MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY will host the sixth annual graduate student research conference on migration,
welcoming papers on the theme Migration With(out) Boundaries. Migration Studies is a burgeoning and alltoo-
relevant area of academic attention, and the conference brings together a cohort of scholars working on
any thematic, conceptual, spatial, or temporal aspect of human migration from any disciplinary perspective.
Submissions are welcome from academics at any stage of their graduate career, and may include research
designs, dissertation or thesis chapters, methodological models, works in progress, and preliminary findings. At the
last five conferences, graduate students from six continents have presented research from disciplines across the
social sciences and humanities.
A keynote address will be held on the evening of Friday, October 6, delivered by Prof. Madeline Hsu of the University of Texas at Austin. Past keynote speakers have included: Nancy Foner (Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, 2016), Dawn Chatty (University of Oxford, 2015), José Moya (Barnard College, 2014), Donna Gabaccia (University of Minnesota, 2013), and Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
(University of Southern California, 2012).
Paper sessions will take place on Saturday, October 7. Michigan State University faculty representing the field of migration studies across numerous disciplines and departments will serve as discussants.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Abstracts Due: Friday, August 18
Acceptance Notification: Friday, September 1
Attendance Confirmation: Friday, September 8
Paper Submission: Friday, September 22
Applicants are encouraged to submit a panel proposal. This will include a title and abstract for the panel as a
whole, as well as individual titles and abstracts for each constituent paper. Each abstract should be no more
than 300 words. Please include the home institution and affiliated department(s) of each presenter. The Migration
With(out) Boundaries Organizing Committee will assign discussants and chairs from MSU for accepted panels.
Abstracts for individual papers will also be accepted. Please refer to the directions regarding keywords if you are
submitting an individual paper.
E-mail submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you plan to submit a panel or individual abstract and require a visa to travel to the United States, please notify us
before the Aug. 18 deadline. We are happy to provide a letter of invitation/acceptance for your visa application.
We provide limited travel grants. If you wish to be considered for a travel award, please provide a brief statement
of need and a preliminary budget with your application. Free housing is available, so travel grants are for
transportation expenses only.
A $25 conference fee will be due upon confirmation of attendance.
To facilitate panel organization for individual papers, applicants should note 4-5 relevant keywords for their
topic, selected from EACH of the categories below:
Geographic: Country/Region (ex: Morocco/MENA; USA/North America, Japan/East Asia, etc.)
Migration “type”: forced migration; internal migration; South-South migration; imperial migrations/colonization;
elite migration; refugees; climate migration
Thematic: religion; transnationalism; education; health; science; class; race; ethnicity; post-colonialism;
family; youth; gender; technologies of mobility; immigrant entrepreneurship; language/literature; linguistics;
citizenship; policy; development; comparative migrations