We are pleased to announce that the next RSA MICaRD research network event will be hosted jointly by Lincoln International Business School and Lincoln School of Geography.

Call for Papers – MICaRD – April 2018

This symposium aims to foreground migrant perspectives and experiences, and situate these within contemporary debates on migration and the socio-political context of Brexit Britain as well as the broader debates on migration across Europe.

Current political, media and scholarly debates on migration overwhelmingly revolve around the quantifiable economic contribution of migrant workers and less around migrant subjectivities, working lives, wellbeing and contribution to local communities.

Through this symposium, we seek to give greater visibility to migrant experiences. Beyond dominant neoliberal discourses, migrants’ contributions go past the economic into the social and local community spheres, aspects that are important for community cohesion but often under-valued in mainstream debates. Migrant lives and identities are shaped and affected – enabled as well as constrained – by spatial contexts and social relationships as well as place-based socio-economic and political structures.

We invite theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions that stretch the focus beyond the economic contribution of migrants, and explore how migrants strive to become embedded in the local environment and play an active role in their workplaces and communities.

Submission of Abstracts:

• 300 word abstracts words should be submitted via email in Word format to: no later than 15th January 2018
• We invite conventional papers as well as contributions in visual formats (e.g. film, photography, art exhibitions). We also welcome proposals for workshops
• Contributions from early career researchers and PhD researchers are particularly encouraged
• The following information to be included in the submission:
- author’s name and institutional affiliations
- email address
- title of the submission and the theme it fits into
- abstract (max. 300 words)
- when submitting, please include the phrase “MICaRD Lincoln 2018” in the subject line of the email.

Further information:

• For further information about the conference and/or MICaRD email
• For more information on the MICaRD network see:
• For information on the Regional Studies Association visit:

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