Past Events

2015 Conference

The fourth annual Migration Without Boundaries conference was held October 9th and 10th. Dawn Chatty, social anthropologist at the University of Oxford and former director of the Refugee Studies Centre, gave the keynote address Friday evening. This was followed by a banquet at the Cowles House in honor of Leslie Page Moch, Professor Emerita of History and faculty advisor to the Migration Without Boundaries Organizing Committee.

Saturday, October 10th saw seven panels presented, with 25 student-participants from the United States, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, and Ethiopia. MSU Migration Studies faculty served as discussants to these panels.

2015 Call for Papers

2015 Flyer

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

2014 Conference

The third annual graduate student conference, Migration without Boundaries, was the most successful yet. An organizing committee of nine migration students put on a stimulating and wide-ranging interdisciplinary conference (October 10-11) of 11 panels and a total of 37 papers. The conference opened with a keynote by renowned scholar José Moya of Barnard and a dinner sponsored by the Sweet Professorship. Faculty served as discussants, including historians Helen Veit, Lewis Siegelbaum, Ronen Steinberg, Mindy Smith, and Erin Graham; sociologists David Wiley and Cristián Dona; anthropologists Andrea Louie, Mara Leichtman, and Chantal Tetreault; and John Aerni-Flessner of the Residential College in Arts and Humanities. Sociologist Stephanie Nawyn offered closing remarks.

All panel chairs and many presenters were from MSU departments, but presenters also came from Loyola University, the University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, Wayne State University, the University of Ottawa, the University of Michigan, the University of South Florida, Florida International University, the University of Florida, Syracuse University, Temple University, Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, Bowling Green State University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.

Conference Flyer 

Conference Program

2014 MSU 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 (CERES)
Department of Anthropology
Asian Studies Center
Jack & Margaret Sweet Professorship in the Department of History

2013 Conference

The 2nd International Graduate Student Research Conference on Migration at Michigan State University was held in October of 2013 and showcased papers on the theme, “Migration Without Boundaries.” The keynote address, entitled “The Freedom to Move,” was given by Dr. Donna Gabaccia of the University of Minnesota and Immigration History Research Center. Panelists included graduate students from 13 universities in the U.S., Canada, Finland, and France – the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Minnesota, Wayne State University, the University of Turku, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Houston Law Center, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Central Michigan University, UC Berkeley, the University of Ottawa, Indiana University- Bloomington, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, and Michigan State University – and from a variety of disciplines including sociology, history, anthropology, legal studies, media and information studies, education, cultural studies and comparative literature, translation studies, educational administration, and recreation, park, and tourism management.

This conference was sponsored by the the MSU Anthropology Department, the History Department, the ociology Department, the College of Education, the College of Social Sciences, the African Studies Center, the Asian Studies Center, the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID)/the Center for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN), the Center for Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CEERES), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Center for Canadian Studies, the Global and Urban Studies Program, the Graduate School, The Writing Center, and the University of Minnesota.

You can download a Program of the conference here

2012 Conference

The 1st International Graduate Student Research Conference on Migration at Michigan State University was held in the fall of 2012. The keynote address on “Sponsored Migration: The Bound Labor of Migrant Workers” was given by Dr. Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Panelists included graduate students from 12 universities in the U.S. and Canada – McMaster University,  Michigan State University, New York University, Oakland University,  Ohio State University, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, University of Illinois at Urbanna-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Texas Pan American, University of Western Ontario (Canada), and University of Waterloo (Canada) – and from a variety of disciplines including sociology, history, anthropology, legal studies, media and information studies, comparative studies, education, public administration, and Chicano Latino studies.
You can download a Program of the conference here
You can download a Poster of the conference here

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