health care (e.g., health problems, health care issues, preventive health care, emergency health care, psychological problems)
  5. Trajectories and place-making (e.g., transit migrants, housing, impact on urbanization, migration trajectories and routes, return migration)
  6. Law, asylum & rights (e.g. international protection (refugee status/subsidiary protection), family reunification, citizenship, legal aid)
  7. Reception & housing (e.g., reception structures, refugee camps).


Throughout these different streams, specific emphasis can be put on certain cross-cutting themes and groups, such as women, elderly, minors, ethics, discrimination, policy, age, gender, family and in- and exclusion processes. Moreover, we strongly welcome contributions highlighting these main conference themes in the global South and contributions from practitioners and policy-makers. The scientific committee will review all submissions using the following criteria: relevance, originality, international diversity, and fit within the overall conference theme.

On Tuesday September 18, 2018, the second full day of the conference will be mainly focused on issues that deal with the South.



The conference will be held in English. The following formats will be accepted for submission:

  1. Symposia
    A symposium is a focused group of presentations on a common theme. The format consists of oral presentations. Symposia goals should include diversity and integration of perspectives. To attain cohesion, the symposium should focus on a specific topic and emphasize conceptual issues and the integration of findings. Symposium organizers are encouraged to include multiple disciplines and international participants, at least from two different countries. A symposium lasts 90 minutes and consists of 3 to 4 presenters and a chair.

    Each presenter is given about 15 minutes, and we encourage to have at least 30 minutes for general discussion and interaction with the audience, led by the symposium chair.

    When submitting for a symposium, an overall symposium's title and abstract (max. 2,000 characters) needs to be submitted, together with a presenter's name, title and abstract (max. 2,000 characters) for each individual abstract. This submission needs to be done by one person.

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  2. Individual papers
    Individual papers are grouped into thematic sessions of 4 to 5 papers based on the selected stream. Each accepted paper is given 15 minutes for presentation, followed by 5 minutes for discussion with the audience. Each thematic session lasts 90 minutes. Submissions for Individual paper presentations should include a proposal of no more than 2,000 characters. A reference list is not required.

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Important things to consider during submission

  • The conference language is English
  • Number of submissions is limited to 2 as presenter.
  • During submission for each format, you will be asked to choose one of the 7 proposed conference streams above.
  • Please indicate the presenting author when submitting the abstract. The presenting author is required to register for attending the conference as well.
  • When asked your name, please enter your full name: First name, Family name.
  • All information for the entered submissions must be typed or copied and pasted into text boxes on the submission website. Note that this website is not a working tool, but a final submission tool. Prepare your submissions offline and when ready copy everything on the submission website.
  • For all submissions, use the online submission forms underneath.

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