CFC: Handbook of Migration Crises (OUP)

Marie Ruiz Discussion

Handbook of Migration Crises

Oxford University Press

Immanuel Ness (New York University) and Marie Ruiz (Université Paris Diderot – LARCA UMR 8225)


Over time, economic, religious, political or demographic crises, as well as wars and conflicts have resulted in massive displacements of people, and have triggered major diasporic movements. Though conflicts and wars undoubtedly elucidate many migration crises, the diverse nature of historical mass exoduses accounts for the multiplicity of explanations of the phenomenon. A Handbook of Migration Crises is an edited volume focusing on historical and ongoing migration crises, which purpose is to provide answers and definitions to major worldwide critical migration situations. Combining diverse theoretical and epistemological approaches (psychology, politics, history, anthropology...), it aims at offering a comprehensive definition of migration crises. Studying both migrants’ departures and arrivals, this handbook shall bring the topics of crises and migrations to the fore. Allowing its readers to better understand mass human displacements which have left a heavy imprint worldwide, this volume shall constitute a ground-breaking historical, political, theoretical, and epistemological study of migration crises. Providing rich and diverse explanations of migration crises, this multidisciplinary book tackles a very current question that needs to be answered. 

Covering all geographical areas, papers relating to the following themes are welcome:

The Crisis notion

  1. Epistemology of migration crisis (historical and social studies)
  2. Migration theory and crisis
  3. Rural poverty and inequality
  4. Globalisation and population growth
  5. Migration and popular culture
  6. Psychology and migration crises
  7. Migrants and the European experience
  8. Populism, right-wing nationalism and the European migration crisis

Legacy of migrations

  1. Dynamic of 18th and 19th migrations
  2. 20th–21st century migrations
  3. Major case studies of migration crisis drawn from 17th-21st centuries
  4. Forced migrations
  5. Maritime migrations
  6. Indigenous displacement and mass migration

Labour, colonialism and displacement

  1. Economic and migration crises (economic emigration, famines, economic crises)
  2. Imperial mass migrations (empires’ consolidation and population displacement)
  3. Migration crises and labour markets
  4. Settler colonialism
  5. Capitalism and migrations

War, genocide and disasters

  1. Migration crises and extreme regimes
  2. Wars and migration crises
  3. Xenophobia in migration crises (genocides and migrant receptions)
  4. Religion and migration crises (religious groups displacement, religious intolerance)
  5. Ecological crises
  6. Migrants and terrorism

Family, gender, and sexuality

  1. Gender and Social Exclusion
  2. Family and gender (families, women and children in migration crises)
  3. Adult migration
  4. Child migration
  5. LGBTQ migration and human rights
  6. Homophobia and migration crisis
  7. Left behind populations
  8. Marriage migrations
  9. Sexual abuse in migration
  10. Sex trafficking
  11. Education and schooling in migration crises
  12. Education and highly skilled migrants

Refugees and Human Rights

  1. Migration crises and international cooperation
  2. International refugee programs
  3. Migration crises and public health issues
  4. Humanitarian migration crises (NGOs and philanthropic societies in migration crises)
  5. Institutions and migration crises (the UNO; local and world institutions)
  6. Smugglers and migration crises (role of smugglers and preventive actions)

300-word abstracts, along with short academic biographies (100 words), should be submitted to both editors: and The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 10, 2016.