American Sociological Association International Migration Section Mini-Conference: “Shaping the Future of Immigration Research”

American Sociological Association International Migration Section Mini-Conference: “Shaping the Future of Immigration Research”

The American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on International Migration will host a mini-conference titled “Shaping the Future of Immigration Research” on Friday, August 9, 2013.  Details are as follows:

Shaping the Future will provide a venue for sustained conversations among scholars and students of migration that is often impossible at the ASA, and to facilitate interactions among researchers at different career stages.

Here is a copy of our final conference program: PDF.

This one-day conference will be held on Friday August 9, 2013 in the Concourse Level at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. The CUNY-Graduate Center is easily accessible by subways, buses, and foot from the ASA conference hotels in midtown Manhattan. Here is a map of the conference site.

We have recently sent registration confirmations to all confirmed participants. We have also notified you if you are currently on the waitlist. We will keep you posted as we move forward. Please email us with any questions.

Program Details
Overall, the conference will include two sets of concurrent roundtables, two discussion panels and one book panel over lunch. It will also include breakfast, lunch and a reception at the end. First, there will be two sets of concurrent “roundtable workshops.” The first set of roundtables will focus on research challenges and professional development. The second set of roundtables will be organized around substantive topics. There will be a total of 20-24 roundtables. Second, the luncheon panel will be a “book panel” which features 10-12 books that have been published in the last two years (2012-2013). This was designed to put a spotlight on the most recent and cutting edge scholarship within the field. Third, there will be two discussion panels. The panels will bring together academics, journalists, activists, and policymakers with experiences mediating between the policy and academic worlds. Finally, the day would be capped by a reception from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Participants can make their own dining arrangements. (We can provide dining suggestions in the New York area.)

Tentative Schedule
8:30-9:00 A.M.: Continental breakfast
9:00-10:15 A.M.: First set of roundtables on professional developments
10:15-10:45 A.M.: Coffee break
10:45-12:00 P.M.: Panel: “Immigration Reform and the Future of Unauthorized Population”
12:00-1:30 P.M.: Luncheon + book panel
1:30-2:00 P.M.: Coffee break
2:00-3:15 P.M.: Second set of roundtables on substantive research topics
3:15-3:45 P.M.: Coffee break
3:45-5:00 P.M.: Panel: “Immigration and Growing Inequality in American Society”
5:00-6:00 PM: Closing reception

Full list of roundtable topics
Professional development roundtables
How to publish a journal article
How to publish a book
How to write an op-ed
How to submit a successful grant proposal
How to communicate research to the public
How to apply for faculty positions
How to apply to post-doc positions
How to approach IRB and human subjects
How to teach courses on immigration
How to coordinate a team research project
How to develop mentoring relationships
How to balance work-life commitments
How to start and finish your dissertation
How to balance research, teaching and writing

Substantive roundtables
Gender, children and families
Civic and political engagement
Assimilation and multiculturalism
Neighborhoods and social interactions
New immigrant destinations
Cross-national comparisons
Ethnoracial boundaries and pan-ethnicity
Citizenship and the politics of immigration
Selectivity and highly-skilled immigrants
Immigration and health
Immigration and crime
Ethnic economies
Education and socioeconomic mobility
Social capital, migration and development

Conference co-organizers
Margaret M. Chin, Hunter College-CUNY
Van C. Tran, University of Pennsylvania

Steering Committee
Philip Kasinitz (Graduate Center-CUNY)
Nancy Foner (Hunter College & Graduate Center-CUNY)
Richard Alba (Graduate Center-CUNY)
Sofya Aptekar (Max Planck Institute & Graduate Center-CUNY)
Mehdi Bozorgmehr (City College-CUNY)
Hector Cordero-Guzman (Baruch College-CUNY)
Greta Gilbertson (Fordham University)
Diana Pan (Brooklyn College-CUNY)
Holly Reed (Queens College-CUNY
Robert Courtney Smith (Baruch College-CUNY)

Conference sponsors
The International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association
CUNY-The Graduate Center
CUNY-Baruch College (School of Public Affairs)
CUNY-Brooklyn College (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
CUNY-Hunter College (School of Arts and Sciences)
Columbia University (Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy)