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10. - 12. September 2018, Bielefeld

CONFERENCE: Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis

ZiF Bielefeld September 10-12, 2018 Convenors: Matthias Hoesch, Lena Laube Keynotes: Joseph Carens, Sandra Lavenex, David Miller, Ayelet Shachar, William Walters

In recent years, scholars of social sciences on the one hand and those of philosophy/political theory on the other hand dedicated a lot of work to the study of the phenomenon of migration and its regulation by states. However, the exchange between these two disciplines is insofar insufficient for at least two reasons.

First, empirical endeavours into migration policies are most often linked to normative assumptions over the role of the state or their consequences for migrants and societies that make ethical reflexion necessary.

Second, the philosophical debate us, pressingually unfolds without notice of the current questions and results of the corresponding empirical research. That way, philosophers stick to very general questions on the legitimacy to restrict access to a country under ideal conditions and miss the more concrete ethical questions.

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