IMISCOE Spring Conference: Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond

The ‘Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond’ IMISCOE Spring Conference will take place on 28-29 March 2019 in Sheffield, UK.

This conference is organised by the Migration Research Group (MRG) at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the Centre of Migration Research (CMR) at the University of Warsaw and IMISCOE. It is supported by the Noble Foundation’s Programme on Modern Poland.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Feargal Cochrane, University of Kent
  • Professor Nira Yuval Davis, University of East London
  • Professor Pawel Kaczmarczyk, University of Warsaw
  • Professor Shahram Khosravi, University of Stockholm
  • Dr Majella Kilkey, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Louise Ryan, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Peter Scholten, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute
  • Professor Bryan Turner, Australian Catholic University and Potsdam University
  • Catherine Woollard, European Council on Refugees and Exiles

At the very moment the UK plans to exit the EU, we invite migration scholars to come together to discuss how Brexit cannot be understood in isolation, but must be seen in relation to a geographic, temporal and conceptual ‘beyond’. We will collaborate to develop understanding of how on-going events in Europe and worldwide are transforming regimes, patterns and understandings of mobility and immobility.

In the 15 years since the 2004 Enlargement, at local and national scales, European countries have experienced seismic shifts associated with increasing intra-EU mobility, the economic crisis, austerity, the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, the rise of far-right and other populist sentiments. Brexit is clearly a notable political landmark in the UK’s more generalised ‘hostile environment’, but globally it sits alongside other significant events such as Trump’s ‘raising the border’ rhetoric in the USA to the forced displacement of the Rohingya from Myanmar.

Following Castles (2010: 1576), we understand these shifts as bound up in broader processes of social transformation in which ‘existing social patterns are questioned and many are reconfigured’. A social transformation lens on migration, invites us, therefore, to interrogate what is changing in the politics, policies and practices of mobility and immobility, and what this means for our existing theoretical and conceptual frameworks

Important information

Day 1 of the conference is dedicated to doctoral research. PhD students will be given the opportunity to showcase their research, ‘work in progress’ and emerging research findings.

The Conference Opening Panel Discussion and a drinks reception will take place on the evening of Day 1 for all conference participants. Day 2 of the conference will include paper presentations from post-doctoral level researchers / academics and plenary sessions.

Review of paper proposals has now concluded, a draft programme will be published early in the new year.

Registration Fees: PhD Day: £40 (Early Bird),  £50 (Late registration)
Full conference:  £80 (Early Bird), £100 (Late registration)
Discounted registration fees may be available for paper givers from NGOs.
Please contact MRG Network Administrator for further information

Conference organising team at the University of Sheffield:

  • Professor Louise Ryan (Co-Director MRG and Department of Sociological Studies)
  • Dr Majella Kilkey (Co-Director MRG and Department of Sociological Studies)
  • Dr Aneta Piekut (MRG and Sheffield Methods Institute)
  • Dr Clare Rishbeth (MRG and Department of Landscape)
  • Dr Zheng Wang (MRG and Urban Studies and Planning)
  • Edanur Yazici (PhD Student, Department of Sociological Studies)
  • Maev McDaid (PhD Student, Department of Sociological Studies)
  • Indra Mangule (MRG Administrator)


The PhD workshop on 28th March will be held on the University of Sheffield campus which is accessible via tram from Sheffield Railway Station. The conference on 29th March will be held at the Novotel Sheffield Centre which is a short walk from Sheffield Railway Station.


The accommodation providers listed below are recommended based solely on proximity to the venues for this event. Their inclusion is not an endorsement of the quality of service which they provide, we recommend all delegates consult reviews and/or speak to accommodation providers directly to ensure they meet your requirements prior to making a booking.

4* Accommodation
Leopold Hotel

2 Leopold Street


S1 2GZ

Tel: (+44) 114 252 4000


Mercure Sheffield St Pauls

119 Norfolk Street


S1 2JE

Tel: (+44)114 278 2000


Novotel Sheffield Centre

50 Arundel Gate


S1 2PR

Tel (+44)113 396 9005


3* Accommodation
Best Western Sheffield City Centre

Cutlers Hotel

George Street


S1 2PF

Tel: (+44)114 273 9939


Hampton by Hilton

West Bar Green


S1 2DA

Tel: (+44)114 399 0999

Jurys Inn Sheffield

119 Eyre Street


S1 4QW

Tel: (+44) 114 291 2222


Budget Accommodation
Easy Hotel

71 High Street


S1 2GD

Tel: (+44)114 349 8450


Ibis Sheffield City Hotel

Shude Hill


S1 2AR

Tel: (+44)114 241 9600


Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre (Angel Street)

19 Angel Street


S3 8LN

Tel: (+44)871 527 8970


Travelodge Sheffield Central

1 Broad Street West


S1 2BQ

Tel (+44)871 984 6305


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