Events: Bordering on failure: Canada–US border policy and the politics of refugee exclusion (Refugee Studies Centre and Border Criminologies special joint seminar)

Bordering on failure: Canada–US border policy and the politics of refugee exclusion 

Speakers: Professor Deborah E Anker (Harvard University), Professor Efrat A Arbel (University of British Columbia)
Date: Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Location: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Hosted by the RSC and Border Criminologies

Based on a recent report published by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), entitled Bordering on Failure: Canada–U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion, this talk will examine the Canada–US Safe Third Country Agreement, a ‘refugee sharing’ agreement implemented by Canada and the United States to exercise more control over their shared border. Drawing on interview data collected along the Canada–US border, it will evaluate how the Agreement has altered the Canada–US border landscape, and the effects it has had on asylum seekers.

The HIRC report concludes that the Safe Third Country Agreement not only closes Canada’s borders to asylum seekers, but also diminishes the legal protections available to them under domestic and international law. It further concludes that the Agreement has failed in its goal of enhancing the integrity of the Canada–US border, and has in fact prompted a rise in human smuggling and unauthorised border crossings, making the border more dangerous and disorderly, and placing the lives and safety of asylum seekers at risk. The talk will highlight these central findings, and, situating the Agreement in its global context, also examine the broader effects of its implementation.

Please visit the RSC website to read more about the speakers and add the seminar to your calendar: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/bordering-on-failure-canada-us-border-policy-and-the-politics-of-refugee-exclusion

To download the HIRC report, please click here: http://harvardimmigrationclinic.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/bordering-on-failure-harvard-immigration-and-refugee-law-clinical-program1.pdf

Courses: MHPSS Network webinar series

The MHPSS Network (mhpss.net)  is a growing global platform for connecting people, networks and organizations, for sharing resources and for building knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support both in emergency settings and in situations of chronic hardship. This autumn, we present a series of webinars focusing on MHPSS programmes and refugee integration.

From October to November 2014, we will bring field-based practitioners and researchers together to share their expertise and experiences on two particular topics: the state of MHPSS programming and the process of refugee integration.

Details of the Autumn 2014 Webinar Series:

Webinar 1: Thursday 2nd October 2014 1pm-2pm in the UK (UTC+1)

Title: “The politics of mental health and psychosocial programmes in humanitarian settings”

Presenter: Katherine Rehberg

Discussant: Ananda Galappatti

Webinar summary:

Over the last several decades, humanitarian programmes have increasingly sought to promote the psychological needs and social well-being of conflict-affected populations. This growing priority can be seen in the development of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes, which have been incorporated into humanitarian responses to human-induced and natural disasters around the world. However, despite this proliferation, MHPSS programmes have been widely criticised, and the field marked by intense debate. This presentation will discuss the evolution of MHPSS programming, with a focus on identifying the field’s current positioning within this historical context. Has the field successfully addressed many of the traditional critiques of MHPSS programming? What assumptions underpin current practice?

Webinar 2: Thursday 16th October 1pm-2pm in the UK (UTC+1)

Title: Holistic Integration Service in Scotland – Lessons learned

Presenters: Elodie Mignard and Joe Brandy Scottish Refugee Council

Webinar summary:

This webinar will present the initial learning from the first year of delivery of the Holistic Integration Services coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, who is the leading organization in Scotland in supporting asylum seekers and refugees. The Holistic Integration Services aims to assist new refugees to rebuild their lives in Scotland by offering them a personalised, outcome- based service that promotes independence. The webinar therefore will provide the practical insights of the integrations programme.

Webinar 3: Thursday 13th November 2014 1pm-2pm in the UK (UTC)

Title: “Isolation or Integration?”

Presenters: Neil Quinn and Dr Alison Strang

This webinar will examine the patterns of social connections amongst refugees in Glasgow, Scotland and consider the impact on their mental health, well-being and access to services. Alison Strang and Neil Quinn will report on their recent study with Afghan and Iranian refugee men using participatory methods to map social connections. There will be an opportunity to explore implications for service providers.

Further information can be found at: http://mhpss.net/event/join-us-for-the-new-forthcoming-autumn-2014-webinar-series-check-out-the-programme-and-register/

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions contact our Global Host for Refugee Integration and Settlement: emilia@mhpss.net

Calls for Papers: The role of EU Institutions in migration and asylum policies: liberal constraint?

Call for Abstracts for a Panel Proposal for the 2015 CES Conference
The role of EU Institutions in migration and asylum policies: liberal constraint?

We invite scholars who investigate the role of EU institutions in migration and asylum policies to submit an abstract to be included in a panel proposal for the 2015 CES conference which will take place 8-10 July 2015 in Paris, France (http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/2015-ces-conference).

For many years, European cooperation on asylum and migration policies raised concerns about the potentially restrictive impact of such cooperation on the rights of migrants and refugees (Guiraudon 2000; Hathaway 2003; Juss 2005; Fry 2005).  However, the communitarisation of EU asylum and migration policies since the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997) and the introduction of Community law and policies since the early 2000s represent a major turning point in the politics of migration and asylum in Europe. The consequences of this communitarization are only gradually becoming apparent. It has been observed that the shift of power from the member states to EU institutions such as the Court and the Commission has produced new liberal constraints on member states. As a result, it is argued, the European Union is no longer a venue to which member states with restrictive policy preferences can ‘escape’ to circumvent domestic constraints (El-Enany & Thielemann 2011; Acosta Arcarazo & Geddes 2013; Kaunert & Leonard 2012; Bonjour & Vink 2013; Block & Bonjour 2013).

This argument raises questions about the role of EU institutions in asylum and migration policies. Can the policy impact of EU institutions such as the Court, the Commission, and the European Parliament in the field of migration  and asylum indeed be characterized as a ‘liberal constraint’? How can we explain the (liberal) policy preferences and positions adopted by different EU institutions? At which stages in the policy process (agenda-setting, decision-making, implementation) does this impact become apparent and through which channels does it shape national and EU policies? How about the role of EU agencies such as Frontex or the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)?

Please send your abstract (250-500 words) to s.a.bonjour@uva.nl no later than Friday, 26 September 2014.

We will let you know whether your abstract has been included in our panel proposal no later than 10 October 2014. The conference organizers will let us know whether our panel proposal has been accepted no later than 18 December 2014.

Best regards,
Eiko Thielemann (E.Thielemann@lse.ac.uk)
Saskia Bonjour (s.a.bonjour@uva.nl)

Courses: Designing Peacebuilding Programmes; Developing and Applying Early Warning and Early Response Systems; Making Prevention Work (International Peace and Development Training Center)

International Peace and Development Training Center
http://patrir.ro/international-training-programmes

The International Peace and Development Training Center provides experts, senior government leadership, professionals, policy makers and practitioners with the most advanced training and professional development opportunities in the field. From October-December 2014 we will be hosting 3 Programmes at the IPDTC Global Academy including “Designing Peacebuilding Programmes”, one of the world’s leading trainings/professional workshops for agencies and organisations to improve programme strategy, design and implementation; and two programmes on Prevention in November/December: “Developing and Applying Early Warning and Early Response Systems” and “Making Prevention Work”. Participants will include middle to senior leadership and experts from agencies, organisations, governments and institutions around the world. Participants applying for two or more programmes will receive a 10% discount on training fees. Special group rates for delegations are also available.
For more information, please contact us at training@patrir.ro

Course information

Designing Peacebuilding Programmes: Improving Sustainability, Impact and Effectiveness in Peacebuilding & Peace Support Operations (DPP), 27-31 October

Designing Peacebuilding Programmes is an in-depth operational training in program development, design, planning and implementation, drawing comprehensively on best-practice approaches from peacebuilding, development and humanitarian aid, and recovery, as well as methods and approaches for strategic planning and program and organizational development. Incorporating the work of the OECD-DAC and lessons learned and approaches from national and international agencies, the DPP provides organizations and participants with methods to significantly improve the quality, relevance, and impact of their programs. Most importantly: participants engage with their actual programs and operations and use the framework of Designing Peacebuilding Programmes to learn leading methodologies while improving actual work in practice.

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Developing and Applying Early Warning and Early Response Systems: Challenges and Responses, 24-28 November

This 5-day course, “Developing and Applying Early Warning and Early Response Systems: Challenges and Response” is designed to introduce the world of EW/ER in complex integrated emergency situations. The course will introduce participants to the different aspects and indicators of early warning and early response, the discussions surrounding early response, and the selection, evaluation and validation of a number of EW/ER tools.

Participants will learn to become comfortable in selecting and using appropriate analytical tools, using them correctly and accurately assessing their strengths and weaknesses in light of their individual goals. An important outcome is to focus on how early warning will work in practice.

The course is suitable for civilian, police and military United Nations and EU staff dealing with response mechanisms in times of crisis; international NGO staff; those wishing to enter a career in international development and post-conflict reconstruction; and others who have an academic or personal interest in the subject.

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Making Prevention Work: Improving Operational and Strategic Effectiveness in the Prevention of State Collapse, 1-3 December 2014

Making Prevention Work is a three-day intensive program designed for policy makers, diplomats, IGO, INGO and NGO staff and leading experts and practitioners to provide an operational and global overview of  key lessons learned / identified for effective prevention.

The program will look at operational, structural and systemic approaches to prevention drawing from real situations and helping to identify practical methodologies and approaches which can be of value to those working to prevent deadly conflicts and outbreaks and strengthen capacities to transform conflicts constructively. Attention will be given to developing and strengthening local, national, regional and international Infrastructure for Peace (I4P) and the necessary capabilities to make prevention work in practice.

For more information, please contact us as training@patrir.ro

The programmes will be held at the Global Academy of IPDTC and are intended for senior to executive level experts and practitioners working in peacebuilding, crisis prevention and management and recovery and stabilization operations from governments, UN agencies and inter-governmental organisations (EU, OAS, AU, ASEAN, Commonwealth, OSCE) and national and international organisations.
IPDTC has an international pool of leading experts and practitioners covering a wide range of issues in peacebuilding, prevention, recovery and related issues. We work with requesting organizations, agencies, missions and ministries to customize programmes for your exact needs, context and conditions. In case of questions or for further information please contact IPDTC at training@patrir.ro. For references on our training programmes, please see the Review and Feedback section of our site: http://patrir.ro/en/review-and-feedback

Calls for Papers: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration

We are excited to send out the call for papers for Volume 4, Issue 1, of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo), the student and young academic journal dedicated to protecting and advancing the human rights of refugees and forced migrants.

More details on OxMo and how to submit can be found here: http://oxmofm.com/call-for-papers/

Deadline: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Please disseminate this call for papers widely to any audience that may be interested in contributing. In particular, we are hoping to extend this call to students outside of Europe and North America; to this end we would be grateful for this to also be passed on to wider networks you may be a part of.

We welcome your questions, comments, and submissions! Please feel free to contact us at: oxmofm@googlemail.com.

