Call for Papers: Approaching Ethnoheterogenesis Membership, Ethnicity, and Social Change in Contemporary Societies

Prof. Dr. Mathias Bös, PD Dr. Nina Clara Tiesler, Deborah Sielert
Institute of Sociology, Leibniz University of Hannover
(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie – Sektion Migration und ethnische Minderheiten)
Venue: Hannover Leibnizhaus
Date: Thursday and Friday December 14th & 15th, 2017                                                    
The study of societal change and ethnic relations has been a core pursuit in Sociology, both in the past and in the present, especially – though not exclusively – in historical contexts marked by heightened migration. This conference aims to refine the theoretical understanding of social and cultural processes regarding the formation of ethnicities and ethnic diversity (Yancey et al 1976, Bös 2010).
The specific contribution of this conference goes to the research context of migrants and migrant descendants; wherein conceptual debates on self-perceptions, modes of belonging, group formation, and collective subjectivities continue to be at the core of theoretical considerations (Cohen 1974, Glazer and Moynihan 1975, Banton 2008). Importantly, the conference also goes beyond this context: studying the genesis and continuously shifting social forms of ethnicities is heuristically important in that it can help us clarify processes of socio-, cultural-, and political change in society at large (Bell 1975, Bös 2011, Banton 2011).
Researching the emergence of ethnicities has a long tradition in diverse social sciences and in the humanities. The term ethnogenesis originally described constitutive processes of ethnic groups, their possible fissions, de-ethnization, expansion, or new formations over time and space (Singer 1962, Voss 2008). From the mid-1970s onward, in American Sociology, ethnogenesis was also used to grasp societal assimilation, integration, and change caused by ethnic diversification (Greeley 1974), as such describing socio-cultural change among both minority and majority groupings and in society at large.
However, it appears that current analytical concepts and frameworks to describe the genesis of ethnicities and societal change through ethnic diversification are too limited to grasp these complex and multi-dimensional formative processes (Barth 1969, Fardon 1987, Thompson 2011, Bös 2015). These concepts (e.g., assimilation, identity, integration, diversity, inclusion, multi-ethnic societies, etc.) often represent normative self-descriptions by civil society rather than analytical categories of heuristic value. Therefore, we propose the concept of Ethnoheterogenesis (EHG) as a starting point to discuss multidimensional models of specific forms of societization (Vergesellschaftung), which involve ethnic framing and affiliations of individuals, groupings, and macro groups (Tiesler 2015). Rather than reducing such formative processes to linear models, new concepts such a Ethnoheterogenesis explicitly address the dialectic of homogenization and heterogenization in the genesis of ethnicities, as well as the normality of de-ethnization and multiple options regarding ethnic affiliation (Waters 1990).
The aim of the conference is to further develop EHG or other new alternatives as analytical categories for processes of socio-cultural change in complex settings of transnationally constituted societies that can be coined ethnoheterogeneous (Claussen 2013). We invite international scholars for a critical discussion in favor of further theorizing. Conceptual papers and empirical studies referring to the following themes are welcome:
  1. What changes in ethnic framing, ethnic affiliation, and multiplicity of memberships/belongings can be observed in current times of heightened mobility and how can they be analyzed?
  What can be said about ethnicity as a resource for individualization, collectivization, and community building or potential counterhegemonic cultures?
  What forms of “past presencing” can be reconstructed in the processes of ethno(hetero)genesis?
  What does the analysis of the genesis and changes of ethnic framing and multiplicity of memberships add to the broader field of sociology (i.e., Sociology of Migration, Global Sociology, and Sociology of the Nation State)?
  1. How are the processes of (de-)ethnization interwoven with social inequality (economic, legal, political, etc.)?
 What role do institutions such as the family, neighborhoods, work, or communities play in this context?
 How should we think about the genesis of ethnicities in intersection with and relation to different categories of social inequality, and most importantly race, gender, class, and/or generation?
  1. How does ethnicity function as an element in the structuring of (world) society?
 What can be said about the (changing) role of the nation in the emergence of ethnicities and membership roles?
 What is the role of spatial configuration, such as transnationalism, in the genesis of ethnicities?
 What insights can be gained from related fields such as diaspora or transnational studies?
Keynote Speakers:      
·        Nadje Al-Ali, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS
·        Thomas D. Hall, Prof. Emeritus, Department of History, DePauw University
We are looking forward to proposals for lectures and/or workshops. The abstracts (one page long) should include the question, empirical/theoretical background, hypothesis, and brief personal details.
Please send your proposals or abstracts to:
ABSTRACTS DUE: June 15, 2017

