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    • Belgrade Security Forum 2016: Call for Papers

    • Date: 20 March 2016
      This year’s BSF academic event will be held on 12 October 2016 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, with the aim of exploring how theories and theoretical frameworks within various fields in the social sciences and humanities can contribute to the solution of the current migrant and refugee crisis.

      The organizers of the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF), Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, European Movement in Serbia and Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, are inviting scholars and researchers to submit paper proposals for the BSF academic event entitled “Migration, Security and Solidarity within Global Disorder”.  

      The deadline for submissions is 20 March 2016.

      In 2015, over a million migrants and refugees reached Europe in what has been estimated to be the worst refugee crisis since the aftermath of the World War II. This humanitarian emergency - with a pronounced security dimension - marked last year, and unfortunately is unlikely to be resolved in 2016.

      The response of European countries to the wave of mass migration was not harmonized, and existing EU asylum legislation has proved inadequate to deal with a crisis of such magnitude. It is yet to be seen how the EU as a whole will cope with the urgency of the crisis. The xenophobic backlash against immigration in a number of European countries represents a serious challenge to the introduction of policies based on solidarity, and the systems of so called “burden sharing” among EU member states.

      Regardless of whether they are fleeing war or severe economic hardship, the mass influx of migrants and refugees - especially in times of harsh austerity measures in Europe - has the potential to increase poverty and marginalization, which would consequently create new security challenges. The current migrant and refugee crisis therefore requires receiving countries to carefully rethink their approaches to combating poverty and tackling inequality.

      Drawing on insights from Security Studies, Political Science, European Studies, Legal Studies, Migration Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and other disciplines, this academic event will seek to address the following issues:

      • The implications of the current migrant and refugee crisis for the perception of the EU as a “Normative Power” and a “Community of Values” with high standards of human rights protection;
      • Conceptual challenges to the Common European Asylum System posed by the current crisis;
      • Securitization of immigration and the rise of right-wing populism and Islamophobia in the EU;
      • The migrant and refugee crisis between international, EU and member states’ asylum laws - the legal aspects and implications of the crisis;
      • Migration, inequality and insecurity - new forms of marginalization; inequality as a security threat;
      • Immigration and integration - from identity politics to the politics of solidarity;
      • Problematizing the nexus between migration, radicalization and violent extremism.

      Application process

      Participants will be selected based on the quality of their application. All submissions are required to include the applicant’s CV (up to 2 pages) attached to his/her paper proposal (up to 300 words). Submissions should be made electronically to jrs@fpn.bg.ac.rs with the subject line: “Call for paper proposals for BSF 2016”.

      The deadline for submissions is 20 March2016. All successful candidates will be contacted by the end of April 2016.

      Incomplete applications will be excluded from our review. The organizers will financially support the travel and accommodation expenses of a limited number of participants on a needs basis. Applicants should clearly state in their application whether they would like to be considered for the accommodation and travel grant.

      All accepted papers will be presented during the academic event (12 October 2016) and, following the conference, the presented papers will be peer-reviewed for publication in the Journal of Regional Security (www.regionalsecurityjournal.com).

      About the BSF

      The Belgrade Security Forum is the largest international security conference in Southeast Europe, bringing together several hundred top level policy and decision makers, think-tankers, academics and journalists each year. The BSF is a combined event divided into two parts, with an academic event on the first day and a policy event taking place over the following two days.

      The general topic of this year's Forum is “Will Democracy Survive the Global Disorder?”, while the theme of the academic event is “Migration, Security and Solidarity within Global Disorder”. The aim of the academic part of the conference is to serve as a platform for theorizing current security and foreign policy issues, and thus feed scholarly insights into the policy part of the BSF.

      The first five academic events (2011-2015) have proved this conference to be a relevant platform for scholarly discussion on pressing security issues and, even more importantly, a forum for dialogue between the academic and policy communities. As a part of a larger initiative, the BSF academic event enables interaction and the exchange of ideas between members of academia, policy-makers, civil society representatives and the media.

      Participants in the academic event are also a valuable part of discussions during the policy portion of the BSF, in which they take an active part by raising important questions and providing theoretical perspective for the policy debates.

      Finally, the BSF academic event is followed by the Method Café (13-14 October) which enables young scholars to become familiar with the latest trends in social sciences research methodology.

      The Method Café is led by senior scholars with expertise in a range of research methods. The aim is for these experienced researchers to engage with the other participants in informal and unstructured but focused discussions about the methods in which they specialize.

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