Deadline Extended!: Call for Papers/Presentation Proposals — Reimagining Migration in(out) of Africa Conference

Thursday 29 September – Saturday 1 October 2022
Online and in-person at the University of Melbourne, Australia

African Studies Group
3 min readMay 16, 2022

The African Studies Group (ASG), in collaboration with the African Research and Engagement in Australia (AREiA) initiative, invites you to join the 3rd annual International Conference on the theme:

Reimagining Migration in(out) of Africa in the Post-Pandemic World. Taking Stock and Building Resilience.

The call for papers is now open and closes on Friday 15 July 2022 at 11:59 AEST.

The Reimagining Migration in(out) of Africa Conference seeks to bring together scholars (students, faculty, and researchers), advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and community members within and outside Australia for a conversation on the increasing politicisation of mobility in and out of the African continent and the experiences of migrant communities and their resilient cultures. You can access the detailed concept note here for the conference themes, structure and other background information.

Submit Abstract/Presentation Proposals

We invite papers and presentation proposals on any related topic but particularly those focused on migrations in(out) of Africa and the global South and the experiences of migrant communities and their resilient cultures.

For academics and graduate researchers: Submit your abstracts here OR copy & paste the following link to your browser:

For practitioners and community members: Submit your presentation proposals here OR copy & paste the following link to your browser:

If you wish to propose roundtables or different presentation formats please contact the organising team at

Abstracts/presentation proposals of up to 300 words are invited from researchers, practitioners and community members around the following themes and related questions:

Migration discourses

  1. Why/should people move freely?
  2. Are some migrants more worthy than others?
  3. To what extent is migration scholarship based on migrant experiences and stories?
  4. How do migrants cope and build resilience in host nations/communities?
  5. What are the contributions of migrants to their host communities?
  6. How has the pandemic shaped the flow of people and resources?

Migration and policy framing

  1. What informs migration policy framing and legislation?
  2. To what extent are migrant experiences factored into policy and legislation that concern them?

Migration in practice and migrant experiences

  1. What are the lived experiences of migrants in building resilience around challenges such as discrimination, stereotyping, employment difficulties, mental health and the COVID 19 pandemic?
  2. How do migrants perceive themselves and their contributions to host countries/communities?

To encourage student participation, a prize of AU$500 will be awarded to the best student paper.

Conference Program

Thursday 29 September

  • Morning Masterclass (Prof Karen Farquharson, University of Melbourne)
  • Afternoon: The Great Debate
  • Evening Keynote Lecture (Prof Patricia Daley, Oxford University)

Friday 30 September

  • Academic Presentations
  • By the Fireside Conversation on ‘Rethinking Refuge for Refugees in and from Africa’
  • Evening Drinks

Saturday 1 October

  • Community Presentations
  • ‘Little Africa in Australia’ Conclusion Dinner


Registration opens on Monday 6 June 2022. Registration fees (all prices in AUD and inclusive of GST):

Ticket Type Early Bird / Full

Student $50 / $80

Community member $50 / $80

ECR/Unwaged $80* / $110

Academics $150 / $200

Policymakers & practitioners $150 / $200

*Early researchers on a non-permanent, fixed-term or casual contracts

A number of scholarships are available for students and community members who wish to attend the conference on a first come first serve basis. For more information and to apply, please contact



African Studies Group

ASG is an association of researchers with interests in African studies hosted by the University of Melbourne.