Call for papers – Migration and vulnerability. The central Mediterranean Route


 Migration and vulnerability – The central Mediterranean Route


DICEMBRE 5-6, 2019



The Second Doctoral Colloquium of the Academy of Law and Migrations will take place on 5 and 6 December 2019 at the Department of Political Science, Communication and Inter- national Relations of the University of Macerata. In the wake of the previous edition, the objective of the meeting is to enhance the scientific contribution of young scholars of migratory phenomena (Ph.D. students, PhDs and research fellows) in different subject areas, promoting wide discussion among them and with senior scholars.


The aim of the conference is to analyse migration flows from African countries to the European continent from the perspecti- ve of the multiple factors of vulnerability characterizing them. Firstly, from a broad perspective, special elements of vulnerabi- lity form the basis of the actual reasons for migration. This is the case, for instance, of historical, geographical or environmental factors, including colonialism, natural disasters and the deserti- fication processes linked to climate change and other demo- graphic factors at play in the States of origin of migrants. Furthermore, the peculiar political or economic situations (armed conflicts, dictatorial regimes) that can be found in some countries of the African continent also play a role in this respect. Irregular migration through the central Mediterranean route is characterized by its close link with the phenomenon of the transnational organized crime of which migrants are victims. The strong political and institutional instability in North Africa (and especially in Libya) has facilitated the proliferation of human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants towards the European Union. However, the fight against these illegal pheno- mena by the international society and by the European Union exposes migrants to further factors of vulnerability. Such factors relate both to the context of law enforcement operations at sea and broader national and European strategies for obtaining a drastic reduction of irregular flows, through the externalization of borders with serious prejudice to the effectiveness of search and rescue operations at sea. This is the case, for instance, of agreements with unsafe third countries, the policy of “closed harbours”, and the criminalization of NGOs. Additional profiles of vulnerability for migrants emerge with respect to models and conditions of integration into the social fabric of the European Union Member States, including the regulation of entry into the labour market, access to social servi- ces, legal conditions for inclusion in the host communities for individuals who are particularly vulnerable (e.g. asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, victims of trafficking or victims of smuggling) and the possibility of enjoying citizenship rights.

Main disciplinary areas potentially involved

International Law, European Union Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Comparative Law, Employment Law, Political Science, International Relations, History, Sociology, Political Geography.

How to participate

Aspiring speakers are invited to send their proposal to and a copy to and, including an abstract in Italian or English (max. 600 words), a short curriculum vitae (max. 300 words) and the list of publications. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 10, 2019. The results of the selection will be made known by September 18, 2019.

The Imago Research Centre and ADiM intend to promote and coordinate the subsequent publication of the results of the Conference.

Selection of proposals

Will be based on the following criteria:

  • originality of the proposal;
  • consistency of the proposal with the topics indicated in the call for papers;
  • scientific profile of the proposer;
  • multidisciplinary approach: preference will be given to contri- butions which, while reflecting the specific methodologies of the scientific sector of the proposer, can stimulate transversal and multidisciplinary reflections;
  • equal geographical and gender representation: we will try to guarantee the widest participation of scholars and respect for gender