Daily Archives: Monday, November 12, 2012

New Events and Opportunities

Details of these new events and opportunities were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

‘Debate’ on the Role of Border Controls in the Response to Human Trafficking [info]
– Addendum to earlier CFP for forthcoming issue of Anti-Trafficking Review.  Submission deadline is 15 Jan. 2013.

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture on ‘The Architecture of Refugee Protection’, Oxford, 7 November 2012 [info]

*Dialogue on ABA’s Civil Immigration Detention Standards: Promoting Fair Treatment and Access to Justice, New York, 14 November 2012 [info]
– Registration deadline is 8 November 2012.

Public Lecture: Professor Didier Fassin on Humanitarianism, Asylum and Refugees, Hawthorn, Australia, 12 November 2012 [info]

The Israeli Asylum System: Contemporary Challenges in Comparative European Context, Tel Aviv, 12-13 November 2012 [info]

*Asile et Extradition: Théorie et Pratique de l’Exclusion du Statut de Réfugié, Lille, France, 23 November 2012 [info]
– Registration deadline is 15 November 2012.

Humanitarian Crises and International Law: The Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute, Leeds, UK, 23 November 2012 [info]

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Yemen, U.S. Department of State  [info]
– The proposal submission deadline is 26 November 2012.


New Publications on Health; Children; and Human Trafficking & Smuggling

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on Health

“Evaluating the Mental Health Training Needs of Community-based Organizations Serving Refugees,” Advances in Social Work, vol. 13, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health into Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (WHO et al., Oct. 2012) [text]

Mental Health Needs Not Being Met for Immigrants and Refugees (CERIS, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Occupational Upheaval During Resettlement and Migration: Findings of Global Ethnography With Refugees With Disabilities,” OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, vol. 32, no. 1 (Suppl.) (Winter 2012) [full-text via Creighton University]

“Refugees’ views of the Effectiveness of Support Provided by their Host Countries,” European Journal of Psychotraumatology, vol. 3 (2012) [open access text]

“A Study of Complementary Therapies and Counselling: An Integrative Model for Refugee Health Care,” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 12(Suppl 1):P368 (June 2012) [open access text]

Publications on Children

Broken Futures: Young Afghan Asylum Seekers in the UK and on Return to their Country of Origin, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 246 (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Children and War: How ‘Soft’ Research Can Answer the Hard Questions in Political Science,” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 10, no. 2 (June 2012) [full-text via Chris Blattman]

Child Protection Network (Community-based Child Care Center) Nepal (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Looks at Mentor-Mentee Program.

Child Protection Network (Early Childhood Development Center) Nepal (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Child Protection Network (Community-based Child Care Center) Nepal (UNHCR, Aug. 2012) [text]
– Looks at Community based Child Care Center (CCCC) program.

Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors in Australia: An Overview of National Support Arrangements and Key Emerging Issues, MYAN Policy Paper (Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Sept. 2012) [text via BroCAP]

Publications on Human Trafficking & Smuggling

Is the Immigration of Korean Sex Workers to the United States Sex Trafficking or Migrant Smuggling? (Brookings Institution, Oct. 2012) [text]

Migrant Women Trapped in Sex Trade (IPS, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Seeking Asylum for Former Child Soldiers and Victims of Human Trafficking,”Pepperdine Law Review, vol. 39, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress (U.S. Congressional Research Service, Oct. 2012) [text]

Young Refugee Council Clients Give Evidence in Child Trafficking Case (Refugee Council, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Note “witchcraft” element in this case.


New Publications on Housing/Land/Property; Legal Items; Statelessness and Rohingya

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on Housing/Land/Property

Colombia – Third Phase Protection of Land and Patrimony of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Project: Restructuring (World Bank, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Kampala Convention on Internal Displacement in Africa: What Does It Mean for Housing, Land and Property Restitution? (Terra Nullius, Oct. 2012) [text]

Myanmar at the HLP Crossroads: Proposals for Building an Improved Housing, Land and Property Rights Framework that Protects the People and Supports Sustainable Economic Development (Displacement Solutions, Oct. 2012) [text]

Ownership to Occupation: The Forced Evictions and Internal Displacement of the People of the Syrian Golan (Al-Marsad, May 2012) [text]

Russian Olympic Preparation Displaces Nearby Residents (Human Rights Brief Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Situation of Victims of Forced Displacement in Colombia (Human Rights Brief Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Standing Their Ground: Thousands Face Violent Eviction in China (Amnesty International, Oct. 2012) [text]

Publications on Legal Items

“De Lege Ferenda: ‘Sovereignty as Responsibility’ as a Framework for International Internally Displaced Persons Law,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]

“An Effective Remedy in the Context of Asylum Applications: A Comparative Study between France and Ireland,” The Researcher, vol. 7, no. 2 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

“The Expulsion of Aliens and Other Topics: The Sixty-Fourth Session of the International Law Commission,” American Journal of International Law, vol. 107 (forthcoming, 2013) [preprint]

“‘They’re chasing these people to death’: Human Rights Defenders and Asylum,” The Researcher, vol. 7, no. 2 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

To Be or Not to Be: The ‘Environmental Refugee’ (SSRN, Oct. 2012) [text]

The UK’s Role in the International Refugee Protection System (Refugee Council, Oct. 2012) [text]

Publications on Statelessness:

Background on Statelessness (APRRN, Oct. 2012) [text]

An Instant Best Practice: Philippines’ New Stateless Status Determination Procedure (ENS Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Nando Sigona Interviewed by Voice of Russia on Children at Risk of Statelessness in UK (RSC, Nov. 2012) [access]

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism (openDemocracy, Nov. 2012) [access]
– Guest editorial partnership week beginning 5 Nov. 2012.  Read the introduction from the guest editor.

Russia and The Baltics: The Great Statelessness Game (ENS Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

*Under the Radar and Under Protected: The Urgent Need to Address Stateless Children’s Rights (UNHCR & PLAN, June 2012) [text]

Publications on Rohingya:

Burma Raises Prospect of Rohingya Citizenship (Refugees International Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Plight of the Rohingya: ASEAN Credibility Again at Stake, RSIS Commentaries, no. 207/2012 (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nov. 2012) [text]

“The Unknown Fate of the Stateless Rohingya,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]

‘Untold Lives: Statelessness and Minority Rights in Burma,” The Politic, 2 Nov. 2012 [text]


New Journals; Periodicals; and Magazine

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Development in Practice, vol. 22, no. 4 (2012) [contents]
– Special issue on “Child Protection in Development”; includes “Beyond war: ‘suffering’ among displaced Congolese children in Dar es Salaam,” “Global priorities against local context: protecting Bhutanese refugee children in Nepal” and “Listening to Iraqi refugee children in Jordan, but then what? Exploring the impact of participatory research with children.”

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 31 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]
– “News, reflection and learning on the provision of refugee legal aid… .”

Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 13, no. 4 (Nov. 2012) [contents]
– Mix of articles including “441-458 Flexible Citizenship and the Inflexible Nation-State: New Framework for Appraising the Palestinian Refugees’ Movements.”

Journal of Refugee Studies (forthcoming) [contents]
– Preview of articles to be published in upcoming issue with the theme of “Representing ‘Hidden’ Populations: A Symposium on Sampling Techniques.”

Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]
– Student-run journal with 13 new articles on a wide variety of topics including urban refugees, stateless Rohingya, monitoring failed asylum-seeekers, among many others.

The Researcher, vol. 7, no. 2 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]
– From the Refugee Documentation Centre; lead article is the HC’s address at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin.

Women’s Asylum News, no. 113 (Sept./Oct. 2012) [full-text]
– Lead article is “The Feminist Lobby of Parliament and justice for women seeking asylum.”

