Daily Archives: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Updated List of New Publications

Journal of International Migration and Integration

Journal of International Migration and Integration

The Journal of International Migration and Integration has published the latest Table of Contents for August 2012, namely Volume 13 Number 3.  A full table of contents is available from the following link:  http://www.springerlink.com/content/1488-3473/13/3/

The UNHCR has recently published it’s latest guideline on statelessness entitled: “Guidelines on Statelessness No. 3: The Status of Stateless Persons at the National Level”


The guidelines can also be accessed under the Statelessness Policy and Doctrine heading on the Statelessness Special Features, which can be located on the Refworld landing page.

An updated database of global nationality laws, navigable by country, is also available via the Statelessness Special Features page, under the heading National Legislation Relating to Nationality and Statelessness

The following publications were circulated by the  Forced Migration Discussion List:

All Roads Lead to Rejection, Persistent Bias and Incapacity in South African
Refugee Status Determination (African Centre for Migration & Society, June

Australia’s Boat People: Asylum Challenges and Two Decades of Policy
Experimentation (Migration Information Source, July 2012)

Country of Origin Information Report Methodology (EASO, July 2012)

A Framework for the Protection of Children (UNHCR, June 2012)

Guidelines on Statelessness No. 3:  The Status of Stateless Persons at the
National Level (UNHCR, July 2012)

Guidelines to Protect Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention (Equal
Rights Trust, July 2012)

Key Priorities of the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union in the Fields
of  Immigration and Asylum Policy, Interview with Ms. Eleni Mavrou, Minister
of the Interior of the Republic of Cyprus (Eurasylum, July-August 2012)

Migration, Displacement and the Arab Spring: Prospects for the Next Year
(Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, July 2012)

Networks of Asylum Support in the UK and USA: A Handbook of Ideas, Strategies
and Best Practice for Asylum Support Groups in a Challenging Social and
Economic Climate (Asylum-Network, March 2012)

New Publications from Human Rights Watch; UK Home Office; and the UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee


Hate on the Streets

Hate on the Streets

Hate on the Streets:Xenophobic Violence in Greece.
By Human Rights Watch.

The 99-page report documents the failure of the police and the judiciary to prevent and punish rising attacks on migrants. Despite clear patterns to the violence and evidence that it is increasing, the police have failed to respond effectively to protect victims and hold perpetrators to account, Human Rights Watch found. Authorities have yet to develop a preventive policing strategy, while victims are discouraged from filing official complaints. No one has been convicted under Greece’s 2008 hate crime statute.

[Download Full Report]
Read the Press Release – here.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).


Iraq’s Information Crimes Law

Iraq’s Information Crimes Law

Iraq’s Information Crimes Law:  Badly Written Provisions and Draconian Punishments Violate Due Process and Free Speech.
By Human Rights Watch.

This report analyzes Iraq’s new draft law on information technology crimes. It finds that the draft law is part of a broad effort by authorities to suppress peaceful dissent by criminalizing legitimate information sharing and networking activities.

[Download Full Report]
Read the Press Release – here.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).


Tightening the Grip

Tightening the Grip

Tightening the Grip:  Concentration and Abuse of Power in Chávez’s Venezuela.
By Human Rights Watch.

This report documents how the accumulation of power in the executive and the erosion of human rights protections have allowed the Chávez government to intimidate, censor, and prosecute critics and perceived opponents in a wide range of cases involving the judiciary, the media, and civil society.

Human Rights Watch’s last major report on Venezuela, released in September 2008, documented how democratic institutions and human rights guarantees had suffered during the first decade of Chávez’s presidency. Since then, the human rights situation in the country has become even more precarious.

[Download Full Report]
Read the Press Release – here.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).


Boat Ride to Detention

Boat Ride to Detention

Boat Ride to Detention: Adult and Child Migrants in Malta
By Human Rights Watch.

This report details treatment of migrants, typically from sub-Saharan Africa, who arrive in Malta after treacherous boat journeys across the Mediterranean, in unseaworthy boats, without enough food, water, or fuel. Upon arrival in Malta, virtually all irregular migrants are detained – and the conditions in detention can exacerbate the trauma of the journey. The July 2012 death of Mamadou Kamara, a 32-year-old Malian migrant who was found dead inside a Maltese Detention Services van, has increased concern over the country’s treatment of migrants.

