Daily Archives: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ODI Event: Conflict and intervention in Mali: the humanitarian consequences

New Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Event:

Conflict and intervention in Mali: the humanitarian consequences

14:00 – 16:00 11 February 2013 (GMT+00)

Venue:  Overseas Development Institute and streamed live online

Programme: Humanitarian Policy Group

This panel event is scheduled to assess the humanitarian consequences of conflict and intervention in Mali and will feature speakers with specialisms on different aspects of the crisis.

Although frequently portrayed as a development success story, Mali has been beset by instability following a military coup, the re-emergence of Tuareg secessionists, a proliferation of Islamist-armed factions – and the influx of arms and fighters from Libya following the downfall of Colonel Gaddafi.

The consequences of the recent intervention by Mali’s former colonial power, France and the deployment of troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will also be discussed.

It is estimated that 700,000 Malians will be forced to flee in the next few months presenting humanitarian organisations with a range of needs arising from displacement and food insecurity – both within Mali and regionally. In addition, humanitarian organisations will have to negotiate the difficult terrain of counter terrorism legislation that could affect the provision of humanitarian assistance in areas held by terrorist groups.

Follow #HPGMali on Twitter for live coverage.


David Gressly – United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Sahel

Jeremy Swift – Mali analyst and specialist in pastoral issues

Genevieve Boutin – Chief, Humanitarian Policy Section, UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Programmes

Bruce Whitehouse – Professor of anthropology at Lehigh University and author of Bridges from Bamako


Andrew Norton – Director of Research, Overseas Development Institute


Sara Pantuliano – Head of HPG


Reminder – CMRB Event: Gender, Migration and Space: A memorial symposium for Tijen Uguris

Please find attached information (see below) for the following CMRB/CCIG event – Gender, Migration and Space: A memorial symposium for Tijen Uguris.

It will take place at the Open University, Camden office, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, NW1 8NP (http://www3.open.ac.uk/contact/maps.aspx?contactid=1) between 2-6pm on Friday 8th March 2013.

Best regards,

Jamie Hakim, Research Administrator (CMRB) Nira Yuval-Davis, Director, (CMRB)

CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) (University of East London) and the CCIG (Centre for Citizenship, Identities, Governance) (Open University) are pleased to announce the following event:

Gender, Migration and Space:

A memorial symposium for Tijen Uguris

It will take place at the Open University, Camden office, 1-11 Hawley Crescent,

Camden Town, NW1 8NP

(For map and directions: http://www3.open.ac.uk/contact/maps.aspx?contactid=1)

2-6pm Friday 8th March 2013

Chair: Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis


Prof. Floya Anthias (Roehampton University)

‘Transnational Mobilities and Social Locations: a translocational framing’

 Prof. Heaven Crawley (Swansea University)

‘[En]gendering international protection: refugee women, men and the politics of asylum’

Prof. Randi Gressgard (Bergen University)

‘Cosmopolitanism and containment: Neoliberal governance and instrumentalisation of urban sexual diversity’

Prof. Eleonore Kofman Erel (Middlesex University)

Title tbc

Dr. Jon Binnie & Dr. Christian Klesse (Manchester Metropolitan)

‘Discourses on Migration and Transnational Activism around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Politics in Poland’

Dr. Niloufar Pourzand (UN)

‘Gender and Migration in War and Peace: Women’s Personal and Collective Journeys and Struggles in Central Asia, the Caribbean and South East Asia’

 Dr. Mastoureh Fathi (Birkbeck University)

‘We are middle class in English standards’: spatial belonging and classed identities of Iranian women migrants in Britain’

 Dr. Necla Acik (Manchester University)

‘Gender and National Liberation in Kurdistan’

This event is free but places are limited so book your place asap. RSVP to Jamie Hakim (j.hakim@uel.ac.uk)

Nira Yuval-Davis Director, CMRB (UEL)

Umut Erel, CCIG (OU)

Speaker Biographies:

Floya Anthias is currently Professor of Sociology and Social Justice (Emeritus) at Roehampton University and Visiting Professor In Sociology at City University. Her main academic writings have been devoted to exploring different forms of stratification, social hierarchy and inequality, and how they interconnect. Her work has also been characterised by an interest in the Southern Mediterranean and she has undertaken a range of research on Cyprus and Cypriot migration and settlement. Her most recent work has been developing the concept of translocational positionality as a way of addressing some of the difficulties identified with concepts of hybridity, identity and intersectionality.

