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LIVES & nccr — on the move International Conference - 5-6 November 2024 - Geneva

Mobilities in the life course


The LIVES Centre and the nccr – on the move jointly organize an international conference at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, on 5-6 November 2024 on the topic:

Mobility in the life course

The early 21st century is marked by novel forms of mobility encompassing migration, family, career and social mobility. Yet, individual mobilities encounter considerable resistance: international migrations face regulations that control movement across national borders; new forms of family mobility clash with traditional norms; novel career paths conflict with costly migration or family changes; while social mobility, especially intergenerational mobility, remains often trapped by institutions such as educational systems. To shed light on evolving forms of mobility, this conference brings together two perspectives developed within the National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR): the life course perspective (Centre LIVES, Lausanne and Geneva) and the Migration-Mobility Nexus (nccr — on the move, Neuchâtel).

We welcome papers and posters that address issues linked to migration and other forms of mobility in the course of life (e.g. social, family, professional, educational). We are particularly interested in submissions that use innovative methods and novel data. Theoretically grounded empirical inquiries are especially relevant to the conference and could address questions such as:

  • How can a longitudinal perspective contribute to our knowledge of spatial, social and family mobilities?
  • How can we understand migration and integration trajectories from a longitudinal and life course perspective?
  • What are the interactions between migratory, family and/or socio-professional pathways? How does spatial (im)mobility affect professional careers and/or family changes?
  • What is the social psychology of migration, what are the affective / mental health consequences of mobility?
  • How can different disciplines contribute to life course analysis in the field of migration and mobility?

See the flyer of the conference call


The conference will be interdisciplinary. We, therefore, look forward to receiving papers from various disciplines such as sociology, demography, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology, geography, history, or statistics.

Access to the call for submissions 

Keynote speakers 

  • Borja Martinovic, Utrecht University 
  • Hill Kulu, University of St Andrews
  • Dominik Hangartner, ETH Zurich

More information about the keynote speakers

Conference fees

For the authors of accepted papers and posters, there will be no conference fee. Participants will be invited to coffee breaks, two lunches and an aperitif buffet (on the evening of 5 November). The conference starts on 5 November at 10:00 and ends on 6 November at 13:15.

For further questions, please contact the local organizers: