Call for Papers – Researchers for Asylum Seekers Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

Conference Spotlight: Forced Migration and Human Rights

9am - 5pm
Thursday 16th November 2017
William McMahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts Building
University of Melbourne 


The conference is intended to accommodate postgraduate researchers - past and present - as well as practitioners and policy makers/advisors working in the field. Proposals concerning this year’s conference spotlight on forced migration and human rights are sought in addition to abstracts addressing any aspects of refugee and asylum seeker experiences and policies.  Submissions from all disciplinary background are welcome as are papers reporting on work in progress.

Two different formats will be in operation at this year’s conference:

  • 20 minute oral presentation (15 minutes + 5 minutes question time)
  • 5 minute oral presentation + 5 minutes question time (provide a quick snapshot of your work or research still in the early stages of a project). If you choose this option, you may wish to use the ‘Ignite’ style format - 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds.

Abstract submissions of 150-250 words (accompanied by a brief biography of 50 words or less) are requested by 20th October 2017 for either format. Please state your preference for a 20 minute or 5 minute presentation at the time of submission but note that presentation times may be limited by the organisers depending on the time available.

Abstracts and author biographies will be published in the conference program and on the RAS website.

To submit your abstract, or for further information, please email Karen Block

To register for the conference please click here.

Registration is free and catering will be provided – All food will be vegetarian with vegan and gluten free options available.

The conference is supported by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.

Past Conferences

Download the 2016 Program (PDF)

Download the 2015 Program (PDF)

Download the 2014 Program (PDF)

Download the 2013 Program (PDF)