AWR Bulletin, vol. 50, no. 2 (2012) [contents]
– Articles include “Dublin III beyond M.S.S. and N.S.,” “EASO: The European Asylum Support Office – a new facilitator for the establishment of a Common European Asylum System?,” “Extraterritorial Processing and Reception Centers for Migrants in North Africa – Developments in European Asylum and Refugee Law,” and “Hirsi and the Bermuda Triangle.”

Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 25, no. 4 (Summer 2011) [contents]
– Mix of articles including “Unaccompanied Should Not Mean Unprotected: The Inadequacies of Relief for Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors.”

International Migration, vol. 50, no. 6 (Dec. 2012) [contents]
– Mix of articles, including “Children and Families Seeking Asylum in Northern Norway: Living Conditions and Mental Health” and a feature section on human trafficking.

International Review of the Red Cross, vol. 93, no. 884 (Dec. 2011) [full-text]
– The full-text is now available on the ICRC site; the theme is “The Future of Humanitarian Action.”

Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, vol. 10, no. 3 (Nov. 2012) [contents]
– Mix of articles including a personal reflection entitled “The story of a Congolese refugee worker in Tanzania.”

Migration Policy Practice, vol. II, no. 5 (Oct.-Nov. 2012) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
– Features contributions to IOM’s ongoing International Dialogue on Migration (IDM), including “Forced migration – changing trends, new responses,” “Managing migration in crisis situations: reflections and experiences on US humanitarian assistance and migration response,” “Atención y reparación integral a las víctimas del desplazamiento forzado en Colombia,” and “Dealing with the consequences of article 1F of the Refugee Convention in the Netherlands: A crisis for migration policymakers and excluded asylum claimants.”

Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, vol. 28, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]
– Theme issue with 10 articles focusing on “Iraqi refugees” in Australia, Egypt, Europe, Indonesia, Jordan, Syria, and the U.S.  Also includes one non-theme article on “There’s No Place Like a Refugee Camp? Urban Planning and Participation in the Camp Context.”


New Publications on Africa; Middle East; and Asia/Oceania

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on Africa

Bulletin spécial sur Mtabila (UNHCR Burundi, Oct. 2012)
– No. 1no. 2 and no. 3 are available via ReliefWeb.

Burundi-Tanzania: A Troubled Homecoming (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

From Arid Zones into the Desert: The Uganda National IDP Policy Implementation 2004-2012, RLP Working Paper, no. 23 (Refugee Law Project, Oct. 2012) [text]

Internal Displacement in Africa: A Development Challenge (IDMC, Oct. 2012) [text]

Kenya: Refugee Relocation Order Sparks Concern (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Kenya’s Neglected IDPs: Internal Displacement and Vulnerability of Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya (IDMC & ISS, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
– See also related IRIN report.

Publications on the Middle East

Egyptian Policy Toward the Palestinian Refugees, 1948 to 1952: Incorporating Arab Sources into the Historiography of the 1948 War for Palestine (SSRN, 2012) [text]

Israel: Asylum Seekers Blocked at Border (Human Rights Watch, Oct. 2012) [text]

Palestinian Refugee Experience in a Changing Humanitarian Order, Working Paper, no. 2011/58 (Birzeit University, 2011) [text via SSRN]

“Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the State of Israel,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, vol. 6, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]

“Some UNRWA Refugees Have Resettled,” Middle East Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2012) [full-text]

Spatializing Identity: The Changing Landscape of Palestinian Refugee Camps, Working Paper, no. 2011/50 (Birzeit University, 2011) [text via SSRN]

Publications on Asia/Oceania

“Barriers to Reform in Myanmar: Displacement of Civilians in Kachin State,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]

Changing Realities, Poverty and Displacement in South East Burma/Myanmar (The Border Consortium, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Exporting Australia’s Asylum Policies (Human Rights Watch, Oct. 2012) [text]

Human Rights Issues Raised by the Transfer of Asylum Seekers to Third Countries (Australian Human Rights Commission, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Intermédiaires du Tourisme Médical: Les Réfugiés Afghans de Delhi,” Moussons, no. 19 (2012) [full-text]