All the best,


Evan Easton-Calabria & Nina Elizabeth Weaver
Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo)
Co-Editors-in-Chief

http://oxmofm.com/

Refugee Studies Centre Short Course: Health and Humanitarian Responses in Complex Emergencies

RSC Short Course: Health and humanitarian responses in complex emergencies
Date: 6-7 December 2014

Location: Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

This two day short course will present critical examination of the normative frameworks for humanitarian responses in addressing the health and well-being of populations in complex emergencies. Alternative approaches to complex emergencies will also be presented and assessed.

The topics reviewed in this course will include: appropriate assessments of population health and well-being; community mobilisation; health services; food security and nutritional maintenance; health considerations for shelter and site planning; water and sanitation; the relationship between health and human rights.

This course is suitable for: experienced practitioners; graduate researchers; parliamentarians and staff; government officials; and personnel of inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations.

Convenor: Professor Dawn Chatty. Professor of Anthropology and Forced migration; Director, RSC

Instructors:
Dr Paul Kadetz, Assistant Professor; Convenor, BSc Global Public Health, Leiden University College, The Hague Dr Holly Scheib, Director of Global Consulting Services for Sage Consulting Incorporated

Fee: £350. The fee includes tuition, lunch and all course materials. Participants will need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs and arrange any UK entry requirements.

Maximum thirty spaces
Apply online at: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/study/short-courses/health-and-humanitarian-responses

Contact

For all enquiries, please contact:
Heidi El-Megrisi, International Summer School and Conferences Manager
Email: rsc-outreach@qeh.ox.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1865 281728/9

 

BSA Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream semi-plenary & CFP update

We would like to remind everyone about the BSA Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream CFP for the BSA Annual Conference 2015: Societies in Transition: Progression or Regression. Glasgow, 15-17 April 2015.

STREAM SUB-PLENARY:
We (Ipek and Aaron) submitted a proposal for a Stream Sub-Plenary earlier in the year. There are only 12 stream sub-plenaries allocated during the BSA annual conference and we are pleased to let you know that our proposal was accepted. It will be on ‘Race, Ethnicity and Racism in Scotland’ and the speakers will be Professor Satnam Virdee (Glasgow) and Dr Gina Netto (Heriot-Watt). We look forward to a great event that not only addresses our stream and study group themes, but engages with the host city and Scotland at a very interesting time – post-referendum. Hope you are able to attend. Date/Time/Room details TBC.

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**Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream CFP**

We are pleased to announce the first inaugural Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream at the BSA Annual Conference 2015 at Glasgow, 15-17 April 2015, and would like to invite abstracts for papers/presentations. Abstract due date is 17 Oct. 2014. The call is open, but would particularly welcome abstracts related to the conference theme of ‘Societies in Transition’ and in the following areas related to race, ethnicity and/or migration:

• Theory
• Racialisation
• Research Methods
• Identities
• Racism, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Xenophobia
• Anti-racism
• Migration and Migrants
• Asylum and Refugees
• Diaspora
• Transnationalism
• Citizenship
• Gender and Sexualities
• Intersectionality
• Education
• Youth
• Popular Culture
• Sport
• Crime and Criminal Justice
• Far Right and Hate Groups
• Austerity
• Post-colonialism/Decoloniality
• Social Change
• Scotland

The stream will be made up of two sub-streams/strands: Race and Ethnicity and Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism, which corresponds to the two study groups involved in the coordination of the stream. Please state on your abstract submission form the stream name and whether you would like to be considered for:

1. Race and Ethnicity
2. Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism
3. Either/Both

For more info on the conference and how to submit abstracts:
http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/conference/

If you have any questions about the stream, please contact the stream co-ordinators:

Aaron Winter (co-convenor of the Race and Ethnicity Study Group): A.Winter@uel.ac.uk

Ipek Demir (co-convenor of the Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group): id34@le.ac.uk

If you have any questions about the conference and submission process, please contact the BSA Events Team at: events@britsoc.org.uk

Apologies for the Earlier Spam Posting in Russian

Dear All,

My sincerest  apologies for the earlier apparent spam posting to this Blog in Russian. Security and Span features have been reviewed in order to hopefully prevent this happening in future.

Many apologies again.

Yours Sincerely,

Paul Dudman
library-archives@uel.ac.uk

 

ToC Alert: International Journal of Refugee Law Table of Contents for October 1, 2014; Vol. 26, No. 3

Oxford Journals have published the latest table of contents journal alert for the International Journal of Refugee Law.  This is for Volume 26 Number 3, (October 1) and further details of the articles in this volume are detailed as follows:

Articles

Why We Should Use the Term ‘Illegalized’ Refugee or Immigrant: A Commentary
Harald Bauder
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 327-332
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Detention of Undocumented Immigrants and the Judicial Impact of the CJEU’s Decisions in France
Ana Beduschi
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 333-349
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Exclusion from Refugee Status: The Purposes and Principles of the United Nations and Article 1F(c) of the Refugee Convention
Sandesh Sivakumaran
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 350-381
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International Humanitarian Law and the Interpretation of ‘Persecution’ in Article 1A(2) CSR51
Eric Fripp
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 382-403
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Natural Disasters, Climate Change and Non-Refoulement: What Scope for Resisting Expulsion under Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights?
Matthew Scott
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 404-432
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Case Law

Secretary of State for Home Department (Appellant) v MN and KY (Respondents) (Scotland): The Supreme Court
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 433-453
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Document

UNHCR Factum: Luis Alberto Hernandez Febles (Appellant) v Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Respondent)
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 454-468
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Book Reviews

Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights
Thomas Harré
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 469-471
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Komplementärer Schutz: Die aufenthaltsrechtliche Stellung nicht rückführbarer Personen in der EU (The Right to Residence of Non-returnable Persons in the EU)
Dr Sarah Krieg
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 471-473
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Calls for Papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

*Please circulate widely*

A conference call for papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

This conference seeks to explore the multiple, complex and inter-related ways that anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are being constructed in relation to the question of Palestine/Israel. In particular it seeks to examine how the histories of Zionist settlement, anti-colonial and nation-building struggles and 20th century warfare in the Middle East region are being transformed in the current historical conjuncture. Of particular importance in this context will be ideological and political alliances that have emerged locally, regionally and globally around notions such as the ‘New Antisemitism’, ‘Islamophobia’ and how these relate to racialised discourses against Jews and Muslims. Drawing on the expertise of scholars and activists from a variety of backgrounds, the aim of the conference will be to serve as a step for building a transversal anti-racist political vision that will aim to destabilise some of the oppositional dichotomies which are currently hegemonic in discourses around Jews, Muslims and Middle East politics.

Location: SOAS

Date: 10 February 2015 (tbc)

Call for Paper Deadline: 30th September 2014

Sponsors: Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (UEL), Centre for the study of Human Rights (LSE), The Runnymede Trust, Centre for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute (SOAS).

Confirmed plenary speakers (listed alphabetically):

Prof. Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)

Dr. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad (University for the Creative Arts)

Prof. Chetan Bhatt (LSE)

Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya (UEL)

Prof. Haim Bresheeth (SOAS)

Dr. John Bunzl (OIIP)

Prof. Robert Fine (Warwick)

Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky (SOAS)

Dr. Dina Matar (SOAS)

Yasmin Rehman (Cross government working group on hate crimes)

David Rosenberg (Jewish Socialists’ Group)

Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL)

Prof. Sami Zubaida (Birkbeck)

 

Conference schedule

9-9.30 Coffee and registration

9.30-10 Welcome by organizers

10-11.15 Plenary panel 1: The Role of the Palestine/Israel Question in Racialised Discourses on Jews

11.15-12.30 Parallel sessions

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.45 Plenary panel 2: The Role of the Palestine/Israel Question in Racialised Discourses on Muslims

2.45-4 Parallel discussion workshops

4-4.30 Tea break

4.30-6 Plenary panel 3: The Interrelationships between Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racialised Discourses

6-6.30 Final session: The Way Forward

We invite abstracts (500 words max.) for 20 minute presentations for the parallel sessions that address any aspect of the issues outlined above. Please send all abstracts to Jamie Hakim at j.hakim@uel.ac.uk. Please include a short biographical note when sending the e-mail.

Calls for Papers: Journal for Palestinian Refugee Studies

Request for Submissions:

Palestinian Return Centre is an independent organisation focusing on the historical, political and legal aspects of Palestinian Refugees. It is based in the UK and has consultative status with the UN. As well as its core activities, the PRC produces a bi-annual publication, the Journal for Palestinian Refugee Studies (JPRS). JPRS is the only publication that focuses on news and analysis that impacts on the plight of Palestinian refugees and we are seeking submissions for the upcoming Autumn edition. Submissions need not be of an academic nature as we are also looking for insightful analysis and information from practitioners that work in the field or from a  political perspective. The forthcoming issue will look particularly at the effect of the recent Gaza siege although the issue will include other topical subject matter as well.

There is a small remuneration for published articles although deadlines for drafts and final edits are strict.

If you have an idea for an article or material you’d like to contribute, please e-mail me a pitch and I will advise of deadlines and send a style guide.

We also have some topics we’d like covered, so we’d also like to hear from qualified individuals (particularly UNRWA staff) who are able to provide valuable insight and we can develop the article with them. Please e-mail me for more information on these topics, along with a synopsis/CV on yourself.

Contact: Sophia.akram@prc.org.uk

Apologies if you do not have time to consider the above, but if you know anyone else who may be interested, feel free to pass this e-mail on and they can contact me with any questions.

Thank you for your time thus far.

Kind Regards

Sophia Akram

Interim Commissioning Editor, JPRS

PRC website: http://www.prc.org.uk/portal/
JPRS webpage: http://www.prc.org.uk/portal/index.php/english-media/jprs-magazine

Call for Papers: The role of EU Institutions in migration and asylum policies: liberal constraint?

Call for Abstracts for a Panel Proposal for the 2015 CES Conference

The role of EU Institutions in migration and asylum policies: liberal constraint?

We invite scholars who investigate the role of EU institutions in migration and asylum policies to submit an abstract to be included in a panel proposal for the 2015 CES conference which will take place 8-10 July 2015 in Paris, France (http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/2015-ces-conference).

For many years, European cooperation on asylum and migration policies raised concerns about the potentially restrictive impact of such cooperation on the rights of migrants and refugees (Guiraudon 2000; Hathaway 2003; Juss 2005; Fry 2005).  However, the communitarisation of EU asylum and migration policies since the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997) and the introduction of Community law and policies since the early 2000s represent a major turning point in the politics of migration and asylum in Europe. The consequences of this communitarization are only gradually becoming apparent. It has been observed that the shift of power from the member states to EU institutions such as the Court and the Commission has produced new liberal constraints on member states. As a result, it is argued, the European Union is no longer a venue to which member states with restrictive policy preferences can ‘escape’ to circumvent domestic constraints (El-Enany & Thielemann 2011; Acosta Arcarazo & Geddes 2013; Kaunert & Leonard 2012; Bonjour & Vink 2013; Block & Bonjour 2013).

