5th Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies

Regional and Local Responses to Global Refugee Movements: Contexts, Challenges, Solutions

Forced migration and displacement in the context of violent conflicts and natural disasters have been on the rise for years. At the same time, right-wing populist voices against immigration and people seeking protection are gaining attention and influence in many countries.

The 5th Conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Studies aims to shed light on the global, regional and local contexts of forced migration and displacement, including the causes and trends that force people into mobility, but also immobility. Contributions to the Conference may address a variety of issues, such as the geopolitical, economic, social and other factors that contribute to forced displacement worldwide. Case studies from different countries, regions and communities can show how different actors are responding to migration and what strategies have been developed to address the challenges of forced migration and displacement.

The Conference will also look at the challenges and obstacles faced by refugees and their host communities, as well as the positive impacts that immigration can have. These include issues of integration, social justice, access to education and adequate health care, as well as issues related to the protection of human rights. Gender-critical, queer and post/de-colonial perspectives are particularly welcome, as are reflections on ethical dimensions, research-reflective contributions and discourse-analytical approaches that illuminate the interrelationships between media, politics, civil society and academia. In addition, contributions may address the role of the media in producing discourses of forced migration and integration, how these influence policy and practice, and how academics position themselves in this regard. Finally, the Conference will look at best practices and innovative solutions that address global refugee movements, including initiatives and strategies from policy, civil society, education and research. In particular, the Conference aims to highlight the role of refugee organisations and their important role in the further development of the global refugee protection system to adequately take into account refugees and their perspectives. 

The conference is open to refugee and non-refugee researchers at all career levels, practitioners, students and interested parties. The submission process for this year's Refugee Research Conference is a two-step process. The first step was to submit papers for panels, workshops and roundtables.

An overview of the accepted papers can be found here.

Interested parties can submit abstracts for the accepted panels/roundtables/workshops until 22 April 2024. It is also possible to submit an abstract for a poster.

The abstracts should refer to the content of the panel/workshop/roundtable and explain how interested parties would like to contribute to the discussion. Individual submissions will be selected by the chairs.

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by the conference team by early May. Abstracts may not exceed 250 words.
Submission requirements : The title and chair of the panel/workshop/roundtable with the ID to which the abstract refers, an abstract of a maximum of 250 words, and (expected) attendance in person or online.

Posters: Posters should address specific topics or issues. Posters may be submitted by more than one person, but at least one person must attend the conference in person to present the poster during the session.
Submission requirements : Poster title, presenter, abstract of max. 250 words, five key words.

Abstracts for the second submission phase can be submitted until 22 April 2024 exclusively via ConfTool at the following link: https://www.conftool.pro/fluchtforschungskonferenz2024/

Answers to further questions can be found in the Q&A section.

Information about the conference:

The conference languages will be English and German.

The conference will be held in Bonn, Germany, from 16 September to 18 September 2024. It will begin with a kick-off event in the early evening of 16 September 2024. The parallel sessions with panels, roundtables and workshops as well as poster presentations will take place on 17 and 18 September 2024. There will be scholarships for refugees and (limited) financial support for applicants without institutional support. More information will be available soon on this website.

The conference is organised in cooperation with the German Network for Forced Migration Studies, the joint project "Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” and the European Coalition of Migrants and Refugees (EU COMAR) and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The local organisation is led by BICC (Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies) with the support of the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg–University of Applied Sciences, Bonn University, the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft and IDOS (German Institute for Development and Sustainability) as well as the Bonn Initiative on Displacement and Migration Research.

Question and answers

Can I still submit proposals for panels, roundtables and workshops?

No, the deadline ended on 15.01.2024 and we are now in the second submission phase, in which interested parties can apply for the accepted panels/workshops/roundtables.

How and until when can I apply for the accepted panels/workshops/roundtables? How can I apply for a poster?

To submit your abstract, you need a user account on ConfTool. After logging in, select "Submit paper" or "Your Submissions". You can then choose between the contribution types "Abstract" or "Poster". Select the appropriate one. 
Please enter all the required data for your contribution and submit your data.  
The deadline for submissions is 22.04.2024.

What are the criteria for submitting abstracts?

The abstracts should refer to the content of the panel/workshop/roundtable and explain what contribution interested parties would like to make to the discussion. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words. Please be sure to include the title and chair of the panel/workshop/roundtable with ID to which you are referring. Please also indicate whether you expect to participate in person or online.

In which languages can I submit my abstract?

In the language in which the respective panel, workshop or roundtable is offered.

Can I apply as a chair for an accepted panel/workshop/roundtable?


I am the chair of an accepted panel/workshop/roundtable and have designed the event with other people. Do we all have to submit an abstract if we want to present our contributions to the discussion?

Yes. The abstract should only contain a brief description of the contribution to the discussion/expertise that the specific persons wish to contribute. This can also be less than 250 words.

As Chair, I have already spoken to some people interested in my event, do they also have to submit their abstract via ConfTool?

Yes, all abstracts for an event must be submitted via ConfTool and reviewed by the chair.

Can I suggest speakers for my accepted contribution?

You are welcome to proactively ask potential speakers to submit an abstract.

Who is responsible for deciding on the acceptance of abstracts?

The chairs of the panels/workshops/roundtables will select the successful abstracts.

When will I be notified if my abstract has been accepted?

You will be notified by email by the conference organizing team by the beginning of May 2024.

When can I register as a participant for the conference?

Registration for the conference will open in mid-May 2024. We will announce the exact date on this page as soon as possible.

Is participation in the conference free?

Charges will be charged for participation in the conference. Scholarships for refugees and limited financial support for those without institutional support will be provided. The exact conference fees are expected to be published on the conference website in May 2024.

I am interested in a scholarship or financial support to attend the conference. How can I apply?

Information on this will be published on this page shortly.

Can I also take part in the conference online?

The conference will take place in a hybrid format. You can find out exactly which sessions will be offered online in the overview of accepted contributions.

Do I have to be a member of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies or another institution in order to participate in the conference?

No, the conference is aimed at refugee and non-refugee academics at all career levels, practitioners, students and interested parties. 

My question is not answered in this FAQ catalog. Who can I contact?

Please contact the organizing team at BICC by email: ...