Rohingya in Bangladesh: Maintaining the Status Quo; Squandering a Rare Opportunity (Refugees International, Oct. 2012) [text]

Rohingya in Burma: Spotlight on Current Crisis Offers Opportunity for Progress (Refugees International, Oct. 2012) [text]

Sri Lanka: A Hidden Displacement Crisis (IDMC, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Unsolved Issues in South Korea’s Domestic Refugee Law,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 31 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]


Table of Contents: International Migration

The latest Table of Contents alert for the journal International Migration has just been published.  This is for Volume 50, Issue 6 Pages 1–231, (December 2012) and some of the articles included in this volume include:

New: Meolody’s Story – New Refugee Council Animation

News from the Refugee Council:

In this animation, Melody tells her story of arriving in the UK completely alone at the age of 12. She was sent to the UK from her home country of Nigeria to live with a friend of the family, but was forced to live in domestic servitude and was repeatedly beaten and sexually abused. This is the 3rd in the series of short animations featuring child refugees released by the Refugee Council in conjunction with their Children’s Section’s 18th birthday. To find out more about our vital work protecting child refugees like Melody, please visit this page: http://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/howwehelp/directly/children/18th.htm

See the film on Youtube at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xZGBYeuDYA&

New Publications on South-South Humanitarianism;Emigration from the UK; Roma; Burma; and International Migration

South-South humanitarianism

South-South humanitarianism

Workshop report: South-South Humanitarianism in contexts of forced displacement.
By Julia Pacitto.

This workshop report offers a thematic discussion of the main issues covered throughout the course of the international workshop on ‘South-South humanitarian responses to forced displacement’ convened by Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford in October 2012, in addition to presenting areas and questions for further research.

The workshop was generously supported by the Oxford Department of International Development and Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Policy Development and Evaluation Service (UNHCR-PDES). Dr. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s broader research project, South-South Humanitarianism in Contexts of Forced Displacement, is funded by an Oxford University Fell Fund Award (2012-2013).

[Download Full Report]

Emigration from the UK
Home Office Research Report 68, November 2012.
By Rosemary Murray, David Harding, Timothy Angus, Rebecca Gillespie
and Harsimran Arora.

Home Office Research Report 68 presents information from academic research and surveys drawn together to present key aspects of long-term emigration from the United Kingdom. This includes recent outward migration and some trends over the last twenty years, separately for British, European Union (EU) and non-EU citizens.

The report considers where emigrants go, how long for, and their motivations. The evidence suggests emigration is mainly for work, and that key destinations for British citizens are Australia, Spain, the United States, and France.  Reasons and drivers for emigration from the UK appear to vary across citizenship groups. Whilst many factors influence emigration, British and EU citizen emigration appears to be associated with changes in unemployment and exchange rates. This is less apparent for non-EU citizens.

[Download Full Report]

Czech Republic: Five more years of injustice: Segregated education for Roma in Czech Republic.
A report by Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]

Report on the Human Rights Situation in Burma (April – September 2012).

Report on the Human Rights Situation in Burma (April - September 2012)

Report on the Human Rights Situation in Burma (April – September 2012)

Produced by the Network for Human Rights Documentation–Burma.
From the introduction:

Over the period of this report, the political landscape in Burma has undergone noticeable shifts. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, once a political prisoner under house arrest, recently returned from a whirlwind tour of the United States where she received the Congres- sional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honour. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the U.S. Congress touted her cooperation with Burmese President Thein Sein, who visited the United Nations in New York City. The trip, at the urging of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, also resulted in the further easing of sanctions on the Burmese gov- ernment, including an end to the crippling ban on imports.

[Download Full Report]

International Migration Outlook 2012

International Migration Outlook 2012

International Migration Outlook 2012.
Produced by the OECD.

This publication provides an analysis of recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and two analytical chapters, covering the role of migration in renewing the skills of ageing workforces and the role of Asia in international migration.

