Call for Papers Workshop: New Perspectives on human mobility in East Africa: identifying research priorities

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Call for Workshop Applicants

Organized by the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) and the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)

Eastern Africa is associated with a complexity of movements involving different groups of people within and outside the region. Conflicts and violence have generated a large number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people (IDPs). According to the UNHCR, at the end of 2017, countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania hosted more than 3 million refugees and over 5  million IDPs. Domestic and regional labour mobility, as well as movements of workers outside the continent, are also an important aspect of migration within the Eastern African region. Over the past years, movements of skilled and unskilled migrants to the Gulf States have increased due to geographical proximity and the presence of labour agreements. These mixed migration flows are driven by multiple socio-economic, political and environmental factors and in many case involve a high number of irregular migrants who are trafficked to countries in the Middle East, Europe and Southern Africa. Victims of trafficking are particularly vulnerable to human rights violations and physical abuses and are of great concern for government in the East Africa region. All the aforementioned aspects make it imperative to gain insight into the fundamental nature of the migration challenges in the Eastern Africa region. It is therefore necessary to review current knowledge about migration in East Africa, identify priority areas for future research and work toward the establishment of a research network to support policymaking.

This workshop will take place on 20 September 2018 at OSSREA in Addis Ababa and plans to create a starting point for a research agenda and strong research questions with regard to migration research in East Africa. It also seeks to promote a greater understanding of the migration phenomena in the region through a coordinated, synergistic and broad-spectrum depth of research.

Selected applicants will be expected to submit a paper related to New Perspectives on Human Mobility in East Africa and present it at the workshop. It is envisaged that a number of selected papers will be published on the third 2018 annual issue of African Human Mobility Review (AHMR). AHMR is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed on-line journal published by the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa and created to encourage and facilitate the study of all aspects of human mobility in Africa.

We rely on applicants outside Addis Ababa to draw upon their resources to fund their travels because of our limited budget. Authors of selected paper will receive an honorarium of $ 500 upon completion of the editorial process.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should submit the following information:

– Full Name

– Academic/Institutional Affiliation

– CV

– A 300 word Abstract to describe the ideas and arguments for the paper.

Applicants are expected to submit a full paper (maximum 8000 words) before attending the workshop. The work should be original and not have been published or presented elsewhere.

Applications should be sent to Sergio Carciotto at by June 18, 2018.

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