March 25, 2015

CFP: Sheffield University (UK) Conference on Skilled Migration Policies, September 15, 2015

Network member Francesca Strumia (Sheffield University) has asked that we pass along the following call for papers for a conference in September entitled "Unravelling the Talent Tale: Skilled Migration Policies between National Images, Membership Bonds and Economic Priorities."  See below and here for details.


Unravelling the Talent Tale: Skilled Migration Policies between National Images, Membership Bonds and Economic Priorities

Sheffield University School of Law
Tuesday September 15, 2015

with Professor Peter J. Spiro, Charles R. Weiner Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law (keynote speaker)

This one-day interdisciplinary conference, jointly sponsored by the Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group and the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law, proposes to bring together scholars, practitioners and institutional actors involved with the development and practice of skilled migration policies to consider a range of questions targeting the interrelation between attracting skilled migrants and redefining community boundaries and membership bonds.

Which concepts of talent underpin skilled migration policies and what kind of stake in the community do these concepts relate to? How do skilled migration policies alter existing paradigms for community closure and the nature of the ‘genuine links’ among community members? How do the claims to admission of skilled migrants relate to those of ‘standard’ migrants? How do these policies relate to narratives of sovereignty and nationalism?

Proposals for papers addressing the above questions from legal, political, sociological perspectives are encouraged. Paper proposals not exceeding 500 words in length and a one paragraph bio should be emailed by 30th April 2015 to  Successful applicants will be notified by mid-June 2015

For additional details and the full call please see

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