European Politics and Migration: Actors, Discourses and Practices
Call for papers
International Student Conference, Krakow, Jagiellonian University.
Deadline for abstract submission: 21 December 2018
It has now become clear that the migration crisis will be at the centre of the debates for the upcoming 2019 European elections and already constitutes, perhaps, the main line of cleavage in European politics.
First, at the national level, several nationalist parties and politicians capitalised on the migration crisis to increase their popularity. As such, while the National Rally (ex-National Front) reached the second round of the presidential elections in France in 2017, Fidesz confirmed its popularity during the Hungarian parliamentary elections of 2018, besides the freshly appointed German minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer seriously challenging the inclusive approach on migration of Chancellor Merkel. In Sweden, Italy, Austria, Poland, a surge of nationalist parties could also be observed over the last years.
Then, at the European level, two opposed visions of Europe arose on the embers of the migration crisis. On the one hand, a liberal and pro-migration side, often pushing for more European integration and led by the Paris-Berlin axis; on the other hand, a nationalist, sovereignist and anti-migration faction, led by Budapest and its V4 allies, with the cooperation of Vienna and Rome.
More than ever, it appears crucial to take distance from the news, providing a space for reflection and exchange on the politicisation of the migration crisis. Which actors and institutions are involved in the dispute over migration? What political alliances are emerging out of this situation? What are the similarities and differences between thepolitical discourses on migration in the different European states? What (counter)practices are emerging from the current political crises? These are some of the questions that we seek to discuss during this conference.
Aims of the conference
The aim of this one-day conference is to provide a venue for young researchers (MA and PhD students) to present their research on migration in Europe. While being an opportunity for students to gain experience and constructive feedback on their research, this conference is also designed to allow for the exchange of opinions and arguments to further understanding the contemporary politics on migration in Europe.
Papers and presentations
We welcome proposals from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and themes, including but not limited to:
– State management of the migration crisis
– Political struggle at the EU level over the issue of migration
– Civil society actors and their influence in the debates
– National debates on migration
– Gender perspectives on migration
– Interplay of the different political levels (European, regional, national, local)
– Local initiatives
– Relations between the EU and its neighbours (e.g. Balkans, Turkey)
– Good practices in refugee integration
Each presentation should be 15 minutes long, followed by questions and feedback .
Any MA and PhD student researching on migration and politics in the European context can apply.
Further details and how to apply: download pdf of CFP