International Metropolis Conference Abstract submission

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration
Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Call for abstracts is now open.

The International Metropolis Conference creates a safe and rigorous intellectual space to discuss thoroughly how government, civil society and business have established policy and legislative regimes to protect migrants’ rights and maximize their socio-economic contributions. The 2019 conference will explore the opportunities and challenges regarding the fulfillment of the “promise of migration” for the wellbeing of all involved, including migrants, host societies and sending communities. The conference title is not an affirmation but an opportunity to pause and reflect. The discussions will be framed around plenaries and workshops, while integrating a wide range of cross-cutting policy themes.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and the International Metropolis Project invite the submission of proposals for workshops, individual papers, and posters for the 2019 International Metropolis Conference, which will take place at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Canada from June 24 to 28.

We welcome submissions in virtually all areas of migration and its management around the world, including economic migration, family reunification, refugees, citizenship, settlement and integration, and diversity. Proposals that address the overall conference theme or any of the plenary themes are especially welcome, as are those that approach these topics from an interdisciplinary and international comparative perspectives.

Please note that acceptable workshop proposals must satisfy these two basic criteria:

Key dates

As you decide on the topic of your workshop, individual paper, or poster, please consider the following:

Conference plenary themes

Other topics of interest

General requirements

Specifically for workshops

The conference workshops are a key forum for knowledge exchange and mobilization across sectors, disciplines, and borders.

Format possibilities: panel discussions, roundtables or other interactive formats that allow ample opportunity for discussion and debate.

Duration: 90 minutes per session; double sessions are available

Languages: workshops can be delivered in English or French

Speakers: usually a maximum of 4 speakers (10 to 15 minutes each) from a variety of sectors (for example, NGO, academia, policy, corporate, community) and different countries. A higher number of speakers is not encouraged, unless they are part of a panel with shorter presentations.

Moderator/convener: workshop proposals should identify a convener (usually the workshop organizer) who will be responsible for coordinating the workshop and for securing at least 30 min. of discussions per session.

The workshop proposal should include:

Specifically for individual paper presentations

Individual presentations that are accepted in the program will be included in workshops with similar themed presentations. Please note that your presentation should be brief, maximum 10-15 minutes.

Specifically for posters

A poster should be comprehensive enough that different viewers would get the big picture of the topic at hand while reading at their own leisure. The author should be prepared to supplement, clarify, or discuss particular points raised by conference participants. Remember that people from different sectors (NGO, academia, policy-making, private industry) and of varying degrees of interest and experience may be viewing your poster at once. Therefore, you will want to make your points as complete and brief as possible.

Selected posters will be displayed on multiple levels of the conference venue.

For any questions, send an e-mail to the International Metropolis Conference Project Team.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and to welcoming you to the 2019 International Metropolis Conference.