Conable Conference in International Studies

Migration Crisis? What Crisis? Why Crisis?

Thinking, Framing, and Theorizing Mass Mobility in a Globalized Age

March 31 and April 1, 2016

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

The Fifth Conable Conference in International and Global Studies will explore the conceptualization of contemporary global mass mobility as a “crisis.” What does it mean to frame human migration with sensational terminology, such as crisis? How does language often associated with intractable problems, such as humanitarian or environmental disasters, or political stalemates, shape the responses to rapidly expanding transnational human mobility?

The Conable Conference proposes to examine the nature of the “crisis,” the implications of framing migration as a “crisis,” and the history and present of “crisis” frameworks, management theories, and problem-solving. Employment of the “crisis” conceptualization is global in scope, but it is often applied regionally and nationally, such as the Australian response to refugee movements in the oceans north of the island-nation, the Mexico-US border, or the Mediterranean and Balkan overland routes into the Europe Union. Crisis language ushers in hasty responses, stimulates fraught political rhetoric, and resonates with persistent national and international political, economic, social, cultural, and religious tensions. But crisis language also mobilizes diverse resources, garners journalist and public attention, and instantiates emotional, moral, and ethical engagement.

The deadline for abstracts has now passed.  Conference registration is $30.00 USD.

The following papers have been accepted, pending registration. Please proceed to register by February 15, 2016.




Loubna Abi Khalil Rhur University Bochum Questioning Discourses on Conflict Diffusion through Refugee Movement: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
Alexander Caviedes SUNY Fredonia European Media Coverage of Refugees and Asylum seekers: Results from a 5-country Study
Kelsey Norman University of California, Irvine The Invisible Border: Refugees, Migrants, and the Implications of a Battle over Nomenclature
Thaddeus C. Ndukwe University of Jyväskylä, Finland Migration, borders, and crisis: intra-gender relations between native Finnish and Black African immigrant women
Shawna Shapiro Middlebury College Deficit Discourse and the Education of Refugee-background Students
Mary Rose Geraldine Sarausad Asian Inst of Tech. Pathumthani, Thailand At the Crossroads?  Border Crossings and the Boundaries of Legality
Amanda Da Silva Liège University, CEDEM That crisis idea! Refugee camps in European borders,  from urgent condition to sustainable state
Heather Alexander Tilburg University Statelessness and the Crisis in Northern Mali: Looking Beyond “Islamic Extremism” as the Driver of Conflict
Sierra Kraft Columbia University Mobility Gap: Restrictions to the Freedom of Movement
Animesh Baidya Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India Leaving and Living : The Border Between
Yomi Rasul Olukolu University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria THE IMPACT OF INTERNAL ARMED CONFLICTS ON EMIGRATION BY AFRICANS FROM AFRICA TO OTHER CONTINENTS: FOES WITHIN, ENEMIES WITHOUT
Keren LG Snider University of Haifa The Potential Danger of Framing - Asylum Seekers in Israel at Times of violent Conflict
Mark Reeves University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Troublemakers or Global Thinkers?: Anticolonial Migrants in Britain, France, and the United States, 1930-1945
Mabvuto Kango African Union Commission, Ethiopia Addressing Population, Migration and Mobility in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Approaches
Cristiano D'Orsi Ctr for HRs, Univ of Pretoria Out of Ali Addeh, Holl Holl and Markazi camps? Yes but…To go where?
Isabelle Saurioll Immigration Lawyer My Crisis is Better than Yours: Case Studies
Karijn Nijhoff The Hague Univ of Applied Sciences Footloose, Nomadic, Drifting, Liquid Migration: Marginal Men in 2015
Vera Eccarius-Kelly Siena College Diasporas, Political Opportunities, and International Norms: A comparative analysis of Kurdish cases
Maayan Ravid Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Crossing Borders- from Exceptional to Criminal
Melissa Martins Casagrande Universidade Positivo Haitian migration to Brazil following the 2010 earthquake: exceptional implementation of a visa on humanitarian grounds
Maria Barbero Florida International University Crisis at the Museum: Representing past and present migration at The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Fabricio Souza Pontifícia Univ. Católica do Rio de Janeiro Subjects in escape: The Refugee as a Crisis
Stephani Richards-Wilson Independent scholar Germany and Migration: Here Come the Germans, There Go the Refugees
Janka Szombati University of Turku, Finland Extreme rhetoric, extreme measures- Hungary in the midst of the evolving migration crisis
Bennett Sherry University of Pittsburgh No Permanent Solution: Refugee Transit Migration and the Expansion of the UNHCR in Turkey
Aubrey Grant George Mason University The European Response to Unaccompanied Child Migrants
Jeffrey Jurgens Bard College The Affective Work of "Crisis": Pluralism, Citizenship, and Racialization in Germany
1) Glenda 2) Martina 1) Garelli 2) Tazzioli Univ. of Illinois Chicago/Univ. of Aix-Marseille The Migration Crisis and the Humanitarian War against Migrant Smugglers in the Mediterranean
Malay Firoz Brown University Liminal Sovereignty: The Humanitarian ‘Crisis’ in Jordan and Lebanon
Anahit Tadevosyan Gomtsian University of Illinois at Chicago Framing “the Other”: Perceptions of national identity and refugee policy in Australia and Israel
Christoforos Pavlakis Red Cross Greece/Univ. of the Aegean Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis in South East Mediterranean
Michael Ferguson History, SOAS, Uni. Of London The Perception of Crisis: Displacement in Izmir, 1875-Present
Ludvik Girard Int'l Org for Migration Migration crisis and Human Rights
Niovi Vavoula Queen Mary London Managing Mass Mobility
Serdar Değirmencioğlu Doğuş University, Istanbul Mass Migration as Crisis or Business As Usual: An Analysis from the Global South
Charles Gomes Casa Rui Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro The Brazilian Model of Immigration Politics

The alternate paper authors will be contacted by email, pending space considerations. Authors will be updated about their status by email after February 20.