Seminar: Gender, Sexuality, Fundamentalism and the Law

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


This seminar will take place in B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Campus map here

Saturday 25th April 2015, 2–5pm

Gita Saghal
(Centre for Secular Space)

 Pragna Patel
(Southall Black Sisters)

Peter Tatchell
(Peter Tatchell Foundation)

 Karon Monaghan QC
(Matrix Chambers)

Chair: Nira Yuval-Davis

The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at

For more info on CMRB: and

For more info on Centre for Gender Studies:

Speaker’s bios:

Gita Saghal is a founder of the Centre for Secular Space, which opposes fundamentalism, amplifies secular voices and promotes universality in human rights. She was formerly Head of the Gender Unit at Amnesty International. She is a filmmaker and writer. For many years she served on the board of Southall Black Sisters and she was a founder of Women Against Fundamentalism and Awaaz: South Asia Watch.

Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism. She worked as a co-ordinator and senior case-worker for SBS from 1982 to 1993 when she left to train and practice as a solicitor. In 2009 she returned to SBS as its Director. She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism. She has also written extensively on race, gender and religion.

Karon Monaghan QC is a barrister specialising in equality and discrimination law. Much of her work concerns the rights of women and gender based violence. Her publications include ‘Monaghan on Equality Law’ (2013, OUP) and ed. Hunter, McGlynn and Rackley, ‘Feminist Judgments: From theory to Practice’ (2010, Hart) (contributor).

Peter Tatchell has been campaigning since 1967 on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBT equality and global justice. He coordinated the Equal Love campaign from 2010, in a bid to challenge the UK’s twin legal bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships. The following year, he organised four gay couples and four heterosexual couples to file a case in the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that sexual orientation discrimination in civil marriage and civil partnership law is unlawful under Articles 8, 12 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. He has proposed an internationally-binding UN Human Rights Convention enforceable through both national courts and the International Criminal Court; a permanent rapid-reaction UN peace-keeping force with the authority to intervene to stop genocide and war crimes; and a global agreement to cut military spending by 10 percent to fund the eradication of hunger, disease, illiteracy, unemployment and homelessness in the developing world.

Courses: Summer School in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration, 20 Jul.-14 Aug. 2015, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



20 July – 14 August 2015

Humboldt Summer University (HUWISU), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Applications are invited for this year’s Summer School in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration to be held at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

This course examines the protection regime pertaining to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and stateless persons. It gives special attention to the evolving set of legal norms, institutions, and procedures that have emerged from the international community’s resolve to protect refugees and other forced migrants.

Course Content

The course begins with an introduction to the international human rights and refugee protection regimes. It then continues with a historical perspective of the pre-United Nations initiatives to protect refugees and introduces the normative ethics and politics of refugee protection. That is followed by an analysis of both the legal and institutional pillars of the refugee regime, i.e. of the refugee definitions captured in various international instruments and of the protected granted by the UNHCR. The regional refugee regimes are then examined, specifically those developed in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Last but not least, the course will review the protection of IDPs and of stateless persons. Throughout the course, case studies will be used so that students can translate into practice the legal instruments, theoretical concepts, and doctrine that they have learned.

The course program is available at:

Class size, credits, and certificate

The class size will amount up to 18 participants. Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 4 ECTS credit points only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time), as well as active participation. Upon request a transcript of records can be issued.

Student profile

Participants must be at least 18 years old and possess a very good command of the English language as teaching is conducted in English (English: B2 – proof will be required). This course is destined to undergraduate law students and/or students with a strong interest in the topic.


Dr José H. Fischel de Andrade is a Senior Legal Officer with the UNHCR and UNHCR-designated judge at the French National Court of Asylum (CNDA). He also teaches at the University of Milano, the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas), the Paris Institut d’études politiques (Science-Po), and the Strasbourg-based International Institute of Human Rights. For further information please visit:

Course structure

The course is composed of academic lessons and cultural and social activities. Lessons comprise lectures, group work, and discussion sessions. Participants will receive a total of 45 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes). The lessons are held three times a week :
Tuesday 1.30pm – 3pm and 3.30pm – 5pm
Wednesday 1.30pm – 3pm and 3.30pm – 5pm
Friday 9am – 10.30am and 11am – 11.45am

Regarding the cultural and social activities, a guided tour and visit of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag), theatre and/or museum visits and a sightseeing tour Berlin/Potsdam are planned.


585.00 Euro
– Alumni discounts: 50.00 Euro


Deadline: 1 June 2015, or when participant quota is reached.

For further information please visit our website or contact the coordinator Pierre Steuer:

Courses: International Summer School in Forced Migration – application deadline 1 May 2015 (reminder)


International Summer School in Forced Migration – application deadline 1 May 2015 (reminder)

Please note: We are currently experiencing some technical problems with our online application form for the Summer School. We are working to fix these issues and hope to have them resolved soon. In the meantime, if you have difficulties submitting the form, there is now a Word form available at which you can download, fill in and send back to us by email. If you have applied within the last three weeks and you have any concerns, please contact us at and we will be happy to assist you.


Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
International Summer School in Forced Migration 06-24 July 2015

Applications are invited to the 2015 International Summer School in Forced Migration, to be held at Wadham College, Oxford. The Summer School, now in its 26th year, offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to examine critically the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced. Beginning with reflection on the diverse ways of conceptualising forced migration, the course considers political, legal and wellbeing issues associated with contemporary displacement. Individual course modules also tackle a range of other topics, including globalisation and forced migration, and negotiating strategies in humanitarian situations.


Online: For any enquiries please contact:

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have:
1. experience of working with, or on issues related to, refugees or other forced migrants
2. a first degree as a minimum
3. proficiency in the English language. As a guide, foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of 7.00 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL.

The participants:

Typically comprising more than 40 nationalities, participants include host government officials, intergovernmental and non-governmental agency practitioners involved with assistance and policymaking for forced migrants, and researchers specialising in the study of forced migration. The course, which is residential, is held in Oxford. Teaching is conducted in English.

The teaching:

Lecturers and tutors include research staff, academics and professionals from the Refugee Studies Centre and other world-class institutions, drawn from a number of disciplines and practices including law, anthropology, politics, and international relations.


For self-funded candidates: £3,300


The closing date for applications is 1 May 2015. The closing date for receipt of course fees is 15 May 2015.

For more information:

Event: Glasgow 16 April: Scotland’s future and the UK migration debate

Scotland’s future and the UK migration debate: How can communities and academics work together to advance social justice?
A public forum co-hosted by GRAMNet* and the Activism in Sociology Forum**.

Thursday 16 April, 8pm

The Piper Bar (upstairs), George Square, Glasgow G1 1HL (a 10 minute walk from the BSA conference venue)

Discussion followed by spoken word and music. All welcome (conference registration is not necessary for this meeting).

Migration is a key issue in the 2015 General Election. Recent years have seen a barrage of UK policies aimed at creating a ‘hostile environment’ for migrants, including new restrictions on entry, settlement, work and access to services and benefits. This has been accompanied by Home Office propaganda campaigns, from Tweets showing immigration raids breaking up supposedly ‘sham’ marriage ceremonies on Valentine’s Day 2012, to the ‘Go Home’ vans that were driven round London boroughs in 2013. In England, we have seen the growth of racist and anti-migrant parties and social movements, most notably Ukip and the English Defence League. In Scotland there have been movements of a different kind, with the independence campaign promoting a much more welcoming attitude to migrants. More profoundly, the independence debate has raised questions about how borders and nations are defined and about Scotland’s place in the world.