This argument raises questions about the role of EU institutions in asylum and migration policies. Can the policy impact of EU institutions such as the Court, the Commission, and the European Parliament in the field of migration  and asylum indeed be characterized as a ‘liberal constraint’? How can we explain the (liberal) policy preferences and positions adopted by different EU institutions? At which stages in the policy process (agenda-setting, decision-making, implementation) does this impact become apparent and through which channels does it shape national and EU policies? How about the role of EU agencies such as Frontex or the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)?

Please send your abstract (250-500 words) to s.a.bonjour@uva.nl no later than Friday, 26 September 2014.

We will let you know whether your abstract has been included in our panel proposal no later than 10 October 2014. The conference organizers will let us know whether our panel proposal has been accepted no later than 18 December 2014.

Best regards,

Eiko Thielemann (E.Thielemann@lse.ac.uk)

Saskia Bonjour (s.a.bonjour@uva.nl)

Acosta Arcarazo, Diego & Geddes, Andrew, 2013.  The Development, Application and Implications of an EU Rule of Law in the Area of Migration Policy. Journal of common market studies, 51 (2): 179-193. Bonjour, S.  &  M. Vink (2013). When Europeanization backfires: the normalization of European migration politics, Acta Politica 48: 389-407. Block, Laur & Bonjour, Saskia (2013). Fortress Europe or Europe of Rights? The Europeanisation of family migration policies in France, Germany and the Netherlands. European Journal of Migration and Law, 15 (2): 203-224. El-Enany and Thielemann (2011) The Impact of the EU on National Asylum Policies, in Wolff, S, Jaap de Zwaan and Flora Goudappel, on “The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: myth or reality? Taking stock of the Lisbon Treaty and the Stockholm Programme”,The Hague: Asser, pp. 97-116 Fry J.D. (2005) European Asylum Law: Race-to-the-Bottom Harmonization?, Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, Vol. 15, pp. 97-108.

Guiraudon, Virginie (2000): European Integration and Migration Policy: Vertical Policy-Making as Venue-Shopping, in: Journal of Common Market Studies, 38: 2, pp. 251-271.

Hathaway, James C. (1993): Harmonizing for Whom? The Devaluation of Refugee Protection in the Era of European Economic Integration, in: Cornell International Law Journal, 26: 3, pp. 719-735.

Juss (2005) The Decline and Decay of European Refugee Policy, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 749-792. C. Kaunert and S. Léonard (2012). The Development of the EU Asylum Policy: Venue-shopping in Perspective’, Journal of European Public Policy 19:1396–1413.

 

Calls for Papers: Advancing Protection and Fostering Belonging in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration

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Advancing Protection and Fostering Belonging in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration

8th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Hosted by Department of Criminology, Ryerson University in collaboration with Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 13-15 May 2015

The United Nations Member States recently acknowledged the need to promote and protect effectively the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, regardless of their migration status. Similarly, there is recognition of the importance of addressing international migration through a comprehensive and balanced approach, recognizing the roles and responsibilities of countries of origin, transit and destination in promoting and protecting the human rights of all migrants (Declaration of the High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, 2013). While the international community’s aim to promote a balanced and human-rights-centred approach to migration is laudable, it is also highly challenging to achieve due to the increasing criminalization of migration. Over the past decades, countries of the Global North have resorted to criminal law measures to deter and punish irregular migrants, including those in need of international protection. They have imposed criminal penalties on forced migrants for entering or staying in their territory in an irregular manner, or using false documents or for unauthorized employment. Detention has not only become increasingly common but pervasive. Transport companies and employers as well as other persons who come into contact with or help forced migrants, such as health professionals, humanitarian workers, landlords, family members and friends have also become the targets of criminal sanctions. Asylum systems have become stricter for refugee claimants arriving in the destination countries with the help of smugglers. These developments fuelled by negative political and popular discourses have significant repercussions for the situation of not only forced migrants whose fundamental rights have been constrained, but also for legal migrants who become tainted by suspicion and face ever stronger selection barriers to entry. This practice of criminalization is counterproductive: it may result in rising levels of discrimination against migrants and xenophobia; it may hamper the implementation of integration and settlement policies; it may discourage forced migrants who are the victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, labour exploitation, abuse by employers or domestic violence and other crimes from coming forward, receive adequate protection and denounce the perpetrators of such crimes; ultimately it may contribute to driving forced migration underground, enhancing the possibilities of exploitation, oppression and infringement to their human dignity.

The 2015 CARFMS Conference will bring together students, instructors, researchers, academics, governmental officials, decision-makers, practitioners (including non-governmental organizations), refugee lawyers and members of community organizations, from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss changes, achievements, challenges and short and long-term options for advancing the protection of migrants and fostering their belonging in their receiving societies. The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field and from people with direct experience of forced migration. We invite participants with a wide range of perspectives to explore practical, social, legal, policy-oriented and theoretical questions related to the general theme outlined above. We welcome proposals for individual papers, organized panels and roundtables structured around the following broad subthemes:

1.        Advancing Protection in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration: Local, National, Regional, Comparative and International Issues and Concerns

This subtheme analyses discourse, norms, procedures and practices regarding immigration and asylum systems and integration policy as well as their effectiveness, consequences and compatibility with domestic and international human rights and refugee protection standards. What are the social, legal, economic and systemic consequences of the criminalization on immigration and asylum system in Canada and abroad? How do we advance the protection of migrants, including temporary migrant workers, irregular migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless persons, at local, national, regional and international levels? How can we understand and respond to the differential experiences of migrants due to identity power relations based on gender, age, ability, sexuality and other axes of “difference”? What is the role of international, regional and local actors, institutions and agencies, employers and members of civil society in advancing protection of migrants? How can solidarity and responsibility-sharing mechanisms be promoted and partnerships amongst the relevant stakeholders be strengthened?

2.        Fostering Belonging in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration: Local, National, Regional, Comparative and International Issues and Concerns

This subtheme explores the strengths and the weaknesses of reception, settlement, and integration policies against the background of the criminalization of migration. How do criminal law measures against forced migrants and those who come into contact with them, such as NGO members and health professionals, affect the reception, settlement and integration of migrants? What are the best practices and strategies in the reception, settlement and integration of migrants? What are the best practices and strategies in tackling acts, manifestations and expressions of racism, discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance against migrants? What are the roles played by local, national and regional authorities, employers and members of civil society dealing with issues such as health, education, social welfare, employment and law enforcement? How does gender, sex, age, race, nationality or statelessness and other factors, taken individually or collectively, affect reception, settlement and integration?

3.        New Approaches, Research Methods and Theories in Advancing Protection and Fostering Belonging

This subtheme solicits research on innovative approaches, theories and methods in the field of forced migration, settlement and integration, developed within traditional disciplines or along interdisciplinary lines. New theoretical, conceptual, methodological issues from diverse critical and institutional perspectives lead to a better understanding of recent developments and challenges in the field of migration, and, ultimately, to more protective and inclusive policies and practices affecting forced migrants in local, national, regional, and international contexts. What are the practical issues and challenges of researching migration, settlement and integration in a global era of the criminalization of migration? How do we do research on these issues? How does our research influence the theoretical foundations of mobility, borders, citizenship and diversity, as well as policies of integration? What are the implications of positioning ourselves as academics, policy makers, displaced persons, advocates, or activists when we are looking into issues of forced migration, protection, belongingness and care?

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
Individuals wishing to present a paper, organized panels and roundtables at the conference must submit a 250-word abstract and 100-word biography by October 1st, 2014. Panel proposals or round-tables must include a general title and a 250-word abstract of each paper forming the panel or roundtable.

Please submit your abstract online via the this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lpDIDb-aycwXnqpYux3rICmETRxjnQpGt1p1Ke03TSY/viewform

Information on the conference will be posted to the CARFMS website: www.carfms.org

For more information, please contact:
Michele Millard
Coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies
8th Floor, York Research Tower
4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 Tel : 416-736-2100 GRATUIT 416-736-2100  ext. 30391
Fax : 416-736-5688
Email : mmillard@yorku.ca
www.yorku.ca/crs
www.refugeeresearch.net

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Promouvoir la Protection et Favoriser le Sentiment d’Appartenance à l’Ère de la Criminalisation des Migrations

8ème Conférence annuelle de l’Association Canadienne des Études sur les Réfugiés et la Migration Forcée (ACERMF) organisée par le Département de Criminologie, Ryerson University en collaboration avec Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)

Toronto, Ontario
13-15 mai 2015

Les États membres des Nations Unies ont récemment affirmé la nécessité de promouvoir et de protéger de manière effective les droits humains et les libertés fondamentales de toute personne, indépendamment de son statut migratoire. De même, ils ont reconnu l’importance d’adopter une approche globale et équilibrée à la migration internationale, qui reconnaît les rôles et les responsabilités des pays d’origine, de transit et de destination dans la promotion et la protection des droits humains de tous les migrants (Déclaration du Dialogue de haut niveau sur les migrations internationales et le développement, 2013). Bien que l’objectif de la communauté internationale d’aborder la migration dans le cadre d’une approche équilibrée et centrée sur les droits humains soit louable, sa realisation reste un défi majeur en raison de la criminalisation croissante de la migration. Au cours des dernières décennies, les pays du Nord Global ont eu recours à des mesures de droit pénal pour dissuader et réprimer les migrants irréguliers, y compris ceux qui ont besoin d’une protection internationale. Ils ont imposé des sanctions pénales aux migrants forcés pour l’entrée et le séjour irréguliers sur leur territoire, l’utilisation de faux documents ou l’emploi non autorisé. La détention est devenue une pratique courante et omniprésente. Des compagnies de transport et des employeurs ainsi que d’autres personnes qui aident ou entrent en contact avec les migrants forcés, tels que les professionnels de santé, les travailleurs humanitaires, les propriétaires, les membres de la famille et amis ont également fait l’objet de sanctions pénales. Les systèmes d’asile sont devenus plus restrictifs pour les demandeurs d’asile arrivant dans les pays de destination avec l’aide de passeurs. Ces développements alimentés par les discours politiques et populaires négatifs ont eu des répercussions importantes sur la situation des migrants. Les droits fondamentaux des migrants forcés ont été considérablement limités. Les migrants légaux font, eux aussi, face à des obstacles majeurs dans le processus d’immigration. La pratique de la criminalisation est contre-productive: elle peut entraîner plus de discrimination contre les migrants et de xénophobie; elle peut entraver la mise en œuvre des politiques d’établissement et d’intégration; elle peut décourager les migrants forcés qui deviennent victimes de crimes tels que la traite humaine, les agressions sexuelles, l’exploitation par des employeurs ou la violence domestique, de dénoncer leur agresseur et de bénéficier d’une protection adequate. Paradoxalement la criminalisation peut contribuer à l’augmentation de la migration irrégulière, de l’exploitation et d’atteintes au respect de la dignité humaine des migrants.

