Thursday, 03 November 2016

Conference “Fleeing Conflict—Trajectories of Displaced Persons”

On 3 November, BICC hosted an International Academic Conference on “Fleeing Conflict—Trajectories of Displaced Persons” in Bonn. The conference focused on the topics of "Causes and conditions of displacement", “(Interrupted) transit and forced immobility” and “Durable solutions for protracted displacement”.

Currently, almost 65 million people are displaced worldwide. Most of them have been displaced for more than five years and find themselves in so-called protracted refugee situations. Though forced migration has recently gained increased political attention in the European Union due to growing numbers of refugees that enter the European Union, Refugee/Forced Migration Studies has been a renowned field of academic research since the 1980s.

This interdisciplinary academic conference aimed to contribute to the study of forced migration by presenting recent conceptual approaches and empirical studies on causes, consequences of and solutions for forced displacement against the background of current conflicts and displacement scenarios. Recognizing the agency of people affected by displacement, the conference approached the topic of displacement from the perspective of the displaced themselves, following their trajectories from their places of origin to transit processes until their arrival at a final destination, be it their place of origin or elsewhere. Hence, (forced) displacement is understood as a number of interdependent, frequently interrupted or blocked and sometimes cyclical processes of departure, transit and arrival.


Press release "Understanding the perspective of displaced persons" (4 November 2016, in English)

Press release "Die Perspektive der Geflüchteten verstehen" (4 November 2016, in German)

Press release "Konferenz Flucht und Konflikt" (31 October 2016, in German)

The conference was sponsored by the Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn and the U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf.

Thomas Grünewald (Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of NRW) welcomed the conference participants

Conrad Schetter (BICC) opened the conference

Elisabeth Ferris (Georgetown University Washington) gave the keynote

The participants followed the first panel

Suzan Ilcan (Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo) took part in the discussion after the first panel