AAC : 4th CERPE Workshop : « Chinese Migrations in Europe : Between Continuity and Renewal », 18 – 19 November 2021, Campus Condorcet — LIMITE : 31/​03/​2021

Call for Papers

The 4th CERPE work­shop will be hosted by The French National Center for Scien­tific Research (CNRS) and the Insti­tute Conver­gence Migra­tions at Campus Condorcet, Aubervil­liers, Île-de-France, November 18 – 19, 2021.

Objec­tive of the 4th CERPE workshop

China’s rapid economic trans­for­ma­tion over the past few decades into a dynamic global power has signif­i­cantly altered migra­tion flows from China to Europe. Up until the start of the Covid-19 pandemic when migra­tion flows effec­tively paused, what were once char­ac­ter­ized by low-skilled Chinese migrants seeking economic oppor­tu­ni­ties now include Chinese busi­nessmen and women, entre­pre­neurs, students and tourists. These new migra­tion flows have already notably trans­formed Euro­pean economies, urban spaces and labour markets, and the increasing number of Chinese migrants across Europe – partic­u­larly in metro­pol­itan areas such as Athens, Beograd, Budapest, London, Madrid, Paris and Rome – reflects how the conti­nent is becoming a crucial hub of these new dynamics in global mobility.

Addi­tion­ally, it will not have escaped anyone’s notice that the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the orien­ta­tion of recent work in migra­tion studies. It is certainly too early to draw conclu­sions on the impli­ca­tions of the crisis on Chinese migra­tions in Europe, but it has already affected many current research projects. The pandemic is opening up new avenues of research in the field of migra­tion studies as well as more gener­ally in the study of transna­tional circu­la­tion of popu­la­tions, goods and ideas. In many Euro­pean coun­tries, the Covid-19 pandemic has also exac­er­bated pre-existing anti-Asian racism and hostility towards both China and over­seas Chinese.

Although Chinese migra­tion waves are a more recent phenom­enon than other migra­tion waves in Europe, they have recently gained promi­nence. There are now different gener­a­tions within the social group of « Chinese people in Europe » and their descen­dants play a central and active role in bringing Chinese commu­ni­ties to the fore­front of society in Euro­pean host coun­tries. This has led not only to the emer­gence of creative projects by writers and artists of Chinese descent, including auto­bi­o­graph­ical fiction and film produc­tions, but also to a raised aware­ness of the racism and discrim­i­na­tion that affects Asians in Europe and has been aggra­vated by Covid-19. Initia­tives targeting and exposing this racism have increased, both online – in the form of social networks, blogs, and Internet chat groups – and offline.

In parallel with these phenomena, the mate­rial, emotional and symbolic links that Chinese dias­poras main­tain with China – their country of origin or that of their ances­tors – are profoundly recon­fig­uring. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, increased glob­al­iza­tion allowed for new mobility oppor­tu­ni­ties in China and new migra­tory routes, due not only to renewed entre­pre­neur­ship models between China and Europe, but also to an idea of China that has trans­formed over the last few decades. As the Covid-19 crisis has halted phys­ical move­ment between Europe and China, Chinese people in Europe have main­tained links in other ways with China, largely through social media and digital tech­nology and, notably, transna­tional soli­darity acts (care circuit, medical equip­ment collec­tion and sending, etc.). The rela­tion­ship between the indi­vidual and the Chinese state has been signif­i­cantly altered.

The frag­men­ta­tion of Euro­pean research on Chinese migra­tion and mobility has made it diffi­cult to connect this field to general migra­tion studies related to Europe or the rest of the world. Limited dialogue between migra­tion researchers in Europe – or beyond to the United States and Asia – has precluded compar­a­tive studies and the inclu­sion of Chinese and Euro­pean cases in general migra­tion studies. This lack of unifi­ca­tion in acad­emia turns « Chinese migra­tions to Europe » into an excep­tional case and hinders the more general devel­op­ment of migra­tion theo­ries and concepts related to Chinese migration.

In the new contexts of Chinese migra­tions in Europe and of migra­tion flows between Europe and China since the Covid-19 pandemic, the 4th CERPE work­shop aims firstly to increase our knowl­edge of Chinese migra­tions in Europe between conti­nuity and renewal. Secondly, this work­shop aims to ground our under­standing of new mobil­i­ties between China and Europe in main­stream migra­tion studies. In order to foster exchanges and dialogues between Chinese migra­tion studies and general migra­tion studies, migra­tion researchers external to the CERPE network are invited to join the work­shop as panelists.

Papers based on single country studies or on compar­a­tive issues related to Chinese migra­tions in or across Euro­pean coun­tries are both highly welcomed.

