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 faculty from various departments at Michigan State University. Migration Studies is a burgeoning and all-too-relevant area of academic attention, and the conference seeks to foster a cohort of scholars working on any thematic, conceptual, spatial, or temporal aspect of human migration from any disciplinary perspective.

The first conference took place in 2012 and featured papers on the intersection of migration with health, youth, the state, gender, and development. 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 Donna Gabaccia. The 2014 conference, with a keynote address by José Moya of Barnard College, brought together the largest cohort yet. Last year’s event opened on Friday, October 9th with a keynote address by Dawn Chatty, a social anthropologist at the University of Oxford and former director of the Refugee Studies Centre.

This year represents the fifth annual Migration With(out) Boundaries conference. The keynote address will be presented by sociologist Nancy Foner of Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Attendance at the conference is free and open to the public.
The 2016 event will be held October 21st and 22nd in the MSU International Center. The Call for Papers can be found here.


Image by Adrian Paci and Elizabeth Timbs

2016 Organizing Committee 

  • Adrienne Tyrey
  • Emily Elliott
  • Liao Zhang
  • Helen Kaibara
  • Alison Kolodzy
  • Linda Gordon
  • Janelle Edwards
  • Sarah Jacobson
  • Sam Mindes
  • Anh Sy Huy Le
  • Brian Van Wyck
  • Jodie Marshall
  • Matthijs Kronemeijer
  • Katie Carline
  • Ramya Swayamprakash
  • Dr. Stephanie Nawyn
  • Dr. Leslie Page Moch

Special Thanks to Jeanna Norris