Rethinking integration: New perspectives on adaptation and settlement in an era of superdiversity

IRiS and SAST Conference, Birmingham 2 July 2015

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham, together with the project Social Anchoring in Superdiverse Transnational Social Spaces (SAST) is organising a one-day interdisciplinary conference which will focus upon theories on and research into adaptation and integration in an era of superdiversity. The conference will allow for the exchange of ideas and formulation of future research agendas to inform academics, practitioners and policy makers which can enable the facilitation of processes of adaptation and integration. The conference will feature invited plenaries and panels on topics related to the processes of adaptation and integration in emerging superdiverse societies.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Prof. Stevan Hobfoll, Rush University, US
  • Dr Aleksandra Kazlowska, Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham and Institute of Sociology/Centre for Migration Research, University of Warsaw
  • Prof. Louise Ryan,  Middlesex University London, UK
  • Dr Alison Strang, Queen Margaret University, Scotland


  • Deadline:  Tuesday 31 March 2015

Please complete the online submission form

We invite academics from a broad range of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, anthropology, social policy, geography, language and cultural studies, the arts, demography, politics, economics, development studies, as well as policy makers and practitioners, to submit papers related to the main theme of the conference. Doctoral researchers are also welcome. The conference will be an opportunity for them to meet fellow PhD students and senior academics working on adaptation and settlement.

Read more in our ‘Call for Papers: Rethinking integration – New perspectives on adaptation and settlement in an era of superdiversity’ [PDF]

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the online submission link, by Tuesday 31 March 2015
  • Submissions for presentations should include an abstract of a maximum of 250 words
  • Acceptance decisions will be communicated week beginning 20 April 2015
  • Presentation format:The selected papers will be grouped by themes. Each presentation will last 20 minutes and followed by 10 minutes discussion
  • Conference publications:After the conference, delegates will be offered the opportunity to submit their papers for consideration to be included in an edited book/journal special edition/the IRiS Working Paper Series


Cost (for non-presenters):  £50 full fee; £20 for students and NGOs


Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants.

More information

For further information about the Call for Papers or the Conference, please contact Ann Bolstridge, IRiS Manager,

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