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Call For Papers: Crossroads – Europe, Migration and Culture

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Crossroads:Europe, Migration and Culture: Two-day conference at The University of Copenhagen

October 24-25, 2013

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“Migration throws objects, identities and ideas into flux” (Kobena Mercer: Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers, 2008).

“The migrant is not on the margin of modern experience – he is absolutely central to it” (John Berger: A Seventh Man, 1975/2010).

Link:  http://migrationandculture.ku.dk/call/crossroads/

Willingly or unwillingly, people have migrated to, from and within Europe for centuries, but with the downfall of empires and the rise of the European welfare states in the second half of the 20th century, migration to Europe – especially from the former colonies – reached an unprecedented scale. In addition, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the subsequent dismantling of communism, and the enlargement of the European Union have also led to a significant increase in intra-European migration – a phenomenon that the current economic crisis is likely to intensify even further. Meanwhile, refugees from the world’s conflict zones and destitute areas are continually setting out on journeys of hope to what they imagine to be a European Eden, only to discover that contemporary Europe is in many ways more of a well guarded fortress.

These different kinds of migratory movements have thrown European culture(s) into flux. A variety of cultures which previously had little or no contact with each other are brought together on European soil where they intersect, confront each other, ‘cross-polinate’, and/or live entirely parallel, separate lives right next to each other.

Under the heading Crossroads the conference wishes to address this cultural flux. The emphasis is on the aesthetic expressions of the migrant experience as such as well as on the consequences of migration for European cultures and identities at large. While contributions may, of course, take their cue from sociological and anthropological research, the focus of the conference is distinctly cultural and aesthetic. Not only because these aspects seem to be somewhat under-investigated, but also because cultural artefacts have the potential to make visible what is otherwise largely hidden, even to thorough sociological analyses – aspects such as emotions, attitudes, hope, resentment, longing, etc.

We invite both theoretical contributions and analytical papers addressing singular or comparative case studies of the cultural and aesthetic dimensions of migration to and within Europe. The conference is cross-disciplinary and includes both literature, theatre, cinema, music, the visual arts, electronic and digital media, etc.

Proposals may include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • The journey to and arrival in ‘Fortress Europe’ as represented in cultural artefacts.
  • Aesthetic expressions of the diversity of the migrant experience: gender and generational differences as well as differences pertaining to diverse countries of origin and host countries, differences in religion, education, and socio-economic status, etc.
  • Aesthetic hybridity, mixedness, cross-polinations, etc. in European cultural artefacts.
  • The representation of women with migrant background – by themselves and by others.
  • Post-migrant, European youth cultures: hip-hop, bhangra, Kanak, beur, etc.
  • The position of Islam in recent European culture.
  • The changing physical aspect of Europe’s urban centres and peripheries, including possible cultural exchanges within Europe’s ‘global cities’, between immigrants and ‘original’ European citizens as well as among immigrants with different cultural backgrounds.
  • The presence and reception of elements of the migrants’ original cultures in Europe – ‘multicultural chic’ or genuine cultural eye-openers?
  • Discussion of the concept of ‘multiculturalism’ in a European context.
  • Discussion of what it means to be European today, based on cultural and aesthetic expressions by persons with migrant background as well as by ‘old’ Europeans who, at one end of the spectrum, may embrace multiculturalism or, at the other end, turn to radical nationalism.
We welcome proposals of no more than 300 words. Please include a one-page CV with contact details (mail, email and telephone) and information regarding institutional affiliation. All files must be submitted in .pdf format to evaj[at]hum.ku.dk no later than January 31, 2013. Approved participants will be notified by early March, 2013.

Participation in the NMC conferences is free of charge, but participants will have to pay a small fee (50 EUR) to cover meals, coffee and tea, etc. In addition, transportation and accommodation costs will have to be covered by the participants themselves or their institutions.

Event: Refugee Studies Centre 30th Anniversary Conference: Understanding Global Refugee Policy

Refugee Studies Centre 30th Anniversary Conference: Understanding Global Refugee Policy

Registration is now open

The RSC’s 30th Anniversary Conference aims to examine and theorise the

Refugee Studies Centre 30th Anniversary Conference: Understanding Global Refugee Policy

Refugee Studies Centre 30th Anniversary Conference

policy-making processes relating to refugees and forced migration at the global level. Critical reflection upon the processes through which global public policy on refugees, internally displaced persons, statelessness, human trafficking, and other areas of forced migration is made, is intended to offer new and valuable insights for scholars, policy makers and practitioners.

This conference therefore provides a forum for a critical discussion on ‘Understanding Global Refugee Policy’ by bringing together academics, policy makers, practitioners, advocates and displaced people to engage in a debate on how we might begin to make sense of and conceptualise the global refugee policy process. It seeks to explore the nature, content and implications of ‘global refugee policy’ with questions such as: What is ‘global refugee policy’? How can we theorise global refugee policy? What factors explain variation both in the motivations for policies, and in outcomes? To what extent do the diverse interests and priorities of key stakeholders shape global refugee policy, and to what effect?

