Call for papers: Migration & Societal Change Conference June 2023

The Utrecht University Focus Area Migration & Societal Change invites you to submit a proposal for a panel or an individual paper for our conference on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2023. The Focus Area promotes interdisciplinary collaboration between Utrecht University researchers, students, and societal stakeholders. Thematically, we focus on various topics related to migration to and between European countries in the 20th and 21st century. But this theme is placed into a larger historical framework (to include e.g. (post)colonial constellations) and approaches from a transnational perspective that understand Europe as co-constituted by and entangled with other parts of the world.

The conference, which will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2023, will provide opportunities for researchers from around the globe to present and discuss their work.

We welcome you to submit a proposal for a panel consisting of 5 papers maximum, and/or an abstract for an individual paper. Abstracts of papers should have a maximum of 300 words and for panel proposals we ask you to submit the entire set of abstracts including short bios of presenters. We will accept contributions that address various topics regarding migration and societal change.

Possible topics are:

  • Inclusive cities/societies
  • Climate change and migration
  • Big Data and migration Forced migration
  • Racism and discrimination
  • Opposition against migration
  • Belonging and Homemaking
  • Postcolonialism Art and migration
  • (Historical) representation of migration
  • Naturalization and participation
  • Transnationalism
  • Identities and intergroup relations

Please submit your abstract no later than 1st of February 2023 by e-mail to

By 15th of April 2023 all applicants will be notified on whether their proposal has been accepted.

Registration for the conference is mandatory and free of charge. You will be able to register your participation from 5th of January 2023. If any questions remain, we are happy to help, and you can email us at