Kurdish Migration Conference 2016

15 12 2015

MiddlesexUniKurdish Migration Conference 2016: From Subordination to Transnational Mobilisation, May 27, 2016, Middlesex University, London, UK.

 Call for abstracts – Deadline: February 1st 

Conference Aims and Objectives

The lack of a home nation state has led to a relative invisibility of Kurdish migrants both in public and academic spheres in the settlement countries where they have been registered according to their nationality but not ethnic affiliation. As a result of this, Kurdish migrants have constantly been encompassed in national categories of their country of origin. This was also reflected in a limited public and scholarly attention on them. However, local civic and cultural activism, together with transnationalized Kurdish political mobilisation has drawn attention to the Kurds in the Diaspora. Consequently, recent years have witnessed a growing number of theoretical, conceptual and empirical works on themes related to Kurdish migration. The Kurdish Migration Conference 2016 aims to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines working on Kurdish migration to exchange and share their research findings and experiences about all aspects of migration in, from and to Kurdistan.

 Keynote speakers:

  • Prof Floya Anthias (University of East London, UK) – TBC
  • Prof Jane Holgate (Leeds University, UK)
  • Dr Minoo Alinia (Södertörn University, Sweden)

 Call for abstracts

Researchers are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts. The conference themes cover issues relating to migration in, from and to Kurdistan.

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Migration, ethnicity, citizenship, belonging and identity politics
  • Migration, labour market, entrepreneurship and economic integration
  • Migration, gendered experiences, and sexuality
  • Family dynamics and intergenerational relationships
  • Migrants, media and translocal cultural politics and representations
  • Political participation, (digital) networks and organizations
  • Transnational ties and/or remittances
  • Migration, law, legal status, rights, and undocumented migration
  • Internal and international migration, borders and borderlands
  • Discrimination and xenophobia and diasporic narratives of Kurdish resistance
  • Refugee and internal displacement issues
  • Migration theories and frameworks
  • Research methodology and Kurdish migration


How to submit

Please submit your abstract (no more than 300 words) online at:


There is no fee for attending the conference but all delegates will be expected to make and pay for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. For more information, please contact the conference organisers:

Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles: J.Keles@mdx.ac.uk

‎Dr Alessio D’Angelo: a.dangelo@mdx.a.uk

Important Dates

The deadline for abstract submissions: February 1st, 2016

Notification of acceptance: February 19, 2016

Conference date: May 27, 2016

This conference is organised by the Business School and the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University with support from The British Institute for the Study of Iraq.



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