Programme for the “Southern Perspectives on Migration: Addressing Knowledge Production, Policies, and Cooperation” Conference

Venue: Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace & Carse O’Gowrie Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2041

 Academic programme:

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

12:00-14:00: Registration

15:00-16:30:  Special Panel: Mayors for Inclusive Cities

Moderator: Charaf Ahmimed, UNESCO Cabinet for the Director-General

John Bongat, Mayor of Naga City (Philippines)

Parks Tau, Chairman of South African Local Government Association (SALGA) (TBC)

Simão Mucavele, City Councilor for Education, Culture, and Sports of Maputo (Mozambique)

Natalia Debandi, Director of Comité International pour la Protection des Droits de l’Homme (CIPDH) (Argentina)

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Africa (TBC)

17:00-18:00: Opening Ceremony

18:00-19:30: Welcoming Cocktail


Thursday, 6 September 2018

8:00-8:30: Registration


Parallel sessions

Theme 1: Migration Data: Ethical, Methodological, and Political Challenges

Moderator: Fassil Demissie, DePaul University

• (FR) Didier Nganawara, Données et mesure des migrations dans les recensements africains: Cas des pays de la CEMAC, l’Institut de Formation et de Recherche Démographiques (IFORD), Yaoundé (Cameroon). PhD; Démographie
• Papa Sow, Migration Data, Ethics and Researcher‘s responsibility in Multi-sited West African Contexts, Geography Laboratory, IFAN Cheikh Anta Diop Université Dakar (Senegal), PhD; Geography
• Johannes Machinya, Migration Data, Ethics and Researcher‘s responsibility in Multi-sited West African Contexts, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), PhD candidate; Sociology

Theme 6: Mobility and Social Transformation

Moderator: Abdul Rahman Lamin, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa

• Invited speaker: Robtel Pailey, “Return, Reintegration and Remigration of African Migrants in ‘Post-Crisis’ Contexts: Lessons for Policy and Practice”
• Johannes Itai Bhanye, Strategies for Accessing Land among Peri-Urban Migrants: The Importance of Networks, University of Zimbabwe, PhD Candidate, Centre for Applied Sciences
• (FR) Bréma Ely Dicko, La politique nationale de Migration du Mali : enjeux et connexions avec la gouvernance mondiale des migrations, Sociologie/ anthropologie de l’université des Lettres et des Sciences de Bamako (Mali), PhD; Sociology
• Michael Boampong, La politique nationale de Migration du Mali : enjeux et connexions avec la gouvernance mondiale des migrations, University of London; Birbeck College (UK), PhD Candidate; Migration Studies
• (FR) Papa Sakho, La féminisation de la migration en Afrique et structure familiale. Cas du milieu rural sénégalais, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Senegal), PhD; Geography


High-Level Panel

The Role of International Organizations and Priorities for Africa in 2019

Moderator: TBC

• Mohamed Sidibay, Peace Activist, Global Partnership for Education
• Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO
• Tendayi Achiume, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
• Driss El Yazami, National Human Rights Council (CNDH)
• Susan Shabangu, Minister for Social Development, South Africa (TBC)

13:00-14:00: Lunch


Parallel sessions

Theme 4: Categories and Definitions in Migration Debates

Moderator: Oliver Bakewell, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

• Invited Speaker: Michael Collyer, Practice, Analysis, Control: Why Categorise?
• José Mvuezolo Bazonzi, Considérations théoriques et empiriques sur le concept d’intégration : le cas des migrants nigérians à Kinshasa (RDC), Centre d’études politiques, Université de Kinshasa (RDC), PhD; Sociology
• Salimah Valiani, Historicising labour migration today through the lens of the Atlantic Slave Trade, Centre for Researching Education and Labour University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), PhD; Political Economy
• Fekadu Adugna Tufa, Exploring migration industry in Ethiopia: Actors, processes and practices, Migration Out Of Poverty; Addis Ababa University, Department of Social Anthropology, PhD; Social Anthropology (Ethiopia)

Theme 7: Representing Migration: Diversifying Voices and Audiences

Moderator: Robtel Pailey, University of Oxford

• Invited speaker: Fassil Demissie, “Media, Migration, and the Politics of Representation”
• Naluwembe Binaisa, Architectures of fear: migration, visuality and representation, University College of London (UK), PhD; Migration Studies
• Alize Arıcan, “Analyzing” and “Trying to Understand Who These People Are”: For What and For Whom?, University of Illinois (US) and Istanbul Studies Center at Kadir Has University (Turkey), PhD Candidate; Anthropology

