[csaa-forum] CFP for Symposium: 'Migrant Civic Practice in Times of Crisis', 3 December 2021

Sukhmani Khorana S.Khorana at westernsydney.edu.au
Mon Aug 16 15:28:59 ACST 2021

Call for Papers

Symposium: Migrant Civic Practice in Times of Crisis, December 3rd, 2021

Borders and Diversity Research Program, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

During these times of unprecedented and intertwined global crises of health, environment and economy, there are new calls for representation and renewed forms of political and social action forming from the margins in many countries of migrant settlement. These include crucial migrant contributions to the public sphere through volunteering, social media mobilisation and frontline medical services amongst others. Simultaneously, rising anti-immigration politics and crises of ‘re-bordering’, like the de-regionalisation of Brexit or the COVID19 global pandemic, are dramatically impacting the lives of migrants globally and making their political action evermore risky and their civic lives increasingly precarious. Despite this, analyses of migrant civic engagement and political practice often remain narrowly framed within specific migrant rights discourses or analyses of ‘homeland’ diaspora politics. Both the everyday and the formalised ways in which migrants, both individually and collectively, more broadly respond to crisis, enact civic identities and reshape civic life at local, national and transnational scales often remain hidden. In the context of multiplying and intensifying modes of global crisis, this call for papers seeks submissions that conceptually and/or empirically engage with migrant or refugee experiences of multiple forms of civic practice, broadly understood as the situated acts of participation in a community, whether local, transnational or global.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

How do migrants in varied contexts participate in global social movements, and how do migrant identities and experiences condition and shape their participation?
What voluntary, mundane and ordinary acts of local social and community engagement may cumulatively constitute migrants’ civic lives?
What kinds of emergent solidarities and networks coalesce across and within different communities and different movements?
How do varied and hybrid cultural and religious identities shape migrant civic practices and their meanings?
How do different forms of media production, representation and reception create spaces and for and tensions around civic acts and community building?
How do governmental modes of data collection around crises factor in ethnicity and migration status and how do migrants respond to such modes of governmentality?

Symposium Date: December 3rd, 2021

Location: Hybrid Face-to-Face/Online, Western Sydney University

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 1st,  2021

Please submit an abstract of max. 300 words and author bio of max. 200 words to: s.robertson at westernsydney.edu.au<mailto:s.robertson at westernsydney.edu.au>

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to submit a draft paper (5000-7000 words) by November 5th 2021 for circulation to symposium participants.

Dr Sukhmani Khorana | VC’s Senior Research Fellow

Co-Convenor, Borders and Diversity Research Program

Young and Resilient Research Centre

Institute for Culture and Society

P: +61 (02) 9685 9446 | M: +61 439 681 293

S.Khorana at westernsydney.edu.au<mailto:j.musthafa at westernsydney.edu.au>



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