Call for Papers

Theme: Refugee and Forced Immigration
Type: 3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference on Refugee and
Forced Immigration Studies in Social Sciences, Humanities and Art
Institution: Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center (DAKAM)
Location: Istanbul (Turkey)
Date: 12.–13.10.2018
Deadline: 6.7.2018


We live in a rapidly changing world in which refugees and forced
migration have a significant impact on the economic, political and
social agendas of sovereign states, intergovernmental agencies and
civil society groups.

Today, tens of millions of people are refugees, raising fundamental
challenges for governments around the world. The definition of a
refugee, as enshrined in the 1951 Refugee Convention, is someone who
‘is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to
a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race,
religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or
political opinion.’ But this definition has been regularly challenged
over the past 60 years, and is under constant review by academics,
governments and humanitarian agencies. Many forcibly displaced people
around the world do not easily fit within this formal category.

The conference takes a critical approach to question normative
understandings and address empirical puzzles regarding how refugees
and international refugee advocacy networks mobilize international
and national law and policies to offer new understandings of refugee
protection and vulnerabilities. All research seeking to deepen
understandings regarding how national institutions define, mediate
and respond to refugee legal concerns in crisis will be taken into
consideration. In addition to the contemporary refugee crises,
historical case studies will be an important part of the event.

Scholars from difference fields such as political science, history,
sociology, anthropology, gender studies, urban studies, architecture,
literature, poetry, art history, life sciences and other fields are
welcomed to propose their interdisciplinary work at the conference. 

Refugees and Forced Immigration '18 / III. International
Interdisciplinary Conference on Refugee and Forced Immigration
Studies in Social Sciences, Humanities and Art will be held at Nippon
Meeting Halls in Istanbul. The conference is coordinated by DAKAM
(Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) and will be
organized by BILSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions).

All abstracts are going to be selected according to double blind
reviews and accepted papers will be published in the Conference
Proceedings E-Book with an ISBN number that will be given to you in a
DVD box during conference registration.


- Understanding Global Refugee Policy 
- Refugee Rights and Protection
- Politics of Forced Immigration and Displacement
- Refugee Settlements and Camps 
- Integration of Refugees
- Living Conditions of Refugees and Immigrants
- Transformations of Place, Power and Social Ties 
- Injustices of Displacement
- Racism and Relation to the Locals
- Representation of Forced Immigration in Media
- Methodologies of Forced Migration Research
- Documentation and Art: Photography, Film, Novels, Contemporary Art 
- History of Forced Immigraration and Immigration: Case Studies


Abstract submission:
July 6, 2018​​

August 31, 2018​

Full papers submission:
September 7, 2018

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