Reconsidering African integration in a fragmented age

Reconsidering African integration in a fragmented age

Johannesburg, South Africa, 2-6 December 2013

Call for papers

The International Migration Institute (IMI-Oxford University), the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS-Wits University, Johannesburg), and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPIMMG, Göttingen) invite proposals for a workshop and publication project on the mechanisms, ethics and politics of migrant integration in sub-Saharan Africa.

This workshop arises from a recognition that newly arrived migrants and immigrants across the continent typically occupy worlds weakly structured by laws and official institutions. Rather than state policies and formal politics, the meaning and means of integration are often determined by highly localised social processes and power structures. Underlying migrants’ incorporation or exclusion are varied ethics of hospitality and political calculation and community ideals.

Through an interactive three day workshop in Johannesburg, this initiative will develop comparative insights from across Africa and situate findings within global empirical and scholarly trends. Selected papers from the workshop will contribute to an edited volume examining the dynamics of integration across the case studies.