The Research Seminar “Tackling the migration and refugee challenge” will take place on November 22 – 23, 2018 at the University of Trento (Department of Sociology and Social Research). The seminar is aimed to reflect on the potential of local communities to self-organize and design effective solutions for tackling the challenges posed by migrations to local societies. The call for proposals for paper presentations is open. Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 15 July 2018. Interested authors should submit a 250-300 word abstract of their contribution that includes: author(s)’ full information (including country, gender and whether ECI); contribution title; main research objective/question; methodological approach; (expected) results and contribution, and bibliography. All submissions will be made via email to the address email@example.com
The title of the seminar “Tackling the migration and refugee challenge. Exploring innovative policies and practices through the lens of social enterprises and third sector organizations” reflects the focus on the potential of local communities to self-organize and design effective solutions for tackling the challenges posed by migrations to local societies, particularly, the creation of innovative organizations.
These organizations include social enterprises understood as organizations which combine an entrepreneurial dynamic to provide services or goods with a primacy of social aims and cross various types of borders; across sectors (public, conventional enterprises, cooperatives, associations), resources (market, public and philanthropy) and activity fields. Many of these initiatives are being promoted by individuals, immigrants organizations, local businesses, religious organizations and groups of volunteers who are self-organizing to deliver first aid and co-provide basic services, work and social inclusion and advocacy; these may include suitable housing, education, work and entrepreneurship, and the design of new skills assessment tools. Since most of these initiatives developed spontaneously at the grassroots level, they are difficult to grasp. Hence, our endeavour is to promote an interdisciplinary discussion forum that can contribute to systematizing innovative practices and pave the way for further empirical and theoretical analysis in a field of research that has relevant policy implications.
Goals of the seminar:
This seminar targets specifically scholars that have been exploring innovative paths of social, economic and political inclusion of migrants achieved by local communities across Europe.
This seminar is conceived as a high-profile academic event aimed at exchanging initial thoughts in an incipient field of research covered by the EMPOWER-SE COST Action thematic line: social enterprise and migration. Enough time will devoted to present and comment on contributions presented. One of the goals of the seminar is to contribute to EMPOWER-SE Working Group 2 with regards to immigration issues, but also to create connections that can lead to future joint research proposals.
Researchers will be invited to present the research findings of the EU and international projects they are coordinating, including:
- Housing arrangements and pathways: state of the art, dilemmas, ways ahead.
- Innovative tools and methodologies aimed to facilitate the social and work inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees in EU countries.
- Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in mountain and rural localities: determinants of inclusion versus exclusion processes.
- Unlocking the potential of third sector organizations and social enterprises vis-à-vis the asylum seeker/refugee challenge.
For a detailed description of each thematic line, please see the full call below.
- Paolo Boccagni, University of Trento (Italy)
- Andrea Brighenti, University of Trento (Italy)
- Jennifer Eschweiler, Roskilde University (Denmark)
- Sílvia Ferreira, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
- Giulia Galera, EURICSE (Italy)
- Malin Gawell, Södertörn University (Sweden)
- Ingrid Machold, Federal Institute for Less Favoured and Mountainous Areas (Austria)
- Andrea Membretti, University of Pavia (Italy) and EURAC (Italy)
- Mary O’Shaughnessy, Cork University Business School (Ireland)
- Manfred Perlik, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment (Switzerland)
- Giuseppe Sciortino, University of Trento (Italy)
Disciplinary approach and submission:
We invite proposals for paper presentations focusing on findings of theoretical analyses, empirical quantitative and qualitative field research, and comparative analyses covering various EU countries. We welcome the submission of papers drawing on all fields of social science (sociology, economics, political science, law, geography, social anthropology). Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.
Interested authors should submit a 250-300 word abstract of their contribution that includes: author(s)’ full information (including country, gender and whether ECI); contribution title; main research objective/question; methodological approach; (expected) results and contribution, and bibliography. All submissions will be made via email to the address firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th July 2018. A full paper template will be shared with selected authors when they are notified so they can submit their contribution by 1 November 2018.
10 May 2018: Call published
15 July 2018: Deadline for the submission of abstracts
3 September 2018: Notification of acceptance to authors
1 November 2018: Full paper submission
16 November 2018: Programme published
22 November 2018: Seminar begins