Appel à contribution : « The Visual Production of Migration. Images, Icons, Codes »

The Visual Production of Migration. Images, Icons, Codes

uni_osnabrueckThe media coverage and debate of migration and integration is generating a continuous and swiftly growing stream of visual representations. How does migration research respond to this markedly increasing importance and contemplation of the role of images, icons and codes – the visual turn?
In 2014, the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at the University of Osnabrueck (IMIS, devotes a volume of its Journal (IMIS-Beiträge) to the visual aspects of migration debates. From an interdisciplinary perspective, it aims to identify the significance of visual phenomena for societal negotiations over migration.
We assume that in interaction with migration phenomena, their visualisation and interpretation, images can yield agency and hence have an effect on social practices and especially on migration policies. The publishers invite contributions from the broad spectrum of expertise in interdisciplinary migration research, seeking to link theoretical reflection inspired by Visual Culture Studies with a case study.
We particularly welcome contributions located within a timeframe stretching from the middle of the 20th century to the present.

Contributions are accepted and published both in English and German.

Interested authors are requested to submit proposals of up to 500 words and a concise CV by 1 March 2014. The authors of the accepted proposals will be notified by 15 March 2014. Manuscripts of up to 60.000 characters (including spaces, notes and maximal five figures) will be expected to be submitted by 15 August 2014. This issue is to be published in December 2014.

The submitted contributions are assessed by reviewers appointed by the IMIS Academic Advisory Board and the IMIS Board of Directors.
Please send your proposal under the header „IMIS-Beitraege: Visual Production of Migration“ to Jutta Tiemeyer [].

Please direct any questions to Melanie Ulz ( and Christoph Rass (
Osnabrueck University
Institut for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS)
Prof. Dr. Melanie Ulz; PD Dr. Christoph Rass
Neuer Graben 19/21
49069 Osnabrueck


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