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ESSHC Vienna: migration and ethnicy. Deadline May 15 2013.

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Dear all

The ESSHC is one of the most important venues for migration researchers. The next ESSHC will be held in Vienna in 2014.


Registration for ESSHC 2014 is now open.

The deadline for pre-registration is 15 may 2013. To go directly to the registration form click


Ethnicity and Migration is the largest network at the ESSHC. There were over 40 sessions and 160 papers on migration and ethnicity at the last two conferences (Ghent 2010 and Glasgow 2012).

We invite you to submit ideas for a session or an abstract for a paper.

A session consists of four speakers, a chair and a commentator. The chair and the commentator can be the same person. The speakers are not to come from the same institute (best also not from the same country).

In the past organisers of sessions have successfully used H-migration for finding additional speakers, chairs and commentators.

We have a preference for the submission of complete sessions, but authors can also submit individual papers. We as network chairs will do our best to allocate them to sessions. It may not always be a perfect match.

Below please find some themes and questions that arose during the last network meeting in Glasgow. We would definitely welcome sessions and individual papers fitting in with these themes. We are going to encourage that the best sessions will lead to publications.

Your contribution might not fit into these areas, or cover very different ground. We will still consider them, since the ESSHC sessions are always open to new and exciting research and themes..

We are looking forward to your ideas and hope that with your participation the ESSHC 2014 will be as successful as the previous one.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Chairs of the Ethnicity and Migration Network

Marlou Schrover            Leiden University, History Department,   m.l.j.c.schrover@hum.leidenuniv.nl <mailto:m.l.j.c.schrover@hum.leidenuniv.nl>

Dariusz Stola                  Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences stola@isppan.waw.pl <mailto:stola@isppan.waw.pl>

Phillipe Rygiel                 Université Paris I, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle, France, prygiel@ens.fr <mailto:prygiel@ens.fr>

Per-Olof Gronberg         Centre for Population Studies, Umeå University, Sweden, per-olof.gronberg@ddb.umu.se <mailto:per-olof.gronberg@ddb.umu.se>

Suggestions for sessions:

+ The Other Europeans. Migrations to and from eastern and central Europe in modern times

+ Forgotten makers of migrations.

Scholarly texts have for a very long time focused mainly on migrants and to a lesser extent states as primary forces determining migration patterns and volumes. We do however know that many other actors take part in the migration process and sometimes greatly contribute to its forms and patterns, be they churches, private companies, unions, and private actors providing means or resources to migrants for various reasons. The fact however has never really been theorized or historicized.

+ Defining the migrants

In any given context, deciding who is and who is not a migrant is a very demanding task. For various reasons a lot of people who cross border are not defined as such, but are called visitors, or tourists or students, or merchants, or expatriates, or illegal foreigners. The definition of these categories, changing over time, promises to shed light on the way state agencies and societies define and regulate the migration process.

+ Migrations and empires

Scholarship on migrations within imperial spaces tends to be divided along national lines (ie French, English, Portuguese, Dutch). Comparing the different experiences would be a first

+ Health and migrations in modern times

Migration control emerges quite often from the will to avoid the spread of diseases and uses some of the same techniques. Also, representations of migrants, quite often insist on them as plague carriers.

+ Transnational norms and migrations. An historical look

Historiography on migrations has been very nation and state centered, and ignored attempt to define international norms for migrations that sometimes, through very similar bilateral agreements, can be traced back to early modern times .

+ Public discourses, Migrations and Ethnicity

Do debates have any effect on the regulation of migration? Do they aim to? Who are the claim makers? Who sets the agenda?

+ Children and migrations

When and  why did children become a separate category of migrants/

+ In defense of migrants

Anti-migrants feelings, and policies, have been flaring up in recent years but they have also witnessed public manifestations of solidarity with targeted migrant or ethnic groups and intense political activism emanating from political actors defining the defense of migrants as an important part of their political agenda. If xenophobic or anti-migrants manifestations and activism has been well documented, the activities of their opponents has been generally overlooked.

+ gender and  migration

Studies which address gender seem to get stuck on the same issues: trafficking, prostitution and exploitation. Furthermore, they tend address femininity and women rather than making comparisons to masculinity and men.

+ selecting migrants

Much of migration policy today and in the past is based on the idea that it is possible to select migrants.

Other issues we would like to see addressed:

– regulating migration: visa policies and migration control

– migration and religion

– migrant cinema

– migration and mobility

– immigration and emigration: two sides of the same coin

– migration and professional networks



The asylum-network is involved in organising the first of a series of seminars on the theme of immigration detention. By bringing together a range of established academics, early-career academics, postgraduates, practitioners, artists, activists and former detainees this seminar series will investigate the ways in which the UK experience of detention reflects and re-produces the contradictory logics inherent in modern global detention practices.

