About the Conference

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.

Attendance at the conference is free and open to the public.
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2015 Conference Sponsors

  • Teacher Education Department
  • Council of Graduate Students (COGS)
  • Department of History
  • The Graduate School
  • The College of Social Sciences
  • Canadian Studies Center
  • Muslim Studies Center
  • Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities
  • Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
  • Office of Research and Graduate Studies
  • Center for Gender in Global Context

2015 Organizing Committee 

  • Adrienne Tyrey
  • Ella Fratantuono
  • Liao Zhang
  • Helen Kaibara
  • Brian Van Wyck
  • Linda Gordon
  • Emily Elliot
  • Alison Kolodzy
  • Dr. Leslie Page Moch

Special Thanks to Jeanna Norris and Dr. Stephanie Nawyn