[Further Information]


New Journals on Feminist Economics; UKBA; Humanitarian Action; Somalia; and Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Special Issue: Gender and International Migration

Special Issue: Gender and International Migration

The latest Table of Contens for the journal, Feminist Economics: The international scholarly journal of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) has just been published.  Volume 18, Issue 2, 2012 is a special issue on the subject of `Gender and Forced Migration.’
Further details are available here:  http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfec20/18/2

UK Border Agency launches national allegations database.
A new article on the Open Democracy website.
[Access Article]

Sri Lanka: A hidden displacement crisis.
A new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).

More than three years after the end of the 26-year armed conflict between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), nearly 470,000 people displaced during its various stages have returned to their home areas. This does not mean, however, that there is no internal displacement in the country any more. As of the end of September 2012, more than 115,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) were still living in camps, with host communities or in transit sites, or had been relocated, often against their will, to areas other than their places of origin.

[Download Full Report]

Beyond the ‘French Doctors’: The evolution and interpretation of

Beyond the ‘French Doctors’: The evolution and interpretation of humanitarian action in France

Beyond the ‘French Doctors’: The evolution and interpretation of humanitarian action in France

humanitarian action in France.
By Eleanor Davey.

This Working Paper provides a review of the French experience of humanitarian action over the twentieth century, and of the Francophone literature about this history. It illustrates the importance of national contexts in shaping ideas and discourses about humanitarian affairs, while also reflecting upon their place in a global history.

[Download Full Report]

Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia’s Displaced Population at Risk.
By Refugees International.
[Download Full Report]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: When everyone is silent: Reparation for survivors of wartime rape in Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A new report by Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
See Also: Amnesty International Press Release – Bosnia and Herzegovina: Time for Republika Srpska to make reparations for war-time rape


New Publications on the Work of the UK Border Agency; Syria; and Conflict in Cities Briefings

The Work of the UK Border Agency (April-June 2012)

The Work of the UK Border Agency (April-June 2012)

The Work of the UK Border Agency (April-June 2012):  HC 603, Eighth Report of Session 2012-13 – Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence.
By the House of Commons – Home Affairs Committee.
From the summary:

According to the report ‘The Work of the UK Border Agency (April-June 2012) (HC 603)’ the Border Agency’s backlog is growing at an alarming rate and has increased by over 25,000 cases since the first quarter of this year.

The backlog consists of:

  • The Migration Refusal Pool – records of individuals without leave to remain in the UK, who cannot be traced and has grown by 24,000 records since the first quarter of this year, it now totals 174,000.
  • Former Foreign National Offenders (FNOs) – with 3,954 ex-FNOs living in the community whilst deportation action against them proceeds.
  • The Controlled Archive – with cases the Agency has no control over, it does not even know where the applicants are, there were 95,000 cases in archive at the end of June this year and senior management promised to clear it by the end of 2012, which would mean writing off 81,000 files.
  • Live Cohorts – where the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has managed to trace an applicant thought to have been lost and is working to close their case, with 29,000 cases in the Live Cohorts at the end of June this year.

The UKBA must adopt a transparent and robust approach to tackling the backlogs instead of creating new ways of camouflaging them. Until the entire backlog is cleared the Committee does not believe that senior staff should receive any bonuses.

[Access the Full Report].
See Also – Inquiry: The work of the UK Border Agency (April–June 2012)
(Source: The Refugee Council Press Release –Work of UKBA criticised in Committee report: our response and the UK Parliament Press Release – Border Agency’s backlog spiralling out of control say Home Affairs Committee).

All-out Repression: Purging Dissent In Aleppo, Syria.
A report by Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International Press Release – Syria: Armed group carries out summary killing of security forces in Idlib).

The following seven briefings were launched as part of the Conflict in Cities Briefing Paper Launch event. The briefing papers below are now available to download at

Why research cities that experience ethno-national conflict?

