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International Migration Conference

20th International Conference of Migration

The 20th International Migration Conference will take place digital.

Thursday, June 18th and Friday, June 19th, 2020

20. International Conference on Migration "The Multicultural Condition" «The Multicultural Condition»
The 20ICM «The Multicultural Condition» will take place completely in digital format. We are very pleased to be able to offer you this opportunity for exchange and discussion in these difficult times. This leaflet provides all the basic information that you will need to be able to participate in the 20ICM.

Technical Information for all participants

  • For the 20ICM, we will work with Zoom. If you are not familiar with Zoom, you can find helpful training tutorials on the Zoom website: https://support.zoom.us/hc/de/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials In order to avoid frustration during the conference, please look at these tutorials to familiarise yourself with how Zoom works.
  • We will hold a question-and-answer session prior to the 20ICM (17 June 2020, 14-15h), for participants who have any further questions about Zoom. Please register for this session by sending an email to Esther Pfister (esther.pfister@fhnw.ch).
  • During the conference we will provide permanent online support in case you have encounter problems with Zoom. Contact details for that support are: Andreas Papageorgiou (). In case any technical problems arise during the conference, e.g. you cannot find your way to the workshop, you can hear everything but cannot see anything, for example, please do not hesitate to contact this online support service as quickly as possible.
  • We ask both speakers and participants to use a head-set during the conference if you can, in order to ensure the best possible audio-visual quality.
  • General rules: (1) turn your microphone off during someone else’s presentation and turn it back on only when you want to speak; (2) keep your camera on as long as the audio-visual quality is good; if it is not good, then please switch off the camera; (3) keep the chat channel open for receiving advice and comments when needed; (4) join the discussion by using the chat function and write your question in the chat box.

Information for speakers and moderators

  • The overall schedule of the conference is available in the conference programme (www.migrationskonferenz.ch).
  • Each session has a moderator and a second person to help the moderator with her/his tasks. The moderator opens the session/workshop and is responsible for time-keeping, for making sure that each speaker is ready to start on time, and for giving the speaker the word. She or he will moderate the discussion that will follow the presentation. After the discussion, the moderator will give a brief summing-up and close the session.
  • Presentations are provided synchronic to the audience by the speakers via the shared screen function.
  • Plenary speakers are requested to keep their presentations to a maximum of 25 minutes each. The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute discussion with all session participants. There will be a short break (5 minutes) between the end of one presentation+ discussion (45 minutes in total) and the next.
  • Workshop speakers are requested to keep their presentations to a maximum of 15 minutes each. The first presentation in each workshop will be followed by no more than two additional presenters. These presentations will be followed by a 5-minute break, after which a general discussion about all presentations will run for up to 40 minutes. Thus a workshop will last a maximum of 90 minutes.
  • After the moderator’s summing-up, the session/workshop will close and all participants will return to the main “meeting room”.


The program is now available.

To the conference registration


“The Multicultural Condition”

Multiculturalism, often disparaged politically and opposed as ’multi-culti,’ is a generic term for theories, concepts and also political strategies that relate to a historically familiar and once again topical field of conflict. It entails the question of whether and how people can shape their living together in society with differing systems of value and styles of living, grounded on differing ethnic and linguistic backgrounds as well as cultural and/or religious affiliations and modes of belonging. The conference endeavors to reexamine and discuss anew the bases and critiques of multiculturalism. One aim in such discussion is to sound out and analyze the relation of multiculturalism to competing concepts, in particular transnationality, integration and diversity. Likewise to be explored is the significance of associated political differentiations, such as the distinction of a specifically libertarian or communitarian understanding of multiculturalism.