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First Call for Papers

Children and Migration: identities, mobilities and belonging(s)

9-11 April 2008

Venue: University College Cork, Ireland

Abstracts are invited for this international and interdisciplinary conference exploring childhood and migration. Confirmed plenary speakers include Jill Rutter (Institute for Public Policy Research, IPPR), and Katy Gardner and Kanwal Mand (University of Sussex). An open forum on meeting the needs of migrant children will also be included.
While a wealth of research exists in the broad area of migration and childhood from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds, there are few opportunities to bring this together in an integrated forum. This conference aims to provide such a forum by focusing on the intersection of these research and policy areas, focusing on children's own experiences and perspectives of migration, diaspora and transnationalism. One of the main aims of the event is to facilitate a dialogue between academic, practitioner and policy-maker perspectives. It is hoped the conference will also be an opportunity to bring together related but distinct areas of research/policy, for example national dynamics of integration with transnational processes, and, children's experiences of migration with the experiences of children and youth in ethnic minorities.

Therefore we welcome papers which explore all aspects of children's migrations, transnational childhoods, diasporic childhood/youth, including internal and international migration, traveller and nomadic lifestyles, and return migration.

Papers using qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods approaches are welcome, particularly those using new participatory methodologies with children.

We welcome papers including the following and other related topics:

Comparative approaches to children's experiences of different migration regimes, eg, children's experiences of forced migration and asylum-seeking processes, children in labour migrant families, experiences of documented/undocumented status in different national contexts, children and internal migration, separated children
Children's transnational experiences, and transnational families and lifestyles (including families fragmented by international migration, as well as mobile global elites, and return migrant families)
Children's perspectives on ethnic, migrant and other identities, and their experiences of racialisation, integration, and peer networks (across different social spaces such as home, school, neighbourhood, and public spaces)
Cross-cultural research methods and ethics in research on children and migration
Analyses of policy responses to the needs of migrant children and youth, including education policies and practices incorporating intercultural dimensions
Parenting in immigrant and ethnic minority families, children's roles in migrant families, children's participation in migration decision-making, children's rights

Abstracts are also invited for posters in these areas.

The conference is supported by a Marie Curie Excellence Grant and is hosted by the Marie Curie Migrant Children Research Team, Department of Geography, University College Cork.

A limited number of bursaries for postgraduate students, unwaged and contract researchers will be made available.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 October 2007. Expressions of interest and offers of papers/posters are welcome prior to the deadline.

Abstracts, expressions of interest and enquiries should be sent to: Caitríona Ní Laoire, Migrant Children Research Team, Department of Geography, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Conference information will be available on the website.

Details such as conference fees, how to apply for a bursary, registration forms, etc. will be made available on the website in the coming months.

Dr. Naomi Bushin
Marie Curie Excellence Grant Postdoctoral Researcher
Migrant Children Project
Geography Department
University College Cork
Cork City

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