The 2022 Conference “Global Migration” aims to cover current topics of migration from a trans- cultural, trans-disciplinary and intersectional perspective.

The term transcultural can be seen as “one of the most important and widely discussed conceptual keywords in the humanities and social sciences of recent years” and refers to the term transculturación by Fernando Ortiz in 1940 (König/Rakow, University of Heidelberg). The aim was to find a term that includes a dynamic concept of culture allowing a new cultural synthesis.

The transdisciplinary perspective invites researchers and practitioners from “different disciplines working jointly to create new conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and translational innovations that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address a common problem” (Harvard University).

The intersectional perspective has originally been introduced by the black female lawyer Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. According to the concept people have a different experience of discrimination depending on their individual overlapping identities, such as being a woman, a person of colour, a person of age, etc.

The Association has its origins in the Association for the Study of the European Refugee Problem (AER), founded in 1950, and in 1961 merged with the Association for the Study of the World Refugee Problem (AWR), founded in 1954. As the first international research association in the field of forced migration, it is based on its international and interdisciplinary network and offers a platform for dialogue for scientists and practitioners.

Although the language of presentation is English, the conference aims to bring together researchers from around the globe to discuss in different panels upcoming fields of interests related to migration.

Conference topics

Contributions should cover one of the following topics from their trans-cultural, trans-disciplinary or intersectional perspective:

  • Methodology and new approaches in trans-cultural, trans-disciplinary and intersectional migration research
  • Rights, norms, ethics and migration
  • Gender/sexuality and migration
  • Religion and migration
  • Multilingualism and migration
  • Education and migration
  • Disability and migration
  • Age and migration
  • Culture/origin/race/ethnicity/colour and migration
  • Climate and migration

Contributions addressing cross-cutting topics of public health (incl. Covid-19), effects on the social welfare state and taxation as well as organized crime within the mentioned topics are welcome.

Call for paper, panel or workshop proposal

You can submit either an individual paper, panel or workshop proposal (all sessions, framing several related contributions will be assigned 90 minutes each) for a single-blind review:

  • Categories of proposals:
    • single paper proposal online form (each paper: 20 , plus 10 min. discussion)
    • panel proposal online form (each panel: 90 incl. discussion)
    • workshop proposal online form (each workshop: 90 )
  • Your proposal submission needs to contain:
    • Names and email addresses of the presenters or primary organizer and the co- organizer (if available, we prefer two presenters or organizers in case of unforeseen circumstances);
    • The proposed title of the paper, panel or workshop proposal;
    • The matching conference topics;
    • A 500-word abstract of your paper for the conference
  • Submission deadline for proposal: 30 September 2021, 23:59 CET.
  • E-Mail for submission:
  • Single-blind review
  • Acceptance/rejection letters: until 15 November 2021
  • Submission deadline for presentation: 1 February 2022, 23:59
  • Submission deadline for paper: 31 March 2022, 23:59
    • Papers need to meet the template and style guidelines to be
    • Papers shall be between 10-20
    • Only papers meeting the deadline will be accepted.

Conference Working Sessions

Single papers, panels and workshops will be grouped together thematically throughout the conference program in working sessions.


All accepted and submitted papers are supposed to be published in a peer-reviewed medium, either in the Treatises on Migration and Refugee Problems or the relaunched AWR Bulletin – Quarterly on Refugee Problems.

Download Call for Papers (pdf)