American Sociological Association International Migration Section Mini-Conference: “Shaping the Future of Immigration Research”


American Sociological Association International Migration Section Mini-Conference: “Shaping the Future of Immigration Research” 
Friday, August 9, 2013
Concourse Level of the Graduate Center-CUNY  
Conference co-organizers
Margaret M. Chin, Hunter College-CUNY [email protected]
Van C. Tran, University of Pennsylvania [email protected]  
Conference co-sponsors
The International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Hunter College of the City University of New York  
Background and Details  
The goal of Shaping the Future is to provide a venue for more sustained conversation among scholars and stu- dents of immigration than is often possible at ASA, and to facilitate informal interactions between researchers at different career stages, including graduate students, junior faculty and senior faculty. The conference will be free to all IM section members, although advance registration will be required. Registration will be open in late Spring 2013.   
Shaping the Future will run one full day. It will feature two sets of concurrent roundtables, one book panel and two keynote panels. The first set of roundtables will focus on research challenges and professional development issues. The second set of roundtables will be organized around substantive research topics on international migra- tion. The book panel will focus on books that have been published in the last two years (2012-2013). This was de- signed to be a spotlight on the most recent and cutting edge scholarship within the field. Given our intention to promote interactions among members across different career stages, this panel will feature work by both junior and senior scholars, with preference being given to junior scholars if we have to make a decision. There will be two keynote panels, which will bring together academics, journalists, activists, and policymakers with experiences mediating between the policy and academic worlds. These panels offer an opportunity to reflect on the contribu- tions of the IM field as a whole and to explore how immigration research can contribute to our understanding of American society and public policy in the decade ahead.   
We appreciate the overwhelming support for the conference that we have received from our section’s members at our IM business meeting in Denver. At this time, we would like to invite your thoughts and suggestions on the research topics that you would like to see highlighted in the conference program. Given the space constraints, we cannot promise that we could implement all your suggestions, but we will take all of them into consideration in consultation with members of the steering committee and our IM chair.   
Please write to us at [email protected] and [email protected] by November 15th.
We will keep you posted as we move forward with the conference planning.  
Tentative Schedule  
8:30-9:00 AM:  Continental breakfast  
9:00-10:15 AM:  First set of roundtables on professional development
10:15-10:45 AM:  Coffee break  
10:45-12:00 PM:  Keynote panel #1
12:00-1:30 PM:  Luncheon + book panel  
1:30-2:00 PM:   Coffee break  
2:00-3:15 PM:   Second set of roundtables on substantive research topics  
3:15-3:45 PM:  Coffee break
3:45-5:00 PM:  Keynote panel #2
5:00-6:00 PM:   Closing reception   
Steering Committee
Philip Kasinitz (Graduate Center-CUNY)
Nancy Foner (Hunter College & Graduate Center-CUNY)
Richard Alba (Graduate Center-CUNY)
Sofya Aptekar (Max Planck Institute & Graduate Center-CUNY)
Mehdi Bozorgmehr (City College-CUNY)
Hector Cordero-Guzman (Baruch College-CUNY)
Greta Gilbertson (Fordham University)
Diana Pan (Brooklyn College-CUNY)
Holly Reed (Queens College-CUNY)
Robert Courtney Smith (Baruch College-CUNY) 



Time and Place:

Date:   Friday, Aug 09, 2013
Venue:   Concourse Level of the Graduate Center-CUNY
City/Twon:   New York
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