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Call for Papers: DisLocated Readings, Melbourne

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Call for Papers: DisLocated Readings, Melbourne

6th July 2012

The transnational reception of Australian literature encompasses wide coordinates of transculturation, global literary markets, cosmopolitan circuits of literature and readerships, suggesting that national frameworks are being superseded and mediated by an ascendant transnational imaginary.

This two day symposium seeks to map the wider coordinates of the transnational currents of Australian literature including translation distribution, readerships, marketing and pedagogy, to counter the parochial tendencies of cultural nationalism that restrict the circuits of meaning exchange inshore. Contemporary literary scholarship is interested in how postcolonial formations might shape Australian literature including travel writing, life-writing, migrant, refugee and Indigenous fiction, as well as writing in other languages. This symposium will draw on a wide range of literary and cultural criticism to understand the dynamic and substantive operation of translation (including both inter- and intralingual forms) on our textually mediated relationships with the region and the world.

Panels and papers are invited which could address three streams:


*     Translation as providing pathways for mobility, return or migration

*     Genre, gender and region

*     Space, language and (trans)national literature

Writing/translating the other

*     Whiteness, ethnicity and cultural nationalism

*     Comparative settler-colonial literatures

*     Nation-based comparative literary studies


*     Global market forces and Australian literature

*     Reception and perceptions of Australian literature overseas

*     Translation and censorship

*     Translation after the book

Please submit paper abstracts or proposals for panels to arts-translation-studies-enquiries@monash.edu by 31 October, 2012.

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and include a 100 word bio.

Papers accepted will be allocated 30 minutes in the programme, which includes 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions/discussion.

Website: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/dislocated-readings/call-for-papers/

Course: Online Certificate in Refugee and Forced Migration Issues

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Refugee and Forced Migration IssuesYork University’s Division of Continuation in partnership with the Centre for Refugee Studies will be offering a fully online certificate in Refugee and Forced Migration Issues. This program is available to all who might be interested, including individuals from outside Canada. Please see below for more information.

Michele Millard
Coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies
Email: mmillard@yorku.ca


York University
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Division of Continuing Education

Certificate in Refugee & Forced Migration Issues


Co-Sponsor: Centre for Refugee Studies

Make a difference with specialized skills & knowledge!

The overall goal of this non-degree certificate program is to support through education the strengthening of services that assist refugees. Students will build upon their professional experience and gain better understanding of: national and international legal and immigration policies and their rationale; the experiences of refugees from diverse backgrounds; and be able to recognize and address the psychosocial needs of their clients.

Program Structure

The program’s three courses are offered online via Moodle. It consists of a combination of readings and PowerPoint presentations with synched media-site live video presentation of the instructors. Online discussions encourage as well as enhance quality feedback between instructors and students. To access online courses students require an internet connection and the web browser Internet Explorer.

Who Should Attend

People working in not-for-profit and government organizations dealing with refugee issues, settlement programs and other relevant services. The course will be of interest to staff, volunteers and to people from the international field who want to expand their knowledge of refugee issues as well as learn about the Canadian context.

Admission Requirements

•       a degree from a recognized university or a college diploma (any discipline); OR

•       at least 1 year of paid or unpaid employment in organizations working with refugees or displaced people in Canada or internationally.

Course Descriptions

Course #1: International Conventions and Canadian Legislation

This course provides participants with an overview of the Canadian refugee determination system as well as of the international conventions and remedies applicable in the refugee context.

Participants will learn to:

•       study the complex interrelationship between refugee law, state sovereignty, and various concepts of exclusion and inclusion;

•       evaluate the existing national and international framework of refugee protection;

•       deepen participants’ knowledge of inland refugee determination process and enable them to apply learned concepts to specific fact patterns presented in case studies;

•       allow participants to develop practical skills and knowledge of various aspects of refugee law and process that can be useful in their day-to-day work with refugee claimants and refugees; and

•       share ideas and reflect on the role of the civil society in refugee policy and assistance.

Course #2: Trauma, Psychological and Psycho-Social Issues and Vicarious Trauma

In this course we will critically examine concepts of emotional, psychological, and social distress and well- being as they relate to the experience of newcomers.

Participants will learn to:

•       become sensitive to the role of culture in the shaping of experience and behaviour;

•       identify trauma specific reactions experienced by immigrants and refugees;

•       become familiar with typical, and not-­so-­typical, presentations of distress;

•       identify strategies designed to ameliorate trauma specific reactions; and

•       gain an awareness of the limitations of western psychological principles and techniques, particularly as they apply to newcomers.

Course #3: Settlement Theory and Practice

This course concerns settlement policies adopted by the countries receiving refugees. The history of refugees in Canada and internationally will be explored in order to understand the refugee experience and how it interrelates with government refugee policies.

Participants will learn to:

•       examine the history of refugee policies of receiving country/countries;

•       explore the incentives for refugee settlement policies and evaluate them;

•       comprehend the public attitude of the refugees; and

•       evaluate perceptions of refugees of settlement services.

To register or request information, please contact:

Division of Continuing Education
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
York University
Atkinson Building, Room 143
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Toll-free: 1 855 900 YORK
Fax: 416 650 8042
E-mail: coned@yorku.ca

Call for Papes: PhD Workshop on Migration and Citizenship

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Call for Papers

PhD Workshop on Migration and Citizenship

University of Edinburgh, Friday 5 October 2012

The 5th PhD Migration and Citizenship PhD Workshop will take place on 5 October 2012 at the University of Edinburgh. The workshop is organised by members of the Migration and Citizenship Research Group (see http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/migration_and_citizenship) and is intended to provide a platform for postgraduate students to present their current research. We hope to provide an inclusive and constructive space for these reflections that enables wide-ranging discussion, collaboration, and networking. The event is open to PhD students at all stages of their research and from a wide range of disciplines, such as anthropology, cultural studies, human geography, politics, and sociology.

This year the workshop will be organised around two broad themes: research methods and the impact of research beyond academia. We particularly encourage contributions that explore issues in research design and methods, and/or the potential impacts of research findings in the wider world: on the public sphere, the private sector, policy-making and practice. We are, however, open to any submissions exploring issues regarding migration and citizenship.

How to apply

If you are interested in presenting a paper on your work within the field of migration and citizenship, please send a proposal of no more than 300 words and a short biography to mcworkshop2012@gmail.com. Each participant will have 15-20 minutes to present their work and ample time for discussion.

The deadline for proposals is 10 August 2012.

Decisions will be communicated to authors within a week and those selected will be asked to submit draft papers by 21 September.

If you wish to attend the workshop without presenting a paper, please send us an e-mail with the following information: Name, University, programme of study and information on any additional needs (dietary, additional support etc.) by 10 August 2012.


The workshop is free to attend. Lunch, refreshments and a wine reception will be provided. Unfortunately we are unable to cover participants’ travel costs.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about your submission or the workshop more generally: mcworkshop2012@gmail.com