Call For Papers: In the frame? Public and Political Discourses of Migration

In the Frame? Public and Political Discourses of Migration

April 24th – 25th 2014,
Limerick, Ireland

Public and political discourses on the matter of inward and outward migration are of crucial importance, as they are responsible for framing the issue, and for how, when, and where these issues arrive on the public / political spectrum (Schain 2008, p.465). As a result such discourses have substantial influence over the general public’s attitudes towards migration (McLaren, 2001).
In this interdisciplinary conference, we particularly welcome papers that address the following:
•       Analyses of public discourses regarding transnational migrants
•       Populist discourses of migration in print, broadcast, new media, and contemporary song settings.
•       Migrant engagement with public discourse – including diasporic media settings and contemporary expressive culture.
•       Contemporary political discourses on emigration
•       Politicised music / visual culture and emotive discourses around migration
•       Discourses of ‘welfare tourism’
•       Analysis of political statements / electoral ephemera directly dealing with migration.
•       Media constructions of migrant bodies.
•       Counter-hegemonic discourses of migration in various forms, including music.

Keynote speakers will include:
•       Prof. Brian Fanning, University College Dublin,
•       Professor Nicholas de Genova, Kings College, London,
•       Dr Gavan Titley, NUI Maynooth,
•       Dr Leah Bassel, University of Leicester.

A maximum of 30 minutes will be allocated to each conference paper (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions).

Please send your individual abstract of no more than 250 words to

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Nov 22nd.  Notifications will be sent by Dec 19th.
Conference committee:
Dr. Martin Power, Dept. of Sociology, University of Limerick.
Dr. Aileen Dillane, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.
Dr Amanda Haynes, Dept. of Sociology, University of Limerick.
Dr. Eoin. Devereux, Dept. of Sociology, University of Limerick.
James Carr, Dept. of Sociology, University of Limerick.

Power, Discourse and Society is an interdisciplinary research cluster based at the University of Limerick, Ireland, which provides a platform for researchers working within sociology, sociolinguistics, political science, education, ethnomusicology and social geography to come together to advance their shared interest in the critical analysis of public discourses and the elucidation of their social meaning, significance and material impacts. This conference is kindly supported by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick.
Dr Aileen Dillane
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick