New IPSA Research Committee on Migration and Citizenship (RC46)

IPSA is pleased to announce the formation of a new research committee covering topics of Migration and Citizenship (RC46).

Today, due to many interacting factors, such as climate change, economic turmoil,  and political instability, both migration patterns and the responses of states to migration are in flux. In 2017 there were 65.6  number of people that were forcibly displaced— the highest number ever in the history of the United Nations.  It is more important than ever for there to be a disciplinary conversation that is international.

Although the study of both migration and citizenship have been multidisciplinary (and sometimes interdisciplinary) ventures, owing to the foundational interests of political scientists in the state and political community, the coupling of a focus on migration and citizenship carries special resonance in the discipline of political science.

Political scientists have been interested in citizenship laws, citizenship rights, citizenship statuses and citizenship belonging/multiculturalism as well as unbelonging/foreignness. Political scientists have addressed political parties and public attitudes towards immigration and immigrants. As well, political scientists have also focused on the role of the state (and state borders) in relation to the structural and international conditions which foster migration and implicate citizens and non-citizens in often racialized ways. Not least, political scientists have also been concerned with normative considerations pertaining to migration and the question of ethical responses.
RC 46 necessarily reflects on the methodological, epistemological and ontological diversity of the discipline of political science as a whole.

However, the discipline of political science has yet to vigorously bridge voices and experiences across the global North and global South. Owing to the unique structure and representation of IPSA and its biennial World Congress, RC46 aims to bridge gaps and further build more global understanding across the global North and South, to potentiate a new type of disciplinary conversation that is even more attuned to the multidimensional impact of migration at international, national and local levels, as well as to the comparative implications and responses to migration when it comes to citizenship, citizenship statuses and stateless peoples in diverse polities.  

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Those attending World Congress in Brisbane are encouraged to join us for the RC46 panel session on Sunday, July 22, 2018 (Foyer Level /Door 1-T01).

If you wish to be added to the the RC46 mailing list or take part in RC46 activities, please email the Chair, Yasmeen Abu-Laban, at with the subject line “RC46.”