La Conférence annuelle de l’ACERMF réunira des étudiants, des chercheurs, des universitaires d’horizons disciplinaires et de régions différents, des représentants gouvernementaux, des décideurs, des avocats, des activistes et des représentants de la société civile, y compris des organisations non-gouvernementales, des migrants et des réfugiés, en vue de discuter les changements, les réalisations, les défis et les solutions à court et long terme dans le domaine de la protection des migrants et la promotion des politiques d’établissement et d’intégration dans les pays de destination. Des personnalités reconnues dans le domaine des migrations et des réfugiés interviendront pendant la conférence inaugurale et les sessions plénières. Nous sollicitons la soumission de présentations individuelles, de panels ou de tables rondes explorant les questions pratiques, sociales, juridiques, économiques, politiques et théoriques relatives aux axes suivants :

1.        Promouvoir la protection des migrants à l’ère de la criminalisation des migrations : Les questions et préoccupations aux niveaux local, national, régional et international

Cet axe a pour objectif d’analyser les discours, normes, procédures et pratiques en matière de politique d’immigration et d’asile, ainsi que leur efficacité et conséquences. On y examine leur compatibilité avec les droits humains aux niveaux national, régional et international, et avec les normes de protection des réfugiés. Quelles sont les implications de la criminalisation dans le système d’immigration et d’asile au Canada et ailleurs? Comment peut-on promouvoir la protection des migrants, y compris des travailleurs temporaires, des migrants irréguliers, des demandeurs d’asile, des réfugiés, des personnes déplacées et des apatrides, aux niveaux local, national, régional et international? Comment peut-on comprendre et rendre compte des expériences des migrants dans le cadre des relations de pouvoir fondées sur le sexe, l’âge, la capacité, la sexualité et d’autres marqueurs de la « différence »? Quel est le rôle des acteurs internationaux, régionaux et locaux, des institutions et organismes, des employeurs et des membres de la société civile dans la protection des migrants? Comment les mécanismes de solidarité et de partage des responsabilités peuvent être promus et les partenariats entre les parties prenantes concernées renforcés?

2.        Favoriser le sentiment d’appartenance à l’ère de la criminalisation des migrations : Les questions et préoccupations aux niveaux local, national, régional et international

Cet axe explore les forces et les faiblesses des politiques d’accueil, d’établissement et d’intégration dans le contexte de la criminalisation de la migration. Comment les mesures du droit pénal visant les migrants forcés et ceux qui entrent en contact avec eux, tels que les membres des ONG et des professionnels de la santé, affectent l’accueil, l’établissement et l’intégration des migrants? Quelles sont les meilleures pratiques et stratégies dans la réception, l’établissement et l’intégration des migrants? Quelles sont les meilleures pratiques et stratégies dans la lutte contre le racisme, la discrimination, la xénophobie et l’intolérance à l’encontre des migrants? Quels sont les rôles joués par les autorités locales, nationales et régionales, les employeurs et les membres de la société civile dans le domaine de la santé, l’éducation, la protection sociale, l’emploi ainsi que la mise en œuvre de la loi? Comment le genre, le sexe, l’âge, la race, la nationalité ou l’apatridie et d’autres facteurs, pris individuellement ou  ensemble, affectent l’accueil, l’établissement et l’intégration des migrants?

3.        Promouvoir la protection des migrants et favoriser leur sentiment d’appartenance: Nouvelles approches, méthodes de recherche et théories

Cet axe sollicite des présentations traitant des approches, théories et méthodes innovantes dans le domaine de la migration forcée, l’établissement et l’intégration, développées dans les disciplines traditionnelles ou dans le cadre des  études interdisciplinaires. De nouvelles perspectives théoriques, conceptuelles et méthodologiques conduisent à une meilleure compréhension des développements récents en matière de migration et permettent d’explorer la complexité des politiques et des pratiques qui affectent les migrants dans des contextes locaux, nationaux, régionaux et internationaux. Quels sont les questions pratiques et les défis liés à la recherche menée en matière de la migration forcée, l’établissement et l’intégration dans une ère de la criminalisation de la migration? Comment nos recherches influencent-elles les fondements théoriques des concepts tels que la mobilité, les frontières, la citoyenneté et la diversité, ainsi que les politiques d’intégration? Quelles sont les difficultés rencontrées par les universitaires, les décideurs, les avocats, ou les militants lorsqu’ils se positionnent sur la question des migrations forcées, de la protection des migrants, de l’appartenance et de l’intégration?

SOUMISSION DE COMMUNICATIONS
Les personnes souhaitant présenter une communication individuelle lors de la Conférence sont priées de soumettre un résumé de 250 mots de leur communication, ainsi qu’une note biographique de 100 mots avant le 1er octobre 2014. Les propositions de panel ou de tables-ronde doivent comprendre un titre général et un résumé de 250 mots de chaque communication formant le panel ou la table-ronde.

Les propositions de communication doivent être soumises via le site internet: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lpDIDb-aycwXnqpYux3rICmETRxjnQpGt1p1Ke03TSY/viewform

Informations sur la conférence sera affichée sur le site Web ACERMF : www.carfms.org

Pour plus d’informations, prière de contacter:

Michele Millard
Coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies
8th Floor, York Research Tower
4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 Tel : 416-736-2100  GRATUIT 416-736-2100  ext. 30391
Fax : 416-736-5688
Email : mmillard@yorku.ca
www.yorku.ca/crs
www.refugeeresearch.net

Book Launch ‘Lives in Motion’ 25 Sept

Thurs 25 Sept 2014, 3.30pm, WTA, Goldsmiths, University of London

The Sociology PhD party will be launching a new book by one of our doctorate students Angelo Martins Junior who has authored

‘Lives in Motion: notebooks of an immigrant in London’ (2014, published by Whyte Tracks).

Based on ethnographic research with Brazilians working in the service sector in London, this book presents a documentary narrative of lives, journeys and stories of people on the move, presenting tales of both triumph and woe.

http://www.whytetracks.eu.com/livesinmotion.html

Discussant: Yasmin Gunaratnam (Sociology Dept, Goldsmiths), author of Death of the Migrant: bodies, borders and care (2013), Narrative & Stories in Health Care and Researching Race and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power (2003). She is a member of both the Media Diversified and Feminist Review collectives.  http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/gunaratnam/

Chair of discussion: Nirmal Puwar (Sociology Dept, Goldsmiths), author of Space Invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place (2003) and Curating Sociology (forthcoming. She has co-edited 15 collections and is Co-Director of the Methods Lab.

http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/puwar/

Thurs 25 Sept 2014, 3.30pm, WTA, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.

For further details of this event email: sop02amj@gold.ac.uk

 

Book Launch: ‘Secure the borders!’ The cost and consequences of Europe’s ‘fight against irregular migration’

The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit is pleased to invite you to.
‘Secure the borders!’ The cost and consequences of Europe’s ‘fight against irregular migration’

5.00-6.30pm, Tuesday 14 October 2014
The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, LSE

Speakers: Dr Ruben Andersson, Dr Nicholas De Genova, Mr Jeremy Harding, Dr Cecilia Malmström

Chair: Prof Mary Kaldor

The summer of 2014 has been yet another season of misery at Europe’s southern frontiers. The unseaworthy boats carrying migrants and refugees towards an uncertain destiny and destination have again multiplied along Italian shores, despite the large investments in more patrols, surveillance and coordination at the borders. Elsewhere, in Spain and Greece, a similar story repeats. A decade on from the founding of Europe’s border agency Frontex, the challenges at the border seem as steep and intractable as ever. In this time, Europe has developed ever more complex initiatives for tracking, halting, returning and assisting undocumented migrants seeking southern European shores, involving an expanding range of sectors: European border guards and African security forces, humanitarians and policymakers, academics and intelligence experts, defence companies and data managers. What are the stakes for these diverse and at times conflictive groups working on irregular migration at and beyond the EU external borders? Who are the winners and losers among them – and are they succeeding in their job of ‘managing the frontiers’? To mark the launch of Illegality, Inc. (UC Press), this event grapples with such difficult questions about the ‘business of bordering Europe’ in the boats’ wake – while also suggesting ways in which the suffering at the borders may be alleviated in the future.

Ruben Andersson (@ruben_andersson) is AXA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit.

Nicholas De Genova is a Reader in Urban Geography at King’s College, London.

Jeremy Harding is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books.

Cecilia Malmström (@MalmstromEU) is the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEborders

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ (http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/LSEEventsFAQ.aspx) or contact us at events@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6043.

 

Racism: From the Labour Movement to the Far-Right

Please find attached the final programme for the conference entitled ‘Racism: From the Labour Movement to the Far-Right’. The event will take place at the University of Glasgow on 5-6 September.

The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Floya Anthias (University of East London) on ‘Intersectionality and the Struggles against Racism’. Professor Anthias’ research explores different forms of stratification, social hierarchy and inequality, and how they interconnect, paying specific attention to racism, diaspora and hybridity, multiculturalism, gender and migration, labour market disadvantages and class position.

There are also two exhibition planned for the conference. The first one draws on work carried out by Dr Sundari Anitha (University of Lincoln) and Professor Ruth Pearson (University of Leeds) entitled Striking Women. This celebrates the catalytic role played by South Asian women in two industrial disputes in the Greater London area – the strike at Grunwick between 1976 and 1978 and the dispute at Gate Gourmet that erupted in 2005. Through images, text and interviews, the exhibition locates these disputes in the wider context of South Asian women’s activism in the workplace. The second exhibition displayed during the conference is prepared by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER). This exhibition, originally put together for Black History Month, presents Scotland’s – and especially Glasgow’s – intimate links with the British Empire, colonialism and slave trade.

The first day will conclude with two book launches. Wilf Sullivan, Head of Race Equality at the TUC will discuss Satnam Virdee’s new book, Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider, while David Renton, Barrister at Garden Court Chambers will introduce Neil Davidson’s jointly edited collection, The Longue Duree of the Far-Right.

Please see the conference website for further information:

http://racismconference14.wordpress.com/

 

Events: Refugee Testimonies workshop (reminder)

Refugee Testimonies Workshop at Clark University
September 19-21, 2014

The International Development, Community and Environment Department at Clark University is offering a three-day workshop entitled, Witnessing: Taking testimonies and constructing refugee narratives. Taught by Leora Kahn, Executive Director of PROOF: Media for Social Change, the workshop is geared towards professionals who work with refugees and other displaced people.

Workshop Description:
Testimonies have different purposes. They can be used for refugee status determination (RSD), in journalistic accounts, for testimony in an international court, for policy research and academic articles, to teach, or to preserve history. Testimonies have also helped stimulate and shape social change, and can be an effective tool for policy change and social transformation.

This three-day, hands-on workshop will introduce methods and ethics of testimony-taking and will examine the uses and importance of refugee testimonies. Participants will learn to take testimonies and construct narratives through different techniques, and will become familiar with techniques of visual story-telling for advocacy and other purposes. The workshop will bring together refugee service professionals, community leaders, field practitioners in local and international agencies, representatives of government entities and academics in a collaborative environment. We will explore ethical questions in taking testimonies to illuminate human rights issues. During this workshop participants will actively practice taking testimonies based on the topics and methods discussed in each class. The workshop also includes a field trip to an oral history exhibit based on refugee testimony, and coincides with the opening of the exhibit, Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers at Clark University. Topics and examples will include: oral history projects with refugees from Bhutan, testimony from Syrian asylum seekers in Europe, and visual narratives from Guatemala, among others.