Call For Papers: Annual Review of The Sociology of Religion

Call for Presentation Proposals: Survey Research and the Study of Religion in East Asia

East Asia, a region rich with diverse religious traditions, presents
exciting opportunities as well as unique challenges for survey researchers
interested in religion questions. On October 11-12, 2017, Pew Research
Center will host a small conference to advance the state of the art in the
study of religion using surveys in East Asia (focusing particularly on
China, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan).

The conference will be a gathering of survey researchers based in East Asia
as well as those based outside the region. Survey researcher and
Confucianism scholar Anna Sun <> will be
our keynote speaker. Plenary sessions will feature survey researchers and
religion scholars invited to discuss what it means to be religious in East
Asia and the major challenges of conducting survey research on the topic.
Breakout sessions will feature presentations submitted in response to this
call for papers.

*Breakout sessions will be composed of 10-minute presentations.* With
limited time, presenters are encouraged to get straight to the most
interesting kernel of their work. This efficient format permits more
presentations and discussion than would otherwise be possible and creates
opportunity for follow-up conversations during breaks.
Proposals that focus on the methodology of how survey work can be improved
are particularly welcome. Presentations could assess existing survey
measures of a concept and present a new alternative. They might focus on an
important religious practice or belief that tends not to be measured in
surveys, particularly if one has suggestions for how this practice/belief
could be captured with surveys. Presentations that describe interesting
findings from existing surveys are also welcome, particularly if they point
toward how future survey work might be improved.

*Space is limited for this event*, both on the program and in the meeting
facilities at our Washington, DC headquarters. Thanks to the generous
support of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, there is no
cost to attend the event. Additionally, thanks to a grant from the Global
Religion Research Initiative <>, airfare and
lodging expenses will be covered for a limited number of scholars based in
East Asia traveling to the conference from Asia. Some participants may wish
to stay for the annual conference <> of the
Scientific Study of Religion, which will be held nearby October 13-15.

*To propose a 10 minute presentation, please email a title and abstract of
no more than 300 words along with a short statement about why you are
interested in this conference to Conrad Hackett (
<>) by June 20.*

*Key dates*
June 20 Deadline for presentation proposals
June 30 Proposal decision notification
July 1 Registration opens (if space permits, those not presenting can apply
to participate in the conference)
August 1 Registration closes
October 11 Day 1 of conference 9 am – 6:30 pm
October 12 Day 2 of conference 9 am – 5 pm

