This graduate student research conference aims to facilitate and foster an interdisciplinary, trans-institutional cohort of scholars interested in issues of migration and mobility. It is organized by a group of graduate students and some faculty from various departments at Michigan State University. Panelists are scholars at various stages in their graduate careers, working on a plethora of thematic, conceptual, spatial, and temporal aspects of migration, from numerous disciplinary perspectives and regional backgrounds.
The first conference took place in 2012 and featured papers on the intersection of migration with health, youth, the state, gender, and development. Dr. Rhacel Parreñas of the University of Southern California delivered the keynote address. The second conference, in 2013, was larger than the previous and featured keynote speaker Dr. Donna Gabaccia. The 2014 conference, with a keynote address by Dr. José Moya of Barnard College, brought together the largest cohort yet.
This year’s event will open on Friday, October 9th with a keynote address by Dr. Dawn Chatty, a social anthropologist at the University of Oxford and former director of the Refugee Studies Centre. Graduate students will present their work throughout the day on Saturday the 10th. Migration faculty discussants will offer commentary.
In the past three years we have hosted 65 presenters representing 25 universities in five countries, from widely varied disciplines, including social and applied sciences, education, law, and the humanities.