International Conference ITN CoHaB
“Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging”
September 22-24, 2013

Our globalised world is shaped by international migration. Large numbers of individuals and often entire groups or even nations are on the move for a wide variety of reasons. This phenomenon creates massive challenges to nation states and civil societies, culturally, economically, and politically, but also creates opportunities and new perspectives in an unprecedented degree. The study of diaspora and migration has therefore evolved into a burgeoning field of research with an urgent practical relevance.

As Khachig Tölölyan argues in his essay “The Contemporary Discourse of Diaspora Studies,” the current focus in diaspora seems to be on the notion of dispersal rather than settlement. Stable concepts of home and belonging have, for a variety of reasons, become the exception rather than the rule. As a result, the traditional focus of diaspora studies needs to be widened by extending it to the diasporic meaning of home — a place generally associated with security and comfort — and the diasporic construction of belonging in our modern time.

Confirmed keynote speakers include  Homi K. Bhabha (Harvard University),  Ihab Hassan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Amitava Kumar (Vassar College) and Pnina Werbner (Keele University).

Organising Institution:
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
English Department, Chair of British Studies
Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer

Englisches Seminar
Johannisstr. 12-20
48143 Muenster

Find out more.



10th Annual IMISCOE Conference, Malmö, Sweden, 26-27 August 2013

Workshop organized on behalf of:
TRANSMIG - Transnational Practices in Migration research-group within the IMISCOE Research Network and the Marie Curie ITN CoHaB, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

From the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University:
Professor Erik Olsson
Tania González, Tekalign Ayalew and Siri A. Schwabe, PhD candidates and CoHaB Early Stage Researchers

August 27, 13.30-15.00.
Workshop no 8:
Everyday Experiences of Crisis in Transnational and Diasporic Contexts

Call for Papers
On behalf of TRANSMIG - Transnational Practices in Migration research-group within the IMISCOE Research Network and the Marie Curie ITN CoHaB at the Department of Social Anthropology (Stockholm University) this workshop invites papers that address the impact and consequence of crisis on the daily lives of people within transnational and diasporic spaces. This call is directed to both senior researchers and PhD candidates with on-going projects within the field.
This workshop will deal with migratory, transnational and diasporic practices within changing scenarios caused by crises such as (but not exclusively) the current European economic crisis. With that, we call for papers that address, for instance, how crises transcend economics and move into the social realm, even across borders, both affecting migrants, countries of residence, homelands and those left behind. As such, the main focus of the workshop will be on practice and everyday life within transnational and diasporic contexts marked by crisis.

Examples of thematic framing:
1) Transnational ties within families and social networks. Papers within this theme could focus on remittances, reunification and family law, return or circular migration, gender and generational relationships and how these phenomena are affected by crisis.
2) Migration policy and the welfare state. Papers could focus on policy on both national and EU level with a particular interest in the impact on everyday life of for instance increases in deportations and enforced border control, but also restrictions in relation to, for instance, welfare rights and civil rights.
3) Changing perceptions of homeland and belonging. Papers falling under this theme could deal with issues of change brought about by crisis in connection to, for instance, belonging via material connections such as land or houses acquired in the homeland or importing/exporting goods, but also how the imagination, memories and narratives change and interplay with migrants’ ideas of home.

More information about the CFP.

The workshop will take place during the 10th Annual IMISCOE Conference hosted by the IMISCOE partner institute Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) on 26- 27 August 2013. The conference brings together researchers from the IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe)
Research Network and other academic and research institutions. The event is open to everyone, registered network members and non-members alike.

Abstracts should be sent to Tania González ( by June 17. They should be written in English, and include:

  • the applicant’s name, affiliation and contact details
  • paper title
  • an abstract (300 - 400 words) of the paper
  • a short list of keywords

Accepted papers of approximately 3.000-5.000 words should be sent to Tania González ( no later than August 5. The author(s) will be expected to present their papers for 15-20 minutes at the workshop session in Malmö.


  • June 17: Deadline for abstracts
  • July 1: Notification of acceptance decision
  • August 9: Deadline for papers
  • August 26 or 27: Workshop (a 90-minute slot will be allocated by the conference organisers)

All conference participants must register for the conference. For information on how to register please visit the conference website: Please note that neither the conference organizers nor IMISCOE have funds available for workshop presenters. Workshop organizers are not responsible for securing funding for their presenters.