Looking back to Look Forward: Celebrating 10 years of research on migration, forced displacement and superdiversity

Taking place on 14 to 16 September 2022, IRiS 10th anniversary international conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, and engage conversations about mechanisms, meanings and experiences of various forms of migration, mobility, displacement and diversity.

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham was founded in 2012 to break new ground in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research on international migration, forced displacement, and migration-driven superdiversity. Ever since, it has been at the forefront of empirical and theory-driven research into refugee and migrant integration, migration governance and policies, research methods in/for superdiverse contexts, irregularised migration, youth migration, and wellbeing in different welfare regimes.

For the past decade, shifts in the international order and major global and regional events have changed international and internal migration, transforming societies of immigration and emigration, in turn, challenging migration scholars to reflect on and reassess their methods and epistemologies.

Looking back to look forward is the theme of the 2022 IRIS international conference. The conference will address key dimensions and changes in contemporary migration studies research, both in the past decade and for the decade ahead. 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Cecilia Menjívar, University of California Los Angeles and President of the American Sociological Association
  • Professor Steve Vertovec, Director of Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany

Call for Papers and Panel Submissions

Please note that the call for papers and panel submissions has now closed.

How do changes and continuities in the global order and international migration, including the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and the European border regime, legacies of empire and challenges to the sending and receiving country divide, shape research on migration today? What new concepts and theories do we need to address the challenges and opportunities of migration-driven diversity? How do local, national, international and transnational processes interact? How do migrants and other local communities respond to and act upon a rapidly changing scenario, shaped by intersecting experiences such as age, racialisation, gender and sexuality? How does the study of migration need to change to be ready for the transformations in the decade ahead, including by decolonising research and developing more collaborative work across borders and regions?

IRiS invites abstracts for paper and panel proposals that address these and other questions in empirical, theoretical and methodological contemporary migration studies research. We welcome academics at all career stages from a range of disciplines in the social and health sciences and the humanities, policy makers and practitioners to submit innovative papers and panel proposals. 

Find more information and details in the full Call for Papers and Panels

Further info: please contact Paladia Ziss, Conference Manager pxz991@bham.ac.uk