Migration, Crime and Citizenship: Interdisciplinary and Multi-Sited Research Approaches

Midterm conference WG ‘Immigration, Crime and Citizenship’ of the European Society of Criminology
Wednesday 22 Mar 2023, 09:00 - Thursday 23 Mar 2023, 22:00
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Erasmus University Rotterdam (rooms tba)
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On 22 and 23 March 2023, Erasmus School of Law and the Working Group ‘Immigration, Citizenship and Crime’ of the European Society of Criminology will host a conference on interdisciplinary and multi-sited research approaches in migration research. The conference aims to unite Migration, Crime and Citizenship scholars from different disciplines, geographical locations and research traditions across Europe to contribute to the criminology of mobility. Hence, it will try to build bridges between insights and scholars in the migration domain. The conference will be held in Rotterdam.

In recent decades, we have observed a proliferation of borders and bordering practices around the world. This phenomenon has brought about a vivid and flourishing criminology of mobility scholarship, i.e. the academic discipline consisting of legal and social scientific scholars who discuss migration phenomena, bordering practices, citizenship matters, the criminalization of migration, and others. This scholarship continues to grow as observed proliferation, securitization and crimmigration trends pose new academic challenges, especially in light of recent developments with the influx and rather welcoming practices for Ukrainian war refugees vis-à-vis the European reception crisis.

Over the years, more and more scholars from different academic disciplines, geographical locations and research traditions have been studying Migration, Citizenship and Crime issues in different European countries. These scholars consider the geographical, legal, political and social peculiarities of their contexts as well as the epistemological perspectives of their academic disciplines. However, an adequate understanding of developments in the migration, crime and citizenship domain requires scholars with different backgrounds to collaborate and share their insights with each other. Such discussions and collaborations enrich empirical findings and theoretical discussions on these topics. This conference, therefore, aims to unite Migration, Crime and Citizenship scholars from different disciplines, geographical locations and research traditions across Europe to contribute to the criminology of mobility.

The conference specifically invites empirical legal studies on Migration, Crime and Citizenship issues. The voices of those involved in these issues are still underrepresented in academic research, which comes at the expense of knowledge on the functioning of bordering practices in social reality, the (behavioral) assumptions underlying restrictive bordering practices, its impact on those involved in these practices as well as its consequences for society. Empirical studies may fill these gaps in the scholarship of mobility. These studies do bring methodological challenges though, which may encompass gaining access to the research field, working with highly vulnerable populations from different cultures and languages, conducting research across borders and in several countries, etc. The conference aims to stimulate scholars to present empirical contributions as well as reflections on methodological challenges to further stimulate multidisciplinary approaches in this field.

In so doing, the conference will try to build bridges between insights and scholars in the migration domain to broaden the understanding of the Migration, Crime and Citizenship scholarship. It hopes to reinforce the ESC Working Group on Immigration, Crime and Citizenship as a collaboration network for criminologists, socio-legal scholars and social scientists from different backgrounds conducting research in this field.

We are happy to announce that the following experts will provide a keynote lecture during the conference (titles to be announced):

  • Prof. Dr. Richard Staring – Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Dr. A. Campos Delgado – Leiden University
  • Dr. Drago Župarić-Iljić - University of Zagreb
  • Dr. Giulia Fabini - Università di Bologna

More information will follow. Any questions? Please contact us at wg.immigrationcc@gmail.com

This event is supported by the small grants scheme of the research initiative on Rebalancing Public & Private Interests and Erasmus Center of Empirical Legal Studies of Erasmus School of Law and the sector plan for law funding of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research. 

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The conference will be held at Campus Woudestein of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Click here for more info on the campus including route and directions.

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