About the Workshop Convener:

Leora Kahn is the founder and Executive Director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice, an award-winning organization that brings together photographers, documentarians, academics and activists to create visual documentary projects that become sustainable educational tools in regions riven by recent armed conflict and atrocities. Leora was previously the director of photography at Workman Publishing and at Corbis. She has also worked for Time, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and US News and World Report as well as for the Ford and Annie E. Casey Foundations. She has curated exhibitions for the Ford Foundation, ABC Television, Amnesty International, Women’s Refugee Commission, and the Holocaust Museum in Houston, and has held visiting appointments at the Genocide Studies Center at Yale University, where she conducted research on rescuers and rescuing behavior, and at Clark University’s Holocaust and Genocide Center.

Eligibility:
This non-credit workshop is open to practitioners, researchers, and students in the field of refugees, displacement, and forced migration. The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants. The language of this workshop is English; we are unfortunately unable to offer translation services.

Venue:
The workshop will be held in the beautiful Rose Library at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/usfe2

Fees:
Tuition for the workshop is US$550, which includes course material, lunch and coffee breaks on all three days, field trip to Boston, and the Picturing Moral Courage exhibit reception.

Scholarships:
There are two available tuition-only scholarships for participants from refugee backgrounds. Please contact the workshop administrator for an application form.

Application Process:
To apply for the workshop, please email a cover letter and a recent CV to workshop administrator Danielle Strandson dstrandson@clarku.edu by the deadline August 20,  2014

A deposit of $150 is due by August 31. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.

More information on payment method will be provided to accepted participants. A list of recommended accommodations will be sent to all accepted participants.

UEL researcher explores conflict prevention in the Western Balkans

Originally posted on UEL Research Support Blog:

Vassilis-FouskasNew research into alternative conflict prevention in the Western Balkans is being explored today at a workshop co-hosted by UEL in cooperation with the University of Banja Luka, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Cyprus 40 years on

Originally posted on UEL Research Support Blog:

Vassilis-FouskasProfessor Vassilis K. Fouskas, Director of the Centre for the Study of States, Markets & People (STAMP) at UEL, writes about the ongoing conflict on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in openDemocracy. Read the article here.

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CMRB Seminar – ‘What was Gaza about?’

Originally posted on UEL Research Support Blog:

CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is pleased to announce the following seminar – ‘What was Gaza about?’ by Prof. Avishai Ehrlich.

The seminar will take place in the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, 27-28 Woburn Sq, WC1H OAA on 4–6pm, Sunday 7th September 2014.

For more details download the flyer.

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Un ricordo di Piero

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Piero Colacicchi, 1937-2014

Piero Colacicchi, 1937-2014

Il 13 Agosto 2014 si sono svolti a Firenze i funerali del professor Piero Colacicchi, docente all’Accademia di Belle Arti, archeologo dilettante e attivista instancabile per i diritti delle minoranze.

 Piero non c’è più, la sua morte lascia un enorme senso di vuoto; la sensazione di qualcosa di non-finito, di parole, idee e azioni che dovevano ancora venire, che stavamo discutendo e progettando insieme con gli altri membri di OsservAzione, il collettivo che avevamo formato nel 2005 e di cui lui era stato il primo presidente. Progetti che avrebbero preso forma nelle prossime settimane e mesi e che si innescavano senza soluzione di continuità in un dialogo iniziato anni fa, alla fine degli anni 90 a Napoli, in un’affollata riunione in cui lui presentò ‘Il paese dei campi’, il rapporto dell’European Roma Rights Center a cui aveva dato un contributo fondamentale, e si discusse la nascita…

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Ethiopia’s ‘Master Plan’ – good for development, damaging for minorities

Originally posted on minorities in focus:

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Writing from our Africa Office in Kampala, MRG intern Biraanu Gammachu sheds light on the Ethiopian government’s unpopular national development project. 

Ethiopia paints two remarkable but contrasting images before the global eye. On one side we see an independent state, a cradle for human civilization. On the other, we see a state struggling to shrug off poverty, that disgraceful consequence of underdevelopment, poor governance and conflict.

The fall of Ethiopia’s socialist military regime in 1991 ushered in the leadership of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a coalition party. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), leading the coalition, engineered Ethiopia’s 1995 Constitution, which charted the country into seven ethnically-divided regional states, two geographically defined regional states and two Provisional City Administrations (Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa).

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For the first time, the Meles Zenawi regime officially introduced a multi-party democracy, ethnic federalism and a market economy in a move to…

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‘Get out there and get it’ – Women and Leadership in Kenya

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giuliaGiulia Di Mattia, Programme Officer at Minority Rights Group International, interviewed Jennipher Atieno, the new Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services for Kisumu County in Kenya, who has dedicated her life to empowering marginalised women.

Jennipher Atieno has worked for the protection of the rights of marginalised women in Kenya for over 20 years. She explains how minority women face double discrimination, both from cultural practices towards women within their own communities and as a member of a minority community. In her own words, ‘Women are discriminated against, in particular when it comes to property ownership. The men don’t consider the opinion of the women.’

Jennipher Atieno at the launch of our report 'Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity' in December 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya

Jennipher Atieno at the launch of our 2012 report ‘Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity’ in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: OPDP

She has recently been appointed as Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services for Kisumu County, Kenya. At…

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Un ricordo di Piero

Originally posted on Postcards from ...:

Piero Colacicchi, 1937-2014

Piero Colacicchi, 1937-2014

Il 13 Agosto 2014 si sono svolti a Firenze i funerali del professor Piero Colacicchi, docente all’Accademia di Belle Arti, archeologo dilettante e attivista instancabile per i diritti delle minoranze.

 Piero non c’è più, la sua morte lascia un enorme senso di vuoto; la sensazione di qualcosa di non-finito, di parole, idee e azioni che dovevano ancora venire, che stavamo discutendo e progettando insieme con gli altri membri di OsservAzione, il collettivo che avevamo formato nel 2005 e di cui lui era stato il primo presidente. Progetti che avrebbero preso forma nelle prossime settimane e mesi e che si innescavano senza soluzione di continuità in un dialogo iniziato anni fa, alla fine degli anni 90 a Napoli, in un’affollata riunione in cui lui presentò ‘Il paese dei campi’, il rapporto dell’European Roma Rights Center a cui aveva dato un contributo fondamentale, e si discusse la nascita…

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Campzenship: on the camp as a space of membership

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citizenship studiesFraming camps and camp-like institutions in terms of exception and emergency is certainly evocative and captures the sense of profound discomfort that many feel for this kind of institutions. However, this vocabulary also obscures the ‘normality’ of these spaces, in other words – paraphrasing Bauman – their being a product of our modernity (and post-modernity) not a one-off exception. It also obscures the lives and experiences of their inhabitants that the vocabulary of exception relegates in a terrain of indistinction and passivity. In an article just published in Citizenship Studies entitled ‘Campzenship: Reimagining the camp as a social and political space‘, responding to Bonnie Honig‘s invitation to de-exceptionalize the exception, I draw on my ethnographic fieldwork in camps for Roma refugees in Italy to show the camp as a space of sociality and politics that encapsulate postmodern political membership and the intimate and inherent relationship between space and…

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Is integration “impossible” for Roma in France?

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As the 17-year-old Roma youth known only as Darius recovers from a vicious gang assault that shined a spotlight on France’s forced eviction policy last month, Isabelle Younane, MRG’s Communications Intern,  spoke with Roma rights activists, a Romanian MEP and the Vice President of the nation’s far-left party Front National, to get to the heart of the debate.

Louis Aliot, Front National (FN): ‘There’s no hatred!’

As much as Marine le Pen’s husband has deplored the June attack on Darius, he refuses to recognise the incident as a hate crime. ‘There’s no hatred!’ insisted Mr Aliot, ‘There’s only respect for the laws of the Republic and for public order.’ According to reports, Darius’ armed attackers beat up and burned his body before dissolving parts of his jaw with battery acid and dumping his body in a supermarket trolley. The teenager, a suspected thief, emerged from his…

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Events: Seminar: ‘Refugees, Asylum and Effective Nationality’ (17 September 2014)

The American University in Cairo
School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

 “Refugees, Asylum, and Effective Nationality”

The modern, political, legal approach to human rights and protection is problematic in that human rights abuses are still widely occurring and in some cases are increasing. Despite legal and political regimes becoming more complex and growing in jurisprudence, the protections against human rights abuses that these systems purportedly aim to build are ineffective, and in many cases the complexities of the systems are specifically designed to protect other interests. These other interests can even be antithetical to their stated purposes of human rights protection. In fewer examples is this more clear than in the case of the modern concept of the refugee. By examining one aspect of refugee protection, namely the effective nationality against which claims for asylum are decided, this talk will focus on the idea that not all nationalities are created equal. The case of the refugee serves as a marker for a systemic problem of how human rights derivation is understood through nations, states, and legal protection. The protection shortfalls that are occurring are the basis of a critique aimed at seeing substantive change in the protection for refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and the stateless. The talk will focus on seeing this change happen through a shift in understanding of human rights as inherent to the nature of humanity and not as privileges established by state power structures.

Speaker:

Zachary Jackman

CMRS Student

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

6th Floor Lounge – Hill House, Tahrir Square Campus

6.00- 7.30 pm

Contact email: CMRS@aucegypt.edu

Europe’s Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU’s Shameful Immigration Policy

Originally posted on New Scholars Network:

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Der Spiegel

Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/europe-tightens-borders-and-fails-to-protect-people-a-989502.html

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Victims’ Rights, the EU Charter, and Passport Confiscation – the Human Rights Roundup

Originally posted on UK Human Rights Blog:

British_passport HRRWelcome back to the UK Human Rights Roundup, your regular (except for August) last night at the human rights Proms. The full list of links can be found here. You can find previous roundups here. Links compiled by Adam Wagner, post by Celia Rooney.

In recent news, the government outlines proposals for increased rights for the victims of crime, as well as for the revocation and confiscation of passports for ISIS fighters returning to the UK. In other news, the legality of the EU Charter comes back to haunt Chris Grayling once again.

New Rights for the Victims of Crime

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Annual Conference on EU Asylum Law 2014

Originally posted on IntLawGrrls:

Objective

This conference will provide asylum law practitioners with practical insight into the current challenges and changes affecting applications for asylum in the EU under the subsidiary protection regime. It will also analyse the recent case law of the European courts on asylum law.

