Daily Archives: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Events: Glasgow Girls A Life-Affirming New Musical at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Fri 8 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2013

Glasgow Girls

Glasgow Girls

A new musical has just been announced at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, located in the heart of East London, and entitled:

Glasgow Girls:A Life-Affirming New Musical

From the introduction on the Theatre Royal Stratford East website:

Glasgow Girls tells the true story of one of the most vocal and powerful asylum campaigns to catch the imagination of the media and inspire a community to unite behind its residents.

Set in Scotland in 2005, Glasgow Girls tells of what follows after a family is ripped from their home in the middle of the night and taken away to be deported.

Driven by a fierce sense of injustice, a group of seven schoolgirls in a high school in Glasgow fight for the life of their friend and for the rights of children of asylum seekers in Scotland.

They take on the Scottish Government and the Home Office and succeed where adults and politicians failed.

Glasgow Girls will feature original songs including electronic grime from Patricia Panther, reggae-dub from Sumati Bhardwaj (Soom T) folk rock from Cora Bissett and additional songs from John Kielty.

Inspired by Real Life Events.

Further details and information on how to book tickets can be found on the Theatre Royal Stratford East website at:


Call for Applications: Asia Pacific Master of Human Rights and Democratisation

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Dear friends and colleagues,

Please see below the 2013-2014 call for applications for the EU-funded Asia-Pacific Master of Human Rights and Democratisation, which offers 20 partial scholarships to qualified human rights activists and practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region to study at the University of Sydney and one of our four partner universities (in Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia, or Sri Lanka).


**Scholarship applications are due 3 December 2012; applications for non-scholarship students are due 31 May 2013.**

Please pass on to relevant networks and colleagues.

Many thanks,


Susan Banki

Lecturer in Human Rights
Director, Master of Human Rights and Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia-Pacific) University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Email: susan.banki@sydney.edu.au


Subject: Call for Asia Pacific Master of Human Rights and Democratisation 2013 program applications

Dear colleagues, partners, alumni, friends and supporters of the Asia Pacific Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (MHRD) program,

Today we are pleased to issue our call for applications to the 2013 MHRD program.

I attach both the formal announcement (see below) and also include a link to the relevant web page on the University of Sydney website: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/human_rights_democratisation/

Susan Banki and the Human Rights team request that you please forward this information to your networks.

Please also direct enquiries to mhrd.admin@sydney.edu.au

Very best wishes,

Program Manager, Master of Human Rights and Democratisation


Call for 2013-2014 MHRD Applications Now Open

The University of Sydney is now receiving applications for the 2013-2014 cohort of Australia’s premier regional Masters degree in Human Rights and Democratisation.

Launched in 2010, this degree offers the opportunity to study both at the internationally renowned University of Sydney, and at one of four regional universities with expertise in human rights and democratisation: Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia); University of Colombo (Sri Lanka); Kathmandu School of Law (Nepal) and Mahidol University (Thailand). This degree forms the Asia-Pacific dimension of a consortium of global degrees established under the auspices of the European Union initiative on global human rights and democratisation, representing the most advanced human rights educational programs globally.

Students currently undertaking the Masters program are highly committed activists or mid-career professionals from diverse national, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, many of whom have left jobs and families in their home countries to participate in the program. Many of the students carry their own experience of oppression and marginalisation.

Students in the program come from East Asia, South-East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and the Pacific, as well as from many other countries around the globe.

The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia-Pacific Regional Program) offers up to 20 partial scholarships with priority given to applicants living and/or working in developing Asian and Pacific countries.  Please note: Scholarships are contingent upon continued funding from the European Union.

Applicants are now invited to apply for a place in the fourth cohort, scheduled to commence study in Sydney in July 2013.

For further details on how to apply, visit the website: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/human_rights_democratisation/student_administration/admission/index.shtml

The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation program is supported by the European Union through the European Inter –University Centre.

For more information, go to http://sydney.edu.au/arts/human_rights_democratisation/ or contact:


Call for nominations: Voices of Courage Awards

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Voices of Courage Awards 2013

“Refugees and Displaced Persons with Disabilities”

Accepting Nominations for Honorees

**Deadline: October 31, 2012**

Each year, the Women’s Refugee Commission honors individuals who are working on behalf of refugee, internally displaced, asylum-seeking and resettled women and young people. We are now seeking candidates to be honored at our Voices of Courage Awards luncheon on May 2, 2013.

In 2013, we will honor individuals who are developing or leading programs that benefit and include refugee, internally displaced, asylum-seeking, returnee or resettled people with disabilities.

