CANCELLED: The Annual Oxford Migration Conference Call for Papers

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Note from the organisers:

The Oxford Migration Studies Society (OMSS) hopes that everyone is safe and would like to would like to express our solidarity with those who have been affected by the current global pandemic. OMSS also would like to thank those who have submitted their abstracts and showed interest in the Annual Oxford Migration Conference: “Reimagining Migration Narratives”. 

Regretfully, we have decided to cancel the conference, which was supposed to take place in Oxford, May 14-15. We’ve come to this difficult decision bearing in mind that many participants and speakers are already affected by travel restrictions, and out of concern for public health. 

Nevertheless, we are planning to convert the conference into an alternative, online format. We are actively working on the logistics of this format and expect to be able to provide you with more details soon. This means that we are proceeding with the selection process and you should hear from us in early April. In the meantime, please let us know if you have questions or concerns, and take care of yourselves. 

We thank you for your patience and for your understanding.


The Oxford Migration Studies Society and TORCH Migration and Mobility Network invite academics, researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders to present original research, case studies or empirical insights at the University of Oxford during the conference “Reimagining Migration Narratives” which will take place on the 14th-15th May 2020 in Oxford, UK.

Conference Objectives & Themes
The conference will focus on explaining, comparing and unpacking the stories that surround refugees, migrants and migration. In light of the power of narratives in shaping refugee and migrant lives, migration policies, and the ways we think about migration, the conference “Reimagining Migration Narratives” aims to critically (1) de-construct and re-construct contemporary representations and discourses surrounding refugees, migrants and migration in different sectors ranging from academia and media to policy, to name a few; (2) examine theoretical and methodological questions related to the production and silencing of narratives about migration within academia and beyond, and (3) reflect on whose stories and which kinds of stories are legitimised as well as on the power of storytelling and the arts in challenging existing discourses and crafting new narratives.

For the conference on the 14th and 15th May 2020, we invite 10-15-minutes presentations that speak to the broader conference theme and that are related to at least one of the subtopics presented below:

• Representations & Identity
• Knowledge Production & Methodology
• Storytelling
• Policy & Migration
• Migration & the Arts

This conference aims to generate inter-disciplinary dialogue between and among academics, researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders. Therefore, we invite abstracts from practitioners and researchers at all levels and disciplinary perspectives including, but not limited to: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Journalism, Law, Socio-Legal Studies, Languages, Literature, Linguistics, Medicine, Musicology, Psychology, Public Health, Performing Arts, Political Science and Sociology.
Submission Guidelines
Abstracts (250 words max; 5 keywords) specifying your contribution should be sent to by 23rd March 2020. Please specify if your paper falls within one of the subtopics above.

Decisions will be communicated by 13th April.

Groups or individuals outside of universities are especially encouraged to submit a paper but please note we cannot guarantee travel subsidiaries and organisers cannot offer advice on transport and accommodation.

Conference fee: We strive to make this conference as accessible as possible, and so our
priority has been to limit fees. This conference charges £10 for all faculty members and £5
for all graduate students and other non-faculty. Please contact us if these fees present an
obstacle, and we will be happy to accommodate.

Contact Details

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Twitter: @OxfordMSS