[Download Full Report]
Read the Press Release – here.
See Also – HRW Report on Malta’s Migrant Detention Policy: “Boat Ride to Detention” by the Migrants At Sea blog.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).


Torture in the Name of Treatment

Torture in the Name of Treatment

Torture in the Name of Treatment :  Human Rights Abuses in Vietnam, China, Cambodia, and Lao PDR.
By Human Rights Watch.

More than 350,000 people identified as drug users are held in compulsory drug “treatment” centers in China and Southeast Asia. Detainees are held without due process for periods of months or years and may be subjected to physical and sexual abuse, torture, and forced labor. International donors and UN agencies have supported and funded drug detention centers, while centers have systematically denied detainees access to evidence-based drug dependency treatment and HIV prevention services. “Torture in the Name of Treatment,” summarizes Human Rights Watch’s findings over five years of research in China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Lao PDR.

[Download Brochure]
Read the Press Release – here.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).

Tier 4 Student credibility Pilot Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Data.
Home Office Occasional Paper 104.
By Paul Hill, Home Office Science: Migration and Border Analysis.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Home Office).

British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: Second Report of Session 2012–13: Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.
Written and Published by the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

From the press release:

Mr Richard Ottaway said:”Eighteen months since the Arab Spring began, there has been extraordinary progress in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Yet many challenges still lie ahead, not least the need to support and reform the economies of these Arab Spring states. In 2011, the G8 Deauville Partnership identified $38 billion of funding available to support reform. The UK must use its leadership in the EU and G8, particularly once it takes over the G8 presidency in 2013, to ensure that we deliver on our promises.”

[Download Full Report]
(Source: British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring‘).


New Journals; Publications on Asia/Oceania

Details of the following reports and publications are courtesy of the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.

European Journal of Migration and Law

European Journal of Migration and Law

The latest issue (vol. 14, no. 3, 2012) of the European Journal of Migration and Law is now available and focuses on statelessness.  Contents include the following:

  • Fighting Statelessness and Discriminatory Nationality Laws in Europe [abstract]
  • UNHCR’s Mandate and Activities to Address Statelessness in Europe [abstract]
  • Statelessness in the EU Framework for International Protection [abstract]
  • Minorities, Citizenship and Statelessness in Europe [abstract]
  • Nationality, Statelessness and ECHR’s Article 8: Comments on Genovese v. Malta [abstract]
  • The Human Rights of Stateless Persons in Europe – Interview with Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg
  • Guidelines to Protect Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention: Introduction

Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 25, no. 3 (Spring 2011) [contents]

International Review of the Red Cross, vol. 93, no. 884 (Dec. 2011) [contents]

Conflict Trends, no. 2 (2012) [full-text]
– Focus is on the protection of civilians.

Disasters, vol. 36, no. 3 (July 2012) [contents]
– Mix of articles.

eSharp, Special Issue (June 2012) [full-text]
– Theme is “The 1951 UN Refugee Convention – 60 Years On”; a number of the articles were initially presented at a colloquium by the same name which took place in Glasgow, 13 June 2011.

The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: Establishing a Common Framework, RSIS Commentaries, no. 114/2012 (RSIS, July 2012) [text]

Australia’s Boat People: Asylum Challenges and Two Decades of Policy Experimentation (Migration Information Source, July 2012) [text]

Bhutanese Refugee Problem at the Backdrop of Marriage, Childbirth Registration and Citizenship (SSRN, April 2011, posted July 2012) [text]

Boat Arrivals in Australia since 1976 (Parliamentary Library, Jan. 2011; stat. app. updated July 2012) [text]

Did the UNHCR Fail Vietnamese Refugees in Hong Kong? (e-International Relations, June 2012) [text]

A Practical Guide to Gender-sensitive Approaches for Disaster Management (IFRC, July 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]


New Publications on Statelessness; Asylum Law; Detention; Europe; MENA

Details of the following reports and publications are courtesy of the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.

Burning Homes, Sinking Lives: A Situation Report on Violence against Stateless Rohingya in Myanmar and their Refoulement from Bangladesh (Equal Rights Trust, June 2012) [text]
– See also related blog post.

Global Statelessness (Pulitzer Center, 2012) [access]
– Map application, using UNHCR data.

Guidelines to Protect Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention (Equal Rights Trust, July 2012) [text]

Law Talks: Laura Bingham on Statelessness (Open Society, June 2012) [access]
– Podcast interview.

The Right to a Nationality: Women and Children, UN Human Rights Council Doc. No. A/HRC/20/L8 (UN General Assembly, June 2012) [text]

Statelessness at the UN: Reaffirming the Right to Nationality (Open Society Blog, July 2012) [text]
– See also related blog post with video.

Asylum Law or Criminal Law: Blame, Deterrence and the Criminalisation of the Asylum Seeker, Research Paper No. 12-04 (University of Westminster School of Law, Dec. 2011, posted May 2012) [text]
“I’d rather be in prison”: Experiences of African in Immigration Detention in the UK (African Health Policy Network, 2012) [text]
– See also summary report.

Punishment without a Crime: Detention of Migrants and Asylum-seekers in Cyprus (Amnesty International, June 2012) [text]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, François Crépeau, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/20/24 (UN Human Rights Council, April 2012) [text via Human Rights First]
– Focus is on detention; see also related press release.

ECRE Recommendations to the Cypriot Presidency of the EU (ECRE, July 2012) [text]

Hate on the Streets: Xenophobic Violence in Greece (Human Rights Watch, July 2012) [text]

“Key Priorities of the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union in the Fields of Immigration and Asylum Policy,” Interview with Eleni Mavrou, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Cyprus (Eurasylum, July-August 2012) [text]

No Duty to Snitch on Another EU Country’s Asylum Conditions (UK Human Rights Blog, July 2012) [text]

Schengen and Solidarity: The Fragile Balance Between Mutual Trust and Mistrust (European Policy Centre, July 2012) [text]

UNHCR Comments on the European Commission’s Amended Recast Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council Laying Down Standards for the Reception of Asylum-seekers (UNHCR, July 2012) [text]

Number of Syrian Refugees Triples to 112,000 since April (UNHCR, July 2012) [text]

Syria Crisis: The Humanitarian Response, London, 15 June 2012 [text]
– Round-table report now available.

Syria Refugees Create Humanitarian, Security Crisis (Oxford Analytica, June 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian Refugees: Anxious Neighbors Stretched Thin (Refugees International, July 2012) [text]

Syria Regional Refugee Response: Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey (UNHCR, July 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Other recent MENA items include:

Migration, Displacement and the Arab Spring: Prospects for the Next Year (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, July 2012) [text]

Palestinian Refugees under Attack in Iraq (Euro-Mid Observer, July 2012) [text]

“Understanding the Impact of Conflict on Health Services in Iraq: Information from 401 Iraqi Refugee Doctors in Jordan,” International Journal of Health Planning and Management, vol. 27, no. 1 (January/March 2012) [free full-text]

UNHCR Operation Iraq – Overview – 2011 (UNHCR, 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Climate Migration; Sustainable Development; Information & Technology

Details of the following reports and publications are courtesy of the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.

The Feinstein International Center has published Climate Change as a Driver of Humanitarian Crises and Response, which “explores the relationships between climate change, humanitarian crises, and humanitarian response through a review of published and grey literature.”

Center for American Progress Takes on Climate Change, Migration, and Why They Matter to U.S. National Security (New Security Beat, July 2012) [text]

Climate Change and Australia: Warming to the Global Challenge (Federation Press, 2012) [info]
– See esp. chapter entitled “Climate Change ‘Refugees’? Climate-Related Displacement and Migration”; book will be launched 9 August 2012 at event hosted by the University of Sydney Law School.

Displacement and Development: Moving Forward from Rio +20 (UpFront Blog, July 2012) [text]

‘Environmental Refugees’?: A Critical Perspective on the Normative Discourse (SSRN, July 2012) [text]

“An Ill Wind? Climate Change, Migration and Health,” Environmental Health Perspectives, 120:5 (May 2012) [open access text]
– See also related news story.

“Migration as a Contribution to Resilience and Innovation in Climate Adaptation: Social Networks and Co-development in Northwest Africa,” Applied Geography, vol. 33 (2012) [text via ACP Observatory on Migration]

The Securitisation of Climate-induced Migration: Critical Perspectives, Hamburg, 10-12 June 2012 [conf. report]

“Sustainable Development Law on Environmental Migration: The Story of an Obelisk, a Bag of Marbles, and a Tapestry,” Environmental Law Review, vol. 14, no. 2 (2012) [text via SSRN]

Urgent Call for a Special Rapporteur on Climate Change and Human Rights (Environmental Justice Foundation, June 2012) [access]

What Should the Rio +20 Outcomes Document Have Said about Migration and Displacement Linked to Climate Change? (UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition, July 2012) [text]

Do You Hear Me? Understanding Information Needs for Disaster, Preparedness and Compensation (IOM, 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Evaluation of PreventionWeb and Related UNISDR Information Services for Disaster Risk Reduction: Final Report (ITAD, May 2012) [text]

An Exploration of Information and Communication Technology Use on the Part of Eritrean Refugees in Rome, Italy, Thesis submitted for MA in Applied Anthropology (Oregon State University, June 2012) [text]

Hitching Social Media to Humanitarian Assistance (IRIN, July 2012) [text]

Perceptions and Sources of Information in the Obo Region, CAR (Internews, July 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“A Pilot with Computer-assisted Psychosocial Risk-assessment for Refugees,” BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 12:71 (July 2012) [open access]

Social Media and Humanitarian Protection: Baseline Survey Results (Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, May 2012) [text]

Surveillance without Borders: The Case of Karen Refugees in Sheffield, Paper presented at Fifth Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference, “Watch This Space: Surveillance Futures”, Sheffield, 2-4 April 2012 [text]

New Publications on State of Arab Cities; Cote d’Ivoire; Iraq; EASO; European Agency for Fundamental Rights; Work Issues

EASO Annual Report

EASO Annual Report

The State of Arab Cities 2012: Challenges of Urban Transition.
A new report published by UN-Habitat.


The State of Arab Cities Report 2012 is the first report in the UN-Habitat series on the state of cities to focus on the Arab world. It presents a collective picture of urban conditions and trends in each of four Arab regions (Maghreb, Mashreq, Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) and Southern Tier), and provides a discussion of the similarities, differences and linkages between these countries in the context of a larger
Arab region.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP).

Save the Children’s Emergency Response to Post-Electoral Violence in Cote d’Ivoire.
Produced by Save the Children.
[Download Full Report and Executive Summary]
(Source: ALNAP).

Improving security for minorities in Iraq.
A new briefing report written for Minority Rights Group International by Chris Chapman.
[Download Here]
See Also – Improving Security for Minorities in Iraq.
(Source: Minority Rights Group International).

2011 Annual report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union and on

FRA Annual Report

FRA Annual Report

the Activities of the European Asylum Support Office.
New annual report produced by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has been published.
[The press release and report can be downloaded here (.zip).]
(Source: EASO Monitor)

‘Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements 2011’: The 2011 Annual Report of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
Produced by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
[Download Full Report]

(Source: EASO Monitor)

“Comments on ‘Determinants of Labor Market Participation and Wages of North Korean Female Refugees in South Korea’,” Asian Economic Policy Review, vol. 7, no. 1 (June 2012) [free full-text: comment 1comment 2]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

“Encouraging Self-Reliance,” UNHCR Global Report 2011 (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Refugee Employment in Health Policy Paper (AHHA & AMES, May 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

“Social Networks and the Dynamics of Labour Market Outcomes: Evidence from Refugees Resettled in the U.S.,” Review of Economic Studies, vol. 79, no. 1 (2012) [free full-text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Updates from Geneva: UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Touts the Right to Work (Refugees and the Right to Work Blog, July 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

New Publication on `The work of the UK Border Agency (December 2011–March 2012)’