Register for the conference

There are 2 registration options available

Option 1 Residential – £350.00 Includes conference registration fee, 2 nights B&B accommodation at St Anne’s College on 5th and 6th December, lunch on Thursday and Friday (6th and 7th December) and conference refreshments.

Option 2 Non-Residential -£200.00 Includes conference registration fee, lunch on Thursday and Friday (6th and 7th December) and conference refreshments


email: rsc-conference@qeh.ox.ac.uk

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Mobile Slavery in a Global Age: From Trepanning to Trafficking

Chomping at the Bloodied Bit

Trepanning/trepanned seems to have an interesting lineage. There are two meanings of trepanning, the first, also known as trephination, or making a burr hole, is a surgical intervention in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the human skull. This horrifying and ancient form of neurosurgery was often carried out in order to let evil spirits escape from the sufferer, or to treat a compression or swelling in the brain.

The second meaning derives from  trepan as an archaic verb to entice, ensnare, swindle or trap. And a noun: a trickster or a swindler.


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News Release: Oral history features in animated film about child refugees of Spanish Civil War

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Oral history features in animated film about child refugees of Spanish Civil War

Link to full article:  http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mediacentre/news/2012/sep/12_170.shtml

Recordings of refugees speaking about their memories of being evacuated to England as children during the Spanish Civil War feature in a new animated film. The recordings made by the University of Southampton’s Dr Alicia Pozo-Gutierrez’s team of volunteers help illustrate the emotions and experiences of 4,000 Basque children who fled to Southampton in 1937.

Alicia, who is a Modern Languages lecturer at the University, says: “The children of 1937 are now in their 80s and 90s and the oral histories were intended as a record of their experiences for future generations. To have some feature in a film in this way takes this one step further, bringing their memories to life, while adding authenticity and power to the animation.”

The child refugees, or niños, sailed on the ship SS Habana from Bilbao to Southampton to escape bombing in the Basque town of Guernica. On arrival, they were housed just outside Southampton in a huge make-shift camp at North Stoneham near Eastleigh, before eventually being sheltered in orphanages or hosted by English families.

The film ‘To Say Goodbye’ tells of the emotional impact of the evacuation on the refugees – the loss of childhood, the hurried separation from their parents and how families were torn apart by a brutal conflict.

The film’s Producer Izaskun Arandia comments: “I was writing a film script about the Basque evacuee children of 1937 and while looking for information I came across Dr Alicia Pozo-Gutierrez’s research. The interviews recorded in her project moved me so much that I knew there and then that the children’s voices needed to be included in the film – they had to tell their own story.”

Most of the children returned to Spain after the civil war, but some remained, having lost their families in the conflict, or were prevented from returning when the Second World War began. The film concentrates on the experiences of fourteen of the 250 who never went back to Spain.

‘To Say Goodbye’ is produced by IZAR Films and Rec Grabaketa Estudioa and is directed by Matt Richards. It has been selected for the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival, where it will have its world premiere on 28 September 2012, participating in the Zinemira section and competing for the Serbitzu Award.

In May 2012, the University of Southampton hosted the Basque Children of ’37 Association’s 75th Anniversary Reunion and held a symposium examining the story of the children as told through documentary film. A special exhibition by Modern Languages and Special Collections at the University was also held in the Hartley Library.


EU-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative of the UNDP video and photo competition

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Dear Sir, Madam,

I am writing again to you from the EU-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative of the UNDP with regard to our newly launched video and photo competition.

We would like to invite you, your students, colleagues, university associations etc. to participate and would greatly appreciate your help reaching more potential participants via your Facebook, website and/or students, diaspora associations, migrants etc. The winner will receive a paid trip to the Global Forum on Migration and Development this November in Mauritius and all participants’ work will be showcased at the Forum.

You can find information on the competition below and we kindly ask that you diffuse this email as much as possible.

If you need any information about our work, please visit our website (see below) or contact me directly.

Please also share this and ‘like us’ on Facebook, helping us to show more people how migration can work for development.

Thank you for your time and attention,

Kind regards,

Joanne Irvine


EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) United Nations Development Programme
14 Rue Montoyer, Brussels, 1000, Belgium Tel. (+32-2)  235 0553 Fax. (+32-2) 235 0559 www.migration4development.org

New Publications – Circulated by the Forced Migration Discussion List

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The following list of new publications has recently been circulated by the Forced Migration Discussion List.

For your reference, the Forced Migration Discussion List has received announcements about the following new reports and publications:

Ad Hoc and Inadequate: Thailand’s Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2012)
Link: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2012/09/12/ad-hoc-and-inadequate

Age, Gender and Diversity: Best Practice Compilation (UNHCR Bureau for the Americas, 2012)
Link: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/50519c572.html

“Are Refugee Rights Human Rights? An Unorthodox Questioning of the Relations between Refugee Law and Human Rights Law,” Chapter in Migrations and Human Rights (Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law) (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2013).
Link: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2147763

Asylum and Population Control: Assessing UNHCR’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme in Guatemalan Refugee Settlements, Working Paper, no. 83 (RSC, Sept. 2012)
Link: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/publications/working-papers-folder_contents/wp83-asylum-population-control-110912.pdf/view

