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Call for papers: Rights and plight: cultural counter-narratives of the migrant and refugee experiences, deadline March 15th

Date: 22-25 June 2017
Venue: University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus and Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

Conference organised by the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and the University of Westminster

Call for papers

We welcome papers internationally from scholars, policymakers, artists, filmmakers and civil society group members that will engage critically with particular aspects of displacement and relocation, communication, media and art. Themes for individual papers and panel proposals may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cultural and human rights of migrants and refugees
  • Representative individual and collective refugee and migrant narratives through creative industries including newspapers, television, film, photography on radio and through the arts
  • Representations of refugees and migrants in mainstream media and artistic institutions
  • The role of Art in addressing trauma, bereavement and loss
  • Ethics, policy and the politics of exclusion
  • Doing/making art in the time of war
  • Rethinking cultural policy and cultural relations in the age of global crisis
  • Nationalism, populism and inclusion politics
  • Migrancy, connectivity and cultural production
  • The political economy of othering
  • Refugees, migrants and social media: empowerment and denigration
  • Secularization and securitization of refugee movements
  • Border sorting technologies as techniques of exclusionary control
  • Migrant/refugee experiences using a gender lens


The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is Wednesday, March 15th, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday April 3, 2017. Instructions / Call for papers: Rights and plight: cultural counter-narratives of the migrant and refugee experiences

Travel expences

Participants are responsible to fund their own travel and accommodation expenses.


Selected conference papers will be eligible for a future special edition volume to be published by University of Westminster press.


For more information about the conference or submissions, please contact Aimee Fullman at a.fullman1(a)westminster.ac.uk.

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