Universities are a source of knowledge, research and education that have the potential to make a positive contribution to social justice, but they have sometimes been criticised for being inaccessible and distant from ordinary people’s lives. Initiatives such as GRAMNet show the possibilities when academics and non-academics come together, but we need much more of this. At this public forum community members, activists, researchers and university academics will be coming together from across the UK and beyond to discuss Scotland’s future and the UK migration debate, and how we can work together to advance social justice, across the borders that divide us, whether they be borders of nations, institutions or disciplines.

* Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (
** Part of the British Sociological Association (

Event notice: Immigration – an evidence-based debate

Immigration – an evidence-based debate

Tuesday 21 April 2015, 06:00pm – 07:30pm at the Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX

Many newspaper headlines would have you believe that immigration is out of control; that it’s costing the country billions and tearing at the fabric of UK society. Others say it enhances the UK’s cultural wealth and provides a welcome boost to our economy. Whatever the truth, one thing is clear: immigration is set to be a key issue for the General Election. But how do perceptions of immigration square with the facts of the matter?

Join the Royal Statistical Society and The Conversation for a special pre-election debate. Megan Clement, deputy editor of The Conversation, will challenge our panellists to pick apart public and media misconceptions, and to fact-check the narrative surrounding immigration. There will also be discussion of The Conversation’s manifesto-checking project (conducted in partnership with the Alliance for Useful Evidence), which has analysed party positions and policies on immigration.

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. To reserve your place, email<>
Please use #immigrationfacts when tweeting about the event.

Confirmed speakers:

Megan Clement, The Conversation
Naomi Jones, NatCen
Patrick Worrall, Channel 4 FactCheck

Further speakers to be announced.


CMRB Event: I’m Not Racist But Some Of My Best Friends Are: Paradoxes of xenophobia and structures of disavowal Dr. Ben Gidley, COMPAS (Oxford)

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

I’m Not Racist But Some Of My Best Friends Are: Paradoxes of xenophobia and structures of disavowal

Dr. Ben Gidley, COMPAS (Oxford)

This seminar will take place in EB G.06, Docklands Campus,
UEL, E16 2RD

Monday 13th April 2015, 4–6pm

The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at


Abstract: This paper explores how xenophobia has risen even as the norm against prejudice has been mainstreamed, showing how this creates a series of paradoxes around the figure of the migrant in popular discourse, opening up a space for disavowal of the racism implicit in xenophobia. The paper argues that the paradoxes of contemporary xenophobia and structures of disavowal built on them require a reorientation of our epistemologies of xenophobia from understanding prejudice to understanding practice.

Dr Ben Gidley is a Senior Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He works on urban migration, multiculture and racism.

For more info on CMRB:


Calls for papers: Forced Migration Review issue 51: major feature on ‘Thinking ahead: displacement, transition and solutions’

Forced Migration Review issue 51 – to be published in November 2015 – will include a major feature called ‘Thinking ahead: displacement, transition and solutions’.

Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 7th September 2015

Source: Forced Migration List – List Archives:

The average number of years in which people are living in displacement has increased to nearly 20 years. The challenges that arise when people are forced to flee their homes for any length of time, but particularly when their displacement becomes protracted, are neither exclusively humanitarian nor exclusively developmental. These challenges are faced not only by the refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons themselves but also by the broader displacement-affected communities, including host societies and host countries, communities of origin and potential areas of return, and by those working with them. In addition the need has long been recognised to link humanitarian and development work in the early stages of an emergency in order to influence and implement both immediate and longer-term outcomes.

Addressing this combination of challenges has underpinned many initiatives within the humanitarian community over recent decades. Although over the years we may have found partial solutions, deeper understandings and revised formulations, the issues remain largely intractable. Lately these issues have found a new prominence with the Transitional Solutions Initiative, reframed in 2014 as the Solutions Alliance, for addressing protracted displacement.

For more background please see full call for articles online at

The FMR editors are planning to produce an issue comprising analytical, experiential and policy-oriented articles reflecting a diverse range of opinions and perspectives focusing on situations of forced displacement and addressing questions such as the following:

• What are the potential links between humanitarian and development programmes in finding solutions to displacement? Are there practical examples where such links have been explored and implemented in protracted displacements?
• What are the potential development impacts – positive as well as negative – of displacement?
• Where does displacement fit in the development agenda? What are potential development responses to displacement?
• Would greater involvement of development actors in seeking solutions to displacement help challenge resistance to hosting displaced people?
• How best can those most directly affected by displacement (refugees, IDPs, returnees) be active participants in these debates and initiatives?
• What have we learned from previous initiatives, and how can this inform the latest initiative (the Solutions Alliance)?
• What would be suitable legal or regulatory arrangements for supporting a transition from humanitarian needs to viable and sustainable solutions for displaced people? And what would be suitable institutional (social, cultural, economic, political, managerial) arrangements?
• How can we find ways to address the political conditionalities that hinder solutions to displacement in the countries of refuge or the countries of origin?
• To what extent are displacement issues being addressed effectively through national development plans?  What is the role of national governments?
• What are the roles of bilateral donors and development banks in supporting or complicating initiatives for humanitarian-development transitions in situations of displacement?
• Does the private sector have a role to play? Are there additional (less traditional) actors to consider?
• In this context, how can the needs and rights especially of the most vulnerable be protected?
• Are there alternatives to, or variations on, the traditional three ‘durable solutions’ that are more conducive to equitable solutions for protracted displacement? What are the risks and advantages of such alternatives?
• How can displacement solutions best be monitored, measured or analysed? How will we know that a displacement solution has been achieved?
• Do examples exist of effective transitional and durable solutions from which lessons can be drawn? What are the key conditions and drivers for successful solutions for displacement?
• In seeking new modalities are there risks to current, albeit unsatisfactory, arrangements?

Deadline for submission of articles: 7th September 2015

Maximum length: 2,500 words.

If you are interested in submitting an article, please email the Editors ( with a proposed outline. Please also consult our guide for authors at

We also welcome articles on other subjects relating to forced migration for consideration for publication in the ‘general articles’ section of the issue.

Best wishes

Marion Couldrey & Maurice Herson
FMR Editors

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Calls for justice mount in UN human rights discussions

Originally posted on :

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. © Reuters/Denis Balibouse The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. © Reuters/Denis Balibouse

The fight against impunity is getting ever more attention in UN discussions on governments improving their human rights frameworks. Learn how we’re keeping the pressure on.

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The Home Office, Kafka and immigration policy

Originally posted on Postcards from ...:

Dr Miwa Hirono, University of Nottingham (photo: Dr Miwa Hirono, University of Nottingham (photo:

David Barrett on The Telegraph reports on the Japanese academic and UK Government’s foreign policy adviser who is forced to leave Britain because in 2009-2010 she had spent too much time overseas. Dr Miwa Hirono, originally from Japan, has been living in Nottingham for seven years since taking up a position at the University of Nottingham as RCUK research fellow. She has a one-year old boy and an Australian husband who quit his job to join her in the UK.

In whose interest is the Home Office acting forcing Dr Hirono to leave the UK? Certainly not the national one, many would argue, including the University of Nottingham that issued the following statement:

“The University of Nottingham is extremely disappointed that one of its most promising and talented academics, Dr Miwa Hirono, will be leaving the UK to take up a post overseas…

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Irregular Maritime Movements in South-East Asia – 2014 | UNHCR Regional Office for South-East Asia | StoryBuilder

Originally posted on ESPMI Network:


Approximately 63,000 people undertook irregular maritime journeys that passed through South-East Asia in 2014. The vast majority—an estimated 62,000 people—departed from Bangladesh and Myanmar bound for Thailand and Malaysia. Hundreds of others followed routes through the Indian Ocean from South Asia and Indonesia to Australia, and across the Strait of Malacca from Malaysia to Indonesia.

Such irregular maritime movements comprise mixed populations that include tens of thousands of persons of concern to UNHCR. Given the high proportion and total number of persons of concern to UNHCR departing by sea from the Bay of Bengal, as well as a lack of access to those who travelled along other routes, this report largely focuses on the irregular maritime movements that cross the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.


Estimated number of people who have travelled irregularly by sea through South-East Asia

Serious and often deadly criminal activity and human rights abuses…

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Eviction is a process

Originally posted on Calais Migrant Solidarity:

The evictions have already started. Eviction is not just the moment when the police come to the jungles and squats and kick people out through a physical confrontation, but it begins way before. The women’s house Victor Hugo is a good example of this. The eviction on the 25th of March happened in a subtle way. The women and children living within Victor Hugo did not want to leave, but instead have been forced to move to the Jules Ferry Day Centre. They were evicted under the threat of violence. This imposed and non consensual arrangement has happened without considering the wishes, opinions, needs or safety of the women living in the Victor Hugo house. The media have supported this by talking about the eviction in terms of “moving out”, therefore this violence has been ignored and made invisible. This forced relocation is an example of how the state controls…

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#GlobalJusticeWeekly – Will there be justice for Syria?

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Members of the commission of inquiry on Syria at a press conference in Geneva. © Salvatore di Nolfi /EPA Members of the commission of inquiry on Syria at a press conference in Geneva. © Salvatore di Nolfi /EPA

A UN commission of inquiry has called for the establishment of a special tribunal to prosecute perpetrators of grave crimes in the Syrian conflict, which has left over 220,000 dead in four years.

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International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism

Originally posted on UEL Research, Innovation and Enterprise:

Groundbreaking Interdisciplinary Conference

17 – 19 April 2015, Southampton.

The University of Southampton Law School is hosting a groundbreaking interdisciplinary conference titled International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism with the aim of generating an open platform for scholarly debate about the relationship between injustice and the ongoing violence in historic Palestine. It is intended to bring together people from a wide variety of personal and academic backgrounds linking law, politics, ethics, philosophy, history, art, anthropology, and archaeology under the themes of Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism.

Registrations are now open. All attendees must register to secure a place at the conference. Please visit the conference page for more information:

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‘Ethnicity, gender, deprivation and low achievement in English schools: does critical race theory explain anything?’

Originally posted on UEL Research, Innovation and Enterprise:

Prof Carl Parsons

Visiting Professor of Social Inclusion Studies

University of Greenwich

Thursday 26 March 2015 1 – 2 pm

Cass School of Education and Communities, Stratford Campus  ED2.04

The paper examines publicly available statistics on attainment in education in schools in England. It presents data which displays attainment at different stages in children’s educational careers and shows the intersection between ethnicity, gender and deprivation.

The picture in England in 2014 is complex, has changed significantly over 20 years and reveals high attaining ethnic minority groups and a constancy in the ‘gap’ between free school meal entitled children and others differing between ethnic groups while the gender gap remains constant across ethnic groups.

The simple representation of current data in England raises questions about both causes of low attainment and appropriate policy responses.

It also prompts criticism of the application of critical race theory (CRT) which has its origins in…

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A promise of justice in Sri Lanka?

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Displaced Sri Lankans stand behind a camp fence. © Sentinel Project Displaced Sri Lankans stand behind a camp fence. © Sentinel Project

Over five years after the conclusion of Sri Lanka’s civil war, will victims finally see justice done? The country’s new government is taking steps in that direction by promising to establish a domestic inquiry within a month.

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Week 3: ESPMI’s Guest Twitter Project – Christine Wheatley

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March 16 – March 22, 2015


Christine Wheatley

Christine Wheatley is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab at the University of Texas at Austin.   Her dissertation examines the social impacts of contemporary United States immigration laws and enforcement practices on the processes of removal of non-citizens from the U.S. and on deported migrants and other returning migrants who have gone back to Mexico after living and working in the U.S.

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Call for Papers: Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law: Special Issue 2016

Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law:

Special Issue 2016

The Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law publishes one special issue a year. Proposals are now invited for the 2016 special issue (to be published in September 2016).


Proposals should be emailed to the managing editor, Dr Helena Wray at by Monday 1st June 2015.

The editorial team will review all proposals received by that date and select the proposal that, in their view:

  • Is of the highest quality both in terms of the contribution made by each article and of its overarching coherence, interest and originality as a special issue;
  • Best reflects the interests of the journal and its readership.

Recent special issues have been on deprivation of citizenship and access to asylum and the editorial board welcomes proposals in new areas, in particular those that do not often receive sustained attention. The editorial board is interested in empirical, European, international and comparative work and in an interdisciplinary collection provided the primary focus is on immigration law and all articles are of interest or relevance within the UK immigration law context. Authors may be academics, legal practitioners or policy specialists. The journal’s readership includes legal academics, international organisations, NGOs, and UK-based legal practitioners.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Full contact details and a short biography (200 words maximum) of the proposed guest editor(s);
  • An explanation of the rationale for the proposal of no more than 500 words, which should address its major themes, how it will advance knowledge, and its importance for the readership of the journal;
  • A list of contributors with their institutional affiliations, a short biography of each (100 words maximum) and a confirmation of their commitment to the special issue;
  • An abstract for each paper of no more than 200 words;
  • Any information about the origins of the proposal, e.g., workshop, conference, research project, research network.

The special issue

The articles for the special issue should be between 45,000 and 50,000 words in total, including an introduction/overview by the guest editor(s). We normally expect the main articles to be between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length but can be a little flexible on either side.

The guest editor(s) will be responsible for liaising with authors and the JIANL editorial team throughout the process of paper submission and review. We ask them to ensure that the overall timetable for the special issue is adhered to. We appreciate that delays sometimes occur but ask that the guest editor keep us informed of any problems and works with us to resolve these.

We see guest editing as a cooperative process. The guest editor(s) should arrange for first drafts of articles to be received in the journal house style and fully referenced, approved by them and passed to the editorial team. The team will manage the independent review process but we may ask guest editors to provide us with names of possible reviewers, particularly in areas where we may not have our own contacts. Once reviews have been received, the editorial team will liaise with the guest editor(s) about any necessary revisions. Authors then resubmit their revised version with a note documenting the changes that have been made in response to the review.


1st June 2015: Deadline for submitting proposals

15th September 2015: Guest editor(s) advised of decision

15th February 2016: First drafts of articles submitted to JIANL editorial team

11th April 2016: Last date for reviewers’ comments to guest editors

13th June 2016: Final drafts submitted to JIANL

September 2016: Publication

About Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law

JIANL is a peer reviewed journal published by Bloomsbury/Hart and the official journal of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, the professional body for UK immigration lawyers. It provides information and commentary on immigration law and provides a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas and debate about immigration law between academics, policy analysts and leading practitioners. The journal is interested in comparative and international work but, as a UK-based journal, aims to publish articles that will be of relevance and interest to those working in the UK system.

If you would like to discuss any of this further, please contact the managing editor, Dr Helena Wray (

Event: SexGen Seminar Gender and Intersectionality

SexGen Seminar
Gender and Intersectionality
Wednesday 29th April 2015, 1.30 – 6pm
University of Hull (venue tbc)
Professor Nira Yuval-Davis (via video link), University of East London, “Intersectionality, inequality and domination”

Dr. Stella Gonzalez Arnal, University of Hull “Rethinking Intersectionality: Equal opportunities in Latin-American Higher Education institutions”’.

