Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kirk Johnson
Professor of Sociology
University of Guam
The Challenges of Migration and Integration
An Opportunity for Reflection on Prosperity and Global Well-Being
The world as it exists in the 21st century is plagued by various forms of injustice that stem from a singular cause: the failure of the world to recognize the oneness and unity of the human race. The concept of migration is shaped by different historical forces, and can be viewed through two very different lenses – integrative and disintegrative. Displacement, for instance, would seem to be an outcrop of the latter, where entire populations are forced to seek new homes as a result of crumbling societal structures and institutions that fail to protect the most vulnerable. These disadvantaged peoples are often denied basic human rights – access to education, health care, safety and security, and wellbeing. These corrupt systems exploit the masses for the benefit of the few, and neglect entirely the nurturing of moral capabilities – creating, in effect, the perfect breeding ground for violence and conflict. And it is within this context of widespread disintegration, that people often find themselves fleeing their home counties. On the other hand, a brighter future, the hope of a better life, and a more stable foundation may likewise call migrants to a new homeland. In fact, there are many social, environmental, political and economic factors that fuel migration. What cannot be denied is that migration would never be possible on the scale that it is now if many of the age-old prejudices separating groups of people from one another had not already tumbled, and if the technology that eases the process were not in place. These can be considered part of the integrative forces that propel migration today. This keynote talk will explore these and other ideas through a sociological and global perspective.

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Important Dates

Submission Deadline

October 28, 2019

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Notification of Acceptance
From November 19th, 2019
Early Bird Registration & Payment Deadline
December 19th, 2019
Conference Date
February 18th - 20th, 2020
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