Paper proposals may deal with one or several of the following themes, but are not limited to :

- China’s dias­pora poli­cies, and migra­tory poli­cies in Euro­pean host countries

- Transna­tional economic, cultural and polit­ical activ­i­ties and associations

- Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, repre­sen­ta­tion, discrim­i­na­tion and citizenship

- Family, descen­dants, social­iza­tion and inter­gen­er­a­tional relationships

- Care, health, ageing, food

- Elite and skilled migra­tions, and new migra­tory dynamics between China and Europe

The orga­nizing committee also welcomes analyses of the many ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted Chinese migra­tion in Europe. These analyses can take the form of either a stand-alone paper or be inte­grated into one of the topics listed above. Depending on the number and scope of proposals received, the orga­nizing committee may consider designing a panel specif­i­cally dedi­cated to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on Chinese migra­tion and mobility.

Work­shop format

The work­shop will be orga­nized as a research-inten­sive event with several thematic sessions and one migra­tion data session.

Each thematic session will consist of three elements :

1) Short paper presen­ta­tions (15 minutes for each)

2) Discus­sion of all papers by one migra­tion researcher external to the CERPE network (15 minutes)

3) Plenum discus­sions (15 minutes)

A migra­tion data session will also be part of the work­shop as a new feature of CERPE work­shops focusing on collating and discussing demo­graphic data from across Europe and China on Chinese migra­tion to Europe. All work­shop partic­i­pants will be expected to contribute national data to a future open access data­base with avail­able and compa­rable Chinese migra­tion data. The data session at this work­shop will collate the most basic data on the number of Chinese nationals, natu­ral­ized Chinese and Chinese descen­dants in Europe.

Paper presen­ters will be selected based on quality and rele­vance to the overall topic.

Travel and accom­mo­da­tion expenses are not covered by the orga­nizing insti­tu­tions. Coffee/​tea and lunch are offered free of charge, as well as the closing cock­tail on November 19, 2021. There is no regis­tra­tion fee.


The work­shop will be held at Campus Condorcet, Aubervil­liers, Île-de-France.

Submis­sion of paper proposal and impor­tant deadlines

The 4th CERPE work­shop invites inter­ested scholars to submit a paper proposal by March 31, 2021 online :https://​4th​-cerpe​-paris​.sciencesconf​.org/. Proposals should include a maximum 500-word abstract, a 150-word personal bio and a publi­ca­tion list of no more than two pages including contact infor­ma­tion (email, mobile number, WeChat). Panel proposals are not accepted.

Abstract, personal bio and a publi­ca­tion list should be uploaded online as a single file in Microsoft Word (**.doc or **.docx) format.

Please title the file with your name followed by “paper proposal”.

Accepted language : English.

The pandemic has impacted not only the timing of this confer­ence but also the subject. In the Covid-19 pandemic context, some of you may have reori­ented your work or at least taken Covid-19 into account in your research. For papers that were accepted in spring 2020, researchers should not feel oblig­ated to update their proposals, but please note that proposals for papers that we received last year may no longer be rele­vant in this new context. If this is the case, we encourage you to revise your proposal. All proposals must be resub­mitted online, regard­less of whether they were accepted in spring 2020 and whether they have been adapted. All proposals received will be reviewed for a new selection.

The confir­ma­tion of partic­i­pa­tion will be sent by May 15, 2021.

Invi­ta­tion letters for partic­i­pants who need a visa will be sent by June 15, 2021.

Partic­i­pants should submit their full papers by October 1, 2021 to allow time for panelists to prepare.

Presen­ta­tion of the CERPE and previous meetings :

The China-Europe Research Plat­form (http://​projects​.au​.dk/​cerpe/) was initi­ated by Jinan Univer­sity (China) and Aarhus Univer­sity (Denmark) and later joined by several insti­tu­tions in Spain, France and Germany to promote acad­emic studies on Chinese migra­tion to and beyond Europe from the perspec­tive of both China and Europe. The first work­shop was held in Aarhus in May 2016, the second one in Guangzhou in November 2017, and the third one in Barcelona in November 2018. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the fourth work­shop initially planned in Paris in November 2020 has been post­poned to November 2021.

Partic­i­pating institutions

CERPE : China-Europe Research Plat­form on Chinese Migra­tion to and beyond Europe

ICM : Insti­tute Conver­gence Migrations

CNRS : The French National Center for Scien­tific Research

The Paris City Hall : Granted research program Emergence(s) « Chinese in France : iden­ti­fi­ca­tions and iden­ti­ties in mutation »

CERMES3 : Center for research in medi­cine, science, health, mental health, and society

MAF : Research Network on East and South-East Asian Migra­tions in France

EHESS : The School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences

ENS de Paris : Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris

INSERM : The French National Insti­tute of Health and Medical Research

Univer­sity of Paris

MITRA : Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Transna­tional Migrations

Updated infor­ma­tion on the work­shop program, partic­i­pants and logistic noti­fi­ca­tions will be avail­able on the work­shop webpage (https://​4th​-cerpe​-paris​.sciencesconf​.org/).

A collec­tive publi­ca­tion project in English is planned after the 4th CERPE workshop.

For addi­tional general infor­ma­tion about the work­shop, please contact :


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