Jon Binnie is Reader in Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research interests focus on the geographies of sexualities in the urban and transnational context. He is the author of The Globalization of Sexuality (Sage, 2004), The Sexual Citizen: Queer Politics and Beyond (with David Bell; Polity, 2000) and Pleasure Zones: Bodies, Cities, Spaces (with David Bell, Ruth Holliday, Robyn Longhurst and Robin Peace; Syracuse University Press, 2001). He is currently completing a monograph on transnational activism and sexual politics in Central and Eastern Europe with Christian Klesse for Manchester University Press

Professor Heaven Crawley AcSS is Professor of International Migration and Director of the Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR) at Swansea University. Heaven has undertaken research on asylum policy and practice in the UK and Europe since 1994, initially as part of a PhD at the University of Oxford and subsequently as head of asylum and immigration research at the UK Home Office and as Associate Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr). She is a founding member of the Refugee Women’s Legal Group which produced the gender guidelines which were adopted by the UK Home Office in 2004 and author of Refugees and Gender: Law and Process (2001).

Umut Erel is lecturer in Sociology at the Open University. Her research interests are in migration, ethnicity, gender and class, culture and representation empirically and theoretically. Recent publications include: Migrant Women Transforming Citizenship. (2012); ‘Reframing Migrant Mothers as Citizens’, Citizenship Studies (Nov. 2011) and Complex belongings: Racialization and migration in a small English city, Ethnic and Racial Studies (Dec 2012).

Randi Gressgård is Associate Professor of gender studies, Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, University of Bergen. She is also affiliated with the research unit International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) in Bergen. Her research interests include migration & minority studies, gender & sexuality studies and urban studies. Among her publications is Multicultural Dialogue: Dilemmas, Paradoxes, Conflicts (2010/2012).

Christian Klesse is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). He has published widely on sexuality, intimacy, body modification, sexual politics and research methodology. He is author of The Spectre of Promiscuity. Gay Male and Bisexual Non-monogamies and Polyamories (Ashgate, 2007 ). He is co-editor of a special issue on Polyamory of Sexualities (9(5), December 2006).

Niloufar Pourzand has a PhD from the University of Greenwich in Sociology, Gender and Ethnic Studies. She has worked with the UN for over 30 years in a number of regions and countries on issues of children, women and refugee rights, as well as education, child protection and policy. Niloufar met and grew to deeply admire Tijen in 1995 when she began her MA at the U. of Greenwich when both were students of Prof Nira Yuval-Davis. Tijen certainly remains one of the inspirations of Niloufar’s life – whom she will always love, remember and highly respect.

Mastoureh Fathi is currently a research assistant in Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London on a project called, ‘Mediated Humanitarian Knowledge: Audiences’ responses and moral actions’. Her research interests include migrants’ narratives, class and belonging stories and women’s social and political engagements in Iran. She was awarded her PhD, entitled ‘Classed Pathways: Narratives of Iranian Women Migrants’ in 2011.


Update: UKBA Press Release on the 3rd edition of the New Life in the UK handbook

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) have released a press release entitled. `New Life in the UK handbook published today’ which provides further information on the launch of the new third edition of the Life in the UK handbook.  Further details are as follows:

New Life in the UK handbook published today

 28 January 2013
Life in the UK handbook

Life in the UK handbook

An updated Life in the UK test handbook is now available to buy.

The new handbook supports the UK Border Agency’s Life in the UK test for migrants wishing to seek permanent residence in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen.

It has been updated to provide the reader with a more accurate reflection of living in the UK, with a greater focus on British culture and history. The handbook is user-friendly and has taken on board feedback from the user evaluation survey, the public and other interested parties.

The handbook celebrates British achievements and prominent individuals in the fields of science, culture, literature and sport. It also highlights the natural beauty and major landmarks of the UK. There is information on government, democracy, the legal system and how individuals can contribute to their community, plus a greater emphasis on the responsibilities as well as privileges of living in the UK.

It will fit easily into a pocket or bag and includes useful ‘check that you understand’ boxes at the end of every section, and a glossary of key words and phrases.

A new Life in the UK test will be introduced on 25 March 2013, 8 weeks after publication of the new handbook, to allow candidates time to prepare. Unlike the current test which only has questions on selected chapters, the new test will include questions on all sections of the new handbook, meaning that candidates will be tested on their knowledge of history and the law. The booking system will make it clear to candidates whether they are booking the new or old test.

[Link to Press Release]



PACE, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, adopted a Resolution on 24 January 2013 calling for “firm and urgent measures [to] tackle the mounting pressure and tension over asylum and irregular migration into Greece, Turkey and other Mediterranean countries.”  The Resolution noted that Greece, with EU assistance, has enhanced border controls, particularly along its land border with Turkey and while “these policies have helped reduce considerably the flow of arrivals across the Evros border with Turkey, they have transferred the problem to the Greek islands and have not helped significantly in dealing with the situation of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees already in Greece.”

The Resolution makes recommendations to the EU, Greece, and Turkey and calls on CoE members states to “substantially increase their assistance to Greece, Turkey and other front-line countries” in various ways, including:

  • provide bi-lateral assistance, including by exploring new approaches to resettlement and intraEurope relocation…

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