CfP: Displacement, Deportation, and (Forced) Migration

This CFP is part of a two-session series focusing on (1) Displacement, Deportation, and (Forced) Migration, and (2) Geographical Perspectives on Social Inequality and Mobility. We plan for each session to have a discussant.

Early career scholars are encouraged to apply.

AAG 2018 CFP: Displacement, Deportation, and (Forced) Migration
Co-organized by: Emily Frazier (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville) & Dylan Connor (The University of Colorado, Boulder)
Sponsored by: Population, Ethnic

Displacement across the globe is now at an all-time high, and the causes, consequences, and sites of dislocation are diverse. Although geography has long been touted as a discipline suited to studying migration, or more recently, mobilities, the phenomenon of displacement has received less attention. Taking Hyndman’s (2000, 2) definition of displacement as “involuntary movement, cultural dislocation, social disruption, material dispossession, and political disenfranchisement”, this session invites papers that critically examine all types, instances and causes of displacement, across scales from the local to the global.

The goal of this session is to unite interest and promote collaboration among scholars of population and displacement. We want to foster conversation and bring together critical conceptualizations of displacement in its various forms. We encourage the submission of papers focused on: empirical examinations of displacement; deportation as a method of curtailing, removing, managing and preventing people from residing in a place; theorizations of “place” and “emplacement”; spatial analyses of displacement; the scalar aspect of displacement; and comparative studies of displacement across a wide range of contexts. Given the persistent vulnerability of displaced populations, we also seek papers with a focus on the experiences of displaced populations.

Other possible topics include, but are not limited to:
– Causes, consequences and repercussions of climate- and disaster-related displacement
– Gentrification, urban development and eviction as drivers of displacement
– Deportation and (forced) migration as displacement
– Resistance(s) to displacement
– Destruction of informal settlements
– Results/Consequences of displacement
– Humanitarian assistance and management of displacement
– Local displacements, for example: New Orleans

Interested participants may send an abstract and PIN to Emily Frazier at and Dylan Connor at for consideration by October 23rd.

King, R. 2011. Geography and Migration Studies: Retrospect and Prospect. Population, Space and Place 18(2): 134 – 153.
Hyndman, J. 2000. Managing Displacement: Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.