The UK Home Affairs Select Committee has recently published a report on `The work of the UK Border Agency (December 2011–March 2012: Fifth Report of Session 2012–13).’  The report is split into two volumes  as follows:

  • Volume I:  Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence – [Download Here]
  • Volume II:  Additional written evidence – [Download Here]

The Home Affairs Committee Press Release (Home Affairs Committee publishes report on the work of the UK Border Agency) argues that:

For the first time the Committee has collated the backlog of outstanding cases in the various areas where the Agency deals with casework. The Report criticises the Agency for failing to conclude the total backlog of 276,460 cases. This includes 150,000 individuals in the migration refusal pool which the Committee was extremely disturbed to hear about for the first time. The Committee finds it totally unacceptable that there are so many outstanding cases that the Agency has yet to work through.

Media reporting of this publication has included:


Call for papers: Vulnerable Workers, Forced Labour, Migration and Ethical Trading Conference

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Call for papers:

Vulnerable Workers, Forced Labour, Migration and Ethical Trading A conference at the University of Leeds, UK, Friday 14th December 2012

This 1-day conference will bring together academics, campaigners, and policy makers to explore both the drivers and the broad experiences of vulnerable, forced and exploitative labour, to place the UK experience within a global context, and put questions of globalisation, migration and ethical trading centre-stage. We are particularly interested to support campaigning groups, including trades unions, those supporting refugees, and organisations concerned with the wider implications of forced labour, including ethical trading and the regulation of supply chains; and to consider how research evidence can strengthen the work of those active in these areas.

Keynote speakers:

Alice Bloch, Professor of Sociology, City University Aidan McQuade, Anti Slavery International Nicola Phillips, Professor of Political Economy, University of Sheffield Guy Standing, Professor of Economic Security, University of Bath

We invite papers and other types of contributions (e.g. poetry, photography, film, art) which reflect on these and related questions:

Vulnerable migrant workers

– What is the interplay between asylum and broader migration policy and vulnerable /forced labour?

– How are different groups of non-migrants and migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, vulnerable to exploitation?

Labour markets and trade

– How the does the organisation of production and trade in the contemporary global economy generate vulnerability and forced labour in different contexts?

– What are the links between the politico-economic framework of neoliberal labour markets and exploitative work?

Forced labour

– What value do definitions, international treaties and covenants on forced labour and domestic UK legislative apparatus designed to reduce/eliminate forced labour have in everyday life?

– How do people become trapped in vulnerable and forced labour?

Organising and mobilising

– What opportunities exist for individuals or groups to resist in order to mobilise and eventually exit from vulnerable / forced labouring?

– What interventions might have the potential to reduce unfree/forced labour; e.g. immigration policy solutions; employer sanctions; improving precarious workers’ access to information and organising/mobilising opportunities; strategies for campaigning organisations?

The conference will be of interest to: academics working in this interdisciplinary field; people with personal experience of unfree/forced labour; policy makers; trades unionists; people working, campaigning, volunteering in these areas; and political activists. The conference will include a mixture of speakers, discussion, and presentations by academics and campaigning groups.

Please send your ideas for papers or presentations (abstracts of max 250 words) by **28th September 2012** to Dr Hannah Lewis, h.j.lewis@leeds.ac.uk.

To register for the conference (£20 higher education, business, statutory, £10 charity and voluntary; unwaged free): see: http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/forcedlabour. Registration closing date: 31st October 2012.

Organised by Dr Stuart Hodkinson, Dr Hannah Lewis, Dr Louise Waite, University of Leeds; Prof. Pete Dwyer, University of Salford; and Prof. Gary Craig, Wilberforce Institute, Hull. The conference is organised on behalf of the ESRC-funded project: Precarious lives: asylum seekers and refugees’ experiences of forced labour (RES-062-23-2895), with additional financial support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

MANIF : International Conference “Migrating Heritage”, Glasgow (3-4 Dec.2012): Submission Deadline 31 July

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***Migrating heritage: networks and collaborations across European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions, University of Glasgow, UK, 3-4 December 2012***


The conference is organised by HoA – School of Culture and Creative  Arts, University of Glasgow as part of EC-funded FP7 project European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLA, http://www.mela-project.eu/ ).

