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The American University in Cairo
School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Center for Migration and Refugee Studies
Summer Short Courses June 10 – July 5, 2012
The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering the following four short courses during the month of June and July 2012:
1. International Refugee Law (June 10 – 14, 2012):
Course Description: The course will provide post-graduate students, international agency staff, NGO workers, lawyers and others working with refugees or interested in refugee issues with an introduction to the international legal framework which governs the protection of refugees. Through lectures, case studies and small group sessions, course participants will learn about the basic features of international refugee law including the components of the international refugee protection regime; the elements of the definition(s) of “refugee” contained in international instruments; the ethical and professional obligations of those representing refugees; the basic elements of the process by which refugee status is determined; and, the rights of refugees under international law. A background in law is useful but not required.
About the Instructor: Parastou Hassouri has previously taught international refugee law at the American University of Cairo and has extensive experience in the field of international refugee law and refugee and immigrant rights. She recently spent three months as a Consultant in the Resettlement Unit at the UNHCR office in Moscow. Her previous experience also includes research on the resettlement of Iraqi refugees out of the Middle East to third countries. She has worked as a Legal Advisor and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Focal Point at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) in Cairo. Her experience in the United States includes serving as an Attorney Advisor at the Immigration Courts of New York City and Los Angeles and working as an immigration attorney in private practice in New York City. In addition, she designed and directed the Immigrant Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she focused on responding to ethnic profiling and other forms of anti-immigrant backlash in the United States in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11.
2. Demographic Measures of Migration (June 17-21, 2012)
Course Description: This course aims at providing post-graduate students, international agency staff, NGO workers, government officials and others working in the field of migration data systems or interested in working in this field with an introduction to the demography of migration, including data sources, data collection, and analysis of international migration data. By the end of the course, and through presentations, case studies and real country data from developing and developed countries, participants will be able to identify migration data sources, read and understand the meanings of migration statistics, rates, and indicators, and be able to calculate main migration indicators. A very basic knowledge of mathematics, use of handheld calculators or Excel is required.
About the Instructor: Ayman Zohry (Ph.D. University of Sussex) is an Expert on Demography and Migration Studies based in Cairo, Egypt. He is the founding president and president of The Egyptian Society for Migration Studies (EGYMIG). Following his early interests in Arab and Egyptian demography (1987-1998), Dr. Zohry’s research interests have shifted increasingly to the study of migration. Dr. Zohry is the chair of the Scientific Panel on International Migration; the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). Dr. Zohry is an adjunct professor at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), the American University in Cairo, and a senior lecturer of demography at Cairo Demographic Center (CDC). His current research interests include migration and labor circulation, international migration, illegal/irregular migration, and migration policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Europe.
3. Refugee and Migration Movements in the Middle East and North Africa: Before and After the Arab Spring (June 24 -28, 2012):
Course Description: For decades, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been plagued by a multitude of political and socio-economic challenges. Population displacement has featured prominently among these challenges, and is firmly embedded in the geo-political realities of inter-State conflict and internal civil strife, as well as predominantly undemocratic systems of governance, yet it does not feature as prominently as it should in the study of the region. MENA hosts the world’s largest and longest-standing refugee problem: that of Palestinian refugees, in addition to millions of displaced Iraqis, and thousands of other displaced groups. This course will analyze the trends, causes, and consequences of asylum and migration for individuals and societies in MENA before the Arab Spring, while highlighting the political and historic context, as well as analyzing the impact of the massive uprisings in the region on displacement movements and policies towards addressing them. How have refugees and migrants fared as a result of the Arab Spring? Will the human rights discourse which has pervaded the uprisings in MENA have a positive effect on advocacy for refugee and migrant rights? Or have the uprisings taken on a more nationalistic direction, that can potentially exclude refugees and migrants? What will the impact on the political changes be on policies towards displacement movements in the region? These are among the questions the course will set out to address.
About the Instructor: Shaden Khallaf is currently teaching at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) and the Law Department of the American University in Cairo (AUC) after having worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for many years, where she most recently acted as policy officer and advisor on Middle Eastern humanitarian and political affairs. She has professional experience and academic background in international human rights law, globalization, democratization, and gender issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Shaden also has experience analyzing political transformations and their impact on population displacement and human rights, especially of Iraqi refugees. Throughout the Middle East and from UNHCR Headquarters, she has worked on refugee status determination, improving conditions of detention, addressing the particular needs of refugee women and children, finding durable solutions, mainstreaming refugee rights within broader human rights discourses, strengthening coordination between UN Agencies, promoting respect for international human rights standards, post-conflict reconstruction, strengthening institutional advocacy for and public awareness about UNHCR, and strategic policy planning. Shaden will be researching and assessing the impact of the Arab Spring on asylum, protection, and human rights in the MENA region in 2012.
4. From Borders to Boundaries: Migration in an Age of Globalization and Transnationalism (July 1- 5, 2012)
Course Description: Global trends in migration are changing our sense of loyalty, place, and identity. This interdisciplinary course will explore the frontiers of citizenship and minority rights, border controls and security, and communication and culture by examining the cross-border social formations and their erosion of nation-state hegemony. Models of multicultural citizenship will be discussed, introducing non-territorial alternatives to national belonging such as transnationalism and post-nationalism. The politics of identity, race, and “Other” will be presented through the lens of three different case studies: 1. Muslims in Europe, 2. Diaspora and labor migrants in Israel, and 3. Transborder migrants and the Arab Spring. Students will gain a theoretical background into the history of of nationalism (Gellner, A.D. Smith), the conflict between communitarianism and liberalism (Taylor, Rawls, Kymlicka, Parekh), and will engage in discussions and debates on the topics of race, ethnicity, patriotism, social inequality, and rights.
About the Instructor: Allana Haist (PhD, TU Chemnitz, Germany) is a social justice and diversity specialist whose research interests are in migration, integration and ethnic relations. Dr. Haist works part-time as a researcher for the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement (AUC) and also as an editor for the Center for International Private Enterprise, Cairo. She will be teaching “Migrants and Refugees in International Migration” this Fall (2012) at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies as well as “History of Political Theory” for the AUC’s Department of Political Science.
Eligibility for all courses:
The courses are offered for graduate level students, researchers and practitioners in the field of migration and refugees. The maximum number of participants in each course is between 25-30.
All courses are conducted in English and no translation facilities are provided. Participants should have a sufficient command of the English language.
Application procedure for all courses:
To apply for the courses, please fill out the application in the following link:http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/outreach/Documents/summer%202012%20application.doc and attach your most recent CV and send firstname.lastname@example.org: Att. Ms. Naseem Hashim
and visit the CMRS Short Course web page for more information:http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/outreach/Pages/ShortCourses.aspx .
Applicants may apply and be accepted to more than one course. Please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com if you have any difficulty with the application process.
The deadline for submitting course applications is May 25, 2012.
Applicants accepted for the course will be notified by email maximum by June 1st.
Venue of the courses
The courses will take place on the Tahrir Campus in Downtown Cairo.
The tuition fee for each course is 500 USD.
Participants are expected to pay a 30% of the total fees ($150) as a deposit by June 3rd. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
More information on payment method will be provided to accepted participants
Tuition fees will cover course material and 2 coffee breaks per course day.
Accommodation and any other expenses are not included.