The conference invites papers that address:
Biographical and social experience of migration; contemporary perspective and/or comparison between the past and present phenomenon of migration:
- attitudes and values as core categories of Thomas and Znaniecki’s work from the perspective of contemporary society, especially the phenomenon of migration;
- perception of “otherness”.
Polices to address cultural and social diversity (educational policies, social integration policies, migration policies, other?)
Theoretical developments on “otherness” and social and individual disorganization in contemporary society
- wishes and motivations in the perspective of modernisation
Application of biographical methods to the studies of the other in:
- everyday practices
- public and private sphere: family, education, health, work place
- the justice system, government, public services
- artistic and visual representation of the “other”
- religious and secular
Ethical aspects of biographical studies and text analysis, differences between past and contemporary text hermeneutics.
Methodological approaches to study “otherness”:
- Innovative methods
- New areas of inter-disciplinary research
- Potential and traps of re-analysis
The organisers are also open to proposals from outside these fields.