People living with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and socially excluded of all displaced people. They may be hidden in their shelters, and subsequently not identified in data collection or included in needs assessments by humanitarian agencies. As a result, they are excluded from or unable to access most aid programs because of physical and social barriers, including negative attitudes. They rarely have the opportunity to engage meaningfully in community decisions and are rarely consulted directly on their own needs — with agencies frequently deferring to community leaders, family members or caregivers for even the most personal concerns, like access to reproductive health care or protection from violence. Often, refugees with disabilities are more isolated following their displacement than when they were in their home communities.

The Women’s Refugee Commission is working to advance the rights and dignity of refugees and displaced persons with disabilities through research, advocacy and training initiatives that develop the capacity of humanitarian agencies to ensure non-discrimination and of persons with disabilities to lead full lives and make meaningful contributions to their communities. Our Voices of Courage Awards luncheon will help shine a spotlight on this critical issue and highlight the skills and capacities of persons with disabilities.

The Women’s Refugee Commission wishes to recognize outstanding individuals supporting this often-neglected population. Some examples of projects honorees might be undertaking:

– Developing and supporting refugees and displaced persons with disabilities to form representative organizations or groups in refugee and displaced communities.

– Working with communities to protect persons with disabilities from violence in humanitarian settings.

– Supporting the inclusion of children with disabilities in child protection programs in refugee and displaced contexts, including child friendly spaces, mentorship and peer support.

– Providing sexual and reproductive health education to young persons with disabilities who are refugees.

– Bridging the gap between disabled and non-disabled youth in refugee settings.

– Ensuring access to information and services through innovative approaches, outreach and awareness raising.

– Your nominee’s project here!

We encourage organizations to nominate persons with disabilities working in their projects, who are positive role models for refugees and displaced persons with disabilities, or making a significant contribution to promoting the rights of this marginalized group.


Two individuals will be selected to receive the Voices of Courage Award. The two 2013 Voices of Courage honorees will each nominate an organization to receive a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Refugee Commission to further their critical work to benefit displaced people in their communities. We will feature descriptions of the honorees’ selected programs in our luncheon journal.

Candidate criteria:

– Candidates may live in the United States or overseas.

– Candidates should be individuals who have developed or implemented successful programs that serve people with disabilities who are currently or were previously displaced by conflict or natural disasters, or who are seeking or have been granted asylum.

– Candidates should be passionate advocates for improving the lives and protecting the rights of refugees, internally displaced people or asylum-seekers with disabilities.

– Candidates must be able to travel to New York for a week in May (the luncheon is Thursday, May 2, 2013) to accept their award (all travel and housing expenses will be paid).

– Candidates must be willing to participate in media interviews.

– The ability to speak English is preferred.

To nominate a candidate for a Voices of Courage award, please send: 1) a letter of nomination that details the program and tells the story of the nominee; 2) the curriculum vitae, résumé or biography of the nominee; and 3) the names and email/phone/fax of three references. If you email your nomination, please include all the information in a single attachment or include it in the body of the email. Include the name of the nominee in the subject of the email. Please do not send any additional materials (photos, etc.) as they will not be considered.

Please email your nomination by October 31, 2012 to luncheon@wrcommission.org . You may also fax the nomination to +1.212.551.3180, attention Nicole Rajani, or mail to: Women’s Refugee Commission, Attn: Voices of Courage Nominees, 122 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10168-1289, USA.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider nominations that are written in English.

Thank you for your help. For more information on the luncheon, contact us at the above address.


New Resource: A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education

Details of this online movie was recently posted on the Librarians and Human Rights blog and I thought that this was worth re-posting here.

Background to the movie, which is entitled, `A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education’ is taken from the Librarians and Human Rights blog posting as follows:

A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education is a 28-minute movie that presents three stories illustrating the impact of human rights education respectively on school children in India, law enforcement agencies in Australia and women victims of violence in Turkey. It is intended as a tool to raise awareness about the positive role that human rights education can play in realising human rights.
From Tamil Nadu, in Southern India, Maria Soosai Selvaraj, National Programme Coordinator for the Institute of Human Rights Education says that “each child can make a change through practising human rights values.” In addition to learning about the Indian Constitution, the children develop an understanding of the rights of the child, and the principles of non-discrimination and equality, and how these apply to their daily lives.
The movie can be found on the Path to Dignity website which can be found here:  http://path-to-dignity.org/film-english

Call for Session Proposals due November 1 for ATALM 2013 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Albuquerque, NM

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Below is an announcement regarding the Call for Session Proposals for the 2013 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Albuquerque, NM.  Will you please forward the information to your colleagues, post to your social media pages, and share with your various listservs?  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Call for Session Proposals for the 2013 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums (November 1, 2012 Deadline)

