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Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies

Graduate Student Conference - FREE Registration

Contemplating Migration and Settlement in Global and Local Contexts
October 4, 2008

Call For Paper

The Immigration and Settlement Studies program is pleased to announce the First Annual Graduate Student Conference, to take place on the 4th of October 2008 at Ryerson University. Immigration and Settlement Studies is the first interdisciplinary program in Canada focusing on migration and settlement issues past, present, and future. The organizing committee considers the importance of academic involvement in issues that are both community and globally oriented. Given the renewed debates surrounding immigration issues such as Bill C-50, the Commission on Reasonable Accommodation, Temporary workers, and the Canadian Experience Class, among others, we consider the timing of this conference to be particularly relevant. This event offers graduate students across all disciplines the opportunity to present and discuss their research ideas with fellow students in a professional, intellectually vibrant, and supportive forum.

The theme for this year's conference is Contemplating Migration and Settlement in Global and Local Contexts. We are especially interested in papers that address the following issues:

    • Social location and its impact on migration
    • Empire, colonialism
    • Transnationalism: understanding citizenship, diasporas
    • The settlement experience: breaking barriers, building bridges
    • Representations of the immigrant in media and literature
    • Policy matters

Presenters should be current graduate students or students who have recently completed graduate studies
(2 years). We also encourage submissions from the visual, sound and performing arts. All accepted art submissions will be exhibited at the conference location.

We encourage all students interested in presenting at the conference to submit an abstract. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Please include a separate information sheet containing the following:

1) Name
2) Affiliation: Institution/Department/Program of Study
3) Email address
4) Title of abstract as it appears on submission
5) A short personal profile of no more than 5 lines.

Abstracts and personal information forms in WORD format should be submitted electronically at no later than August 22nd, 2008. We will notify all authors about acceptance of their papers by September 5th, 2008. Presenters of the accepted papers will be then asked to send PowerPoint slides or a brief summary (no more than 2 pages in length) by September 12th, 2008.

For more information, please contact the organising committee at