Call for Papers – Abstract and bio submission extended deadline: 31 July 2012

Confirmed invited speakers

Sharon MacDonald (Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester)

Kathrin Merkle (Head of the Cultural Policy, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Division, DG II, Council of Europe)

Rebecca Kay and Alison Phipps (Professors at University of Glasgow and  convenors of Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network)

Agnès Arquez Roth (Directrice réseau et partenariats, Cité nationale de  l’histoire de l’immigration) ? Dr Bernhard Serexhe (Chief Curator of  ZKM Media Museum) ? Anne Marie van Gerwen (Marketing & Communications Manager, Europeana).

Katherine Watson (Director of European Cultural Foundation)


  • Case studies on museums, libraries and public cultural institutions
  • collaborating for European integration ? Operative approaches to
  • multiculturalism, interculturalism, transculturalism in public
  • cultural institutions National and transnational collaboration models:
  • partnerships, cooperation, coordination ? European cultural policies,
  • migration and mobility ? Identity, memory and heritage in European
  • museums, libraries and public cultural institutions ? Studies on
  • European narratives and cultural points of divergence and commonality
  • ? Contested European cultural and scientific heritages in a
  • post-migratory world ? Visitor experiences in collaborative projects
  • involving European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions
  • Archiving, preservation and exhibition technologies in relation to migration and mobility ? Politics of migrating objects, including repatriation
  • Cross border tourism, customs and border policies,including souvenirs and museum replicas.


Authors are requested to submit a PDF including 500 words abstract and  300 words bio by 31 July 2012, followed by PDF with the camera-ready full paper (max 7 pages) by 14 December 2012. All abstracts and papers must comply with the Ashgate formatting instructions (http://www.ashgate.com/Default.aspx?page=2902) and must be submitted via the EasyChair online submission system at https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=mela2012rf03.  Aninternational panel of experts will review the submissions.

Important dates

Abstract and bio submission: deadline extended to 31 July 2012.   Author  notification: August 20, 2012

Conference: December 3-4, 2012

Camera ready (full paper): December 14, 2012 Conference special sessions

GRAMNet- Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network

Europeana, portal endorsed by the European Commission providing a > single access point to millions European cultural and scientific > heritage digital object


There will be the  opportunity to publish a selection of the conference proceedings in 2013, upon the following conditions: all the required materials have  been submitted in proper format, materials have not been already  published and the paper has been presented in person at the Migrating heritage: networks and collaborations across European museums,  libraries and public cultural institutions conference.


Conference attendance is free, but advanced online registration is required. Registration will open in September 2012.

Anticipated audience:

Scholars and PhD students in museum studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, sociology of organisations, library and information science, cultural policies, social sciences, human-computer interaction and related areas

Practitioners from museums, libraries, public institutions ? Decision-makers and policy makers ? Users of cultural institutions and representatives of migrant communities.

Conference organising committee ? Perla Innocenti, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow and MeLa RF03 leader; Dr John  Richards, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow ;  Dr Sabine Wieber, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow Andrew Greg, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow Consulting partners Dept. of Human and Social Sciences, “Orientale” University of Naples Dept. of Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion  (INDACO) – Politecnico di Milano; Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), Glasgow.

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Workshop on Migrant Integration, Transnationalism and Return

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Call for Papers:

Workshop on Migrant Integration, Transnationalism and Return

Organized by the Standing committee on Interactions of Migrant Integration and Transnationalism in Europe (IMITE) of the IMISCOE network, organized by Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Hosted by: Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Date: October 25th – 26th 2012

Abstract submission: By 15 August


Although both transnationalism and integration are widely studied topics in migration research, the study of interactions between the two, is still fairly recent. Migrants’ transnational orientations and their integration processes in destination countries are inherently linked, but the literatures on transnationalism and integration remain quite distinct. The first aim of this workshop is to focus on research that brings together integration and transnationalism, and encourage studies that see integration and transnationalism not as exclusive, but rather as concurrent dimensions of migrant lives.

