"Social Mobility and Migration. Multidisciplinary Perspectives"
European Academy, Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), 21st June 2011
Institute for Minority Rights, European Academy (EURAC) and Zentrum für MigrantInnen in Tirol (ZeMiT)
Social mobility is a crucial topic in the debate and research around migration. The elimination of inequalities in the host communities and the acquisition of competences by migrants and citizens with migration background are essential in improving their status. The key to the functioning of intercultural societies is economic, social and political participation, dialogue and willingness of all parties to be active citizens in a new societal environment. The process of bringing migrants and individuals with migration background to the equal social status in the society requires work in the field of legal framework, social affairs, labour market, education and culture. The policies concerning migrants and individuals with migration background should have a holistic approach, focusing on social and economic mobility, education, health, social services and participation in the wider societal life.
The goal of the international, cross-disciplinary conference "Social Mobility and Migration. Multidisciplinary Perspectives" is to create a forum where dialogue will develop between scholars and practitioners. Participants can in such a way share knowledge and experience about the challenges of migration and analyse, through a multi- disciplinary approach, different perspectives of social mobility.
Our keynote speakers are, among others, Prof. Dora Kostakopoulou and Prof. Marco Martiniello.
We welcome abstracts addressing the following themes:
1. Role of networks in social mobility
The role of formal and informal networks for migrants and the impact on their opportunities in the labour market, education and other spheres of life is the focus of this panel. Papers addressing the challenges to social mobility and those proposing the ways for improving it are particularly encouraged.
2. Small municipalities and international migration
This panel will evaluate the dynamics of social and economic participation in small municipalities by looking at the following aspects: Which structures and mechanisms are used to foster the participation of migrants into the local communities? What are the problems encountered? What is the role of various stakeholders? Papers analysing strategies aiming at improving participation and social mobility in small municipalities, particularly through comparative perspectives, are welcome.
3. Innovative methodologies for addressing discrimination and racism
To address and counteract xenophobia, discrimination and racism this panel will accept papers presenting and analysing innovative and creative methods of awareness raising and advocating anti-discrimination .
We invite paper proposals which analyse the issues addressed within the broader themes. Those wishing to present at the conference are invited to submit an abstract of maximum 500 words and a short CV (max 150 words) to lana.pasic@eurac. edu by January 15th, 2010. Please indicate the names, affiliation and contact details of contributors. The paper proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee composed, among others, by Roberta Medda-Windischer (EURAC) and Gerhard Hetfleisch(ZEMIT) . The contributors will be notified of the decision of the Committee by the end of February 2011. After the conference, we plan to publish an edited collection with selected papers.
We appreciate your interest in the Conference, and we look forward to receiving your submissions. Please be so kind to forward this Call for Papers to your contacts and networks
who might be interested.
The Institute of Minority Rights has over the years conducted research on the subject of minority protection, ethnic conflict resolution and peaceful coexistence.
The Institute is also involved in numerous projects in the area of minority protection and diversity management.
The Conference is part of the MigrAlp project co-financied by Interreg Italy/Austria
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