Azeezat Johnson, University of Sheffield “Researching ‘Intersectional’ Identities through clothing practices: the experiences of Black Muslim Women in Britain”

Dr. Lucy Jones, University of Nottingham “If a Muslim says ‘homo’, nothing gets done”: Racist discourse and homonormativity in an LGBT youth group”

Dr.Jimmy Turner, University of Hull “Exploring an anthropological alternatives to the metaphor of the ‘intersection’’

This seminar is organised by Rachel Alsop, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Hull and forms part of a series of seminars organised by partners of SexGen: Interdisciplinary Northern Network for Sexuality & Gender Research.

For further information and to register please email

Series organising contacts are: Sally Hines, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds:,  Surya Monro, Gender and Sexuality Research Group, University of Huddersfield: and Jo Woodiwiss, Gender and Sexuality Research Group, University of Huddersfield: The Universities belonging to the Network are Durham, Lancaster, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, Sunderland and York.

Call for Papers – Conference: Celebrating 155 years of Indians in South Africa

Conference : Call for Papers

Celebrating 155 years of Indians in South Africa

Theme: Ethnicity, Race and Citizenship: Place of Indians in the New South Africa

Conference Dates: 11-15 November, 2015

Venue: Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa

Conference Registration Fee: $120 (USD) Early Registration Fee: $100 (USD) before 30 October, 2015 Student Registration Fee: $75 USD Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 July, 2015

The arrival of Indians since 1860 some as indentured workers and others as independent passengers with an intention to trade has fundamentally changed not only the demographic landscape of South Africa, but also had a deeper impact culturally, socially and religiously. On 16 November
2015 it will be 155 years of their presence in the country. Their experience extends from the colonial history to apartheid and finally culminating in the new South African dispensation. As such, their memories, their social history, their cultural and religious outlook has been shaped by these three key phases of history. In as much as they have shaped the memories of other cultural groups, they have been profoundly affected by their interactions with the rest of the South African population groups. This conference seeks to understand and appreciate as well as to conceptualise their presence in South Africa and also to assess and take stock of their contributions to the South African way of life as a whole, their troubles and anxieties not only of the past but also of the present. The conference aims to bring together researchers and academics to engage in critical discussion on a range of themes and topics that relate to South African Indians.

Although the focus is on South Africa, we also invite scholars working on Indian diaspora in other countries to offer papers and participate in the conference proceedings. The participation of scholars beyond South Africa will enable all of us in the field of diaspora studies to reflect on broader theoretical issues in conceptualising the Indian diaspora.

We therefore invite scholars and academics both from South Africa as well as beyond to submit papers for a 3 full day-long conference in Durban. Durban is a city that has the largest concentration of Indians outside of India. It is a coastal city with vibrant beaches and plenty of tourist attractions in and around the greater metropolitan area.

Listed below are some of the sub-themes covered. Although participants are encouraged to submit under these themes, papers outside the scope of these themes are also invited as long as they relate to the Indian diasporic experience.

– Issues of ethnicity within the South African Indian society and beyond
– Inter-racial relations between Indians and other population groups in South Africa
– Issues of Indian citizenship in South Africa
– Issues of definition-South African Indian and Indian South African
– Cultural and Religious Contributions to South Africa
– Significant Public Personalities of Indian descent in South Africa
– Political Future of Indians in South Africa
– Affirmative Action and South African Indians
– Social and Cultural Geographies of South African Indians
– Media, Theatre, and Art
– Indian Diaspora as Transnationals
– Indian Diaspora beyond South Africa
– Caste, Gender and Religious Identities in the Indian Diaspora
– Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Identities in the Indian Diaspora

Scholars are invited to submit an abstract of 150 words along with the title of the paper. Postgraduate students working on any aspect of Indian diaspora are also invited to submit papers. We are in the process of setting up a website for the conference and in the mean time you can check for updates at the following website.

You can submit your abstract on the email mentioned below. For more details and for submission of abstracts please contact:

P. Pratap Kumar (Professor Emeritus)
School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics Howard College Campus University of KwaZulu Natal Durban 4041 South Africa
Tel: 027-31-260-7539/7303
Fax: 027:31-260-7286
— The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302). The Open University is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


Call for Papers: Journal of Intercultural Studies Inaugural Conference 2015

Call for Papers: Journal of Intercultural Studies Inaugural Conference 2015 

CUNY Graduate Center, New York November 19-20, 2015

Submission Deadline: 1 June 

The Journal of Intercultural Studies is pleased to announce a call for papers to be presented at its Inaugural Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, NY on November 19-20, 2015.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Professor Eduardo Bonilla Silva, Duke University, USA

Professor Gurminder K Bhambra, University of Warwick, UK

We hope to bring together research on a number of themes that together represent the breadth of journal’s aims and scope, as well as its interdisciplinary and global content. The event encourages the participation of emerging and established scholars from a variety of disciplines and locations with an interest in critical scholarship on the challenges and potentialities of contemporary cultural formations and transformations.

We welcome theoretically-informed abstracts on these themes but not limited to

  • Citizenship, Nationhood and Racialisation
  • Transnationalism and Diaspora
  • Hybridity and Border-Crossing
  • Mixed-Race Postcolonialism and Indigeneity
  • Multicultural Alternatives
  • Everyday Multiculturalism
  • Performing Culture Migration Theory

Please submit your abstracts to

Hosted by the Journal of Intercultural Studies, supported by CUNY Graduate Center, the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Research on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, and Taylor and Francis


Supreme Court: Jamaica Generally Unsafe for Gay Community

Originally posted on United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog:

One LoveR (Brown (Jamaica)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 8 (4 March 2015)

The Home Secretary’s appeal to the Supreme Court, in relation to whether Jamaica should be included on the list of states designated in section 94(4) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (NIAA), was finally dismissed last week. Lady Hale, Lord Sumption, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hughes and Lord Toulson held that since homosexual, bisexual and transsexual persons living in Jamaica were at risk of persecution because of their sexual orientation, the Home Secretary had acted unlawfully by designating Jamaica, under section 94(5)(a) of the NIAA, as a state in which there is in general no serious risk of persecution of persons who are entitled to reside there. Back in June 2013, the Court of Appeal (Pill, Moore-Bick [dissenting] and Black LJJ, see here) held by majority that since it was not…

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Kaleidoscopic Changes in Immigration Rules Continue

Originally posted on United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog:

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC1025 brings further kaleidoscopic changes to the existing abyss of legal nonsense surrounding visas for the UK. Ahead of the impending general election, some unwitting politicians are demanding an “Australian style points-based system” of immigration in the UK. Oddly, claims that there is no points-based system (PBS) at the moment are being aired all the time. It is quite alarming that politicians can make such claims on television because points-based immigration applications, which in distinction to their aim have produced “whirlwind” litigation, were introduced way back in 2008. Indeed, some of the changes in HC1025 are directed at bringing changes to the PBS. As for limits, it is also the case that Tier 2 (General) has been subjected to an annual limit of 20,700 persons, i.e. a “cap”, for some years now. Yet, insofar as political promises are concerned, the attempt to bring…

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Immigration Act 2014: New Appeals Regime Rolled Out

Originally posted on United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog:

Further implementation of the abolition of appeal rights under the Immigration Act 2014 (“the Act”) arrived earlier this month in the form of the Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 4, Transitional and Saving Provisions and Amendment) Order 2015 (“the Order”). The implementing legislation should have been simple because it affects people who do not know English as a first language. But instead its intricacies exceed the complexities of legislation related to the Treasury. On the lighter side, as disclosed by the title, the Order is the fourth commencement order produced pursuant to the Act. The effect of the Order is to kill off the right of appeal for certain persons who have been refused further leave to remain under the points-based system, where the application is made on or after 2 March 2015. The Order also removes the right of appeal for all decisions on applications for leave…

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Courses: 2015 Summer Statelessness Course

2015 Statelessness Summer Course

This year, the 4th edition of the Statelessness Summer Course will take place from 3-7 August in Tilburg, the Netherlands. We are now accepting applications. Click here for details: The application deadline is 15 April.

