Call for Papers & Special Session(s): Kurdish Migration

9 10 2015

UniVienlogoSubmissions are invited to the tracks of special sessions on Kurdish Migration and Diaspora at the 4th Turkish Migration Conference 2016 hosted by the University of Vienna from Tuesday 12 July to Friday 15 July 2016.

This particular track aims to attract papers on Kurdish migration and diaspora communities. The conveners particularly encourage comparative and interdisciplinary papers focusing on the following issues, with regards to Kurds, Kurdistan and the Kurdish diaspora, though submissions on any relevant area of interest are welcome: (a) Kurdish migration, border crossings, zones, (b) displacement, asylum and Kurdish migration, (c) borders, regions and languages, (d) nationalism, ethnicity and migration in Kurdish context, (e) checkpoints, minefields and militarized geographies, (f) Kurdish migration and cross- fertilization, (g) mobility, state boundaries and sovereignty, (h) gender and Kurdish migration, (i) Kurdish migration and identity, (j) education and Kurdish migration, (k) Kurdish arts, literature and migration, (l) statelessness, mobility and conflict, (m) trade and mobility, (n) Kurdish migration, sexuality and health, (o) Kurdish migration and the environment.

TMC conferences are unique in its dynamic, complex focus on Turkish migration. The scientific programme organizes papers around thematic topics and includes invited talks, oral presentations and workshops. The conference will start with the Opening Plenary in the late afternoon of July 12th. Given by the two distinguished scholars in migration studies, Thomas Faist and Karen Phalet, the opening session sets the theme and tone for the TMC 2016. In subsequent panels, a number of well-known scholars will contribute to the debates over four days of stimulating exchange.

The Turkish Migration Conferences’ goal is to facilitate the inter-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and provide an outstanding opportunity to meet fellow researchers working on a wide array of topics and themes. Participants in the conference also have the opportunity to submit their work to Migration Letters, Kurdish Studies, Göç Dergisi, Journal of Gypsy Studies. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the edited books. Submissions of papers and posters are welcome from scholars, experts, policy makers and PhD students. We will convene in the W29 building, University of Vienna, one of the oldest universities in Europe. Vienna’s city centre with its historical buildings, museums and exhibitions is only paces away from the conference venue. We look forward to seeing you in Vienna, and if you have any questions please contact us at:

Track Conveners: Dr Welat Zeydanlıoğlu, Dr Joost Jongerden, Dr Bahar Başer.

About Turkish Migration Conference

Turkish Migration Conferences were launched in 2012 when the first large scale well attended scholarly academic event on Turkish migration hosted by Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies in Regent’s Park campus of Regent’s University London. The third conference was hosted by Charles University Prague from 25 to 27 June 2015.

Turkish Migration Conferences entertain a select group of speakers from the US and Europe including Thomas Faist of Bielefeld University (Germany), Philip Martin of University of California Davis (USA), Douglas Massey of Princeton University (USA), Caroline Brettell of Southern Methodist University (USA), Jeffrey Cohen of Ohio State University (USA), Ibrahim Sirkeci of Regent’s University London (UK), Kemal Kirişçi of Bogazici University (Turkey), Nedim Gürsel of CNRS, France, Gudrun Biffl of Krems University (Austria), and Tariq Modood of University of Bristol (UK), and Karen Phalet of KU Leuven (Belgium).

Conference Chair

Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London, UK

Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University, US

Philip L Martin, University of California Davis, US

Track Chairs

Samim Akgönül, University of Strasbourg, France

Ayşe Gedik, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Medine Sivri, Osmangazi University, Turkey

Güven Şeker, Celal Bayar University, Turkey

Ali Tilbe, Namik Kemal University, Turkey

Mustafa Murat Yüceşahin, Ankara University, Turkey

Welat Zeydanlioglu, Kurdish Studies, Sweden

Sinan Zeyneloğlu, Zirve University, Turkey

Conference Advisory Committee

Ela Gökalp Aras, Gediz University, Turkey

İlker Ataç, University of Vienna, Austria

Bahar Başer, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Gudrun Biffl, Danube University Krems, Austria

Tuncay Bilecen, Kocaeli University, Turkey

Sema Buz, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Dilek Cindoğlu, Abdullah Gul University, Turkey

Yaprak H. Civelek, Istanbul Arel University, Turkey

Ali Çağlar, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Özlen Çelebi, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Didem Danış, Galatasaray University, Turkey

Saniye Dedeoğlu, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey

Oğuzhan Ömer Demir, Giresun University, Turkey

Mehmet Ali Dikerdem, Middlesex University, UK

Dalkhat Ediev, IIASA and NCSHT Academy, Austria

Nuray Ekşi, Yeditepe University, Turkey

Tahire Erman, Bilkent University, Turkey

Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University, Germany

Sarah E. Hackett, Bath Spa University, UK

Joost Jongerden, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Sibel Kalaycıoğlu, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Ayhan Kaya, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Mehmet Rauf Kesici, Kocaeli University, Turkey

Kuvvet Lordoğlu, Kocaeli University, Turkey

Altay Manço, Institut de Recherche, Formation et Action sur les Migrations, Belgium

Fulya Memişoğlu, Çukurova University, Turkey

Nadja Milewski, University of Rostock, Germany

Mustafa Mutluer, Ege University, Turkey

Liza M. Mügge, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mehmet Okyayuz, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Maktoba Omar, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Karen Phalet, KU Leuven, Belgium

Barbara Pusch, Orient-Institut Istanbul & Istanbul Policy Center (Sabanci University), Turkey

Katharine Sarikakis, University of Vienna, Austria

Deniz Şenol Sert, Özyeğin University, Turkey

Levent Soysal, Kadir Has University, Turkey

Sabine Strasser, University of Bern, Switzerland

Wadim Strielkowski, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic

Betül Dilara Şeker, Celal Bayar University, Turkey

Güven Şeker, Celal Bayar University, Turkey

Helga Rittersberger Tılıç, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Deniz Eroglu Utku, Trakya University, Turkey

Östen Wahlbeck, University of Helsinki, Finland

Sutay Yavuz, TODAIE, Turkey

Pınar Yazgan, Sakarya University, Turkey

Local Organisation Committee

Ali Tilbe, Namık Kemal University, Turkey

Anett Condick-Brough, Regent’s University London, UK

Burcu Oskay, Transnational Press London, UK

Deniz Özalpman, University of Vienna, Austria

Emine Akman, Celal Bayar University, Turkey

Fethiye Tilbe, Namık Kemal University, Turkey

Güven Şeker, Celal Bayar University, Turkey

Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London, UK

İlker Ataç, University of Vienna, Austria

  1. Murat Yüceşahin, Ankara University, Turkey

Sidar Çınar, Regent’s University London, UK

Important Deadlines:

19/01/ 2016: Abstract/Paper submission deadline

12/04/2016: Early bird registration deadline

12/05/2016: Submission of revised versions of accepted abstracts

12/07/2016: Final registration deadline to attend

On behalf of the Conference Committee

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