In relation to integration and transnationalism, return migration is a relevant topic. One scenario is that strong transnational ties might increase the wish to return, as commitment to the host country might also be weak.

Another scenario is that negative experiences in the host country might encourage a migrant to return. The second aim of this workshop is thus to explore possible interactions between transnationalism, integration and the possibility of return migration.

Furthermore, in order to bring the study of interactions between migrant integration, transnationalism and return forward, there is a need for a focus on a range of different migrant groups, including different legal statuses (e.g. refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migration) and different geographical origins, often beyond Europe. Through comparisons across different cases, we believe that both theoretical and policy-relevant advances can be made.


This workshop will bring together researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds to discuss migrant integration, transnationalism and return. We invite both quantitative and qualitative researchers who study these topics among different migrant groups to submit an abstract. The workshop will result in a selection of the best papers and these will be collected in a special issue to be submitted to a relevant journal. A modest budget is available for covering travel and accommodation expenses for a limited number of participants.


Are you interested in presenting a paper at this workshop? Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words), together with your name and gender, discipline and position, university/institution and country of residence by August 15 to Linda Bakker, l.bakker@fsw.eur.nl

We expect to send out responses to both successful and unsuccessful applicants by September 1st, and we will be asking selected participants to submit a paper by October 15.


Call for Papers: Migration and Forced Labor

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Call for Papers: Migration and Forced Labor

The Open Society Institute is calling for position papers for an edited volume on human trafficking titled, Human Trafficking: Reconsidering the Problem, edited by Rhacel Parenas and Kimberly Kay Hoang. The editors seek manuscripts from scholars and practitioners from all academic disciplines (economics, law, social sciences, gender and sexuality studies, public policy, health, and business). People working with relevant NGO’s, government agencies, and public health organizations are also invited to submit their work. Open Society will publish the volume in 2013.

The current literature on human trafficking focuses overwhelmingly on the issue of sex trafficking often overlooking the problem of “human trafficking” through the lens of migration and “forced labor”. A focus on “forced labor” avoids conflating trafficking with prostitution, and at the same time calls attention to the susceptibility of a wide range of migrant workers, not just sex workers, to human trafficking. The volume thus, seeks papers on trafficked persons that include not only sex workers but also agricultural, construction, factory, and domestic workers to understand the structures and systems that render migrant workers vulnerable to human trafficking.

In an attempt to expand the literature and research on human trafficking, this volume will consider a wide array of jobs that leave migrant workers vulnerable to human trafficking. We seek papers that describe how the conditions, structures, social institutions, and systems of various occupations leave workers vulnerable to forced labor and human trafficking.

We will focus on the following themes:

–       The vulnerability of migrant workers in the 21st century, including sex workers, agricultural workers, construction workers, and domestic workers among many others.

–       The systematic ways that social institutions such as broker industries and guest worker programs impact human trafficking

–       Papers that work to provide a more precise definition for the concept of exploitation that systematically accounts for the gradations of indenture among victims of “human trafficking,” by distinguishing between peonage, servitude, and slavery

–       Papers that predict long-term consequences of forced labor by examining the reintegration of rescued trafficked victims and the plight of the children and families of migrant workers vulnerable to forced labor

In addressing the themes above, we hope to provide a more systematic understanding of the problem of human trafficking that recognizes the structural problems caused by institutions and systems of migration. Position papers should be written in a style that is accessible to non-academic audiences and no longer than 3500 words (15 double-spaced pages) including all relevant citations.

Please submit papers to: Kimberly Kay Hoang via email at kayhoang@rice.edu <mailto:kayhoang%40rice.edu>  no later than **October 31, 2012.**  Acceptance notifications will be made by November 30, 2012.

Please direct all questions and correspondence via postal mail to: Kimberly Kay Hoang | Rice University | 6100 Main St Mech Lab 210 | P.O. Box 1892 MS-38| Houston, TX 77005.

Final CfP: Children and War: Past and Present — dealine for abstracts : 31 July

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Call for Papers

Children and War: Past and Present

Second international multidisciplinary conference to be held at the
University of Salzburg, Austria, on 10-12 July 2013

Organized by the University of Salzburg and the University of
Wolverhampton, in association with the United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

This conference is planned as a follow-up to the first conference, which took place at the University of Salzburg in 2010. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.

