Interdisciplinary conference on Turkish Migration.

Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies invites scholars, researchers, students, policy makers and media to the next interdisciplinary conference on Turkish Migration.

The conference will be held at Regent's University London campus in Regent's Park, London, UK from 30 May to 1 June 2014. The conference is devoted to investigating Turkish migration dynamics and patterns, migrant experiences, costs of migration, economic, social, educational and cultural outcomes.

We welcome contributions from scholars and students from anthropology, demography, economics, psychology, sociology, development studies and other disciplines with an interest in Turkish migration to submit papers and posters on any aspect related to Turkish migrations around the world. Contributions with comparative perspectives are particularly welcome. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach to migration dynamics and patterns drawing on comparative studies of international and internal migration processes, the Turkish Migration Conference will include contributions covering both country of origin, transit, and destination countries focusing on human mobility from Turkey, to Turkey and in Turkey.

The conference will feature invited talks, parallel and special sessions, workshops, and policy sessions where practitioners, politicians and media representatives will discuss Turkish migration. There will be opportunities for side-meetings and social activities.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • internal migration
  • international migration 
  • movers, non-movers 
  • culture of migration 
  • gender and migration 
  • return and onward migration 
  • departures, destinations, arrivals, transit 
  • borderlands 
  • trafficking and irregular migration 
  • retirees and elderly migration 
  • everyday experiences 
  • education and human capital 
  • brain drain 
  • care drain 
  • remittances 
  • migration and trade/FDI 
  • migration and entrepreneurship
  • migration and development 
  • migrant consumers and consumption 
  • social, cultural, and political networks 
  • migrant associations 
  • religious organisationsmigration and literature 
  • migration, arts and culture 
  • transnational and multicultural practices 
  • identities, ethnicit(ies), and minorities 
  • religion and religious communities 
  • Kurdish diaspora 
  • Alevi diaspora 
  • data and methods in migration research 
  • grounded theory in migration studies 
  • case method in migration research
  • Bayesian methods in migration research 
  • homeland, displacement, Diaspora 
  • new generations in diaspora
  • discrimination, xenophobia 
  • migration and inequalities 
  • conflict and human insecurity 
  • migration politics in Turkey and in destination countries 
  • legal frameworks and policies 
  • migration and citizenship 
  • political participation 
  • asylum and refugees 
  • health and well-being 
  • sexuality and migration 
  • aging, fertility and migration


Methods workshops:

Special sessions:

Confirmed Invited Speakers include:

  • Alice Bloch, University of Manchester
  • Ozan Ceyhun, MEP (1998-2004), SPD, Germany
  • Barry Chiswick, George Washington University
  • Ayse Caglar, University of Vienna
  • Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University
  • Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University
  • Philip L. Martin, University of California Davis 

Submission guidelines: 7 pages (4000 words).

Please see the conference paper template.

Submission deadline: 1st April, 2014.

The selected papers will be grouped into thematic categories. There will be parallel sessions. Each presenter will be allocated up to 20 minutes, including time for discussion.

Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants themselves. There will be a limited number of registration fee waivers for participants under exceptional circumstances.

Important deadlines:

  • 24 September 2013, Tuesday: Submission of abstracts (300 words) and session proposals.
  • 29 October 2013, Tuesday: Author notifications
  • 1 April 2014, Wednesday: Submission of full papers (7 pages maximum) or extended abstracts (word or pdf files). Please see the conference paper template.
  • 28 March 2014: Early Bird Full Conference Registration deadline
  • 9 May 2014, Friday: Final Registration deadline

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Time and Place:

Date:   Friday, May 30, 2014
Venue:   Regent's University London campus in Regent's Park, London, UK
Address:   Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies
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