Through five one-day workshop events the seminar series will span the academic disciplines of criminology, geography, politics and sociology in order to examine immigration detention, everyday experiences of detention and the politics of, and resistance to, detention practices. The seminars will also reflect upon the ethical/methodological challenges that the study of detention produces.

The first workshop, on the topic of supporting detainees, will be held this Friday (1st Feb) in London. We have an exciting list of speakers ready and are expecting a stimulating and rewarding day of…

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Notre Dame Refugee Centre

A message from Jonathan Parr at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) about some wonderful photos taken by our regular visitor Brigitte Nongo – and other asylum seekers and refugees.

He explains:

“JRS Europe launched a photography exhibition at the EU Parliament at the end of last year. After training at workshops, some of our friends here submitted photos and some were selected, including one of Notre Dame Refugee Centre and another with a bike donated by the Red Cross. You may recognise some of our friends…and some of the poets’ names that accompany some of the photos.”

Everyone will recognise Ginette – below – at work in the Cafe. Brigitte, the photographer, says:

“Maison Pierre Chanel: Notre Dame Refugee Centre I like to go there often to meet people, and talk to them as I am often alone at home and I stress more
and more. This is the lounge…

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Call for Papers: 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Mobility, Migration And Flows


56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association


November 21-24, 2013

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION:  March 15, 2013 PROGRAM CHAIRS Jamie Monson, Professor of History, Macalaster College Dianna Shandy, Professor of Anthropology, Macalester College


We are soliciting proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables. Presentations may focus on the theme of “Mobility, Migration and Flows” or on broader social science, humanities, and applied themes relating to Africa. We strongly encourage the submission of formed panels. See Theme Statement.


Instructions for submitting proposals are online.


Join the ASA or renew your membership.


Established in 1957, the African Studies Association is the largest organization in the world devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. Our members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policy makers, donors and many others.  We encourage interdisciplinaryinteractions with Africa.  We provide access to pathbreaking research and key debates in African studies. We bring together people with scholarly and other interests in Africa through our annual meeting and seek to broaden professional opportunities in the field of African studies. The organization publishes two leading interdisciplinary journals on Africa, African Studies Review and History in Africa and promotes an informed understanding of Africa to the public and in educational institutions as well as to businesses, media, and other communities that have interests in Africa.

ENQUIRIES:  asameeting2013@gmail.com

We welcome your participation in this exciting conference and in the ASA!


Call for Proposals: Analytical Review of South African Census 2011 on Human Mobility

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.


Analytical Review of South African Census 2011 on Human Mobility

***Closing date 28 February 2013***

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) is Southern Africa’s leader for scholarship on human mobility and social transformation. Dedicated to informing academic and policy debate, the ACMS is currently seeking researchers to analyse newly released data from the 2011 South African census.

In November 2012, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) began disseminating findings from the 2011 census. In March 2013, StatsSA will release a one-in-ten sample allowing for independent review. The ACMS is currently seeking one or more researchers to analyse the newly released data. The work outlined below is intended to become a reference point for scholarly and policy deliberation on human mobility into and within the country.

The work required comprises the following tasks:

* A methodological note reviewing the data quality on domestic and international migration included in the 2011 census with reference to strengths and weaknesses vis-a-vis the previous census and 2007 community survey. The note should also include concrete suggestions for improving data collection on human mobility;

* A descriptive report on international migration into and out of South Africa highlighting origins and destinations at the national and sub-national level;

* A descriptive report on domestic mobility at the provincial, district and (selected) municipal level;

*  A descriptive report identifying complementary data sets and their potential interface with the 2011 census data.

Each of the descriptive reports should include, inter alia:

* A profile of migrants at the national, provincial, district and select municipal levels. These profiles should include:

– The total number of migrants in absolute terms and as a percentage of the total population;

– Total population changes between 1996 and 2011 and the contribution of migration to that change using available census and community survey data;

– Where appropriate, the number of people ‘lost’ due to outmigration;

– A matrix of movements by district, province and/or country;

– Welfare status of migrants including housing type, household composition, occupation, education, etc.;

– This analysis should be disaggregated by age, gender, and educational levels.

* A profile of migration trends within the country. This should include:

– Length of stay and frequency of movement;

– Country, province, district and municipality of origin;

– Urbanization;

– Demographic profile of migrants;

– Indication of documentation and/or legal status;

– Correlation between migration and HDI of receiving communities;

– Education and skills profile of migrants (ideally including comparison with current employment status and occupation);

– A discussion of the links between migration and the potential for poverty alleviation.

The reports should be written in accessible language while including annexes providing detailed descriptions of the methods of analysis. Wherever possible, the data should include illustrative charts, tables, and maps on key variables.

Prospective consultants should submit a covering letter, full CV, work plan and proposed budget to Mr. Jean Pierre Misago (jean.misago@wits.ac.za) by 28 February 2013. Work is to be completed by 30 June 2013. Please also direct any inquiries to Mr. Misago.

For more on the ACMS, visit: www.migration.org.za