Key topics

The concept of subsidiary protection
The scope and limits of Art. 15(c) Qualification Directive (‘indiscriminate violence in situations of international or internal armed conflict’)
Changes to subsidiary protection in the reformed Common European Asylum System
Update on developments in European asylum legislation
Recent case law of the CJEU and ECtHR in the area of asylum law and their incorporation into national law

Background
It has long been recognised that individuals who do not qualify for refugee status may still be in a situation such that they should not be sent back to their country of origin. With the second-phase CEAS legislation, several aspects of…

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The rich history of the Asian Human Rights Commission in video

Originally posted on Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders:

On 11 September 2014 the Asian Human Rights Commission[AHRC] published a documentary telling the story of 30 yearsof commitment produced by Josefina Bergsten, which traces 30 years of work of the Asian Human Rights Commission and its sister organisation the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC). Both the AHRC and the ALRC are based in Hong Kong, and work in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, and China, in addition to its important role in regional institution building. As is to be expected in this kind of NGO film it contains quite a bit of ‘talking head’ (in particular the well-spoken Director Basil Fernando) but on the other hand the human rights movement has so little in visual memory and the richly illustrated stories told by Basil are so persuasive that it is a 50 minutes well spent for those…

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Again, hundreds of refugees from wars drown in Mediterranean

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video says about itself:

Syrian refugees left to die at sea

23 October 2013

Footage has emerged of the rescue of hundreds of Syrian refugees who say they were left to drown in the Mediterranean off the coast of Malta. Survivors said they were rescued off the Maltese coast after their boat was shot and sunk by Libya traffickers after an argument about payment earlier this month. Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull has more.

From the Daily Telegraph in Britain:

Up to 700 migrants drown in Mediterranean as people smugglers accused of deliberately capsizing boat

More than 650 migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean in two separate incidents, with humanitarian organisations calling for “legal avenues” to be opened up to enable refugees to reach Europe safely

Dutch NOS TV, quoting Libyan authorities, says 800 people dead.

By Nick Squires, Rome

4:46PM BST 15 Sep 2014

Up…

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Where Is The UNHCR RSD Surge Happening?

Originally posted on :

The number of people applying to UNHCR for individual refugee status determination grew by 115,276 from 2011 to 2013. That’s a huge increase – 144 percent to be exact. But where is this happening, and who is submitting these applications?

The answer to these questions reveals a lot about the role that RSD plays in international refugee policy. The top three refugee populations worldwide in 2013 were Afghans, Syrians (whose numbers passed the 3 million mark in late August), and Somalis. But while these nationalities do apply to UNHCR RSD in significant numbers, they are not primarily responsible for the big upsurge in UNHCR RSD.

This is because only a small fraction of these large refugee populations go through individualized RSD. It would be impossible to adjudicate so many. Group-based status recognition fills the gap. So, for example, Lebanon hosted close to a million Syrian refugees by the end of 2013, but…

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Documentary The Rights of Others shows Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia against evictions

Originally posted on Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders:

On 22 September 2014 will be shown the film “The Rights of Others” by Chris Kelly [https://thoolen.wordpress.com/tag/chris-kelly/] on work done by human rights defenders in Cambodia, especially those who fight against forced evictions, a common feature of Cambodia’s ‘development model’ as demonstrated also by the work of  the monk Luon Sovath who became the Laureate of the Martin Ennals Award 2012.

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Once again refugees “fall though cracks” – Congolese family of 13 people homeless

Originally posted on Friends of Refugees:

cracksA Congolese refugee family of an unnamed resettlement agency in a small town outside Portland, Oregon found themselves homeless this past summer despite a father who is an experienced automotive mechanic. A newspaper article uses the typical refrain of resettlement agencies, claiming they merely fell through the cracks in the system. This seems to be a regular occurrence as illustrated on this blog. The article at KGW News explains:

LAFAYETTE, Ore. – A refugee family of 13 people has a home to rent in a small town after being homeless this past summer.

Oswald Mushombe and his wife Nakinga Mahinga have 11 children, ranging in age from 5 months old to nearly 16 years old. Some of them were born in a refugee camp in Africa, where the family lived for five years to escape violence and persecution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Housing problems after they arrived…

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On the Forefront: 22 years working for the rehabilitation of trauma survivors in Sri Lanka

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  • “This article evaluates the relief work carried out by British voluntary societies among German civilians between 1945 and 1950. Drawing on the archives of voluntary societies and on interviews with relief workers, the article highlights the centrality of the German refugee crisis and the importance of the sometimes conflictual relationship between attitudes at home and realities on the ground in explaining the development, direction and significance of the British relief effort in post-war western Germany. It concludes that volunteers in Germany and observers at home ultimately found a greater value in the ‘spirit’ in which voluntary societies approached their work than in any of the limited material results arising from it.”

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  • “In recent years, protracted crises and fragile post-conflict settings have challenged the co-existence, and even the linear continuum, of relief and development aid. Forced migration has tested humanitarian and development paradigms where sudden-onset emergencies, violence and displacement arise alongside ongoing development work. Drawing on Médecins Sans Frontières interventions in the region from December 2010 to May 2011, this paper examines aid and healthcare responses to displacement in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia; it focuses on challenges to the maintenance of preparedness for such foreseeable emergencies and to adaptation in response to changing situations of displacement and insecurity. This ‘backsliding’ from development to emergency remains a substantial challenge to aid; yet, in exactly such cases, it also presents the opportunity to ensure access to medical care that is much more urgently needed in times of crisis, including the suspension of user fees for medical care.”

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  • “With a view towards suggesting improvements to the official UK Guidance for disaster exercises, this paper critically examines a representative sample of recent disaster management exercises in the United Kingdom to determine how they are planned, conducted and assessed. Personal observations and in-depth qualitative interviews were used to study three representative multi-agency disaster exercises in the UK: (1) the Hitachi 395 Evacuation Workshop and Exercise Twin Bore, (2) Exercise Saxon Shore and (3) Exercise Operation Safe Return. The research demonstrates that disaster exercises in the UK generally consist of four main approaches: (1) disaster response and adaptability, (2) building-block approach, (3) citizen participation and (4) discussion-based debriefs. While the data demonstrates that each of these approaches has significant merit, it also elucidates key improvements that should be made to the official UK guidance and reflected in future exercises. In particular, the research suggests that the Guidance should highlight the importance of adaptability at the scene of a disaster, advance a building-block methodology to organising exercises and reiterate the need for better debriefings of volunteer participants.”

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  • “This article is an analysis of the current immigration policy in Australia from the perspective of critical social work. The analysis is based on the outcomes of the immigration applications of three families of children with disabilities. It is argued that, as seen in the experience of the three families, Australian immigration policy is markedly underpinned by ableism and economic rationalism, rendering the assessment process to determine immigration eligibility patently discriminatory against people with disabilities and their families. Such discriminatory practice is seen as a challenge for social work practice.”

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  • “Using a nationally representative sample of Asian immigrant women in the USA (N = 33,032), we examined ethnic variations in labor force participation and different predictors of labor force participation among six Asian ethnic subgroups, including Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese. Our findings indicated that having a higher level of education, fewer children under age 5, US citizenship, a longer length of residence in the USA, and a better English proficiency were significantly related to higher rates of labor force participation among certain ethnic subgroups. The different predictors of labor force participation by ethnic subgroups were further analyzed in cultural contexts.”

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  • “This study examined relationships between social networks and immigration stress among first-generation Chinese immigrants. Using data from a larger study of health behavior among first-generation Mandarin/English-speaking immigrants residing in the Los Angeles metropolitan area (N = 1,183), this study found that Chinese immigrants living closer to immediate family and maintaining larger social networks experienced lower immigration stress. Unexpectedly, immigrants with larger family sizes and who participated in voluntary associations (e.g., religious, alumni, and nationality associations) reported increased immigration stress. The findings suggest that practitioners need to be cautious of a possible downside in designing interventions to expand social networks among immigrant clients. The study is especially important in the context of a rapidly increasing immigrant population from Mainland China to the USA.

    Key Practitioner Message: ● Working with immigration families should incorporate assessment of their social network; ● Interventions designed to facilitate supportive social networks should differentiate different social network ties; ● Different social network ties may affect the stress level of immigrants differently.”

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  • “No lobby reacted with more hostility to Jewish refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe than did the medical profession, yet refugee physicians ultimately fared better than any other occupational group. The counter-campaign waged by a group of American doctors partly resolves this paradox. The National Committee for the Resettlement of Foreign Physicians helped immigrants pass licensing exams in the rapidly shrinking number of states that allowed them to take the tests, and to procure exemptions in the growing number of states that did not. It thus helped physicians to become the only refugees collectively to retain their professional status in their new country.

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  • “While various studies have already shown that people prefer high- over low-skilled migrants, we know surprisingly little why this is so. This article tries to close this gap by investigating three explanatory models. (i) According to the labour market competition model, citizens oppose immigrants with the same skill levels who are perceived as competitors on the job market. (ii) According to the welfare state model, low-skilled immigrants’ use of public services is disproportionally higher than their contribution to tax revenues contrary to high-skilled immigrants. (iii) According to the deservingness model, high-skilled immigrants are preferred, as low-skilled immigrants are considered as lazy people who would be as well off as natives if they only tried harder. As one of the first studies outside the United States, these arguments are tested by means of an experimental online survey in Switzerland. Respondents were randomly assigned to evaluate low- and high-skilled immigrants. We find that different groups prefer high- over low-skilled immigrants for different reasons: While the labour market competition model does not play a role, the welfare state model only holds for natives who are well off in regions with low taxes. Finally, attitudes on deservingness explain preference of high-skilled immigrants only if the respondents have a high income. “

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  • “This article presents a comparative examination of the educational underachievement of second-generation immigrants in Western Europe near the end of compulsory schooling, based on the 2006–2009 waves of the Programme for International Student Assessment survey. We propose a new measure of migrant educational penalty—revealing the relative position of immigrant students within the achievement distribution of natives with the same socio-economic background—and show that, in most countries, children of immigrants are substantially disadvantaged. We find that the severity of such penalties varies across countries in a way that can neither be reduced to compositional issues, nor equated to educational inequalities driven by socio-economic status. Based on a simple theoretical model of individual student achievement, we detect features of educational systems that might be specifically relevant for the relative disadvantage of immigrant students. By means of recursive partitioning methods, we explore the extent to which these features can explain the cross-country variability in migrant penalties. Our findings suggest that an early inclusion in the educational system may be beneficial for children of immigrants, as countries with high preschool attendance rates or early start of compulsory schooling display mild penalties. Finally, we find that another important institutional aspect is the degree to which second-generation immigrants are marginalized in low-quality schools, in stratified as well as comprehensive educational systems. “

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  • “In humanitarian aid policy and practice, the importance of women’s participation is strongly emphasised. However, this article argues that women’s participation has become an instrument for optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian operations rather than a tool for the promotion of gender equality. Drawing on the Foucauldian concept of governmentality, the article examines how women’s participation is represented and employed as a means to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian aid in two refugee camp contexts, in Bangladesh and in Thailand, and asks how such strategies affect the gendered relations of power that shape women’s lives in the camps. Based on interviews with humanitarian workers, the analysis shows that programmes that promote women’s participation as a means for the achievement of other goals can reinforce existing gender inequalities, but also, despite their constraining effects, contribute to open up new opportunities for women. However, equality is treated as a side effect, not a goal in its own right. In conclusion, the article suggests that renewed engagement with the political project of feminism is needed to counter the de-politisation and instrumentalisation of gender in humanitarian aid, and bring the goals of equality and justice back in. “