The Statelessness Summer Course is a 1-week intensive learning programme for practitioners on statelessness. The course is coordinated and run by the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, and is hosted by Tilburg University in the Netherlands (the course was previously run by the Tilburg Statelessness Programme, which now continues its activities under the flag of the Institute). As in previous years, the course is also held in partnership with Open Society Justice Initiative.

The course considers statelessness and the right to nationality from various angles. It deals with legal and policy issues associated with statelessness. Thirty selected participants from civil society, academia, governments and international organisations from around the world come together to learn about statelessness, explore fundamental questions of definition and legal frameworks, and to develop plans for action.

What the 2014 Statelessness Summer School participants had to say about the course:

“An eye opener on a serious humanitarian problem that few people know about.”
– Jeddi Armah, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Liberia

“Incredibly relevant, engaging and comprehensive course which not only satisfied me in terms of current queries but also made me adamant to do my best to remain in this exciting field for as long as possible.”
– Sophia Soares, UNHCR Malta

[Moderator’s note: please see relevant links below:

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion:

Tilburg University:

Open Society Justice Initiative:]

Event: ‘Are we going to be allowed to stay here?': Migration, Discrimination and Resistance


‘Are we going to be allowed to stay here?': Migration, Discrimination and Resistance

19th March 2015

The Drum, 144 Potters Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU


(Free entry and no need to prebook)

 Immigrants are being blamed for pressures on housing, jobs and infrastructure, in a context of austerity which is hitting the poorest hardest. Vulnerable people are being encouraged to blame their problems on other vulnerable people, while the government introduces ever harsher measures that directly discriminate against immigrants and people from immigrant backgrounds. Politicians state that ‘it’s not racist to talk about immigration’ at the same time as using the language of Enoch Powell and telling people to ‘Go Home’, while ordinary people such as landlords, teachers and doctors are being required to ask people they suspect may be migrants to prove their right to housing, education and health. All the main political parties are promising harsher treatment of immigrants in their election manifestos.
This meeting will address the questions:

What are the consequences of this for immigrants themselves and for British citizens?

Are new forms of racism, xenophobia and discrimination emerging?

How can we resist this?

A panel of invited speakers will address the questions above with reference to their own experience and expertise, and invite lively debate and contributions from the meeting.


Kirsten Forkert, BCU on findings from the Mapping Immigration Controversy research project which examines the effects of government anti-immigration campaigns on migrants and non-migrants, including activist resistance, in Birmingham and nationally.

Saqlain Shah and Boniface Mambwe from Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Action on their project to expose the housing conditions faced by asylum seekers in housing managed by G4S in Birmingham, and on particular self-organising and campaigning by migrants themselves

Speaker from Movement Against Xenophobia on their organisation and campaigns, in particular the ‘right to rent’ pilot requiring landlords to check the immigration status of tenants being piloted in the West Midlands and their survey about its effects

Shreya Paudel, National Union of Students, on how immigration policy changes are affecting international students in Birmingham, and how students, migrants and others can work together

Speaker from UCU (University and College Union) on trade union organising and equalities, and in particular attendance monitoring of international students and how it can be resisted

Chair: Hannah Jones, University of Warwick

The evening is designed to bring together community activists, trade unionists and those with an interest in social justice. If you just want to find out more and/or share your views on these burning issues please join us.​

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Events: Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey: documentary screening and public conference (Friday 6 March)

Research Turkey
Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey

Documentary Screening and Public Conference

We are pleased to announce Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey)’s documentary screening of “Son of Crimea (Kırımoğlu): Struggle of a People” to be followed by the Public Conference entitled “Ukrainian Crisis and the Atrocities in Crimea: The Never-Ending Persecution of Crimean Tatars”. The screening will include a one-hour section of the documentary and will take place on Friday, 6 March 2015 between 5:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. at S-1.06, Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS.

Directed by Neşe Sarısoy Karatay and produced by Zafer Karatay, “Son of Crimea (Kırımoğlu): Struggle of a People” is filmed in Turkey, Ukraine, Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, Belgium and the United States and it incorporates interviews with hundreds of eye-witnesses or survivors, politicians and experts; documents from former USSR archives and other sources; and thousands of related photographs from private and public collections.

The screening as well as the public conference are free and open to public but are ticketed events that requires pre-registration. A ticket does not guarantee a seat. Please click here for free registration and tickets: You may find the synopsis of the documentary and details about the public conference below.

Synopsis of the Documentary

The Soviet government exiled the Crimean Tatars from their historic homeland in 1944. Accused of cooperation with the occupying Nazi forces during World War II, they were sent to Central Asia and the Urals. This documentary tells the story of Crimean Tatars’ long and arduous campaign to return to their homeland without recourse to violence. Mustafa Jemilev (also known as Mustafa Kirimoglu or Dzhemilev), was merely six months old at the time of the deportation. At a young age, he came into contact with nationalist movement activists and devoted his life to this ideal, eventually becoming a symbolic name in his people’s struggle for repatriation. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Jemilev is one of the most important human rights activists in the former Soviet Union. He served six prison terms, spending over 15 years in the Soviet GULAG, and survived the longest hunger strike in the history of human rights.

P.S. Centre for Policy and Research Turkey (Research Turkey) expresses its special thanks to the director, Neşe Sarısoy Karatay and the producer, Zafer Karatay of the documentary “Son of Crimea (Kırımoğlu): Struggle of a People” for providing the copy and permission for screening of it publicly.
Public Conference

Title: “Ukrainian Crisis and the Atrocities in Crimea: The Never-Ending Persecution of Crimean Tatars”
Speakers: Dr. Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge), Ms. Eleanor Knott (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)), Ms. Melek Maksudoğlu (King’s College London (KCL))
Chair: Professor Orlando Figes, Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London
Date: Friday, 6 March 2015
Time: Conference 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: S-1.06, Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS

We are pleased to announce the public conference entitled “Ukrainian Crisis and the Atrocities in Crimea: The Never-Ending Persecution of Crimean Tatars” in which Dr. Rory Finnin, Ms. Eleanor Knott and Ms. Melek Maksudoğlu will give talks. The conference will take place on Friday, 6 March 2015 between 6:30p.m. and 8:30p.m. at S-1.06, Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS. Professor Orlando Figes, Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London will kindly chair the event.

For more information about the conference speakers, chair and talks click here:

UEL Centre on Human Rights in Conflict Spring 2015 Seminar Series

Originally posted on UEL Research, Innovation and Enterprise:

Doing socio-legal and field research: challenges and new approaches

Wednesday 18th March     4 – 5.30pm

“Interpretative approaches to socio-legal and field research” Amanda Perry-Kessaris, Professor of Law, University of Kent

“Theoretical Phd to empirical Postdoc: challenges and reflections” Ian Patel

The presentations will explore the challenges of undertaking socio-legal research, new interpretative approaches to socio-legal research and carrying out field research.  This seminar will be of interest to a wide range of students and staff and there will be plenty of time for Q&A with the speakers.