Call For Papers: (Re)Creating A Global Literary Canon

International conference: (Re)Creating A Global Literary Canon
Organised by Peggy Levitt and Wiebke Sievers. 
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Gisele Sapiro
14-15 December 2017, University of Vienna
Call For Papers – Deadline April 15th
The world is in the throes of a terrible refugee crisis. According to the UNHCR (2016), in 2015 there were more than 65 million refugees and internally displaced people around the globe. That is approximately one in every 113 people. And forced migration is not the only type of movement on the rise. The 2015 World Migration Report stated that in addition to the 232 million international migrants, there are an estimated 740 million internal migrants worldwide (IOM 2015). That means that nearly one billion people (or roughly one out of every seven people in the world today) move internally or internationally, by force or by choice. More and more, they move between countries in the global south rather than from south to north. They move in a world of economic crisis, neoliberal restructuring, precarious jobs, major cutbacks in social welfare, and heightened nationalism and xenophobia.
Many of these migrants stay active in their homelands at the same time that they become part of the place where they settle. They continue to vote, invest in businesses, and participate in civic associations in their countries of origin and buy homes, open stores, and join community groups in the places where they settle. These dynamics challenge long-standing assumptions about how people live and work and about how social institutions function; how and where individuals raise children and care for the elderly; how class, race, and gender are constituted; how livelihoods are earned, the multiple communities with which people identify, and where the rights and responsibilities of citizenship get fulfilled. But while more and more people live transnational lives, they are still served by social welfare institutions that are stubbornly national. The social contract between state and citizen is national while many people’s lives are not. What’s more, most educational and cultural institutions still speak of national history, literature, and art without locating those firmly and clearly within the global context within which they are produced and given meaning.
Students, researchers, and policy makers must respond accordingly by better understanding the relationship between migrating people and migrating culture. Literature is particularly important for such an endeavor because people construct their lives in narratives and because reading about the experiences of others can inspire empathy. However, because of power inequalities within the global literary field, where Western authors still predominate, the literary narratives currently reaching most readers do not capture the new complexity of the world. English is the new lingua franca (Crystal 2003). In addition, the large majority of literary translations worldwide are translations of English works, followed by works in French, German and Russian (Heilbron 1999, Sapiro 2010). Few books written in non-western languages have ever been awarded the Nobel Prize. In fact, since 1901-2016, 28 Nobel Laureates wrote in English, 14 in French, 13 in German, and 11 in Spanish compared to 2 in Chinese, 1 in Bengali, and 1 in Arabic. It is not that Arabic, Chinese, and Bengali speaking novelists are less talented than their English and French speaking contemporaries. It is that the economics and politics of the global publishing industry have been stacked against them since the 19th century. During this period, English and French literature conquered the world and created unequal structures that were “at once slow to take shape and slow to fade away” (Casanova 2004: 83, citing Fernand Braudel).
Literary studies have been focusing on analyzing these developments from two perspectives: On the one hand, scholars are mapping the globalization of the literary field by studying the evolution and travel of literary forms (Moretti 2005, Moretti 2006), the hierarchical structures in the global literary field (Casanova 2004), and how literary works change when they travel (Damrosch 2003). On the other hand, they have been analyzing how a global imaginary becomes visible in English literature written worldwide (Damrosch 2014) and in multi-sited and multilingual literary texts written by migrants in the Western world compiled to challenge national and cultural boundaries (Sturm-Trigonakis 2013).
Less attention has been paid to the structures that facilitate or prevent the opening of national and global literary fields to literatures written in non-Western languages and to literary understandings of nations and identities that better reflect people’s mobile lives (for rare exceptions see Sapiro 2010, Sievers and Vlasta 2017). We argue that increasing the visibility of these works in national literary canons and the global literary field requires changing how individuals as well as communities construct their existence in narratives. We must understand not only if and where new authors working in a wider variety of linguistic traditions are able to gain attention but how the emergence of literary diasporas changes the boundaries of literary production and consumption. Where are different understandings of nations and identities produced that better reflect people’s mobile lives? Which agents, publishing houses, book fairs, festivals and prizes facilitate their public visibility? What is the role of cultural, educational, and political institutions in shaping and responding to these articulations? What kinds of new canons and new organizational strategies do they give rise to? How can we better prepare the next generation of scholars and policymakers to work within this changing organizational and ideological context?
Our conference seeks to explore how and under what conditions canons are successfully challenged and/or how cultural production is being sanctified in different ways. What is it that enables an author from the cultural periphery to ascend from national to regional or global fame? What new forms of codification are emerging? Our approach is consciously interdisciplinary. We seek to involve writers and institutional actors in the global literary field in a conversation with people who study them. We want to bring comparative and world literature scholars in dialogue with sociologists and anthropologists. The conference will also organize some public events including public lectures and readings by some of our participants.
We envision the main topics for our conference to be:
  •    The State of the Field: What is the intellectual thinking behind new anthologies of world literature being produced inside and outside the West (i.e. China and Japan)?
  • Agents and Publishing in the global north and south: Who are the gatekeepers? What do they look for? How can independent publishers remain viable in the current economic climate? What role do international organizations like foundations and UNESCO play? How does this vary across languages?
  • Book Fairs and Literary Festivals in the global north and global south: Who comes to these events? How are they supported? What is their role in creating reading publics?
  • Prizes, scholarships and other support structures: How do these work? Who are the judges? What are they looking for?
  • Authors and Critics: How to overcome national and global literary hierarchies?
  • Studying the production and consumption of literature: What do these programs look like in the global north and south? Are they doing anything differently than they did before? What explains how anthologies are constructed? How do we think about these issues when literacy itself is dramatically changing (i.e. reading on-line, texts that include visual culture, graphic novels, etc.)?
  •    Comparative perspectives: How does the globalization of the literary world speak to/drive forward/thwart the globalization of music and art? How do these processes vary by region?
We invite paper proposals that deal with the above or other topics related to our general framework. Proposals should be sent to Wiebke Sievers ( by 15 April 2017. The proposals should include the name and affiliation of the author and a short biography as well as the title and abstract of the proposed paper. The abstract should be no longer than 450 words and should explain the topic, the main conclusions (or the state of the work in progress) and the theoretical and methodological approach of the proposed paper.
Proposers will be informed of whether their paper has been accepted by 1 June 2017. Draft papers are due by 15 November 2017. There may be some funding to offset travels costs but it will be quite limited.
The conference language is English.
We particularly encourage scholars from beyond Western academia to apply.
We aim to publish the results of the conference in an interdisciplinary scholarly publication.
Casanova, P., 2004. The World Republic of Letters, Cambridge, Harvard University Press.
Crystal, D., 2003. English as a Global Language, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Damrosch, D., 2003. What is World Literature?, Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press.
Damrosch, D., 2014. The Politics of Global English. Journal of English Language and Literature, 60, 193-209.
Heilbron, J., 1999. Towards a Sociology of Translation: Book Translations as a Cultural World-System. European Journal of Social Theory, 2, 429-444.
IOM, 2015. World Migration Report, Geneva, IOM.
Moretti, F., 2005. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History, London, New York, Verso.
Moretti, F. (ed.) 2006. The Novel: History, geography and culture, Princeton, Princeton University Press.
Sapiro, G., 2010. Globalization and cultural diversity in the book market: The case of literary translations in the US and in France. Poetics, 38, 419-439.
Sievers, W. & Vlasta, S. (eds.) 2017. Emergence and recognition of immigrant and ethnic minority writers since 1945: thirteen national contexts in Europe and beyond, Leiden, Brill/ Rodopi.
Sturm-Trigonakis, E., 2013. Comparative Cultural Studies and the New Weltliteratur, West Lafayette, Purdue University Press.
UNHCR, 2016. Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2015, Geneva, UNHCR.

