World on the Move: Migration, Societies and Change

30 Oct – Nov 1 2017, The University of Manchester and Chancellors Conference Centre, Manchester

NB: Registration is closed for invited delegates who are presenting papers. However, non-presenting delegates are welcome to register until Oct 29th 2017. Please email with any questions about registering.

About the conference

This two-and-a-half day conference will provide an arena for discussion, debate, and the development of future research projects. Plenary sessions from world-leading migration researchers, panels, and workshops will create spaces for the development of sustainable networks and relationships across the academic, policy, not-for-profit and media sectors. The first day will be a half day policy and politics event, commencing after lunch on Monday 30 Oct, where distinguished speakers from policy, activist, NGO and media backgrounds will debate the question ‘How is Brexit Britain responding to a world on the move?’.

World on the Move provisional timetable

World on the Move provisional programme

World on the Move provisional abstract booklet

This conference has received funding from the Hallsworth Conference Fund at the University of Manchester.

Be // Longing

Watch the trailer for Be // Longing, a new piece of theatre produced by Take Back Theatre in collaboration with the Migration Lab.

Book tickets for the opening night on Tues 31st or the VIP night on Nov 1st – Book now


Confirmed keynotes/contributors

Prof Aderanti Adepoju (University of Lagos), Prof Alice Bloch (The University of Manchester), Prof Joy Damousi (University of Melbourne), Prof Rob Ford (The University of Manchester), Prof Peter Gatrell (The University of Manchester), Prof Justin Gest (George Mason University), Prof Nina Glick-Schiller (The University of Manchester), Dr Laura Hammond (School of Oriental and African Studies), Prof Yaron Matras (The University of Manchester), Gulwali Passarlay (Author of The Lightless Sky), Prof Miriam Ticktin (The New School, New York).

Conference themes

This conference will exhibit papers, workshops, exhibitions and performances which respond to and confront the relationship between migration and the various social, political, environmental and economic upheavals currently in process worldwide. There will be discussions around issues such as forced displacement, asylum, labour migration, trafficking, diaspora, integration, citizenship and their reciprocal relationships with conflict, economic inequalities, hardship, climate change, political change and social transformation. The following themes are intended as a guide:

  • Home, Borders, Identities
  • Media, Culture, New Populisms
  • History, Agency, Institutions
  • Languages, Narratives, Expressions
  • Methodologies, Research and Practice

Key dates

  • Abstract Deadline: 30 April 2017
  • Notice of Acceptance: 30 May 2017
  • Registration: closes on 31 July 2017 register here
  • Conference: 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2017

Conference fees

The conference fee will be £130 for the full two and a half days (not including optional conference dinner). For PhD researchers, the fee is discounted to £75.

To request an official invitation letter please email

Conference committee members

Conference Lead: Dr Tanja Müller; Committee members: Prof Alice Bloch, Prof Yaron Matras, Prof Bertrand Taithe, Dr Tamara West, Dr Cathy Wilcock


This conference has received funding from the Hallsworth Conference Fund at the University of Manchester