All welcome, refreshments provided

Room US.1.01, University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, Stratford E15 1NF

For further information, please visit

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Event: LMRG Seminar March 10: Giorgia Dona (UEL) on Child and Youth Migration in Rwanda

The London Migration Research Group (LMRG) presents:

Child and Youth Migration:
Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalization

Forced Migration, and Material and Virtual Mobility
among Rwandan Children and Young People

Giorgia Doná

Professor of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies
School of Social Sciences
University of East London
Tuesday, March 10th 5:30pm
NYU Centre London
6 Bedford Square


This paper analyses Rwandan children’s and young people’s mobilities taking place during conflict and forced migration, and it highlights the centrality of mobility to the understanding of their lives. By bringing together the literature on forced migration and on mobilities, the paper shows the connections that exist across contexts that are generally kept separate in the literature on internal displacements, regional refugee movements, repatriations and diasporic migrations. The mobility-in-migration concept is introduced to explain the intersection of multiple forms of mobility that take place within the broader arc of forced migration. Methodologically, mono-sited research that started in Rwanda is combined with multi-sited ethnography with diasporic Rwandans living in Africa and Europe and netnography of Rwandan mobilities in virtual space. The findings indicate that in glocal contexts, mobilities fulfill multiple functions: they are a survival strategy, a driving force to achieve one’s aspirations, a means to explore identity issues and a way to strengthen social ties. Children and young people express agency through their engagement with mobility in material and in virtual spaces where young e-diasporas are promoters, audiences and actors of glocal movements.  The findings are then linked to the key themes of Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in Migration in an Era of Globalisation co-edited by Veale and Doná, of which the paper is one contribution.


Giorgia Doná is Professor of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies in the School of Social Sciences at the University of East London and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research focuses on forced migration and refugee movements, child protection and migration, psycho-social interventions, and participatory research methodologies. Publications include Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalisation (2014); Empowering Refugees: An Evaluation of Paiwand Advocacy Service (2012); Research Methodologies in Forced Migration, Special Issue for the Journal of Refugee Studies (2007); Child and Youth Migration, Special Issue for the International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care (2006); Overview of the Conditions of Children Outside Parental Care in Institutions and Communities in Bangladesh (2003); and The Rwandan Experience of Fostering Separated Children (2001).

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Healthcare in Campsfield 2

Originally posted on Close Campsfield:

MARCH 2015

Doctors make 41 Rule 35 reports about people detained in Campsfield but only one is released

A recent Home Office reply to a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that:

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Originally posted on Close Campsfield:

The Campsfield expansion planning application will NOT now be considered at the next Cherwell District Council planning meeting.
It is expected that the application won’t be considered until after the general election. It’s possible that it could go to the planning meeting due to be held on Thursday 21 May.
Updates to follow when possible.

See also  for the full list of organisations supporting the Stop Campsfield Expansion coalition.

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UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs, Michel Forst, first presentation to Council

Originally posted on Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders:

humanrightslogo_Goodies_14_LogoVorlagenIn his report, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, [presented to the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 9 March 2015 and published earlier as A/HRC/28/63] underscores that violations of freedom of expression are a central feature of attacks against human rights defenders.

As well as outlining his recent activities, the report sets out a clear and comprehensive “road map” for the issues the mandate will address during his tenure based on extensive consultations. In this regard, Michel Forst emphasises that he will interpret his mandate as broadly as possible, and identifies nine key themes he will address through his work. On this basis, he calls on all States to, inter alia:

  • Combat impunity for threats and violations aimed at human rights defenders;
  • Repeal laws criminalising the work of human rights defenders;
  • Pay particular attention to defenders “most…

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On the Forefront: Helping torture survivors in San Diego

Originally posted on World Without Torture:

WWT - Members series

At IRCT member centre, Survivors of Torture International (SURVIVORS) it is the little things that matter. Something as small as a bus ticket can mean the difference between treatment and no treatment for torture victims.

Staff at SURVIVORS treat many refugees and asylum seekers who have limited or no financial resources and support network. Getting to the centre is a big challenge for those who do not live nearby, especially because public transportation in Southern California is restrictive and challenging to navigate, even for those who speak the language and are familiar with the city.

Then there are the exorbitant costs of public transportation. One thing is to work out how to get there, another thing is to pay for the tickets.


Until now, SURVIVORS has been able to offer bus tickets or other help with transportation to any client in need, but a reduction in funding…

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Brilliant map but it misses a few important points

Originally posted on Postcards from ...:

Map by reddit user JimWillFixIt69 - widely circulated by @brilliantmaps Map by reddit user JimWillFixIt69 – widely circulated by @brilliantmaps

This map has had a wide circulation lately, retweeted and shared hundreds of times. It has that ‘easy to ‘ quality that makes a good map successful but, I argue, it is also misleading on a number of levels and, ultimately, part of the problem that it is trying to cast light on.

It naturalises one of the fundamental socio-political constructions of our time the equation ‘one person = one nation-state’ and reduces migration to mobility across national borders – what about IDPs or internal migrants in China (one of the largest contemporary migration)? This map – but there are plenty of others circulating around, including on migration textbooks! – is problematic on many accounts, but for sake of briefness i’ll mention just two: a) it reduces individual stories to a national flag. How would you feel if you were…

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EU to consider (again) offshore asylum/migration processing centres

Originally posted on Postcards from ...:

The Guardian, 5 March 2015 The Guardian, 5 March 2015

The Guardian reports that the European commission wants to open offices (or using existing ones) in third countries to process asylum applications. The article validly points out that similar proposals have been tabled in the past but never reached the implementation stage. The new EU commissioner for home affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, signals a u-turn on the matter… but for how long? Proposals like this are easier to write on paper than implement in practice and would require a significant devolvement of financial and human resources. The ‘side effects’ of such a move also involve some more in-depth thinking.

If one were to use the information in The Guardian article to make a judgement, it would seem that the EC is still a long way to go to move from the policy announcement to a serious policy development and impact assessment. The article refers interchangeably to asylum and immigration…

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Internment during the First World War – conference programme

Internment during the First World War: A Mass Global Phenomenon – Conference 13-14 May 2015

Organised by the History Research Group at De Montfort University in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum North.

Although civilian internment has become associated with the Second World War in popular memory, it has a longer history. The turning point in this history occurred during the First World War when, in the interests of ‘security’ in a situation of total war, the internment of ‘enemy aliens’ became part of state policy for the belligerent states, resulting in the incarceration, displacement and, even murder, of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. This pioneering international Conference on internment during the First World War brings together experts from throughout the world to investigate the importance of the conflict for the history of civilian incarceration. The speakers will tackle three questions in particular:

1. Did the Great War transform the nature of internment from a limited policy driven by local military circumstances to one which became an internationally accepted and legitimised procedure used by governments to incarcerate enemy aliens, ‘internal enemies’ and ethnic outsiders? To what extent did it set precedents for events that took place later in the twentieth century?

2. Did governments already have long-term plans for mass incarceration and to what extent did they implement these plans? Were governments guided by public opinion? Did they simply implement policies which mimicked those of their enemies?

3. What impact did interment have upon individuals, both men and women, whether they or their families experienced life behind barbed wire?

The conference has been planned to coincide with the centenary of the decision of the British government to introduce wholesale internment of German males of military age in Britain, announced in the House of Commons by Prime Minister Herbert Asquith on 13 May 1915.

The conference is open all those interested in this neglected aspect of the history of the Great War on a global scale.