How the built environment sustains divisions in contested cities

How young people experience contested cities and each other

Why everyday activities and mixing in urban spaces matter

How sacred and secular intersect in contested cities

How development projects must respond to the conditions of urban conflict

7 SECURITY AND THE `GOOD CITY’ The many factors involved in creating a secure city

Why memory in divided cities impacts upon the future


Event: Immigration Detention Seminar Series

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Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Dear all

I’m pleased to announce a new seminar series exploring everyday practice and resistance in immigration detention. The first seminar, on the theme of ‘Supporting Immigration Detainees’ is scheduled to take place in London, at Resource for London, on the 1st February 2013, 9-4pm, and the speakers include:

– Dr. Lauren Martin (Oulu University, Finland), expert on US detention system,

– Dr. Adeline Trude, Research and Policy Director, Bail for Immigration Detainees,

– Ali McGinley, Director, Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees,

– John Speyer, Director, Music in Detention,

– Dr. JoAnn McGregor (University College London), expert on British immigration removal centres,

– Prof. Heaven Crawley (Swansea University, Centre for Migration and Policy Research), expert on child and family detention.

– Gill Baden, Campaign to Close Campsfield and the Bail Observation Project.

Our capacity for the event is limited, so places will need to be booked (before Friday **18th January** please). We’re reserving a proportion of the places for practitioners, asylum seekers and former detainees. In the case of the latter two, there are some funds to help with attendance. Please contact me ( n.m.gill@exeter.ac.uk ) to reserve a place or to find out more about these funds.

The seminar series will also involve events in York (‘The Politics of Detention’, lead organiser Alexandra Hall), Birmingham (‘The Relation Between Prison and Detention’, lead organiser Dominique Moran), Oxford (‘The Everyday Experience of Immigration Detention’ lead organiser Mary Bosworth) and Lancaster (‘Activism in and Around Detention’ lead organiser Imogen Tyler). There’s more information available at the seminar series website, including information about the objectives of the series: http://immigrationdetentionseminarseries.wordpress.com/ . The series is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Best wishes


Dr. Nick Gill
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
University of Exeter


Archives Watch

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Archives and Records Association Annual Conference 


CARDIFF, Wales, United Kingdom

28th – 30th August 2013




Accountability, Culture and Ethics’

The Archives and Records Association UK & Ireland is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2013 conference to be held in Cardiff, August 2013.


Records and archives play a key role in holding organisations to account and providing justice while also acting as an important educational and cultural resource. This conference will examine these different aspects of records and archives and the consequent roles and responsibilities of recordkeepers and conservators.


The conference will have two streams (archives and records management / conservation) but we will encourage crossovers between them. We welcome suggestions for papers, panels, case studies, debates and workshops on the following themes.


Archives and Records Management

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Call for Papers: “Migration, Mobility, and Movements: Crossing Borders in World History” Graduate Student Conference at Northeastern University

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Call for Papers: “Migration, Mobility, and Movements: Crossing Borders in World History” Graduate Student Conference at Northeastern University March 16-17, 2013 Deadline for Abstracts: December 15, 2012

The Graduate Students in the Department of History at Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts) invite proposals for their Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference on World History: March 16 and 17, 2013. This year’s conference title is “Migration, Mobility, and Movements: Crossing Borders in World History.”

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DONNA GABACCIA, Professor of History and Director,  Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

Keynote Address: “From Immigration History to Mobility Studies.”

CONFERENCE THEME: Motion is a constant feature of our world. Humans migrate from region to region or nation to nation – temporarily for short spans of time, permanently for longer spans, or just for today.

Material goods, languages, culture, ideas and ideologies grow increasingly mobile. Belief systems – political, ethical, religious – foster social movements that alter lives. The world is geography in flux. We invite papers on these topics and many more.

Papers may discuss but are not limited to the following categories:

NETWORKS: transnational transmission of ideas or ideologies, commercial or technological webs, contact between people, and more.

SOCIAL and POLITICAL MOVEMENTS: the emergence, development and spread of social and/or political movements within and across various geographic regions.

CULTURAL MOBILITY: the patterns and networks that human societies create, the flexibility of cultures, and exchanges between different cultures.

