Call for Papers – Borders, Identities and Belonging: Perspectives from African Migrants in the Diaspora

South Lawn

In March 2020, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute is partnering with the African Studies Group to present a three-day conference – Borders, Identities and Belonging: Perspectives from African Migrants in the Diaspora.

The event seeks to bring together scholars, practitioners and community members to consider the significant ways globalisation, the movement of peoples across geographic borders and the digital revolution are impacting the African diaspora around the world.

The program includes a masterclass, practitioner panels, academic panels and a keynote lecture. The Call for Papers is open now and bookings will open in early 2020.


  • Thursday 12 March
    Afternoon Masterclass
    Evening Keynote Lecture
  • Friday 13 March
    Practitioner Panels Day
  • Saturday 14 March
    Academic Panels Day

Call for Papers

Deadline: Monday 20 January 2020

Abstracts of up to 300 words from researchers, practitioners and community members are invited around the following themes:

The Concept of Home
What and where is home? Where, when and how do we feel a sense of ‘belonging’?

Relevance of Borders
How do borders permeate our social lives?

Digital Transformation
How have digital communication platforms transformed the concepts and experiences of borders, identity and belonging?

Multiculturalism and Integration
What are the experiences and prospects of multiculturalism in increasing our sense of belonging and social integration?

A prize of $300 will be awarded to the best student paper presented at the conference.

Please visit for more information and to submit your paper proposal.


Registrations will open in January 2020.

  • Students:  $60 early bird / $80 full price
  • Academics: $150 early bird / $200 full price
  • Practitioners / Government: $150 early bird / $200 full price

A number of scholarships are available for Community Members who wish to attend the conference. Travel bursaries may also be available for student applicants from within Australia.

For more information and to apply, please contact

More Information

African Studies Group