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10.-12.9. Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis

From 10-12 September, a conference co-organised by the FIW aims to reflect the interface between empirical research on migration policy in the social sciences and the philosophical debate on the ethics of migration.

10.-12.9. Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis

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The conference organised by Matthias Hoesch (University of Münster) and Lena Laube (FIW) aims at reflecting the interface between empirical research on migration policy in the social sciences and the philosophical debate on the ethics of migration. The interdisciplinary exchange is particularly urgent for both disciplines: On the one hand, empirical research on migration policy often includes implicit normative assumptions about the role of the state and about the consequences of regulating access for migrants, for the host countries as well as for the countries of origin. To make these assumptions explicit could help to avoid polarisations that tend to complicate a productive exchange between different approaches. On the other hand, the philosophical debate that essentially aims at evaluating migration policies barely acknowledges the results of empirical research. Consequently, it ignores questions concerning the moral evaluation of specific policies that constitute borders and legal migration opportunities.

The international conference follows an interdisciplinary approach and invites participants to reflect on research on migration policies by jointly discussing methodological questions as well as concrete ethical problems in various areas of empirical research on migration policies. The panels will tackle the following topics: Critical Migration Studies, Global Inequalities, Normative Frames in Asylum and Migration, Inequalities within Citizenship, and the Ethics of Return and Deportation.

Keynotes:

Joseph Carens (Toronto)
Sandra Lavenex (Genf)
David Miller (Oxford)
Ayelet Shachar (Göttingen)
William Walters (Ottawa)

 

 

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