Call for Papers: Eighth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

April 17-18, 2018

University of California at Berkeley, USA

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or visual lighting talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

Call for papers

Presentation Types

Emerging Scholar Awards


Scope and Concerns

Conference History

Submit your proposals by April 17th, 2017.

We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion

Edited by Enzo Pace, Luigi Berzano and Giuseppe Giordan

For more information please visit

ISSN 1877-5233

The purpose of the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion (ARSR) is to investigate the “new” role of religion in the contemporary world, which is more and more characterized by cultural pluralism and by religious individualism.

Call for Manuscripts: Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion

Volume 10: Interreligious Dialogue: From Religion to Geopolitics

Edited by Giuseppe Giordan, University of Padua, and Andrew P. Lynch, University of Sydney

The topic of interreligious dialogue is of critical importance at a time of increasing geopolitical tension.  The urgency for developing better analytical tools for understanding interreligious dialogue is underscored by widespread concerns about religion and violence, and the security culture that this has given rise to in a number of nation states.  Furthermore, globalization, technological developments, mass migration, and recent political upheavals and the narratives of exclusion that have been associated with them, highlights the need for greater levels of communication between religious groups.  This volume seeks to investigate interreligious dialogue as a necessary component of global affairs in post-secular times, and in multi-faith societies facing increasing levels of cultural pluralism. To explore these issues we propose to include articles on the following themes, from the perspective of a range of different religions: 1. Changing viewpoints and theories in the study of interreligious dialogue

  1. Interreligious dialogue and politics in the context of globalization
  2. Interreligious dialogue and debates about secularism and post-secularism

  3. Interreligious dialogue in the context of social diversity, cultural pluralism, and multi-faith societies

  4. Interreligious dialogue and emerging information technologies

  5. Interreligious dialogue in an age of terrorism

  6. Interreligious dialogue and migration

Please send all proposals (300 words) to

Deadline Submission of proposals: July 30, 2017

Deadline Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2017

Deadline Completed manuscripts (7,000 words): June 30, 2018


Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion

Volume 8: Pentecostals and the Body

Edited by Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse

• Hardback (approx. 350 pp.)

