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  • Bridging Social and Business Innovation

    ISIRC 2018

    Special Call for PapersSocial Innovation and Forced Migration

    Simone Baglioni &Francesca Cal(Stream chairs)

    Forced migrations have become a field of highly disputed policy solutions and connected debates in Europe and beyond. Such polarized and polarizing discour-ses and policy preferences have peaked since the mid 2010s when the number of people fleeing their countries significantly increased due to the war in Syria as well as protracted political, social and economic instability in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

    While mainstreaming media and political entrepreneurs tended to focus on the potential security issues raised by increased fluxes of refugees and migrants, civil society activists and local authorities have been at the forefront of the provision of humanitarian help as well as in the promotion of integration programs.

    Acting sometimes in a policy vacuum or even in defiance of national authorities, such civil society organisations and local or sub-national authorities have deplo-yed a creative spirit of innovations allowing people fleeing from war, persecution and poverty, find a place where to obtain protection and begin a new life through education, training, work and socialising events.

    This stream aims to gather contributions shedding light on such innovative forms of support and integration of refugees and asylum seekers. It invites papers dis-cussing social innovations having occurred in the broad field of forced migration, either as humanitarian first help or more long-term integration-seeking programs and actions.

    13 April 2018

    Paper abstracts & panel propsals

    25 May 2018

    Decision of submission

    10 August 2018

    Full papers

    All contributions must be submitted via the conference website.

    A maximum of two proposals may be submitted per presen-ter.

    Paper abstracts shall not exceed 400 words including references. They should arti- culate the research question(s) addressed, the conceptual/ theoretical perspectives in- forming the work, and where appropriate the methodology utilised as well as the papers contribution the conference themes.