“Conflicts over the Boundaries of Belonging in the Age of Migration”, call for Papers, IPA2013, 3-5 July


Call for Papers

8th International Interpretive PolicyAnalysis Conference (IPA) 2013

Societies in Conflict: Experts, Publics and Democracy

Deadline February 28, 2013

 Wednesday July 3 – Friday July 5, 2013,  University of Vienna, Austria

Contact ipa2013@univie.ac.at

Panel: “Conflicts over the Boundaries of Belonging in the Age of Migration”

Panel chairs: Julia Mourao Permoser (Université Libre de Bruxelles) Alexandra König (ICMPD)

In the context of migration, globalization and subsequent growing socio-cultural diversity, the ‘politics of belonging’ has become an increasingly present mode of conflict within societies. Thus, boundaries of belonging are constantly being re-negotiated and called into question within the political and public arena. While facing considerable social change induced by immigration, a large portion of political actors mobilize on the basis of exclusionary discourses, referring to groups overtly or more subtly constructed as inherently not belonging, thus not entitled to (full) membership. This logic can be used to justify restrictive policies and discriminatory practices. Particularly in times of economic crisis, exclusionary discourses on belonging can be used as legitimizing strategies in conflicts over access to resources and rights.
Old socio-economic conflicts are renegotiated under a new guise and giveorigin to cleavages based on forms of belonging rather linked to ident ity politics than to class. However, such discourses do not go unchallenged: They are met with resistance by segments of the public, social movements and political actors, who challenge the bases on which belonging
is being defined. The contestation over inclusion and exclusion in the realm of membership and belonging is subject to multiple positions, strategies and sites. Protest against deportation, self-mutilation and hunger-strike strategies of asylum seekers, and strikes by sans-papiers are some examples of counter-strategies based on politicization, whereas discourses on social cohesion and unconditional rights are examples of counter-strategies based on de-politicization. Against this background, the panel invites papers that deal with conflicts over belonging and their policy implications either from a conceptual or from an empirical perspective. In particular, the panel invites submissions on the following key questions:

  •  Where and why do conflicts manifest themselves as conflicts over belonging? How do conflicts over belonging relate to traditional cleavages such as class, gender and ‘race’?
  •  Who has voice (and who has none) in political processes where boundaries of belonging are negotiated and why? What are the implications of ‘being silenced’? How, where and why do new spaces for political action and new forms of agency develop?
  • How are boundaries of membership drawn and affirmed (by whom, on what sites, what strategies)? How are these boundaries challenged (by whom, on what sites, what strategies)? How do the symbolic and material dimensions relate to each other within these conflicts over belonging and membership?
  •  What is the role of emotions and affectivity in these processes?

Please submit your abstract electronically no later than 28th of February 2013 under

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