• ISBN 9789004344174 Price € 160 / US$ 184 • ISBN 9789004344181 E-Price € 145 / US$ 167

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Volume 7: Sociology of Atheism

• July 2016

• Hardback (xvi, 287 pp.)

• ISBN 9789004317536 Price € 115 / US$ 149

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Volume 6: Religion and Internet

• September 2015

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• ISBN 9789004297951 Price € 108 / US$ 138

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Volume 5: Sociology and Monasticism, Between Innovation and Tradition

• November 2014

• Hardback (xviii, 322 pp.)

• ISBN 9789004270879 Price € 140 / US$ 179

• E-ISBN 9789004283503 E-Price € 138 / US$ 182

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Volume 4: Prayer in Religion and Spirituality

• November 2013

• Hardback (vi, 310 pp.)

• ISBN 9789004260481 Price € 126 / US$ 151

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Volume 3: New Methods in the Sociology of Religion

• July 2012 • Hardback (xviii, 292 pp.)

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Volume 2: Religion and Politics

• August 2011

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Volume 1: Youth and Religion

• November 2010

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Call For Papers: Religion(s) and Power(s)

Religion(s) and Power(s)
Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
October 5-6, 2017


The Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religions in cooperation with Latvian Society for the Study of Religions and Estonian Society for the Study of Religions invites proposals for its upcoming international conference “Religion(s) and Power(s)”. To encourage new directions in the critical research of interrelations of religion(s) and power(s) from a broad range of approaches, we are seeking proposals on a wide range of topics including:
•     Private and public religions;
•     Religions and politics;
•     Non-religion and power;
•     Religious inequalities and discrimination;
•     Religions, human rights and justice;
•     Powers of/within religions;
•     Religion and nationalism;
•     Mythology, divine kinship and power;
•     Religion and colonialism;
•     Religions and education.
Other topics related to the conference theme are also encouraged.


Conference paper and session proposals must be sent by June 1, 2017.Please send your 250-300 word abstract and a 200-word personal bio to email:


Important conference dates:
June 15, 2017 – submission of conference papers and sessions proposals;
July 1, 2017 – notification of paper/session proposal acceptance;
July 1, 2017 – opening of registration for the conference;
August 15, 2017 – closing of registration for the conference;
September 1, 2017 – announcement of the conference program.


Conference Registration Fees:
–       Members of national associations of Baltic States associations for the study of religions – 50 EUR;
–       Permanent/full-time faculty and non-affiliated participants – 80 EUR;
–       Graduate students and emeritus faculty – 50 EUR;
–       Late bird conference fee – 100 EUR.


