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Call for IMISCOE PhD Summer School in Istanbul

Studying Integration and Social Cohesion - Theory, Practice, Method and Ethics of Conduct

Istanbul, Turkey, 9-14 June 2019

Integration and social cohesion are conceptually stretched concepts that are employed differently by policy makers, migrants, members of receiving societies as well as researchers.

While there is hardly a common understanding around the terms, both concepts dominate the discussion with regard to services provided for refugees and immigrants.

The issue of integration of immigrants presents itself as an impasse within the context of the historically constituted nation-state formations and the pressing trans-national features of neo-liberalism.

Focus on integration and adaptation strategies

The PhD Summer School in Istanbul will focus on topics of labour market integration, adaptation strategies of refugees, local versus national approaches to integration, transnationalism, and refugee integration.

The school will be a platform for the sharing of research, ideas and insights on immigrant integration along with advancing cross-disciplinary dialogue.

It will be an opportunity for younger researchers to receive feedback for their research, to learn about the issues that are most pressing for the policy community, and how these needs can inform new initiatives on the field.

About the organisers

The IMISCOE PhD Summer School Istanbul will be organized in collaboration between University of Gothenburg’s Centre on Global Migration (CGM) and the Association of Migration Research (GAR).

Centre on Global Migration

University of Gothenburg’s Centre on Global Migration (CGM) is a member of IMISCOE. CGM gathers research about migration within several subject areas, including anthropology, medicine, psychology, political science, religious studies, history, education, law, economics and sociology.

As a centre of expertise and research it aims to serve as a hub for collaboration or interaction and organizes seminars on migration and integration.

CGM aims to provide opportunities for dialogue and long-term collaboration between researchers, decision makers and external actors; organize international research conferences, workshops and seminars on migration; develop interdisciplinary research clusters, formulate and produce new directions for research on common themes in relation to global migration; initiate, support and coordinate applications to national and international research funds; and provide seed grants for interdisciplinary research applications.

Association of Migration Research, GAR

The Association of Migration Research, GAR, is a non-governmental organization based in Istanbul. GAR aims to encourage and initiate interdisciplinary research on migration, to disseminate knowledge produced in these studies, and to increase awareness about the situation and vulnerabilities of immigrants and refugees on national and international level.

As an autonomous and non-hierarchical platform established by qualified migration scholars, GAR believes that in the current context of Turkey, it is very important to continue to produce, share and exchange knowledge outside the university structures.

Opening up platforms to facilitate exchanges between academic knowledge and its practical applications for the solutions of the real-life problems that migrants are facing is one of the most important objectives of the association.

About the PhD Summer School

The Summer School will include lectures by the affiliated faculty of each institution. The lectures will mainly focus on theories of integration, methodological challenges, and ethics in the field.

There will also be presentations by practitioners, and field visits in Istanbul. The target group is PhD students engaging with any aspect of the theme of “Integration and Social Cohesion”.

The aim is to keep the number of PhD students to maximum 16 students to be able provide one-to-one mentoring sessions on students’ research projects. Each student will be assigned a mentor by the program organizers.

Recruitment of participants

Applications to participate in the PhD Summer School in Istanbul must include

(1) candidates’ PhD research proposal or a written chapter that they would like to elaborate on during the summer school

(2) a summary of what the programme would contribute to their doctoral studies (max 500 words)

(3) a CV

(4) a letter of reference from their advisor

These should be submitted to the recruitment committee composed of members of CGM and GAR by 15 January 2019. Selected candidates will be notified by the end of February 2019.

The e-mail address for submissions is: imiscoegar@gmail.com


The Summer School will follow a NO fee policy.

The only expectation from the participants would be to secure funding for their travel to Istanbul, i.e., the conference venue, their possibly extra days of stay in the city, and their personal expenses.


Upon successful completion of the program (i.e., full attendance and participation, and partaking in one-to-one mentoring sessions), students will receive a certificate of participation.


Contact Professor Gregg Bucken-Knapp at the University of Gothenburg for more information.

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