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THEMIS international migration conference

Held 24-26 September 2013

Lady Margaret Hall, 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.

External keynote speakers were:

With THEMIS project keynote presentations by Oliver Bakewell, Cindy Horst and Godfried Engbersen.

The concluding plenary session was led by Lucinda Fonseca. [Recordings of the presentations are available by following the above links]

The three main themes for this conference were:

Papers were invited relating to any of these three 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), and opening and concluding plenary sessions.

Download the conference handbook for details of sessions, presenters, chairs and all abstracts.

For more information about this conference, or the THEMIS project itself, please contact:

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