Call for Papers

The Institute for Migration Studies (IMS) at
Lebanese American University
In partnership with the Centre for Intercultural Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz,
invites you to submit abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference:
"Relationships between Diasporas and Their ‘Homelands’ and Their Impact on the State, National Identities, and Peace & Conflict"
With noted diaspora, migration and transnationalism specialists,
Dr. Alan Gamlen, Oxford University, and Professor Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University, as Keynote Speakers

Conference details at:

The Institute for Migration Studies (IMS) at Lebanese American University (LAU), in partnership with the Centre for Intercultural Studies (ZIS), Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz, is organizing a conference on the “relationships between Diaspora communities and their ‘homelands’ and their impact on the state, national identities, peace and conflict”. Scholars and researchers from various social science disciplines are encouraged to participate in this event by presenting papers on their latest research on these topics.
The conference organizers encourage the presentation of papers on the increasingly systematic and intense relationships between Diaspora communities and their communities of origin. What are the emerging patterns in this new development and what are their basic features? What are the most appropriate theoretical concepts and structures that best describe and analyze these new patterns (e.g., transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, etc.)? Are second- and third-generation migrants implicated in these new developments? If yes, what are the character and the extent of this involvement? Participants are encouraged to pay special attention to the role of diasporic associations (hometown associations, political groups, charitable and village associations, religious groups and institutions, etc.) and their homeland counterparts, as well as the states of the sending (homeland) countries and their agencies abroad (e.g., embassies and consulates).
Participants engaged in studying more than one migrant community are requested to conduct comparative analyses of two or more countries to further our understanding of comparative home/state-diaspora relationships and examine if pertinent theoretical conclusions are generalizable. Scholars and practitioners exploring theoretical issues pertaining to this discussion (transnationalist methodology, disembedded national identity, absentee voting and dual citizenship, class formation/transformation and migration, porosity of national boundaries, etc.) are also invited to this conference.
Core members of the organizing committee for the conference:
Professor Anton Escher (
Dr. Paul Tabar (
Dr. Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss (
Date of the conference: 3-5 February 2012
Location: Lebanese American University, Beirut
Deadline for submission of ABSTRACTS: 10 November 2011
*Acceptance of abstracts will take place before 1 December
NOTE: Completed papers due to organizing committee five working days prior to conference
Abstracts should be sent to the following email: and