Migrations and diasporas, racism(s) and anti-racism(s)

1st National  Phd Conference in Social Sciences

Padua, 23rd-25th June 2016


The study of migration processes is nowdays a cornerstone of Social Sciences. It represents a research field that acts a pivotal role in understanding the complexities of current social changes and phenomena. Historically it has produced a growing number of researches from several disciplinary perspectives, approaches and methodologies.

Issues related to human mobilities highlight the ways through which internal migrants, transnational migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and so-called “second generations” had significantly redifined the appearance of present-day Italy.

All these aspects encourage us to look at immigration as a depth-historical phenomenon that influences identity politics as well as the agency of people at the local, transnational and diasporic level.

We observe that the reproduction and spread of old and new forms of racism in everyday social life could be deeply linked to migratory phenomena. These aspects force us to reflect on the multiple forms of racism in present-day Italy and, at the same time, to shed lights on the practices of identity recognition as well as oppositional movements against the production and diffusion of discriminations.

The main aim of the section “Migrations and diasporas, racism(s) and anti-racism(s)” is to collect empirical researches and analytical reflections coming from Ph.D. candidates in Social Sciences. The organisers will asses abstracts that focus on the study of human mobilities, exclusionary practices undergone by these people and the innovative ways performed by them to contrast such tendencies.

Abstracts with transnational and/or intersectional perspectives are highly welcomed, even though this is not a mandatory requirement. The section is organised in the following 3 macro-areas, which in turn are divided in thematic sub-fields:


  • mobilities, migrations or diasporas? Reflections on the concepts we use;
  • (real,  symbolic, imagined) borders and boundaries;
  • narratives, historical memories and territories;
  • socio-geographical mobilities and remittances.


  • migrants and post-migrants’ involvement in associations and sports;
  • rights of citizenship in relation to genders and generations;
  • migrants and post-migrants’ cultural productions and aesthetics;
  • public and private institutions that deal with migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and people with a migration background (schools, social/health services, migrants and asylum seekers’ shelter, NGOs, etc).


  • racism(s) and discriminations;
  • representations and speeches produced by mass media on migrants and asylum seekers;
  • anti-racist movements and practices of resistance;
  • de-construction of labelling stereotypes and identities attributed by external agents.

Abstracts should be up to 300 words (bibliography not included), and be written either in Italian or in English and must be sent by February 20, 2016 via email to: phhconference.padova@gmail.com adding the title of the session in the subject of the email: “Migrations and diasporas, racism(s) and anti-racism(s).

Abstracts must have the following structure:

title, author(s)*, text, keywords.

* author’s contact details and a short biography (up to 100 words).

The result of the evaluation will be notified to authors by 20 March 2016. Please note that to participate to the conference you need to sign up (free) which will be available on the appropriate form on the website from March 20, 2015 until 30 April, 2015. For organizational reasons we invite applicants to register by the deadline[1].

Authors of selected abstracts have to send a paper up to 35,000 characters (including spaces and bibliography) by 31 May 2016 to the same e-mail address.

At the end, contribution may be collected for scientific publications cured by the referee of the session together with the author(s).


Dany Carnassale, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

Sandra Kyeremeh, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

Claudia Lotito, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

Dario Lucchesi, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

Serena Scarabello, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova


[1] Coffee breaks and spritz-time are included.

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