CERIS seeks papers for its annual graduate student conference

CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre is calling for papers for its annual graduate student conference, “Migration, Citizenship and Inclusion: Re-Defining Boundaries and Borders”, looking at a wide variety of themes, including citizenship, security, immigrant status and settlement, services available to newcomers, as well as civic, economic and social inclusion.

The conference, which will run April 16 and 17 at York, offers graduate students interested in migration studies the opportunity to present and discuss their research with fellow students in an intellectually vibrant, supportive and multidisciplinary forum.

CERIS is a consortium of Toronto-area universities and community partners that promotes research about the impact of immigration on the Greater Toronto Area and the integration of immigrants into Canadian society. It is one of five such research centres across Canada established under the Metropolis Project.

The conference will explore issues related to today’s rapidly evolving migration patterns. It will examine how globalizing and accelerating flows of international migrants raise important questions about the sovereignty of nation-states and the evolution of citizenship rights. It will also address how the growing numbers of temporary migrants, refugee claimants and people without status challenge contemporary immigrant, settlement and citizenship policies and programs.

International migrants are living increasingly transnational lives, constructing new homes and new social identities that force us to re-evaluate the meanings of borders and border security, notions of inclusion and an understanding of belonging.

The CERIS student caucus is particularly interested in papers reflecting some of the themes mentioned, but submissions related to the six CERIS research domains are also welcome. For more information about research domains, visit the CERIS Web site.

Presenters should be current graduate students or students who have completed graduate studies within the past two years. Submissions from the visual, sound and performing arts are also welcome. All accepted art submissions will be exhibited at the conference.

Abstracts and a personal information form in Microsoft Word format should be submitted electronically to ceris@yorku.ca no later than Feb. 10. For more information about the conference and the call for papers, click here.