Upcoming events

Autumn 2018: PhD masterclasses

More information coming soon.


Past events

February 2, 2017: Researchers Day Cities and Newcomers

On this researchers day, we brought together more than ten PhD students and postdocs who focus on migration-related topics. In the morning, we discussed presentations on the ways in which urban authorities deal with newcomers. In the afternoon, we focused more on the perspective of the newcomers themselves.

More information: Program and abstracts


December 10 – 11, 2015: International workshop on arrival infrastructures

In this international workshop, we draw on the recent ‘infrastructural turn’ in urban studies to investigate the role of ‘urban arrival infrastructures’ in shaping the interactions between newcomers and the broader urban fabric. We broadly define the arrival infrastructure as those parts of the urban fabric with which newcomers interact upon arrival and in which their future social mobility is negotiated. Just like other urban infrastructures, the arrival infrastructure enables certain futures but constrains other. The arrival infrastructure can be part of governmental programmes specifically directed towards newcomers such as asylum centres, integration and language courses, but can also reside in social welfare agencies, schools, local police and their respective street-level-bureaucrats as well as a wide range of governmental artefacts and procedures. Other parts of the arrival infrastructure can consist of diaspora groups or place-based solidarity networks through which jobs and housing are exchanged, faith-based organisations, newcomers’ self-organisations, local oecumenical languages and so on. The arrival infrastructure hence emerges in specific but diverse spatial settings and eventually generates distinct and superdiverse neighbourhoods and cities of arrival.

All over the world, the arrival infrastructure ‘plugs’ newcomers in the urban fabric but does this in particular ways which reflects the broader migration regime and political economy of the city. It therefore relates to wider historical processes of social transformation. In that respect, we are not only interested in comparing forms of arrival infrastructure that currently emerge all over the world, we are also interested in comparing current developments with arrival infrastructures that emerged in the 19th century. The two periods compared have in common a radical nature of social transformation, intense migration levels, and marked urban growth, but differ substantially in – among other things – economic and employment structure, the types of migrants involved, and the knowledge, level and ambition of governments to intervene in the urban fabric.

More information: ProgramAbstracts

December 18, 2014:  Dealing with Newcomers in 19th and 21st century Brussels. 

In this first workshop, project-related researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds confront each other by presenting in 15 minutes their ongoing research along three themes: 1) conflict negotiations at the neighbourhood level; 2) the identity of the newcomer through time and 3) migration policy in practice as a result of the negotiations between local and national state. These themes are further discussed after the presentations.



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