Call for Papers: Politics of Emotions in Turkey and Its Connected Geographies

Call for Papers (deadline June 15, 2017)
Politics of Emotions in Turkey and Its Connected Geographies
December 1-2, 2017
London School of Economics
In Turkey politics is often emotional and emotions are highly politicized. However, a closer look at public and political expressions of emotions shows that distinctive emotions show salience at different decades and under different political projects. In other words, emotions are historically, politically, and socially situated. Passionately felt as well as despised emotions are closely connected to micro and macro developments people find themselves in.
This symposium aims to have a closer look at the politics of emotions and affect from an interdisciplinary perspective. It seeks to inquire the emotional and affective aspects of the political, social, economic, religious, and artistic fields in Turkey and its connected geographies. We especially want to explore the often invisible but highly effective hierarchies that are created among emotions themselves: which emotions are sanctioned or even actively cultivated and when? Which emotions are rendered inappropriate or unacceptable and for whom?
Among others, we are curious to explore the trajectories of the following emotions: fear, pride, hope, love, guilt, denial, resentment, anger, suspicion, belonging, compassion, empathy, humiliation, respect, and trust.
The following speakers have confirmed their participation: 
Dr. Bilgin Ayata, University of Basel
Prof. Carel Bertram, San Francisco State UniversityDr. Elise Massicard, Sciences Po
Dr. Yael Navaro, Cambridge University
Dr. Esra Ozyurek, London School of Economics
Dr. Ayse Parla, Sabanci University/Princeton University
Junior scholars are especially encouraged to apply. Those presenting at the symposium will be partly reimbursed for their travel and accommodation expenses. Scholars whose rights to travel are taken away from them will be able to join via Skype.
Applications must include:
  • A 250 word abstract of your research paper which includes your research topic and an explicit research question; a specification of the theoretical approach and methodical design involved; a summary of the key findings of the paper;
  • a up-to-date CV of max. 2 pages;
  • and an additional list of publications.
The deadline for applications is June 15, 2017. Please send your application and any questions you may have by email to All applicants will receive a notice of receipt by email by July 31, 2017.
Full papers
Full papers have to be written in English language and must include:
  • A cover page indicating the title, author’s name and degree, and contact information;
  • A short abstract of max. 250 words preceding the paper.
  • Papers should not exceed 15 pages (2 cm margin, 1.5 cell spacing, 12pt Times New Roman).
Complete papers must be submitted by September 30, 2017.  Please note that the final acceptance can only be guaranteed after the submission of the full papers by the deadline. 
We will seek to compile the best presentations in a special issue on the topic to be published in a high impact journal.
This symposium is being co-organised by the London School of Economics, Contemporary Turkish Studies and the Consortium for European Symposia on Turkey (CEST).
CEST  convenes annual high-quality academic events that seek to make a major impact in the field of Turkish Studies in Europe, create new ways of engaging with the study of Turkey, and make this field more accessible to the debates in the social sciences. CEST is committed to the study of modern Turkey by bringing together the expertise of leading European research institutions: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, London School of Economics, Cambridge University, SciencesPo, Stockholm University, Universität Hamburg, University of Oxford, and Network Turkey.
The Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies focuses on culture, religion, politics, and memory in Turkey and among Turkey’s diasporic populations.  Its mission is to promote a deeper understanding of Turkey with emphasis on its diversity and a focus on its connections to wider world. As the only Chair of its kind located at a European Institute, its specific focus is the dynamic relationship of Turkey with Europe. The Chair provides academic leadership in the study of Turkey with respect to interdisciplinary and critical research, teaching and related public activities. It organizes seminars and conferences, and supports doctoral studies on contemporary Turkey.

Call for Papers: Refugees Welcome? The politics of hospitality and care in Turkey and Europe

Refugees Welcome? The politics of hospitality and care in Turkey and Europe
Convenors: Dr. Hilal Alkan (EUME Fellow, Forum Transregionale Studien/ZMO, Berlin) and Dr. H. Pınar Şenoğuz (Philipp Schwartz Fellow, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen)
This panel aims to critically explore the welcoming responses refugees, fleeing from violent conflicts in their own countries, receive from the members of the host societies upon immigration to Europe, including Turkey. These responses are not solely determined by government policies regarding migration, border control and inclusion; yet they are always in dialogue with them. However, it is still possible to identify grassroots efforts to smoothen the transition of refugees and provide them with vital assistance and aid; as well as tensions in local communities while receiving the refugees. 
Drawing on Derrida’s notion of hospitality as an inherently conflictual relation, we argue against an understanding of hospitality as an ethical comparative tool (i.e. more welcoming vs. less welcoming), and rather want to emphasize a conflicted politics of gift and exchange, solidarity and hostility, beyond the binary nature of guest-host relationship. This approach provides tools that allow us to situate the refugees and the locals at the same level, and reveal the workings of power, inequality, indebtedness and patronage as well as care and discipline in every encounter. All these intricate and intimate aspects of welcoming refugees have unforeseeably drastic effects on the questions of inclusion and exclusion, both in the present and in the future of the host countries.
We particularly welcome submissions of papers based on ethnographic research and deal with the questions of hospitality/hostility, care and compassion in the context of the refugee influx with a critical eye. To send abstracts please use the link
Deadline is 2 April 2017