CARFMS 2018: Dialogue Beyond Borders

Carleton University, May 22-May 25, 2018

Refugee and Forced Migration Studies has strived to foster both disciplinary and multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and co-disciplinary forms of research. It has also been a field that has sought, in various ways, to engage with elements of policy and practice relating to displacement. It also strives to engage with, and often directly involve, the perspectives and experience of individuals and groups that have been displaced. In these ways, is has also been a field that has sought to speak beyond the various borders and boundaries that can constrain dialogue.

What have been the benefits and challenges of these various forms of dialogue? How can we, individually and collectively, promote more meaningful dialogue between disciplines, with the displaced, and between the research, policy and practitioner communities? How can such dialogue promote better protection, assistance and solutions with and for the displaced?

CARFMS 2018 will invite applications for innovative panels, workshops, sessions, presentations and demonstrations to contribute to a more fulsome understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by the fostering of dialogue beyond borders. 

Through the conference, and building on the development of “Ethical Considerations: Research with People in Situations of Forced Migration”, CARFMS 2018 will seek to enhance our understanding of the following forms of dialogue, and potentially develop CARFMS guidelines on these forms of dialogue and partnerships:

  1. Between disciplines
  2. Between research and policy
  3. Between research and practice
  4. Between geographic regions
    • North-South partnerships
    • Transatlantic partnerships
  5. Between linguistic communities (ie. between Anglophone and Francophone literatures)

Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2018

Notice of acceptances and posting of draft program: 29 March 2018


To submit a proposal for a paper or complete panel, please submit the following information using this online form:

  • Name of presenter(s)
  • Institutional affiliation(s) or Organization(s)
  • Contact information (email)
  • Title of Paper, Workshop or Panel
  • Short abstract or description (no more than 200 words per single abstract submissions)

For panel proposals please include a rationale for the panel as well as a title and brief description of each paper.