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Call for papers (hybrid conference): Young Africans on the move

Important update (22 May 2023):

Due to the tragic developments in Sudan, it has been decided to change the location of our upcoming conference ('Young Africans on the Move: Exploring Intra- and Inter-continental Migration Processes and Dynamics').

The conference will now take place in Entebbe, Uganda. The decision was made after careful consideration of various factors, most importantly the safety and security of our participants. We believe that Uganda will be an excellent host country and will provide a conducive environment for the conference.

We understand that this change of venue may cause inconvenience for some of our participants, but we hope that you will understand the necessity of this decision. We would like to assure you that all necessary arrangements are being made to ensure a smooth transition to the new venue.

We will be sharing more information about the new venue, including travel arrangements and accommodation, in the coming weeks with all participants via email

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. Please reach out to if you have any questions or concerns regarding this news.

Call for Papers: Hybrid Conference

Young Africans on the Move: Exploring Intra- and Inter-continental Migration Processes and Dynamics

28 – 30 November 2023

Entebbe, Uganda


The Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace, and Rights (RIGDPR) at Ahfad University for Women and the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR) are jointly organizing a hybrid conference with the aim of developing a wider understanding of young Africans’ migration, including dimensions of intersectionality and gender.

Africa has the youngest population worldwide, and it is growing. Some of these youths are active in migratory processes to destinations within and beyond the continent. Contrary to dominant perspectives, the majority of these movements are intra-country and intra-region.

The conference is intended to provide a platform for junior and senior researchers and to contribute to knowledge production on African migration in a critical, (self)reflexive and post-colonial mode.

Potential topics for papers and posters

  1. Forms and sources of knowledge on African migration – challenging the discursive field (e.g. by art-based research, inclusive participatory research, non-academic forms of knowledge, philosophical approaches)

  2. African migration dynamics, patterns, and routes, experiences and challenges, within and beyond the continent.

  3. Young Africans’ decision-making processes regarding migration

  4. Explorations on materiality and imaginations in the process of African migration

  5. Processes of trafficking of young Africans

  6. Challenging the categories: e.g. forced and voluntary/opportunity-seeking migration, economic migration, environmental migration

  7. (Self)Representation of migrant and diasporic young Africans

  8. Social networks, incl. digital networks in migration

  9. Gender relations (incl. gender-based violence): African migration and African diasporas

  10. Patterns of resilience and coping strategies of young African migrants

  11. Citizenship, justice, rights, and the migration of young Africans.

  12. Intra- and intercontinental policies and legal frameworks of African migration – searching for best practice tools.

Types of participation

We hereby invite our global community to submit abstracts in order to participate in the conference. The call for abstracts is open to everyone. A limited number of travel grants for paper presenters is available; preference will be given to junior scholars from the Global South.

Attendance as a guest to this hybrid conference is by invitation only. Online attendance (free of charge) will be offered to a wider audience based on registration.

Abstract and poster guidelines

  • For both papers and posters, please submit abstracts of 300 words and bio notes of 100 words in word document format until May 10, 2023.

  • Indicate clearly if you will present a paper or a poster. Also, indicate if you plan to attend in person or online. There is no conference fee, and paper presenters may ask for travel grants.

  • Submitted abstracts should include results of original research. Please indicate if your paper would be available for an EMMIR Consortium publication (edited book or special issue journal).

  • Authors of accepted posters will be asked to prepare recorded presentations for display throughout the conference days.

  • Authors presenting online are also asked to prepare recorded presentations to be used in case of internet failure.

Important Dates:

  • Call for abstracts: 10 March, 2023

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 May 2023

  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 10 June, 2023

  • Award of travel grants: 30 June 2023

  • Start of visa procedures: 1 September 2023

  • Publication of conference programme, incl. abstracts and bio notes: 30 August 2023

  • Deadline for submission of full papers and posters: 30 October, 2023

Conference contacts

Please submit your abstract proposals by 10 May to

For more information, please contact us and include 'Young Africans on the Move conference' visibly in the email body.


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