[Conference] American Sociological Association International Migration Section Mini-Conference


8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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

When: Friday, August 9, 2013

Where: Concourse Level of the Graduate Center-CUNY

Conference co-organizers

Margaret M. Chin, Hunter College-CUNY

Van C. Tran, University of Pennsylvania

Conference sponsors

The International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Hunter College of the City University of New York

Background and Details

The goal of Shaping the Future is to provide a venue for more sustained conversation among scholars and students of immigration than is often possible at ASA, and to facilitate informal interactions between researchers at different career stages, including graduate students, junior faculty and senior faculty. The conference will be free to all IM section members, although advance registration will be required. Registration will be open in late Spring 2013.

Shaping the Future will run one full day. It will feature two sets of concurrent roundtables, one book panel and two keynote panels. The first set of roundtables will focus on research challenges and professional development issues. The second set of roundtables will be organized around substantive research topics on international migration. The book panel will focus on books that have been published in the last three years (2011-2013). This was designed to be a spotlight on the most recent and cutting edge scholarship within the field. Given our intention to promote interactions among members across different career stages, this panel will feature work by both junior and senior scholars, with preference being given to junior scholars if we have to make a decision. There will be two keynote panels, which will bring together academics, journalists, activists, and policymakers with experiences mediating between the policy and academic worlds. These panels offer an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of the IM field as a whole and to explore how immigration research can contribute to our understanding of American society and public policy in the decade ahead.

Tentative Schedule

8:30-9:00 AM:            Continental breakfast

9:00-10:15 AM:          First set of roundtables on professional developments

10:15-10:45 AM:        Coffee break

10:45-12:00 PM:        Panel discussion #1

12:00-1:30 PM:          Luncheon + book panel

1:30-2:00 PM:            Coffee break

2:00-3:15 PM:            Second set of roundtables on substantive research topics

3:15-3:45 PM:             Coffee break

3:45-5:00 PM:           Panel discussion #2

5:00-6:00 PM:            Closing reception

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)



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