Extension of Call of Papers till 30th September 2017.

In response to feedback, the Call for Papers for the Conference: “Migrating Concepts” has been extended until the 30 September 2017, and please note attendees are no longer required to submit draft papers before the event. Selected papers shall be shortlisted for publication in the journal after the conference. Please send abstracts, including a brief biographical note and complete contact details, to JICS Associate Editor Paula Muraca (paula.muraca@deakin.edu.au).

Migrating Concepts 2018 Call for papers now open

The JICS Editorial Team is accepting Abstracts until the 30th September 2017, and plase note that presenters are no longer required to submit draft papers before the event. Selected presentations shall be shortlisted for paper submissions in the journal after the conference. Please send abstracts, including a brief biographical note and complete contact details, to JICS Associate Editor Paula Muraca (paula.muraca@deakin.edu.au).

Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Conviviality have become key conceptual frames that many of us reach for when researching experiences of migration and diversity. What are some of the contextual and temporal conditions that have led to the emergence of these concepts in particular places, and that compel us to turn to one or another at certain moments? In particular, what happens to these (and comparable) frames when they dislodge from their particularities and migrate across the Asia Pacific region, becoming attached to different histories, experiences and intellectual traditions? How do they translate, morph and take on new meanings or facets? What, in essence, constitutes the character of their multi-sited-ness? Do they amount to a unified or disparate discourse of inquiry? We are interested in the theoretical and empirical applications of these migrating concepts.

Guiding questions:

  • How do these concepts (as well as others such as superdiversity, transnationalism, racism and xenophobia) create affinities or homogenise across spatio-temporal contexts?
  • In the use of such frames, are hegemonic cultural ontologies reified and/or transgressed?
  • How do shared conceptual frameworks problematise the boundedness of nation-state, territory and culture?
  • How do institutions and regimes of governmentality alter conceptual frameworks?

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof Sneja Gunew University of British Columbia
  • Prof Chen Kuan Hsing National Chiao Tung University

Over two and a half days, the conference brings together scholars and practitioners working in race and ethnicity studies, migration studies, postcolonialism, literature, historical studies, urban studies, geography and the visual arts to reflect on these questions, and engage in comparative intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue; relating insights that bring to light new critical understandings into the experiences that are the focus of our works, along with the intellectual toolkits that enable it.

The first two days will begin with a keynote presentation followed by parallel sessions, and end with a plenary event with discussants. A collection of invited art works on the theme will open the event and be available throughout.

On the third day, a special half-day roundtable, ‘Migrating Ideas’: Localised Responses to Global Policy Initiatives, will enable practitioners, researchers and representatives of international organisations take up the theme from a policy and applied research perspective, attuned specifically to the local dimensions of mobility and migration, and the responses that these have provoked.


About the Journal of Intercultural Studies



Journal of Intercultural Studies showcases innovative scholarship about emerging cultural formations, intercultural negotiations and contemporary challenges to cultures and identities. It welcomes theoretically informed articles from diverse disciplines that contribute to the following discussions:


  • Reconceptualising notions of nationhood, citizenship and belonging;
  • Questioning theories of diaspora, transnationalism, hybridity and ‘border crossing’, and their contextualised applications;
  • Exploring the contemporary sociocultural formations of whiteness, ethnicity, racialization, postcolonialism and indigeneity
  • Examining how past and contemporary key scholars can inform current thinking on intercultural knowledge, multiculturalism, race and cultural identity.

It is an international, interdisciplinary journal that particularly encourages contributions from scholars in cultural studies, sociology, migration studies, literary studies, gender studies, anthropology, cultural geography, urban studies, race and ethnic studies.

It is a peer-reviewed, critical scholarly publication that features articles, review essays, book reviews and symposia. Regular Special Issues provide stimulating, focused engagement with emerging practices, specific contexts, and the theoretical questions that these make visible. JICS also publishes shorter Special Sections that can provide a snapshot into an issue area with 3-4 articles and a short guest editorial introduction.

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