16:30-16:50: Break


Theme 3: Policy Formation: Dynamics and Drivers of Change

Moderator: Marema Toure Thiam, UNESCO Regional Office for Western Africa

• Bridget Nonde Masaiti Mukuka, “Analyzing” and “Trying to Understand Who These People Are”: For What and For Whom?, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), PhD; Gender Studies
• Mary Boatemaa Setrana, Migration, Generational Change and Integration: Questions of Identity and Citizenship of Second and Third Generation Pastoralists in Ghana, Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, PhD; Migration Studies

19:00: Reception and Dinner (Invitation only)


Friday, 7 September 2018

8:00-8:30: Registration


Parallel sessions

UNESCO Office for the Maghreb
From Migration to Mobility: Rethinking Our Symbolic Representation in a Globalized World

Moderator: Phinith Chanthlangsy, UNESCO Office for the Maghreb

• Driss El Yazami, President, National Human Rights Council (CNDH) (Morocco)
• Kamel Kateb, Demographer, National Institute of Demographic Studies (France)
• Cherifa Lakhoua, Researcher, Center for Studies and Prospective Research; President of the Association of scientific Studies on Population. Migration, and Health (Tunisia) (TBC)

Environmental Migration, Adaptation, and Gender in Times of Climate Change

Moderator: Michele Leone, International Development and Research Centre (IDRC)

• Amina Maharjan, Senior Research Officer, Livelihood and Migrations, ICIMOD (Nepal)
• Francois Gemenne, Head of the Hugo Observatory for Environmental Migrations, University of Liege (Belgium)
• Ricardo Safras de Campos, co-head of the Migration work of the DECCMA consortium, University of Exeter (UK)
• Francisco Cos-Monteil, Senior Research Officer, UNU-GCM (Spain),
• Guy Jobbins, Senior Research Fellow Overseas Development Institute (UK)

10:30-10:50: Break


Parallel sessions

Theme 5: Scales of Migration and Migration Governance

Moderator: Bernard Lututala,CEDESURK, University of Kinshasa

• Invited speaker: Sadio Soukouna, Crises and sheltering of Malian refugees in west Africa
• Kate Pincock, ‘Post-protection’: refugee-led social assistance in East Africa, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK, PhD; International Development
• Tara Polzer Ngwato, Context not Cause: How Local Government should integrate but not essentialise mobility in measuring Social Cohesion, Social Surveys Africa (South Africa), PhD; Development Studies
• Corey R. Johnson, The Externalisation of Asylum Policy in South Africa, Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (South Africa). LLM; Human Rights Law

Theme 2: Academia, Activism, and Policy Making: Ethics, Epistemology, and Political Economy

Moderator: Tendayi Achiume, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

• Invited Speaker: Medhi Alioua, presentation TBD
• (FR) Willie Didie Foga Konefon, Décentrer le regard. Réflexions épistémologiques de la recherche sur les migrations en Afrique, Muntu Institute, Université de Yaoundé I (Cameroon), PhD; Histoire contemporaine
• Laura Freeman, The policy-research gap: the South African government isn’t talking to experts about immigration, refugees and xenophobia, and vice versa, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
• Nassim Majidi, Bridging the divide: African migration research and the European migration agenda, WITS / ACMS, Samuel Hall (think tank) (South Africa), PhD; Migration Studies

13:00-14:00: Lunch


Theme 8: New Frontiers in African Migration Research and Pedagogy

Moderator: Loren Landau, African Centre for Migration & Society

• Invited speaker: Papa Demba Fall, “How can we better understand the new West African migration dynamics for appropriate responses?”
• Linda A. Oucho, Conceptualizing migration through evidence cafes: perspectives from the Migration for Inclusive African Growth (MIAG) network, African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), Nairobi (Kenya), PhD; Ethnic Relations
• Witold Mucha, Cori Wielenga, Pedagogical perspectives on migration: Experiences from a South African-German cross-site teaching project at the Universities of Pretoria and Düsseldorf, Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf (Germany) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Political Science and Social Science

16:00-17:00: Closing Ceremony (Conclusions Panel and Closing remarks)