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  • “This article argues that enhanced understanding of the inter-war period in the development of the international refugee regime can contribute to current debates on the extent to which current practices of “burden-shifting” – in the form of the externalisation and securitisation of asylum – betray the regime’s humanitarian origins as expressed by the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. It demonstrates, through archival research, that rather than being characterised by the humanitarian wish to relieve the plight of the displaced – a wish which, at times, fell victim to political/ideological manipulation – the development of the refugee regime was instead primarily concerned with burden-limiting, ethnic and racial harmony, and a technocratic approach to the “disposal” of refugees. This article concludes by suggesting that historical investigation of the development of the refugee regime can reveal the ways in which our “solutions” and how we measure their success are inseparable from our understanding of what the problem, and who the refugee, is – and that this understanding is perhaps not as simple as the traditional picture of a humanitarian concern for the protection of the displaced might suggest. It also emphasises the need to recognize the extent to which continued ahistorical reification of the refugee regime can entrench rather than “solve” the refugee problem. “

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  • “Forced displacement generated by organized crime is a little-studied and poorly understood phenomenon. Based on field research carried out in 2013, this article redresses this situation by analysing the broad dynamics of an alarming new wave of forced displacement sweeping El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America – and Mexico. It focuses specifically on the role played by three of the main types of organized criminal groups in the region – mara street gangs, Central American drug transporters, and Mexican drug cartels – in provoking this displacement. Structural differences between these groups are shown to influence both the forms of displacement that they produce and the resulting patterns of movement by displaced persons. Consideration is then devoted to the implications for scholarship and humanitarian practice of this new wave of forced displacement generated by organized criminal groups. “

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  • “This article explores the series of international protection policy initiatives by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2000 to 2013: Global Consultations, Agenda for Protection, Convention Plus, and the High Commissioner’s Dialogues. It shows how each initiative evolved and developed into another. It analyses the initiatives: how they began; what they have in common; and whether they met refugees’ needs. The analysis demonstrates that these form a single evolving initiative, establishing then following the Agenda for Protection and continuing with the High Commissioner’s Dialogues. These initiatives centred around annual June/July meetings which involved senior international protection staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and governmental representatives on the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme. The Dialogues on international protection, with the possibility of future actions from them, are a continuing legacy. International protection policy initiatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees demonstrate that it has the capacity and the means to respond to the pressures of a volatile external environment and the wide-ranging needs of refugees while, at the same time, influencing the direction and shape of States’ responses to the plight of the world’s refugees and other persons of concern to the Refugee Agency. “

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  • “The 2010 reform of the legal regime regulating Palestinians’ access to the labour market in Lebanon ignited a heated debate among Lebanese, Palestinians, and international political actors. This article analyses the advocacy initiatives preceding the reform to answer the following question: what signifiers of Palestinian-ness have Palestinian political entrepreneurs mobilised? In a nutshell, it shows how a group of non-governmental organizations working with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon re-shaped the references to “Return” and “Dignity” in order to create an intellectual environment favourable to their demands for legal reform. However, these two signifiers not only concern the issue of the work-related rights of Lebanon’s Palestinians, but they also envisage a specific form of emplacement of the Palestinian community in that country. From this perspective, they are the constitutive elements of a “diasporic project” of emplacement in which Palestinians collectively exist in an in-between (imagined) space situated somewhere between their host society and their homeland. “

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  • “The spectacular arrival of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern frontier of the US over the last three years has provoked a frenzied response. President Obama calls the situation a “humanitarian crisis” on the US’s borders. News interviews with these vulnerable children appear almost daily in the global news media alongside official pronouncements by the US government on how it intends to stem this flow of migrants.

    But what is not yet recognised is that these children represent only the tip of the iceberg of a deeper new humanitarian crisis in the region. Of course, recent figures for unaccompanied children (UAC) arriving in the US from the three countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are alarming.”

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  • “In this article, our ethnographic focus is a human trafficking “reality tour” of Thailand, a one-week tour of purported trafficking-related sites that the authors jointly attended. This tour was part of a growing number of trips around the world that offer alternatives to mass tourism, taking issues of social justice and humanitarian intervention as their focal orientation. As scholars with an interest in trafficking, labor exploitation, and sex workers’ rights, we chose to take not human trafficking itself, but rather the “reality tour” that claimed to represent it as our ethnographic object, to critically interrogate the reality of the “realities of the global trade in humans” that it endeavored to convey. What do commercially packaged “anti-trafficking” tours reveal about global panics around sexuality and sex work, as well as about the politics of tourism and development in Thailand? Transnationally, how does the notion of “NGOs as experts” interact with local expertise around trafficking, labor, and sex workers’ rights? And how do moral and political economies of authenticity circulate in the “reality tourist” experience? We situate our interrogation of these issues within the expanding literatures on tourism and authenticity as well as the critical literatures on sex tourism and sex trafficking, two terrains of scholarship that have infrequently been juxtaposed. “

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  • “Since the publication in 1998 of Country of My Skull, Antjie Krog has established herself internationally as the foremost journalistic commentator on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In this new book, Krog has collected together a number of published pieces written since Country of My Skull. Many readers will already have seen most of these, but anthologized together here they make clear why Krog is such an important interpreter of South Africa, to audiences both at home and abroad.

    The volume accurately reflects the preoccupations of Krog’s writing and provides an excellent introduction to the uninitiated reader. Included alongside versions of published texts are framing notes, and in some cases Krog has revised the texts in order to provide a context. Whereas readers new to her work are given a useful overview, readers familiar with her work will be surprised by the new perspectives provided in the way the material is presented. “

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  • “‘Those with the power to decide or even help tend to silence victims by not creating mechanisms through which they may receive justice or by silencing them even when they want to have access to such mechanisms because we have socially labelled their experiences as unspeakable or unbearable,’ concludes Usta Kaitesi, Principal of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Rwanda (p. 239).

    The language of this extract is representative of Kaitesi’s monograph, based on her PhD thesis in law at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights. She tackles a highly relevant topic but her style makes the text hard reading, even if her provocative hypothesis is spot on and the book is engaging. ‘Speaking about gender and sexual violence is not an easy task,’ Kaitesi rightly reminds us (p. 238). She suggests that rape as a constitutive element of Rwanda’s genocide was not addressed adequately in the legal, practical, or theoretical realms, thereby reducing the ‘complex reality’ of the genocide. “

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  • “International migration and its scientific examination have reached a crossroads. Today, migrants are pursuing opportunities in new destination societies with growing economies and different forms of governance from democratic states—transformations that complicate established understandings about national immigration models and their evolution. In light of these transformations, this article reviews the field of migration studies and its sketching of immigration patterns in the contemporary period. It critically examines existing systems of classification in a way that creates space for revised approaches. In doing so, this article identifies three key limitations with existing approaches. First, existing classifications largely focus on Western states, and especially traditional destination countries. Second, existing classifications are weakened by unclear or poorly defined indicators. Finally, even those classifications with improved indicators are hindered by approaches that examine admission and citizenship/settlement regimes independently of each other, ignoring a possible migration−integration policy nexus. “

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  • “Article 1F(c) of the Refugee Convention provides that an individual is to be excluded from the benefits afforded by refugee status if ‘there are serious reasons for considering that … he has been guilty of acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations’. This phrase has proven difficult to interpret, not least because of the differing views on its meaning at the time of drafting, and the lack of another body of law to which article 1F(c) can attach. Accordingly, different states have found that different acts fall within the provision. This assessment is largely carried out on a case-by-case basis and in an unstructured manner. This article explores the acts that have been held to fall within article 1F(c) – primarily human rights violations, terrorism, and attacks on UN personnel – and critiques some of the thorny legal issues to which these acts have given rise. It then offers a framework for assessing whether a particular act falls within article 1F(c). “

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  • “In July 2012, the French Court of Cassation held that undocumented immigrants cannot be placed in police custody simply for being in the country illegally. The Court’s judgments were preceded by a flurry of contradictory administrative measures and constitutional decisions. This confusion can be traced back to two landmark decisions handed down by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the cases of El Dridi and Achughbabian, which both dealt with the EU Returns Directive. It is argued here that prohibiting the placement of undocumented aliens in police custody is the result of a unique interplay between French criminal law and European Union law. This relationship between the two systems of law has been placed under strain by the French court’s idiosyncratic interpretation of the CJEU’s decisions. In its interpretation, the Court of Cassation has contributed to the transformation of detention from an extraordinary measure of last resort into an ordinary tool for combating illegal immigration. Based on this argument, this article draws conclusions on the French judicial authorities’ balancing of individual rights and public interests in relation to aliens’ rights. “

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  • “This article examines the paradoxes of neoliberalism through two migrant sex workers’ negotiation of the transnational disciplinary regimes of morality, national security, and humanitarianism. We take as our point of departure their active resistance to the label of “victims of sex trafficking.” From a close analysis of their migration journey and their experiences in the United States, we come to understand these women as defiant neoliberal subjects. We argue that global anti-trafficking initiatives as they have taken shape in the twenty-first century are part of neoliberal governance. The women’s sexual labor subjects them to the scrutiny and penalty of the state. Yet they see themselves as self-sufficient, self-responsible, and self-enterprising individuals. We locate these tensions within three paradoxes of neoliberalism: the apparent amorality of neoliberalism and its facilitation of a conservative moral agenda; the depoliticization of social risks and the hyperpoliticization of national security; and the continuous creation and ravaging of vulnerable populations coupled with the celebration of humanitarian/philanthropic responses from governmental and NGO sectors. Juxtaposing these women’s self-making projects with the transnational state apparatus to combat “sex trafficking,” we gain insights into how individual pursuits and state practices intersect at this neoliberal moment—despite their different purposes. “

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  • “This article is about the lives of Nigerian sex workers after deportation from Europe, as well as the institutions that intervene in their migration trajectories. In Europe, some of these women’s situations fit the legal definitions of trafficking, and they were categorized as “victims of human trafficking”; others were categorized as undocumented migrants—“criminals” guilty of violating immigration laws. Despite the growing political attention devoted to protecting victims of trafficking, I argue that in areas of Nigeria prone to economic insecurity and gender-based violence, the categories of “victim” and “criminal” collapse into, and begin to resemble, one another once on the ground. The need to identify and distinguish groups of migrants from one another illustrates the dilemmas that have arisen in the wake of increasingly restrictive European immigration policies. Furthermore, the return processes create a hierarchical structure in which the violence women experience in the sex industry in Europe is imagined to be worse than the everyday violence they experience at home. “

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  • “The United Nations Human Rights Committee has been praised as one of the most influential human rights bodies in the world; however, its track record for the protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons has not yet been comprehensively or systematically examined. Individuals in many parts of the world face severe human rights violations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In many countries, men caught engaging in homosexual conduct can be imprisoned or even sentenced to death, and LGBT people are still subjected to widespread violence and legally sanctioned discrimination on a daily basis. This article critically analyses the work of the Human Rights Committee over a ten-year period to determine what it has done to protect the rights of sexual minorities, and whether there is more it could do to enhance this protection of the LGBT rights. An examination of the Committee’s concluding observations, General Comments and Views in individual communications, reveals that while progress is being made by this body of experts, there is still room for a greater emphasis on the distinct challenges facing LGBT communities for the complete fulfilment of the norms of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. “

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  • “This article interrogates a Dutch jeopardy style TV show, Weg van Nederland, featuring young, well-educated asylum seekers about to be deported. The TV program, devised in collaboration with the advocacy group ‘Defense for Children,’ performed the paradoxes resulting from the ‘inclusive exclusion’ of asylum seekers. Yet, its strategy of inscribing the contestants into the space of citizenship by highlighting their ‘rootedness’ through the quiz format also lent support to the exclusivist, essentialist understanding of national belonging that is produced in contemporary Dutch citizenship and integration law. Moreover, the show’s focus on successful, thoroughly integrated and career driven young adults, while pragmatic from the perspective of the show’s (limited) political objectives, also reproduced the preferred template of neoliberal citizenship, which drives the European migration regime and its policy of selective in/exclusion. These contradictions expose the possibilities, as well as the limitations, of humanitarian appeals working within the contemporary media regime, including reality TV, which imposes its own generic terms (and ideological inflections) on the justice claims launched within its public arena.”

