Making Connections: International Migration Section Mini-Conference
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American Sociological Association International Migration Section Mini-Conference: "Making Connections"

In August 2009, the Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop at UC-Berkeley hosted and helped organizing the "Making Connections" conference on migration. This full-day event brought together graduate students, young scholars and prominent senior researchers from the United States and abroad to talk about the nuts and bolts of migration research and debate current immigration issues. This site gathers together information and resources from the conference for participants and those unable to attend. For example, in the notes tab, above, you will find detailed overviews of each workshop and session held at the conference.

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When: Friday, August 7, 2009
Where: Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, University of California, Berkeley campus

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop is proud to play host to the American Sociological Association International Migration section's first-ever "Making Connections" mini-conference this summer!

"Making Connections" aims to engage migration researchers from all career stages in sustained conversation on common interest and to provide an opportunity to make new connections.

The conference will run a full day, with two sets of morning roundtables, a keynote luncheon panel on "(How) Can Social Scientists Affect Policy?" and a special afternoon panel on "Comparative Migration and Integration: Empirical and Conceptual Contributions beyond the US."

Morning roundtables will focus on the nuts and bolts of conducting migration research and substantive migration topics. Rather than traditional paper presentations, roundtables will be presided over by topical experts who will provide short syntheses of the field or offer concrete tips from their own experiences. Presiders will then moderate a general conversation among all participants at the table.

The mini-conference will be free to all members of the ASA's IM section — we encourage you to sign up students and friends. Watch for further details about registration later this spring.

Conference Philosophy

"Making Connections" aims to engage migration researchers from all career stages in shared conversation on common interests and to provide an opportunity to make new connections. The conference combines exciting keynote panels with intimate roundtables focused on the nuts and bolts of research and substantive migration topics. We welcome all conference participants to this first-ever IM miniconference!