New information following the change in COVID-19 alert levels.

Aotearoa Migration Research Network Symposium

4 Sep 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Online via Zoom or University of Waikato, Hamilton
Over recent weeks, the introduction of border restrictions in Aotearoa/New Zealand (and many other countries) to stop the spread of COVID-19 has put a sudden halt to mobility and migration. While this situation has revealed anecdotes of compassion, agency and resilience towards, and by some migrants, it has also created immediate uncertainties and challenges for many others. For example, migrants have faced increased experiences of economic hardship and interpersonal racism, and experiences of ‘limbo’ as people find themselves unable to enter their homes, or countries of work or study, are separated from family members, or unable to secure permanent residence while visa processing is suspended. But alongside creating new uncertainties, this unprecedented situation has also shone a spotlight on longstanding inequalities that routinely accompany migratory movement and migrant lives. These include, but are not limited to, differential rights for temporary migrants, experiences of displacement, poverty, racism and discrimination, or labour market exploitation. This one-day symposium aims to discuss migrant belonging and identities in the context of the uncertainties – new and old – that shape, accompany or result from migration endeavours. We welcome a wide range of interdisciplinary proposals that broadly address this central theme in the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand (or comparative perspectives). We particularly encourage emerging researchers to submit an abstract. Following the symposium, we hope to invite contributors to develop their presentations into full chapters for inclusion in an edited book. Please submit your abstract (250 words max) together with a short bio (50 words max), your name(s), affiliation and email address(es) to Julie Taylor: The deadline for submission of abstracts is Wednesday, 1 July 2020. Paper acceptance notifications will be sent out on 15 July. Registration for this event is free. For questions about this call for papers or to join the mailing list of the Aotearoa Migration Research Network (AMRN), please contact the network conveners Jessica Terruhn and Shemana Cassim

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