All research proposals (including panel proposals) which focus on a topic and theme related to ‘Children and War’ are welcome, ranging from the experience of war, flight, displacement and resettlement, to relief, rehabilitation and reintegration work, gender issues, persecution, trafficking, sexual violence, trauma and amnesia, the trans-generational impact of persecution, individual and collective memory, educational issues, films and documentaries, artistic and literary approaches, remembrance and memorials, and questions of theory and methodology. Specific conference themes anticipated are:

– Children as victims, witnesses and participants in armed conflict

– Holocaust, genocide and forced labour

– Deportation and displacement, refugees and asylum seekers

– War crimes, trials and human rights

A special focus will be on the ‘Changing nature of armed conflict and its impact on children’. In the past two decades, UN reports, including the 1996 study by Graça Machel and its 10-year review, noted with concern that the character and tactics of armed conflict are changing, creating new and unprecedented threats to children. Characteristics of the changing nature of warfare include the blurring of lines between military and civilian targets, the use of new technologies and the absence of clear battlefields and identifiable opponents. Extensive research is needed to deal with challenges emerging from this context, including the use of children as suicide bombers, the deliberate targeting of traditional safe havens such as schools and hospitals, the detention and prosecution of children associated with armed groups, and terrorism and the use of counter-terrorism measures (for more information, please see the ‘Note by OSRSG-CAAC’ on our web site:  http://wlv.ac.uk/childrenandwar2013).

Please send an abstract of 200-250 words, together with biographical background information of 50-100 words by 31 July 2012 to:  J.D.Steinert@wlv.ac.uk<mailto:J.D.Steinert@wlv.ac.uk>.

All proposals are subject to a review process. Successful candidates will be informed in October 2012 and will be asked to send in their papers by the end of April 2013 for distribution among conference participants on a CD. Further information will be made available in due time. The organizers intend to publish a selection of conference papers.

Conference language: English.

Fee for speakers: EUR 150. The fee includes admission to all panels, lunches, coffee and tea, and evening events.

Participants need to secure their own funding to participate in this conference. Depending on the outcome of applications, a limited number of grants to contribute to travel and accommodation costs will be made available for delegates unable to obtain own funding. As these grants will be on a refund-only basis after the conference, delegates are still required to pay the fee, travel and accommodation costs in the first instance.

The organising team: Wolfgang Aschauer (Salzburg), John Buckley (Wolverhampton), Helga Embacher (Salzburg), Darek Galasinski (Wolverhampton), Albert Lichtblau (Salzburg), Grazia Prontera (Salzburg), and Johannes-Dieter Steinert (Wolverhampton).


Event: Deorientalizing citizenship? 12-13 November 2012, London

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Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the Second

Symposium: Deorientalizing citizenship? Experiments in political subjectivity.

12-13 November 2012

Goodenough College, London

Keynote lectures by

– Walter Mignolo (Duke University) Citizenship, Knowledge and the Limits of Humanity (II)

– Saba Mahmood (University of California, Berkeley) Religious Difference and the Minority Problem in Contemporary Law

The possibility of conceiving practices of citizenship after orientalism points to experiments that uncover, rearticulate and provoke subjugated forms of politics. Through addressing the intersections between orientalism, colonialism and citizenship (panel 1), exploring possibilities of democratic politics for decolonizing citizenship (panel 2) and troubling universal claims to rights (panel 3), we ask what images of citizenship are emerging in relation to the process of deorientalization? It is this experimentation itself, rather than its outcomes, that constitutes ‘citizenship after orientalism’ as a field of investigation.

You can find the preliminary programme via:


To book the event (£30 for 2 days) and for further details, please follow:


The Symposium is organised by the European Research Council funded project

Oecumene: Citizenship after orientalism based at The Open University. To receive up-dates regarding the symposium and other project activities, please register via www.oecumene.eu/user/register<http://www.oecumene.eu/user/register>

We look forward to seeing you at our Second Symposium in November.

Kind regards,

The Oecumene Team

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