OCTOBER 29, 2021

In response to restrictions posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, we change our conferences in 2020 into online events. VIRTUAL Presentation (Live Connection|Pre-recorded video | Short films | Powerpoint Presentation | Written Papers) is now the only presentation category while the new fees are set as 30 Euros for presentation, 20 Euros for Students.



REFUGEES AND FORCED IMMIGRATION '21 / VI. International Interdisciplinary Conference on Refugee and Forced Immigration Studies in Social Sciences, Humanities and Art will be held at Nippon Meeting Halls in Istanbul. The conference is coordinated by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) and will be organized by BILSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions).

All abstracts are going to be selected according to double-blind reviews and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings E-Book with an ISBN number, which will be sent to you after the conference.

We invite you to join us at the event in Istanbul and would like to emphasize that proposals from different parts of the world are welcomed.


For the publication opportunities, registration conditions and presentation instructions, please visit the REGISTRATION INFO page. For accommodation opportunities and city tours, please read the ACCOMMODATION & TOURS page. 


Abstract Submission Deadline:

AUGUST 6, 2021

New Registration Deadline: 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

New Submission Deadline: 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2021




We live in a rapidly changing world in which refugees and forced migration have a significant impact on the economic, political and social agendas of sovereign states, intergovernmental agencies and civil society groups.


Today, tens of millions of people are refugees, raising fundamental challenges for governments around the world. The definition of a refugee, as enshrined in the 1951 Refugee Convention, is someone who ‘is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.’ But this definition has been regularly challenged over the past 60 years, and is under constant review by academics, governments and humanitarian agencies. Many forcibly displaced people around the world do not easily fit within this formal category.


The conference takes a critical approach to question normative understandings and address empirical puzzles regarding how refugees and international refugee advocacy networks mobilize international and national law and policies to offer new understandings of refugee protection and vulnerabilities. All research seeking to deepen understandings regarding how national institutions define, mediate and respond to refugee legal concerns in crisis will be taken into consideration. In addition to the contemporary refugee crises, historical case studies will be an important part of the event.


Scholars from difference fields such as political science, history, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, urban studies, architecture, literature, poetry, art history, life sciences and other fields are welcomed to propose their interdisciplinary work at the conference. 

Participants can also apply to DAKAM's journal; INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES to be reviewed. For details please visit www.dakam.org/ijssis

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Understanding Global Refugee Policy 


Refugee Rights and Protection


Politics of Forced Immigration and Displacement


Refugee Settlements and Camps 


Integration of Refugees


Living Conditions of Refugees and Immigrants


Transformations of Place, Power and Social Ties 


Injustices of Displacement


Racism and Relation to the Locals


Representation of Forced Immigration in Media


Methodologies of Forced Migration Research


Documentation and Art: Photography, Film, Novels, Contemporary Art 


History of Forced Immigraration and Immigration: Case Studies




Due to the COVID-19 pandemic conditions, the conference will be held online.

NIPPON Meeting Halls in Istanbul

Nippon Hotel, Taksim

Topçu Caddesi No:6, Taksim, Beyoğlu, Turkey


Nippon Meeting Halls are located in the heart of Taksim, the cultural center of Istanbul and it is easily accessible by metro, taxi or bus. 

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You can easily reach Nippon Conference Halls by walking from Taksim Square.


Taksim can be regarded one of the most central places in Istanbul.


From the airport you can directly reach Taksim by taking the white HAVATAŞ Buses. Taksim

is also easly accessible by many bus lines, yellow minibus lines or two different metro lines.


Here are some useful links for public transportation in Istanbul.


Click here for the Istanbul metro network map.


Click here for the transportation fares and cards.


Click here for general information on public transportation in Istanbul.



The presentations will be uploaded to the website in the form of videos on the day of the conference. Participants will be able to follow the presentations in the order they prefer.


Prof. Dr. Ali Ergür

Prof. Dr. Berch Berberoglu

Prof. Dr. Dilek Barlas

Prof. Dr. Klas Borell

Prof.Dr. Leyla Neyzi

Prof. Dr. Zeynep Suda

Emeritus Prof. David Smith

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ulaş Sunata

Assist. Prof. Besim Can Zırh

Assist. Prof. Zeynep Ece Ünsal

Assist. Prof. Dr. Jinan Bastaki

Assist. Prof. Dr. Kamil Arif Kırkıç

Dr. Özge Mumcu

Dr. Anita Nagy-Nádasdi (Migration Expert, Legal Officer)

Dr. Elizabeth Ekren



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