Provisional programme
13 May 2015
9.00-9.30 Registration and Welcome: Panikos Panayi (De Montfort University)

The End of Empire: The Ottomans and the Habsburgs

Khatchig Mouradian (Rutgers), ‘Internment and Destruction: Armenian Deportees in Ottoman Syria 1915-1917’

Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam), ‘Harsh or Moderate? Austro-Hungarian Policies towards Enemy Aliens, 1914-1918’.

11.00-11.30 Coffee

African Imperialism

Mahon Murphy (LSE) ‘Caught between Three Empires: German Colonial settlers in West Africa in British, French and Spanish Internment’

Daniel Steinbach (King’s College London), ‘Colonial Conundrums: Ordering Life in the Internment Camps of German East Africa’.

13.00-14.00 Lunch


Christoph Jahr (Berlin), ‘The Internment of “Enemy Aliens” in First World War Germany’

Jens Thiel (Berlin), ‘A Forced and Unexplained Status: The Belgian Deportees during World War One’.

15.30-16.00 Coffee

North America

Bohdan Kordan (Saskatchewan), ‘We Beg You to Come and See Us: Canada, Enemy Aliens and the Diplomacy of the Protective Powers, 1914-1920’.

Jörg Nagler (Jena), ‘Surveillance and Internment on the American Home Front during the First World War’.


Film Showing

Kevin Kennedy (Appalachian State)
German Enemy Aliens in the Land of the Sky

A Documentary on the World War I German Internment Camp in Hot Springs, North Carolina.

20.00 Supper
14 May 2015

Southern and Eastern Europe

Daniela Caglioti (Naples), ‘Colonial Subjects, Internal Enemies and Enemy Aliens: Confinement and Internment in Liberal Italy’.

Andrei Siperco (Bucharest University), ‘On the Brink of Collapse: Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees from the Perspective of a Small Belligerent Country (1916-1919)’.

10.30-10.45 Coffee

Internment and Imperial Zenith: The British Empire

Sandra Berkhof (Plymouth), ‘The Internment of Germans from New Guinea and Samoa in Australia and New Zealand’.

Stefan Manz (Aston), ‘After the Boers: The Internment of German “Enemy Aliens” in South Africa during World War 1’

Panikos Panayi (De Montfort), ‘India’.

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Western Europe

Simon Giuseppi (Ajaccio), ‘Internment and Human Rights: The French Approach’.

Anja Huber (Bern), ‘The Internment of Prisoners of War in Switzerland during the First World War: Humanitarian Aid versus Economic Interests?’.
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00-17.00 Conclusion

This two day conference will take place on 13-14 May 2015 at the Imperial War Museum North<>| in Manchester.


£40 for day one

£40 for day two

£80 for two days

£120 for two days including Conference Dinner on 13 May 2015

Online Registration

Click here to register for this conference<>|. Alternatively for further details please email Panikos Panayi<>|.

Events: NMC seminar “Racialisation & Ethnification” on 18 March 2015

Racialisation & Ethnification
Politics and Problems in Cultural Representations

Seminar on 18 March, 2015, 13:15 – 18:00

Organised by Network for Migration and Culture

This seminar examines representations of ‘race’ and issues of racialisation and racism related to societies undergoing profound changes due to recent and ongoing immigration and witnessing eruptions of anti-immigrant and racist practices and politics. It focuses on the politics and problems of representing ‘race’ – long since recognised to be not a biological ’fact’ but a discursive and imaginary construct which, nevertheless, has severe, often violent and exclusionary, effects and consequences in lived reality due to the racialisation it produces.

One of the major challenges for contemporary scholars is to develop a pluralistic critique of the complex relations between power and diversity, not least in the increasingly heterogeneous European societies. A critique that recognises, for instance, that racialising discourses and modes of representation may comprise a whole range of ways of framing and marking the culturally or visibly different Other.

The focus of this seminar is distinctly on how racialisation is constructed, contested or negotiated in visual media, visual arts, literature and cultural activist accounts. How can and do these forms of expression, along with inventive forms of academic practice, help us develop new critical approaches to racialisation? Is ‘colour blindness’ an answer? Is the deconstruction of stereotypes?

Speakers: Mathias Danbolt, Kjetil Rødje, Asta Smedegaard Nielsen, Mads Anders Baggesgaard and Erik Steinskog.

For the full programme and description of the seminar, please see the attachment.

The seminar is in English. All are welcome!

Venue: University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 136, Building 27, Room 27.0.9.

Registration: Participation in the seminar is free, but registration is needed. Send an email before 9 March 2015 to the organiser Anne Ring Petersen,


Greek government reveals plans for undocumented immigrants

Originally posted on clandestina:

Earlier today some government decisions concerning undocumented immigrants were released. All immigrants being kept in detention centers for more than 6 months will gradually be released. Then, they will be given a paper postponing deportation for a 6-months period. In this period they should leave Greece by themselves. Undocumented immigrants crossing greek borders will no more be arrested, but (as in the past) they will be given a paper saying that they have one month to leave Greece. If they get arrested after this one-month period, they will also be given a paper postponing deportation for 6 more months. Then they will enter an uncertain status, as the immigrants’ situation in Greece had (has) been for many years. Most of the detention centers will not close – perhaps not even Amygdaleza.
So we almost return to the situation as it was 3 years ago. Not exactly. Back then maximum detention…

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Events: ‘The Protection of Conscientious Objectors and UNHCR’s Role as a Norm Entrepreneur’

‘The Protection of Conscientious Objectors and UNHCR’s Role as a Norm Entrepreneur’ – Professor Cecilia Bailliet (Oslo)

Tuesday 10th March, 1800-1930 | Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, WC1B 5DR

The seminar will examine the phenomenon of soldiers seeking asylum based on their alleged conscientious objection to violation of international law in armed conflicts around the world. Professor Bailliet will explain the contemporary effort by NGOs to promote the crystallization of a new human right to conscientious objection at national and international levels. Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued new soft law guidelines on claims related to military service that have been subject to critique and merits closer analysis. Professor Bailliet with highlight some of the strengths and weaknesses of the aforementioned guidelines as well as comment on the complexity of the UNHCR’s role as a norm entrepreneur.


Cecilia M. Bailliet is Professor and Director of the Masters Program in Public International Law at the University of Oslo. She researches transnational and cross-disciplinary issues within international law linked to the vulnerability of humanity. Her work has been described as pursuing unconventional approaches to conventions. She has published widely within the cross-fields of international public law, refugee law, and human rights. Among her publications are Promoting Peace through International Law (forthcoming Oxford 2015), Non-State Actors, Soft Law and Protective Regimes (Cambridge 2012), Cosmopolitan Justice and Its Discontents (co-edited with Katja Franko Aas Routledge 2011), and Security: A Multidisciplinary Normative Approach (Brill 2009).

The event is free and open to the public. You can guarantee your place by registering through:


Book project “Mapping Migration, Identity, and Space”

Book project “Mapping Migration, Identity, and Space”

Call for Chapters – Abstracts due May 15, 2015

This interdisciplinary collection of essays focuses on the ways in which movements of people across natural, political, and cultural boundaries shape identities that are inexorably linked to actual and imagined space that individuals on the move cross, inhabit, and leave behind. As conflicts over identities and space continue to erupt on a regular basis, and while those from previous eras are far from resolved, this book provides readings of the relationship between migration, identity, and space from a fresh and innovative perspective.