‘Because I am a stranger’: Urban Refugees in Yaoundé, Cameroon, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 244 (UNHCR, Sept. 2012)
Link: http://www.unhcr.org/505b08ac9.html

Breaking the Law, Breaking the Bank: The Cost of Home Affairs’ Illegal Detention Practices (African Centre for Migration & Society, Sept. 2012).
Link: http://www.migration.org.za/publication/report/2012/breaking-law-breaking-bank-cost-home-affairs-illegal-detention-practices

Climate Vulnerability Monitor, 2nd ed. (DARA, Sept. 2012)
Link: http://daraint.org/climate-vulnerability-monitor/climate-vulnerability-monitor-2012/

Declaration on Territorial Asylum, New York, 14 December 1967: Introduction, Procedural History, Preparatory Documents (UN Audiovisual Library of International Law, 2012)
Link: http://untreaty.un.org/cod/avl/ha/dta/dta.html

Detention Guidelines: Guidelines on the Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers and Alternatives to Detention (UNHCR, 2012)
Link: http://www.unhcr.org/505b10ee9.html

Disasters, vol. 36, no. 4 (Oct. 2012).
Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.2012.36.issue-4/issuetoc

Environmentally-Induced Displacement: Theoretical Frameworks and Current Challenges, Cedem Working Paper (Universite de Liege, 2012)
Link: http://www.cedem.ulg.ac.be/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Environmentally-Induced-Displacement-Terminski-1.pdf

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 29 (Sept. 2012)
Link: http://frlan.tumblr.com/

Forced Migration of Syrians to Jordan: An Exploratory Study, MPC Research Report 2012/06 (Migration Policy Centre, 2012)
Link: http://cadmus.eui.eu/bitstream/handle/1814/23502/MPC-RR-2012-06.pdf?sequence=1

Global Refugee Policy: Varying Perspectives, Unanswered Questions – Background Paper for RSC 30th Anniversary Conference: Understanding Global Refugee Policy, Oxford, 6-7 December 2012.
Link: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/publications/rsc-reports/bp-global-refugee-policy-conference.pdf/view

Guidelines for the Protection of People Fleeing Violence and Conflict (UNHCR, 2012)
Link: http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/2012/09/guidelines-for-protection-of-people.html

Internally Displaced Persons in Europe: Another Lost Generation? (Human Rights Comment, Sept. 2012)
Link: http://humanrightscomment.org/2012/09/03/internally-displaced-persons/

International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 24, no.3 (Oct. 2012)
Link: http://ijrl.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/3.toc

International Review of the Red Cross, vol. 93, no. 884 (Dec. 2011)
Link: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?decade=2010&jid=IRC&volumeId=93&issueId=884&iid=8692426
– The theme is “The Future of Humanitarian Action.”

Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 25, no. 3 (Sept. 2012)
Link: http://jrs.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/3.toc
– Special issue on “The Refugee in the Postwar World, 1945–1960.”

Mining-Induced Displacement and Resettlement: Social Problem and Human Rights Issue (A Global Perspective) (SSRN, Aug. 2012)
Link: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2028490

No Way In: Barriers to Access, Service and Administrative Justice at South Africa’s Refugee Reception Offices (African Centre for Migration & Society, Sept. 2012)
Link: http://www.migration.org.za/publication/report/2012/no-way-barriers-access-service-and-administrative-justice-south-africa-s-ref

On the Move: The Journey of Refugees in New Literatures in English (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Aug. 2012)
Link: http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/On-the-Move–The-Journey-of-Refugees-in-New-Literatures-in-English1-4438-3990-6.htm
– Sample PDF available at http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/978-1-4438-3990-7-sample.pdf

Rebels and Refugees: Syrians in Southern Turkey, Policy Brief, no. 10 (PRIO, Sept. 2012)
Link: http://www.prio.no/sptrans/-17839532/Naftalin-Harpviken-Syrian-Rebels-and-Refugees-PRIO-Policy-Brief-10-2012.pdf

Refugee Resettlement in America: The Iraqi Refugee Experience in Upstate, New York, Cairo Studies on Migration and Refugees, no. 1 (Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, July 2012)
Link: http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/Documents/Cairo%20Papers%20series%20No.1.pdf

Refugees of the Arab Spring: The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon April 2011-April 2012, Cairo Studies on Migration and Refugees, no. 2 (Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, Aug. 2012)
Link: http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/Documents/Cairo%20Studies%20No.2Syrian%20Refugees%20in%20Lebanon_Format_27Aug%20(1).pdf

Refugees Worldwide, 4 volumes (Praeger Publishers, Aug. 2012)
Link: http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?id=2147510754
– Volume 1: A Global Perspective; Volume 2: Refugee Health; Volume 3: Mental Health; Volume 4: Law, Policy, and Programs

Right to Asylum for Unaccompanied Minors in the European Union: Comparative Study in the 27 EU Countries (France Terre d’Asile et al, Sept. 2012)
Link: http://www.france-terre-asile.org/images/stories/mineurs-isoles-etrangers/mi-an-consolide-web.pdf