Call for Papers – Migration and Society Journal

Migration and Society: Advances in Research

Call for Papers – Recentering the South in Studies of Migration, Volume 3, 2020


Mette Louise Berg, University College London,

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London,

Johanna Waters, University College London

Migration and Society is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal advancing debate about emergent trends in all types of migration. We publish work that situates migration in a wider historical and societal context, including attention to experiences and representations of migration, critical theoretical perspectives on migration, and the social, cultural, and legal embeddedness of migration. Global in its scope, we particularly encourage scholarship from and about the global South as well as the North.

Issue 3 of Migration and Society (to be published in early 2020) will be dedicated to critical explorations of migration from and through the vantage point of Southern, decolonial, anticolonial and postcolonial theories and methodologies. It will include a particular focus on theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of historical and contemporary processes of migration within, across, and between what can be conceptualised as ‘the Global South’.

While the issue will focus on different forms of ‘South-South migration,’ and will include contributions exploring dynamics in and from South and Central America and the Caribbean; Sub-Saharan Africa; North Africa and the Middle East; South and Central Asia; East Asia and the Pacific, the issue will also go beyond this focus by interrogating how, why, and with what effect notions such as ‘South-South migration’ and regional markers have been constructed, mobilised, and critiqued in the interdisciplinary field of migration studies.

We invite theoretically informed and empirically grounded submissions that seek to redress the long-standing Northern bias in migration studies, and which:

  • Trace the nature and implications of studying diverse forms and processes of migration taking place across, within, and between spaces and places in/of ‘the South’;
  • Examine how a focus on migration (and responses to migration) can lead to more critical forms of knowledge about the contours and definitions of ‘the South’ and ‘souths’ (in the plural);
  • Critically engage with contemporary interest in studying and developing policy initiatives in relation to ‘South-South migration’;
  • Develop analyses of migration that are attentive to complex relationalities and unequal power relations across different parts of the world, and, equally, that trace diverse forms of resistance to structural inequalities.
  • Reflect on migrant- and refugee-led responses to teaching and researching ‘South-South migration’.

Key Information

Submissions are welcome for consideration in one of the five journal sections

  • Research Articles (max. 8,000 words).
  • People & Places : (2,000-4,000 words), including notes from the field, ‘migrant voices’, and interviews with scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.
  • Reflections (max. 5,000 words), including critical reflections on migration research and teaching.
  • Creative Encounters section invites poetry, shorter prose pieces, photo essays, and other engagements with migration.
  • Book Reviews section (800 words for single book reviews, 1,300-1,400 words for reviews of two books, 1,500-1,600 words for three books).

The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2019.

All submissions will go through double-blind peer-review.

Contact Information:

Mette Louise Berg (

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (

Johanna Waters (

For more information on our submissions process please see:

For more information about the journal, including style guide, visit


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