MIGRATIONS: transnational, regional, intra and inter-continental, for purposes as diverse as there are migrations.

MAPPING MOVEMENTS: movement of ideas, commodities, technologies or people. We especially invite use of the new historical investigative methods  in network analysis and the digital humanities.   We invite graduate students in degree programs in history and other cognate disciplines to present work on any of these topics and more.  In addition, we invite public history students to present their research using public history techniques such as posters, exhibition models, video, etc.

We also welcome panel proposals. If you would like to propose a panel with chair, please get in touch separately.  Faculty are invited to volunteer as chair/commentators in their research areas.

To be considered, the following documents should be sent to the program committee at nugradconf@gmail.com by *December 15, 2011*:

Individual Panelists:

-200-word abstract describing paper or work to be presented -Brief curriculum vitae -List of audio/visual needs, if applicable


List of all panel members (3 per panel) with designated chairperson, if applicable -200-word abstract that discusses the theme of the panel -200-word abstract for each paper or work to be presented -Brief curriculum vitae for each panelist and chairperson -List of audio/visual needs, if applicable

Selected panelists will be notified via email by January 15, 2012.

Please contact nugradconf@gmail.com with any questions.

Registration is free, and we provide breakfast and lunch both days, free of charge. Graduate students from afar can request housing with our graduate students. Northeastern University is well-placed on busand subway lines in the heart of Boston. Logan Airport is the closest airport and is accessible by public transportation. The conference will begin at 8:30 am on Saturday, March 16 and run through the early evening reception for our keynote speaker. We begin again at 8:30 am on Sunday, March 17, with a tentative end time of 3:30 pm that day.


Conference: Religion and Diaspora: African Migrants’ Religious Networks in Britain and Europe

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Conference: Religion and Diaspora: African Migrants’ Religious Networks in Britain and Europe

This one-day event brings together historians, anthropologists, literary scholars and scholars of religion with religious practitioners, both Muslim and Christian, from faith communities in London and more broadly across Britain and Europe. The broad theme of the event is religion and citizenship in the African diaspora. In particular, speakers will examine the aims and ambitions of religious networks amongst Africans in Britain and Europe, as well as their daily struggles, tensions and moments of defeat. We intend to focus particularly on the interaction of African migrants and religion with families and gender roles, on attempts at outreach and cooperation between different religious constituencies, and on the significance of religious affiliations as supportive mechanisms. We will aim to enable focused conversation between our panellists, as well as draw upon the participation of the audience.

Speakers include:
  • Dr Afe Adogame – Senior Lecturer in World Christianity, University of Edinburgh, research interests include religion in the new African diaspora, and religious transnationalism
  • Reverend Celia Apeagyei-Collins – Founder and CEO of the Rehoboth Foundation, a Pentecostal Christian foundation mentoring women in the United Kingdom
  • Dr Heiko Henkel – Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, researching the anthropology of Islam in Turkey
  • Dr Anne Kubai – Researcher at the Nordic African Institute, researching Somali migrants in Sweden
  • Fuad Nahdi – Director of the Radical Middle Way, a platform for ‘open debate, critical thinking and deep spiritual reflection’ on Islam in Britain
  • Rev Israel Olofinjana – A Baptist minister who works at Catford Community Church, author of ‘Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe’ and ‘20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria’
  • Reverend Femi Olowo – Founder and principal of the South London Christian College, an institution that trains church leaders from the Global South, and also the General Overseer of a network of African and Caribbean churches in the Disapora
  • Bashir Osman – Graduate Civil Engineer from the University of Birmingham. Currently working as a Project Manager and FOSIS Midlands Chair. Interest include Strategic Planning, African infrastructural development and co-founder of Iman Girls School.
  • Dr Joanna Sadgrove – Research Fellow, University of Leeds, research interests include how western discourses of sexuality and sexual identity are mediated in African religious contexts

Booking and programme details of this full-day conference at SOAS are at: