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Refugees and Migrants in Europe. Historical Analysis, Contemporary Perspectives


Conference venue
: Rome, Italy
Period: April, 18th 2018
Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 1, 2018

Description of the Conference

In the last years Europe has experienced a notable flow of migrants coming from other continents owing to conflicts or simply escaping from bad economic, political and social conditions. The debates have focused on the distinction between refugees and migrants and on the possible solutions to this contemporary issue: to close borders or to adopt tolerant strategies of integration? To intervene directly in the crisis or to leave others to deal with the problems? To keep national options or to arrange a common European policy?
All these questions and many more are frequent in everyday debates and are constantly connected with the rise of a new nationalist illiberal radicalism that is threatening the idea of European integration and is questioning the role of the European Union. But behind these discussions there is a long history that need to be further studied and analyzed. Europe has always dealt with migrations, wars and exchanges of population and the European states are the result of these historical processes they are still dealing with in the contemporary age.
This conference aims to investigate the different issues concerning refugees, migrants, displaced persons, evacuees, exiled and many more in order to discuss about this question and to compare the different cases of yesterday with the emergency of today. A special attention will be devoted to the different reactions against the arrival of refugees and the revival of nationalist and xenophobic movements that are challenging the European and national institutions. Our aim is to remind of the years when the Europeans were refugees and to debate on the historical, political, social and economic implications of this important issue, which has characterized modern and contemporary ages and still represents one of the most important keystones of the international scenario.
The Scientific Board welcomes a multidisciplinary approach inviting scholars from different disciplines such as political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, geopolitics, area studies, economics, geography, sociolinguistics, literature, psychology, and related fields. The Scientific Board encourages the submission of single papers, addressing the above mentioned issues based on a chronological framework, but also innovative and original analyses that could enrich our common knowledge and help the scientific study of such phenomena.
The international conference aims to attract scholars from European and non- European universities, research institutes, independent networks, with a special focus
on young researchers (25-40 years old). Junior researchers, teaching assistants, PhD students are thus warmly invited to submit their paper proposals.

Scientific Board

  • Antonello Folco Biagini, Fondazione Sapienza
  • Stefano Bianchini, University of Bologna
  • Andrea Carteny, CEMAS, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Mariam Chkhartishvili, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
  • Roberto Pasca di Magliano, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Pasquale Fornaro, University of Messina
  • Ljubomir Frčkoski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
  • Robert Hassan, Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy
  • Gün Kut, Bogazici University
  • Cesare La Mantia, University of Trieste
  • Andre Liebich, Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Luis Moita, Autonomous University of Lisbon
  • Mario Morcellini, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Giovanna Motta, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Giuseppe Motta, Sapienza Universty of Rome
  • Nadan Petrovic, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Alessandro Pistecchia, Unar – Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni razziali
  • Matteo Pizzigallo, University of Naples Federico II
  • Ioan Aurel Pop, Babeș-Bolyai University
  • Drago Roksandić, University of Zagreb
  • Srđan Rudić, Historical Institute in Belgrade
  • Julius H. Schoeps, Moses Mendelssohn Centre, Potsdam
  • Charles Asher Small, Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy
  • Luis Tomé, Autonomous University of Lisbon

Guidelines for submission

The Scientific Board invites proposals for individual papers to be presented in panels organized by the Board but accepts also entire panels that are to be assembled directly by the proponents. A panel includes a chair and at least three presentations based on written papers. In case of panel proposals, the chair could also be indicated by the conference organizers.
A formal application email should be sent to and must include in a single document:
1) contact info
2) up to 300 word abstract
4) a short biographical statement.

Language of the conference: English

The deadline for the submission of paper proposals is March 1, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications for papers and for panels should be submitted in a single message. Applicants will be notified about the acceptance of their papers by March 10, 2018, and the conference program will be released in May.

Participants should pay the registration fee by March 20, 2018.
Special rate (reserved for participants under 40 years of age): 50 €
Normal rate: 80 €

Please note that the registration fee does not include accommodation or travel expenses. Participants are expected to organise and cover the cost for their travel. The conference material, dinner and special gadgets will be provided by the conference organizers.
We look forward to welcoming you at the conference in Rome.



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