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums invites you to propose a workshop, session, keynote, or poster for the 2013 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums to be held June 10-13  at the Santa Ana Pueblo-owned Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area.  The four-day conference brings together cultures from across the nation and around the world to exchange best practices for indigenous archives, libraries, and museums.  The conference features a minimum of six pre-conference workshops, two pre-conference tours, 50 concurrent sessions, two general sessions, three keynote luncheons, and a post-conference Town Hall-style meeting.  Conference tracks focus on library, archive, and museum collections, programs, and services, as well as specialized topics such as cultural tourism, advocacy, oral history projects, language programs, digitization, preservation, and fundraising.  The conference is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

To view past conference programs and/or submit a proposal before the November 1 deadline, visit www.atalm.org.  Please direct questions to atalminfo@gmail.com


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Events: Refugee Law Initiative Presentations

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Dear colleagues,

As the new term begins, I am writing to you with the news that the Refugee Law Initiative opens its 2012-2013 programme of events with two exciting presentations by leading thinkers in the field.

1. The International Refugee Law seminar series opens on Friday 12 October at 17.30 when Professor Vincent Chetail (Geneva Graduate Institute; Editor-in-Chief of the Refugee Survey Quarterly) will be speaking on The Relations between Refugee Law and Human Rights Law: A Systemic Perspective. This presentation will be followed by a wine reception at which all are welcome!

2. The following week, on Monday 15 October at 17.30, there will be a special presentation by our new Visiting Fellow, Dr Rebecca Stern (Uppsala/Lund, Sweden), on Interpreting and Implementing Subsidiary Protection: A National, European and International Perspective. We hope that you will be able to join us on the day in giving her a warm welcome!

Both events will take place at Senate House, University of London and are free and open to the public. For further details and to register your attendance, please visit the new RLI website: http://rli.sas.ac.uk/forthcoming-events/

Please forward this email to students or other colleagues who may have an interest in attending.

Kind regards,


Dr David James Cantor
Director of the Refugee Law Initiative


Workshop: Contentious Sites and the Colonial Public Sphere in Southeast Asia

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24-25 JANUARY 2012

Lancaster University, Lancaster UK

What do sites of everyday sociability such as coffee shops, cafes, bars, book stores, dancehalls, theatres, community centres, barber shops and the like  serve in the shaping and transformation of publics and public spheres in colonial Southeast Asia? Such taken for granted spaces have had little attention and the few relevant scholarly works tend to address them as spaces for mere idling and escapist preoccupations. By putting inordinate focus on consumption patterns, entrepreneurial strategies, business networks, and everyday multiculturalism, as well as the architectural make-up and migration flows, previous works on such sites were written mainly within the overarching framework of what Dipesh Chakrabarty calls a “transition narrative, of which the over-riding (if often implicit) themes are those of development, modernization and capitalism.” One upshot of this is the failure to register the ways in which these places provided the arenas for the negotiation of selves and identities, independently and collectively.  These everyday sites enabled the articulation of aspirations, frustrations and demands of the ordinary people ? and how such articulations became public issues

This workshop aims to provide a forum for scholars of colonial Southeast Asia to rethink and offer new lenses through which sites of everyday sociability could be studied. We seek papers/texts that provide empirical, conceptual and theoretical perspectives as to the ways in which coffee shops, cafes, bars, book stores, etc became spaces of discontent that proved troublesome for colonial regimes. The workshop welcome papers that highlight those neglected quotidian spaces where common folk acted out their discontentment and
strategies of resistance to better their conditions. An intended outcome of the workshop is to expand studies on the practices and rhetoric of individuals and collectives that populated these contentious sites under the ambit of colonial rule, and how these places and their participants became contributive forces in the expansion of a more active colonial public sphere.

Organized jointly by the National University of Singapore and Lancaster University

Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied, mlsasmk@nus.edu.sg
Malay Studies, National University of Singapore

Wong Yoke-Sum,  y.wong@lancaster.ac.uk
History, Lancaster University

Papers  include:

Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied: Zones of Contentious Publics: Coffeeshops in Colonial Singapore

Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir: ‘Barely Hidden’: Locating Secret Societies in Colonial and Postcolonial Singapore

Dr Michael Karabinos: Colonial Archives as Contentious Sites: Perspectives from Southeast Asia

Dr Wasana Wongsurawat: Gambling Dens and the State in 19th and 20th Century Thailand

Justin Siefert: ‘Virtual Saloons’: The Telephone and the Public Sphere in Colonial Sri Lanka

Tilman Frasch: Locations of Coolness in Colonial Rangoon and Singapore

Arora Madakini: British Women and Public Spaces in Singapore in the 1950s