Call for papers

Migration and citizenship: evidence from two referendums

Part of the Sociological Review Research Seminar Series A sociology of ‘Brexit’: citizenship, belonging and mobility in the context of the British referendum on EU membership

Funded by The Sociological Review Foundation

University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, 2nd September 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor Jo Shaw (University of Edinburgh)


This one-day seminar is organised around a keynote talk and paper presentations adopting a comparative sociological perspective on two recent referendums in the United Kingdom: the Scottish Independence Referendum and the Referendum on EU membership. The event brings together research examining the observable and expected consequences of the two referendums on diverse forms of citizenship (national, sub-national and transnational) and mobility.

We welcome abstract submissions discussing the following topics:

  • The experiences of the ‘Brexit’ and the Scottish Independence Referendum and its effect on EU migrants resident in Scotland;
  • Sentiments of regional (versus national) belonging among Scotland’s population (including EU migrants) in the context of the Independence Referendum and the EU Referendum;
  • The experiences of national, sub-national and transnational citizenship among Scotland’s diverse population (including EU migrants) in the context of the Independence Referendum and the EU Referendum

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and include a title, author, affiliation, current position and contact e-mail. Please send your abstract to Emilia Pietka-Nykaza ( no later than Friday 1st July 2016. Selected presenters should be prepared to submit a draft paper by 19th August, as there is an opportunity for selected papers to be submitted for publication in a special issue of The Sociological Review.

Organisers are able to contribute towards presenters’ travel and accommodation expenses.

Registration is free of charge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.