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Call for Submissions for “Technology and People on the Move” track



The Migration Conference, 18-20 June 2019, University of Bari, Italy


Track Chair: Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz, University of Oxford, Department of International
Development & Centre for Technology and Global Affairs
Submission Deadline: 31 Jan. 2019


On behalf of The Migration Conference Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to the 7th conference in the series which will take place in Bari, Italy from 18 to 20 June 2019.
The conference is organised in thematic streams of parallel sessions focusing on migration, migrant populations, diasporas, migration policies, labour migrations, refugees, economic impacts, remittances as well as non-migrants and the wider impact of human mobility on sending, transit and receiving societies.
The track aims to explore the impact and actual/potential consequences of the new technological revolution over the people on the move. While governments, international agencies, NGOs and
corporations benefit from big data, mobile phone data, blockchain and artificial intelligence to conduct projects and implement policies to support/empower, control/manipulate the movements of
people; refugees and immigrants use social media and various software applications for their survival strategies. New technologies are also effectively used for humanitarian aids and responses
such as cash support or disaster preventions. The track will elaborate on these new developments from a critical perspective and discuss the positive and negative consequences. Such an approach will also include a critical approach towards the technological revolution, and its consequences will be debated for migrants, refugees, diasporas, humanitarian response and how authorities aim to exploit the technological progress to increase surveillance and control over the people on the move.


Therefore, we are inviting researchers to specialized sessions discussing technology and people on the move with reference to following topics (the list is not exhaustive but indicative):

- Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain-based projects to support/empower refugees, forced migrants
- Big data and surveillance over people on the move
- Social media and survival strategies of migrants and refugees
- Technology and humanitarian support/digital humanitarianism
- New technologies and international development
- Digital identity initiatives and refugees/migrants
- Online-mobile banking, microcredits and financial inclusion of refugees/migrants


Publication Prospects
The best papers would be invited to be considered for an edited book and special journal issues.
*Abstract Submission Guidelines*
All papers presented at the conference must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another conference. Structured abstracts (upto 500 words) are welcome.
Structured long abstracts should state clearly the objectives, referring to relevant literature, methods, results and conclusions of the work, and should be no more than 500 words in length.
Up to 5-6 key references cited in the abstract can be given and these are not included in the word count.
* A maximum of 500 words excluding references.
* Microsoft Word documents only
* A4-page formatted
* 2.5cm margins on all sides
* Single spaced
* 12-point Times Roman font (the title, which must be 14-point Times Roman).

The review and publication schedule:
Abstract proposal to TMC, 2019 January 31, 2019
Notice of acceptance February 28, 2019
Conference Full-paper April 15, 2019
Conference in Bari June 18-20, 2019
Send me full book chapter August 31, 2019
Peer-Review feedback to authors October 15, 2019
Revised Chapter submission December 15, 2019
Editor’s final feedback to authors January, 30, 2020
Final Revised version submitted March 1, 2020
Proof copies sent do authors April 1, 2020
Proofreading and Final Checks April 25, 2020
Book Published June 2020
Book Launch TMC, 2020
Please, do not hesitate on sending me your comments,
Track Chair: Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz, University of Oxford,
Conference website.