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International Emerging Scholars’ Workshop “Migration, Identity and Politics in Europe”

March 1, 2019 at 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM

Location:2nd Floor Conference Rooms (2220, 2224, 2228) Richcraft Hall

Migration has played a central role in constituting Europe and facilitating European integration and identity. Most Europeans have experiences of migration in their own family histories. Yet, across Europe, we see the term “migrant” employed in public discourse as code for “foreigner” standing in opposition to “European.” In recent years, few issues have been more divisive and politicized in European politics than responses to the challenges of migration and refugees.

The Centre for Europe Studies – Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Carleton University is organizing a one-day conference that will illuminate the nexus between migration, identity, and politics in Europe. Exploring historical and current cases drawing on disciplinary approaches from history, political science, anthropology, cultural studies, sociology and geography, this event will showcase new perspectives and approaches to European migration studies from international emerging scholars and graduate students.

Registration is required by Tuesday, February 26, 2019. See form following agenda draft.

Draft Agenda (as of February 19)

8:15   Check-in and Welcome Coffee

8:45   Welcome and Opening Remarks

Christina Gabriel (Carleton University) and Martin Geiger (Carleton University)

9:00   Keynote Lecture

           Migration in Germany’s Past, Present, and Future
           Jennifer Miller (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

10:00  Panel I: Identity and Culture

Chair: James Casteel (Carleton University)

  • Becoming European? Non-EU migrants negotiate European identities in France, Great Britain and Spain
    Slides available here.
    Maricia Fischer-Souan (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • ‘Not far away in the Orient’: Orientalism and Integration Policy in West Germany, 1979-1984
    Brian Van Wyck (Michigan State University)
  • Memory, identity, and refugees from the Balkans in German history
    Christopher Molnar (University of Michigan – Flint)
  • Evaluation of a European migrant radio relying on the normative conditions of the public sphere
    Elena Kaliberda (Carleton University)

11:30  Lunch

12:30  Keynote Lecture

           Europe and the Aerial Geography of Forced Migration 
           William Walters (Carleton University)

13:30  Panel II: Integration, Work and Exploitation

Chair: Gopika Solanki (Carleton University)

  • Individual differences in immigrant employment integration
    Aliya Kuzhabekova (Nazarbayev University and Carleton University)
  • Immigrant inclusion and belonging through work narratives
    Slides available here.
    Vivi Zhang (Carleton University)
  • Recruitment and Retention of International Students in Denmark Upon Graduation
    Alexandra Dauncey-Elwood (Carleton University)
  • Governing Victimhood: Identifying Migrant Victims of Modern Slavery in the United Kingdom
    Abbey Wright (Carleton University)
  • Death in the diaspora: Migration and the necropolitics of belonging in Europe
    Osman Balkan (Swarthmore College)

15:15  Coffee Break

15:30  Panel III: Governance of Refugees and Migrants

Chair: Martin Geiger (Carleton University)

  • Constructing labels for triage: the EU’s struggle to disentangle mixed migration
    Slides available here.
    Marie Walter-Franke (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Refugees welcome? Contestation over a European distribution mechanism
    Slides available here.
    Johannes Müller Gómez (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Université de Montréal)
  • Dreams of multipolarity: How Russia’s migration strategy became a tool for foreign policy
    Slides available here.
    Kyle Kostashuk (Carleton University)
  • The Impact of Ukraine’s Informal Economy on Women: Mobilizing Opportunities During Crisis
    Samuel MacIsaac (Carleton University), David Carment (Carleton University), and Milana Nikolko (Carleton University)

17:00  Closing Remarks

James Casteel (Carleton University)

Registration is now closed for the workshop. For any questions, please send an email to

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence events are co-funded by a grant from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
This event is part of the 2019 FPA Research Month organized by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs. This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS)Migration and Diaspora Studies and Metropolis.

Please note: Parking on campus is available with ‘pay and display’ machines in various parking areas but is limited due to construction (parking lot 2 is not available). A interactive campus map is available here to assist your planning to arrive on campus at Richcraft Hall (noted ‘RB’ on map). OCTranspo services the campus with the OTrain and bus routes.