International conference to discuss the worldwide refugee crisis and how it might be addressed

9 Jul 2018

What is forced migration and what can we do to reduce it?

Academics from across the globe will discuss this pressing international issue at an important two-day conference on immigration and social justice the University of Winchester on 3 and 4 September.

Understanding the crisis of forced migration necessitates attending to questions of social justice including conflict, economic hardship, globalisation, climate change, and shifting attitudes to immigrants. The conference will invite academics from a broad range of disciplines to share their research, evidence, ideas and insight into good practice to unpick the reasons for this crisis and what can be done to address it.

Keynote speakers will be Professor Matthew J Gibney, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford; Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Modern Literature and History at the University of East Anglia and Professor David Owen, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Southampton. 

Issues under discussion include the politics of ‘race’, migration, refugees and identity; terrorism, stereotypes and exclusion; education, schooling and the inclusion of children seeking refuge, and the implications of Brexit for refugees.

Boundary Crossing: An international interdisciplinary conference on immigration and social justice takes place on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September at The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, The University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR.

Day tickets, residential tickets and discounted PhD residential tickets are available. Residential tickets include accommodation and all refreshments and meals. Registration for the event closes on 27 August. Book now at

About the speakers

Matthew J Gibney is Professor of Politics and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford and an official Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He specialises in the political and ethical issues raised by refugees, citizenship, and migration control. Matthew is the author of many academic works including The Ethics and Politics of Asylum (2004). His published research has dealt with issues of asylum, deportation, citizenship, globalization, and statelessness and has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Government and Opposition, Political Studies and Citizenship Studies, as well as several anthologies of influential academic writing in migration studies and in international relations.

Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge is Professor of Modern Literature and History at the University of East Anglia. She writes on twentieth-century literature and history, human rights and refugee studies, and teaches courses on the history of human rights and literature and human rights. She is the lead for the Humanities in Human Rights network. She is the author of Placeless People: Rights, Writing and Refugees and The Judicial Imagination.

David Owen is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. He is currently undertaking research into the ethics and politics of migration, covering issues such as the ethical status of borders, a state’s right to exclude, obligations due to immigrants and to emigrants, the moral and political status of refugees, and with particular reference to the development of transnational citizenship and the ways in which migration is reshaping the citizenship regimes of states.

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