THEMIS international migration conference
, University of Oxford
Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems (THEMIS) conference
Why do some migrants set off the movement of thousands of people, while others are followed only by a few, or remain virtually alone in the destination country? Some answers can be found in the variation in economic and social conditions in different places. Another vital part of the puzzle relates to the historical, social and cultural practices of migration: those who move now are following in the footsteps of those who left before. This conference examined how enduring patterns of migration emerge, are sustained and decline; the mechanisms by which the migration processes of yesterday influence those of today; and the role of the migrant as a social actor in the face of these historical and social processes.
The conference took an inter-disciplinary approach to migration dynamics drawing on comparative studies of international and internal migration processes and will include contributions covering both origin and destination countries/regions.
The external keynote speakers were:
Plus THEMIS project keynote presentations by , Cindy Horst and Godfried Engbersen. The concluding plenary session was led by Lucinda Fonseca. [Click on the speaker names to see recordings of their presentations].
- Emergence and development of migration systems
- Feedback processes in migration
- Migrants as social actors
The individual theme pages above and the Call for Papers (725 KB file) provide more detail. Papers were invited relating to any of our three main themes, or that were cross-cutting, or methodological.
There were 6 keynote papers (2 on each of the 3 main themes), 80 additional papers presented in 26 parallel sessions (including methodology sessions), plus opening and concluding plenary sessions. See our final programme for details of sessions, presenters, chairs and all abstracts.
The outline conference programme shows the structure and timings.
For more information about this conference, or the THEMIS project itself, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org