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  • “Research on the exclusionary nature of citizenship has concentrated on the state as the agent who defines the limits of citizenship, framing it as a legal status. Exclusionary discourses and practices resulting from everyday notions of ‘good citizenship’ have received less attention. A stronger focus on these can contribute to our understanding of the relationship between citizenship and exclusion by highlighting exclusion through citizenship. In other words, it emphasises the ways in which practices and discourses of ‘good citizenship’ simultaneously produce its limits, consisting of practices and discourses which are considered ‘not civic’. In this sense, exclusion happens because of, rather than in spite of, citizenship. The article examines notions of civic deliberation among Peruvian bloggers, arguing that these included clear limits, which, if violated, allowed for exclusion.”

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Call for Papers: Moving people, changing culture conference

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Moving people, changing culture: Multi-disciplinary perspectives on population mobility and cultural change
Conference/networking event
13th-14th November 2014
Cardiff University, UK

This multi-disciplinary conference will focus on how the movement of people generates cultural change. From the spread of the first farming communities to modern economic migration, the movement of people has impacted on diverse aspects of culture from economy and settlement to religion and diet. Approaches to the study of this phenomenon and its material, environmental and linguistic traces are diverse. This conference aims to bring together scholars from wide-ranging disciplines to explore different methods and directions in the study of cultural change and to showcase the multifarious ways in which population connectivity alters socio-cultural practices. The chronological and geographical scope of the conference is to be as broad as possible in order to foster interaction between academics from a range of disciplines. We would welcome submissions from archaeologists, historians, classicists, sociologists, theologians and from any other discipline whose research is commensurate with the theme.

The conference is funded by the British Academy as part of their Early Career Networking Scheme and is being introduced by Professor Alasdair Whittle FBA. The event will also feature a keynote address from Professor Alex Bentley, University of Bristol and will take place on the 13th and 14th of November 2014 at Cardiff University, with a conference dinner on the evening of the 13th.

Proposals for papers (20 minutes in length) and posters should be submitted as an abstract (250 words max) to strattonsh@cardiff.ac.uk by the 22nd September. Preference will be given to early career researchers, but we would encourage contributions from scholars in all stages of their careers. Travel and accommodation bursaries will be provided for speakers if required and travel bursaries will also be offered for a limited number of students attending the conference.

Conference dates: 13th – 14th November 2014

Location: Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

Funded by the British Academy

For more information contact Dr Richard Madgwick MadgwickRD3@cardiff.ac.uk or Susan Stratton strattonsh@cardiff.ac.uk

http://cf.ac.uk/share/newsandevents/events/history/moving-people-changing-culture.html

 

Chilean Diaspora of London

Chilean Diaspora of London
an ethnography on ‘home’ and home-making

This exhibition presents a mixture of audio/visual objects encountered, generated, and used during the course of ethnographic fieldwork. In dialogue with a written ethnographic account, it provides ways of thinking about diaspora space and home-making as multi-sited, multidimensional and dynamic processes. Photographs, video, sound, and text offer a particular narrative about the lives of the Chilean diaspora in London and their changing terrains of belonging. The entry points are eras, spaces, and instances of everyday life that, for the most part, remain forgotten or hidden from the public eye.

Carolina Ramírez

Goldsmiths, New Academic Building, September 8-10, 2014

Opening on Monday September 8th / 5pm

Sponsored by Methods Lab/ CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London

Table of Contents Alert: Refugee Survey Quarterly September 1, 2014; Vol. 33, No. 3

Oxford Journals have recently published the latest table of contents alert for the Refugee Survey Quarterly journal.  Further details of the articles included in Volume 33, Number 3, (September 2014), are detailed as follows:

Articles

UNHCR International Protection Policies 2000–2013: From Cross-Road to Gaps and Responses
Tom Clark and James C. Simeon
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 1-33
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]

The New Wave: Forced Displacement Caused by Organized Crime in Central America and Mexico
David James Cantor
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 34-68
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] OPEN ACCESS

Paradigm Shift or Business as Usual? An Historical Reappraisal of the “Shift” to Securitisation of Refugee Protection
Natasha Saunders
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 69-92
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]

Displacing Equality? Women’s Participation and Humanitarian Aid Effectiveness in Refugee Camps
Elisabeth Olivius
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 93-117
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]

Advocating “Dignity” and “Return” for Lebanon’s Palestinians: Imagining a Diasporic Project
Sergio Bianchi
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 118-138
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]

 

Integration for who? Getting on in an era of superdiversity with Professor Jenny Phillimore

Each new professor at the University of Birmingham gives a lecture, known as an inaugural, to their peers and students on their area of research. Therefore you are personally invited to join, Jenny Phillimore  Professor of Migration and Superdiversity, at her Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 5pm – 6pm as it may be of interest to your area of expertise. Further details below:

Title:                 Integration for who? Getting on in an era of superdiversity with Professor Jenny Phillimore

Where:             G15, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham (R21 on the campus map)
When:              Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 5.30pm – 6.30pm followed by a drinks reception
Contact:           Places are limited so registration is necessary. To reserve your place or for further details visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/phillimore-inaugural

Jenny Phillimore is Professor of Migration and Superdiversity and Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity.  Her research interests include migrant integration, access to welfare in superdiverse areas, the role of migrant and refugee community organisations in migrant adaptation, migrant access and outcomes in higher education and community research.  She has published widely in these topics and also co-written books on qualitative methods.  Her research has been funded by research councils in the UK, government departments, the EU and a wide range of foundations.  She has provided expert advice on migrant integration to local, regional, national and European governments and is currently working on the Knowledge in Integration Governance project which is helping to shape the new Common Basic Principles for migrant integration for the European Commission.

In her inaugural lecture she outlines the enormous changes that have over the past 20 years fuelled the emergence of new migration and associated superdiversity.  She shows how these changes are coupled with renewed calls for migrant integration and trends which have profound implications for new migrant integration including the re-politicisation of migration, rise of the new right, growing use of welfare restrictionalism, and a resurgence of anti-migrant media and public opinion.  While some academics argue that the integration project should be abandoned because it implies acceptance of a set of common values that do not exist she argues that integration is critical if increased diversification is not to further fuel the backlash against migration and multiculturalism.  She argues the key question is not if integration should occur but who integration policy is aimed at.

We look forward to seeing you at Professor Phillimore’s Inaugural Lecture. As places are limited, please book early. If we can be of any assistance, please do get in touch.

 

Call for Papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

*Please circulate widely*

A conference call for papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

This conference seeks to explore the multiple, complex and inter-related ways that anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are being constructed in relation to the question of Palestine/Israel. In particular it seeks to examine how the histories of Zionist settlement, anti-colonial and nation-building struggles and 20th century warfare in the Middle East region are being transformed in the current historical conjuncture. Of particular importance in this context will be ideological and political alliances that have emerged locally, regionally and globally around notions such as the ‘New Antisemitism’, ‘Islamophobia’ and how these relate to racialised discourses against Jews and Muslims. Drawing on the expertise of scholars and activists from a variety of backgrounds, the aim of the conference will be to serve as a step for building a transversal anti-racist political vision that will aim to destabilise some of the oppositional dichotomies which are currently hegemonic in discourses around Jews, Muslims and Middle East politics.

Location: SOAS

Date: 10 February 2015 (tbc)

Call for Paper Deadline: 30th September 2014

Sponsors: Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (UEL), Centre for the study of Human Rights (LSE), The Runnymede Trust, Centre for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute (SOAS).

Confirmed plenary speakers (listed alphabetically):

Prof. Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)

Dr. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad (University for the Creative Arts) Prof. Chetan Bhatt (LSE) Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya (UEL) Prof. Haim Bresheeth (SOAS) Dr. John Bunzl (OIIP) Prof. Robert Fine (Warwick) Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky (SOAS) Dr. Dina Matar (SOAS) Yasmin Rehman (Cross government working group on hate crimes) David Rosenberg (Jewish Socialists’ Group) Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL) Prof. Sami Zubaida (Birkbeck)

Conference schedule

9-9.30 Coffee and registration

9.30-10 Welcome by organizers

10-11.15 Plenary panel 1: The Role of the Palestine/Israel Question in Racialised Discourses on Jews

11.15-12.30 Parallel sessions

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.45 Plenary panel 2: The Role of the Palestine/Israel Question in Racialised Discourses on Muslims

2.45-4 Parallel discussion workshops

4-4.30 Tea break

4.30-6 Plenary panel 3: The Interrelationships between Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racialised Discourses

6-6.30 Final session: The Way Forward

We invite abstracts (500 words max.) for 20 minute presentations for the parallel sessions that address any aspect of the issues outlined above. Please send all abstracts to Jamie Hakim at j.hakim@uel.ac.uk. Please include a short biographical note when sending the e-mail.

 

CMRB Event: ‘What was Gaza about?’ Prof. Avishai Ehrlich

The University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is pleased to announce the following seminar:

‘WHAT WAS GAZA ABOUT?’

Prof. Avishai Ehrlich

Sunday 7th September 2014, 4–6pm

This seminar will take place in the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, 27-28 Woburn Sq, WC1H OAA.

Avishai Ehrlich is a political sociologist and activist. He taught, did research and is politically active in Palestine-Israel, the UK, Germany, Canada and Cyprus. He stands for full equality for Palestinians, against the exclusionary nature of the Israeli state. He strives for a secular, socialist Middle East, gender equality and human rights.

For more info on CMRB: uel.ac.uk/cmrb