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The Meaning of Migration

A JOMEC Journal One-Day Conference - Thursday, 17 April 2014

JOMEC Journal will hold a free one-day conference on the topic of migration during Easter recess 2014, with a view to publishing a selection of papers in a special issue of the journal in winter 2014-5.

A topic central to political agendas, featuring daily in national and global news headlines and positioned as of considerable consequence to publics within and across nation states around the world – liberal democratic and otherwise – the meaning, or social, cultural and political significance of migration has become of immense importance to scholars across a range of disciplinary fields.

Beginning with a keynote from Professor Terry Threadgold, the conference will bring together over 20 original papers exploring the meaning of migration from a variety of theoretical perspectives and/or methodological approaches, and through a range of themes including:

  • Dominant or alternative media or political discourses on migration
  • Migration and neoliberalism or globalisation
  • Migration and questions of citizenship or belonging
  • Migration and cultural or legal norms
  • International convergence, or sharing of migration policy regimes
  • Securitisation, disciplinary techniques, surveillance technologies or border controls
  • Migrant testimonies and/or hidden or untold migration stories (e.g., of detention or deportation);
  • Relationships between human rights and immigration systems or policies
  • Analyses of particular forms of migration in relation to any of the above themes (e.g., labour migration, family migration, student visas, asylum seeking and refugees, human trafficking, other forms of forced migration, internal displacement, emigration).

Registration to attend the conference is now open. The conference is free and open to all, but please book a place by following this link, as numbers will be limited.

The day will begin at 9.30am with the first session opening at 10am. Full details of the conference schedule will appear on this page in due course.


Any questions or queries about the Meaning of Migration conference should be directed to Dr Kerry Moore.


Follow the link for abstracts of the conference's speakers.

Papers will be given by: Laura Hall, Ivan Darias Alfonso, Xin Zhang, Kostas Maronitis Costel Grigoras, Maria Ravlik, Jiska Engelbert & Isabel Awad, Idil Osman, Yasmin Ibrahim & Anita Howarth, Paul Bowman, Hiu Chan, Esther Berg, Katia Balabanova & Alex Balch, Dorrie Chetty, Michelle Lawson, Sara Marino, Hector Kamdem, Alida Payson.

The Meaning of Migration in UK news

Read Dr Kerry Moore's post 'The Meaning of Migration in UK news' on the JOMEC Blog


Download the schedule (PDF)


Welcome from Dr Kerry Moore
Keynote:Professor Terry Threadgold
Room: 0.53

Coffee Break

Morning Parallel Sessions

Panel 1
Experiences of Migration
Room: 1.40

Panel 2
Border policing, violence & insecurity
Room: 1.50

Lunch Break

Early Afternoon Parallel Sessions

Panel 3
Mediated Migration Politics
Room: 1.40

Panel 4
(Dis)embodied migration
Room: 1.50

Coffee Break

Late Afternoon Parallel Sessions

Panel 5
Migration News
Room: 1.40

Panel 6
Creative Practice, Identity & Social Change
Room: 1.50

Final Reflections from Dr Kerry Moore
Room 0.53

Conference Close