International Conference - Welcoming Migrants in the City : Interrogating Urban Policy and Civic Action

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Call for Papers
May 12, 2022 to May 13, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Borderlands, Government and Public Service, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Public Policy, Social Sciences

This international symposium, held at the University of Toulouse - Jean-Jaurès, France, proposes to explore the underlying processes in the construction of welcoming initiatives towards migrants in urban areas, to question the theoretical frameworks that support them, including the duty of hospitality in humanitarian action, the offer of “sanctuary” by local authorities in conflict with the State, and the cosmopolitan and progressive image of the “welcoming city”. The conference aims to continue these lines of analysis in an international perspective, by bringing together scholars from Europe, the Americas, Africa, and beyond, in order to interrogate the urban reception of migrants from perspectives that are complementary and attentive to specific environments, in terms of the characteristics of migration dynamics and the existing forms of action. Approaches from anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, law, and urban studies are welcome, in order to participate in a multidisciplinary and multi-scalar dialogue that we hope can make a significant contribution to the field.

Proposals of approximately 500 words, in English or French, as well as a short biography (5-10 lines) should be sent before January 10th 2022 to A text and, if possible, slides offering a visual outline of the presentation, should be sent by April 30th. The organizers will offer funding for travel expenses for the junior researchers that request it.

Program committee :

Lionel Arnaud (Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier)

Laurent Faret (Université de Paris)

Annalisa Lendaro (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès)

Stephanie Lima (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès)

Hasnia-Sonia Missaoui (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès)

Hilary Sanders (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès)

Contact Info: 

Hilary Sanders