A focus on space and place makes it possible to integrate field-specific research methods and formulate questions that are relevant and timely in different geographical contexts and historical periods. While the term mapping is often used as a metaphor for analyses that do not necessarily consider geographical space as a variable, this volume maps migration and identity. The essays showcase not only conceptual studies, but also include actual maps. The inclusion of graphic depictions of, for instance, the relevant landscapes allows the authors to evaluate the benefits and the shortcomings of adapting questions and findings into abstract or positivist representations of the world. While maps make it possible to analyze and visualize the ways in which migration, identity, and space are inherently connected, maps also may reduce the complexity and ambiguity of the persistent problems addressed in the essays.

Full details available here:


A special court for the Central African Republic?

Originally posted on :

The conflict in the CAR has left thousands displaced. © AP The conflict in the CAR has left thousands displaced. © AP

Civil society is backing a plan for a special criminal court to help the ICC prosecute perpetrators of ongoing abuses in the conflict-stricken Central African Republic (CAR).

The country’s transitional parliament is currently considering a bill to create a special court to complement the ICC’s efforts to bring justice to victims of mass atrocities.

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CMRB Event: Re-Living the Dream? Reinventing East London for the Post-Olympic Legacy Prof. Phil Cohen

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

Re-Living the Dream? Reinventing East London for the Post-Olympic Legacy

Prof. Phil Cohen

This seminar will take place in US 2.38, University Square Stratford, University of East London, 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF

Monday 30th March 2015, 4–6pm

In order to access the room in University Square Stratford it is essential to register at:


Abstract: 2012 was billed as the ‘legacy games’. It was supposed to ‘inspire a generation’ to greater things on and off the track. It was supposed to create a level playing field in which the life chances of young people growing up in the most deprived parts of East London were to converge with those born into more affluent circumstances in other parts of the city. How far are these material dreams realisable and to what extent do they connect with the actual aspirations of different communities in East London? How are the utopian and commercial dimensions of the Olympic project rhetorically reconciled and how do they come into conflict in the actual strategies of urban regeneration the mega event sets in motion? What kind of economies of worth should be applied to evaluating the success or failure of 2012? Finally, how is the Olympic Legacy narrative being enacted on the ground, in the development plans for the Olympic park and how are those living in this new piece of city actually making sense of the place? To examine these questions concretely I will drawn on my current ethno-cartographic research with residents groups in East Village.

Prof. Phil Cohen is the author of ‘On the Wrong Side of the Track: East London and the Post Olympics’ published by Lawrence and Wishart in 2013. He is currently co-editing a collection of 2012 legacy studies to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. He is the research director of Living Maps, a network of academics, artists and activists concerned to develop a creative and critical approach to the social mapping of the city and is currently carrying out a number of mapping projects with communities in and around the Olympic Park .

He is a visiting professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Birkbeck College, a research fellow of the Young Foundation and an Emeritus at UEL where he is a research associate of the London East Research Institute.


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Refugee camp in Dresden attacked by Pegida! The Struggle continues!

Originally posted on clandestina:

On the 28th of February, right after a big antiracist protest march, refugee activists, helped by German supporters, occupied the central square in front of the Frauenkirche in Dresden and set up a protest camp.

During yesterday’s Pegida march around 150 militant neo-Nazis attacked the refugee protest camp.

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Waking up to the scourge of war-time sexual violence

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Women and children displaced by violence in the Central African Republic sit at a Bangui mosque. © Evan Schneider/UN Photo Women and children displaced by violence in the Central African Republic sit at a Bangui mosque. © Evan Schneider/UN Photo

The international community is slowly starting wake up to importance of prosecuting perpetrators to bring about an end to the continuing global scourge of wartime sexual violence. Yet much work remains to be done.

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A closer focus on Endorois women reveals strength and resilience in the face of hardship

Originally posted on minorities in focus:

RebeccaRebecca Marlin is currently the Legal Fellow at Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in London. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. During her time at MRG she will be working extensively with the Endorois to achieve implementation of the 2010 African Commission decision granting them rights to Lake Bogoria.

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Migration, social networks and integration: new IRiS Working Papers out

Originally posted on Postcards from ...:

photo credit: Corscri Daje Tutti! [Cristiano Corsini] via photopin cc photo credit: Corscri Daje Tutti! [Cristiano Corsini] via photopincc Two new IRiS Working Papers (no. 6 and 7) exploring issues related migration, social networks and integration policy and practice are out today. Using a wide range of literature, Dr Marta Kindler and colleagues (IRiS WP no. 6) focus upon the ways in which social networks and social capital have been found to promote or hinder integration of third country nationals into their local neighbourhood and communities across the European Union. In IRiS WP no. 7, Professor Gary Craig  addresses the issue of whether integration works, summarising the factors most significant in promoting integration and argues that a narrow focus on the economic aspects of integration and the continuing racism experienced by migrants are key barriers to effective integration.

IRiS Working Paper Series is edited by Dr Nando Sigona and Dr Aleksandra Kazlowska. They are available on IRiS Website:

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Students: Appeal Rights Arise From Statute, Not By Fiat

Originally posted on United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog:

London Metropolitan UniversityR (Ahmed) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 23 (Admin) (15 January 2015)

Subsequent to imposing an entry clearance ban on Mehmooda Begum for her brother’s “deception”, in this Tier 4 (General) case involving London Metropolitan University, sitting as a deputy judge, the vice president of the upper tribunal, Mr CMG Ockelton was unimpressed with everyone including Walker J who extended time and granted permission on the ground that it was arguable that the claimant, Khandaker Shaheen Ahmed, had been treated unfairly. The court was unhappy with the claimant because of his reluctance to provide a full account of the facts and also by an “arithmetical slip” at the hearing by his counsel. Ahmed entered the UK at the age of 23. He arrived as a student and renewed his leave from time to time and his last grant of leave, which expired on…

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Event: SOAS Symposium: Law, Politics and Constitution-Making in the Arab Spring

Originally posted on UK Constitutional Law Association:

SOAS logo20 March 2015, 15:25-19:00

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, London, UK


Welcome Notes:

Dr. Nimer Sultany, Law Department, SOAS

Professor Matthew Craven, Dean, Faculty of Law & Social Sciences, SOAS

15:30 – 17:00

Panel I: Whose Constitution?

Professor Mohamed Fadel, Toronto Law School, Constitutionalism, Democracy and Political Division: the Virtues of a Modus Vivendi

Dr. Nadia Marzouki, European University Institute, The Politics of Compromise from the Constitutional Debate to Elections

Hedayat Heikal, Harvard Law School, The Puzzle of the Persisting Faith in Constitutionalism

Discussant: Dr. Scott Newton, Law Department, SOAS

Moderator: Professor Mashood Baderin, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan; Law Department, SOAS

17:30 – 19:00

Panel II: The Politics of Rule of Law

Hossam Bahgat, Journalism School, Columbia University, The State of Human Rights in Post-Revolutionary Egypt


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Data Challenges in Conflict Research

Originally posted on Political Violence @ a Glance:

Guest post by Idean Salehyan and Henrik Urdal

A graph of the frequency and severity of violent incidents in Afghanistan. By Max Braun. A graph of the frequency and severity of violent incidents in Afghanistan. By Max Braun.

Quality data is at the heart of quality research. The scholarly community depends on valid, reliable, and easily accessible data in order to empirically test our theories of social and political processes. Yet quantitative data is not “truth” in an absolute sense, but rather, is a numeric representation of complex phenomena. For conflict researchers, the challenge of collecting quality data is particularly acute given the nature of our enterprise. Given the costs and risks involved, it is practically impossible to observe every battle, civilian massacre, human rights violation, or protest event. Therefore, we often rely upon other sources—journalists, non-governmental organizations, truth commissions, and so on—to report on key features of a conflict, then turn such information into numeric values. Turning such reports into data isn’t a…

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