PGR Migration Conference


Event details

Monday 19 June 2023
The Wave, Lecture Theatre 4
Registration fee for BSA Members: £5, Non-Members: £15.


‘Crisis and hope: Understanding the processes, relations and inequalities in migration’

A one day conference for PhD students and ECRs. 

Migration is a key global challenge in the contemporary world. With the numbers of people moving and living outside their country of origin at a historic high - whether by choice or through forced displacements tied to climate change, war, persecution, or poverty - movement is becoming increasingly politicised and weaponised by governments around the globe. The task of understanding migration and its implications for individuals and societies is thus a central concern for sociological research.

This conference will centre migration as a process subject to constant changes, and interwoven with other processes shaping gender, class, and intergenerational inequalities in what Walby et al. (2020) calls ‘intersectional inequalities. Migration processes are multi-directional; happen across structural, social, cultural, and civic spheres, and have varied spatial, transnational, and temporal dimensions (Spencer and Charsley, 2018).

In this conference speakers will reflect on the fluid and dynamic processes of migration and how power, relations and inequalities are intertwined and reproduced within migration processes for a range of individual and institutional actors.

Conference programme will be published shortly. 

Presentations can include, but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Ethical dilemmas in migration research due to unequal power relations, vulnerabilities, traumas, and language barriers
  • Broad topics within forced migration
  • Colonial continuities and eurocentrism
  • The intersections of race and gender with the international refugee regime
  • Social policy and international migration
  • The everyday encounters of migrants
  • Migrants’ families and family support
  • The health and wellbeing of migrants
  • Borders and bordering

Please contact Migration Research Conference team if you have any questions:

The conference is sponsored by British Sociological Association (BSA).

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