Migration, Border-Crimes and Human Rights: The Problems of Identities and Representation in Africa and African Diaspora

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October 3, 2019 to October 5, 2019
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Human Rights, Humanities, Immigration & Migration History / Studies

An International Conference organized by the Conflict and Gender Rights Research Forum, US; and Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois in Collaboration with University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Veritas University, Abuja, Nigeria; Dominican University, Ibadan; and Faculty of Law Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

October 3-5, 2019

Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, USA

Conference Theme:

Reframing migration and human rights; border crime and international security in the discourse of globalization and human development.

Call for Papers               

Migration, identity and states’ boundaries are increasingly becoming important concepts that dominate international debates in the Social Sciences. Largely viewed from social and historical perspectives, migration is framed as transition or territory of political, social, and economic mobility (I. Chambers, 2008). With prevalence of war and armed conflicts across Africa and Asia, the concepts of migration, identity, rights and international security have become increasingly controversial. Contemporary debates link migration with transborder activities such as banditry, human trafficking, smuggling, proliferation of arms, money laundering and terrorism. The representations on crime statistics contrast with emerging quest to promoting Asylum Rights and migrants’ protective laws. Nonetheless, the innovations brought by the 2013 UN General Assembly High Level Dialogue (HLD) on the promotion of human rights, equality and sustainability of migrants across the world are still challenged. The 2018 World Report on Refugee indicated alarming record of over 68.5 million refugees scattered across the world with Africa ranking the highest (Report on World Refugee Day, 2018).  The basic tenets of universal human rights are undermined while the principles of social and economic globalization are fantasized in the rhetoric of international security.


In the light of these issues, our conference opens debate on migration, human rights issues and the problems of representation. It re-evaluates the intersectionalities between mobility, identity, rights and security. The scholarly discussions will explore the interconnections on sites of transit—the imaginary and transitory spaces in border crossing, the visible and the invisible sites. The aim among others is to re-accentuate the important linkages between migration and human rights; migration, crime and international security; migration, globalization and human development.


We welcome contributions across disciplines. We invite scholars, lawyers and human rights activists, non-governmental organizations, politicians, policymakers, social workers and students to participate. We welcome abstracts/proposals on the following/related sub-themes:

  • Migration and Problem of Definition
  • Conflicts, Displacement and Border Crossing in Africa and Re-presentation
  • Framing Border Crossing, Social Identity and Crime
  • Migration and the Problems of Human Rights
  • Migration, Education and Human Development
  • Border Crossing, Health and Humanitarian Issues
  • Rights to Asylum in Border-Crossing
  • Laws of International Security and Freedom of Movement
  • Border-Crossing and Challenges to International Security
  • Migration, Pastoralism, Colonisation and Conflicts 
  • Migration, Border Crime and Representation
  • Migration and Contemporary Immigration Laws
  • The Humanitarian Situations of Refugee and Internal Displaced Persons in Africa
  • The Roles of NGOs and Humanitarian aids Workers
  • The Politics of Migration and Cross-Bordering
  • Cross-Bordering, Identity and Regional Diplomacy
  • Sub-Saharan Trade, Migration and the Question of
  • Migration and International Policy
  • Migration and Economic Globalization
  • Migration and Political Globalization
  • Migration, Pastoralism and Colony-Conflicts
  • Migration, Education and Human Development
  • Migration in African Literature
  • Migration and Arts


Interested contributors should submit their abstracts of 100–150 words (including the heading and key words) not later than 14th August 2019. Abstracts and full papers should be submitted to: conflictsandgenderights2018@gmail.com Selected articles would be published as a Special Issue on peer-reviewed Impact Factor Journal. The conference registration fee is: $100.


Important Dates

14th August 2019: Deadline for submission of abstract

10th September 2019: Deadline for submission of full paper

3-5 October 2019: Conference at Dominican University, River Forest, IL, US




The Conference Director

Dominican University
7900 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305 USA
Telephone: (708) 366 – 2490






Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Chicago West O'Hare Airport Area

Reservation fee- @Conference Discount Rate: $89 per night

Contact: +1 866-238-4218


Contact Info: 

Carol Ijeoma Njoku, Ph. D

Conference Organising Chair

Director, Conflict and Gender Rights Research Forum

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Professor Nkuzi Nnam, Ph. D

Director/Local Organiser

Dominican University

River Forest Illinois, US

+1708 366 – 2490