Monthly Archives: February 2013

Latest Migration Statistics Published and Associated Media Links

Both the UK Home Office and the UK Office for National Statistics have published new statistical publications today.

Home Office Publications
(Source: Home Office Science and the Migration Statistics listserv).

The following have been posted by Home Office Science:

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Home Office’s Immigration Statistics October – December 2012 release, has been published today, it provides the latest figures on those subject to immigration control.  A notable change introduced with this release is that our entry clearance visa applications, resolutions, issues and refusals back to 2005 have been provided on a quarterly, rather than annual, basis in new tables be.01.q (by category) and be.02.q (by nationality) as well as new quarterly data by category by nationality in tables be.06.q.w to be.06.q.o.

This edition also contains a short article about ‘Foreign National Offenders in detention and leaving detention’ (see, this article sets out differences in detention periods between offenders and other detainees held in UKBA detention. This ‘short article’ is intended as additional analysis of our data to assist users in understanding the figures. We plan in future to publish further articles on a range of topics to assist users to better interpret immigration statistics.

ONS Publications

(Source:  Office for National Statistics and the Migration Statistics listserv).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today, Thursday 28th February 2013, published the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR). The report can be accessed from the following link:

The MSQR series brings together statistics on migration that are published quarterly by the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), ONS, and the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

ONS have also released a report looking at the quality and reliability of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) in relation to producing estimates of long-term migration flows. The report was originally released in November 2012, but now contains some updated information. It can be accessed from the following link:

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Associated Media Links

UK Home Office – Net migration continues to fall

The Guardian – Net migration to UK drops to 163,000

The Independent – Net immigration into Britain falls ‘significantly’

The Daily Telegraph – Net migration falls by a third

The Daily Telegraph – Fall in overseas students driving down net migration

BBC News – UK net migration falls by a third

The Huffington Post – Net Migration

The Daily Express – Winning the battle on immigration: Number of migrants staying in UK falls by a third

The Mail Online – The broken pledges of immigration: Coalition promised to cut net migration to under 100,000. Yesterday, it hit 252,000

Event: The Violation of Housing, Land, and Planning Rights in Israel and the OPT: Expert Testimonies from the Field

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel are pleased to invite you to an expert roundtable with human rights defenders from the field and special guest Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur (SR) on Adequate Housing, following the report on her Mission to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

The side-event, entitled “The Violation of Housing, Land, and Planning Rights in Israel and the OPT: Expert Testimonies from the Field” will provide updates from the field and explore ways in which participants can operationalise the protection of human rights as articulated by the Special Rapporteur.

The event will take place Monday 4 March 2013 from 16:00 – 17:30 in room XXV, Building E, of the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In addition to the Special Rapporteur, roundtable participants include:

.      Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

.      Ibrahim Abu Kharbish, Jordan Valley Sheikh

.      Guillaume Charron, The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC)

.      Nadia Ben-Youssef, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

.      Carin Smaller, B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

.      Rania Madi, Badil – Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights

.      Wa’il Abul Raheem Mohammad Qut, The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre

.      Stéphanie David, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

The roundtable will be moderated by Charmain Mohamed of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

We welcome and look forward to your participation in the roundtable discussion. Refreshments will served for the occasion.  Please inform us by sending an email to by Friday, 1 March if you are planning to participate in the roundtable; we will also inform security should you need access to the Palais.  Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information and we thank you for considering our invitation.

Best regards,

Emilie Arnaud, IDMC
Middle East Support Officer
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Norwegian Refugee Council
Chemin de Balexert 7-9, CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)

Nadia Ben-Youssef,
Esq. International Law & Advocacy Consultant
Mobile: +972(0)54-566-2300; Skype: nadiaby
Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel


Seminars: UEL Centre for Human Rights in Conflict Seminar Series

The CHRC is hosting a series of seminars every term. The programme for the Spring 2013 Seminars is out now. Seminars are free to attend and open to all.

Link:  UEL Centre for Human Rights in Conflict

Wednesday 27 February 2013, 16.00-17.45h

Transforming Pain into Hope: Human Rights Defenders in the Americas

Human rights defenders in the Americas have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of human rights. However, they are systematically harassed, attacked, stigmatized and subjected to unfounded criminal charges in almost every country in the Americas to prevent them from speaking out for the rights of the most marginalized. Those particularly targeted include people working on issues related to land and natural resources; the rights of women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, abuses against migrants as well as those working to ensure justice for human rights abuses, plus journalists, bloggers and trade unionists. The speakers will present Amnesty International’s campaign and Amnesty International’s Report Transforming pain into hope: Human rights defenders in the Americas, which are based on the analysis of around 300 cases of attacks against human rights defenders in more than a dozen countries in the Americas, primarily between January 2010 and September 2012. (Report and current public campaigning actions are available at:

All welcome, admission FREE, refreshments provided

Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station


Nancy Tapias Torrado, Researcher on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Americas, Amnesty International

Leonor Rebassa, Campaigner for the Human Rights Defenders in the Americas, Amnesty International

Wednesday 6 March 2013, 16.00-17.45h

The United States and the policy of targeted killings

The policy of targeted killings may be ‘the only game in town’, as then CIA Director Leon Panetta famously said in 2009, but there are significant legal hurdles in the implementation of the policy. The speaker will discuss the legal framework of municipal U.S. law, as well as the consistency of targeted killings with international law, including, in particular, the law of force, the law of armed conflict, and human rights law. The discussion will be based on the relevant case-law, and legal policy documents, including the recent legal opinion of the U.S. Department of Justice.

All welcome, admission FREE, refreshments provided

Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station

Speaker: Achilles Skordas, Professor of International Law, School of Law, University of Bristol


Wednesday 17 April 2013, 16.00-17.45h

Topic: tbc
Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station

Speaker: Dr.Illan Rua Wall, School of Law, University of Warwick


Wednesday 1 May 2013, 16.00-17.45h

The Binding Force of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station

Speaker: William Schabas, Professor of International Law, School of Law, Middlesex University

New Human Rights Watch Report Published for 2013

The Human Rights Watch organisation have published the 2013 edition of their flagship World Report 2013: Events of 2012.

Further information is provided in the Human Rights Watch press release detailed below and a copy of this report has been ordered for the Refugee Council Archive here at UEL.  The report is also available online:

Human Rights Watch press release:

World Report 2013: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring:  How to Build Rights-Respecting Democracies After the Dictator Falls

(London) – The euphoria of the Arab Spring has given way to the sobering challenge of creating rights-respecting democracies, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2013. The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply spawn authoritarianism in new forms.

In the 665-page report, its23rd annual review of human rights practices around the globe, Human Rights Watch summarizes major issues in more than 90 countries. With regard to events in the Middle East and North Africa known as the Arab Spring, Human Rights Watch said the creation of a rights-respecting state can be painstaking work that requires building effective institutions of governance, establishing independent courts, creating professional police, and resisting the temptation of majorities to disregard human rights and the rule of law. But the difficulty of building democracy does not justify seeking a return to the old order, Human Rights Watch said.

“The uncertainties of freedom are no reason to revert to the enforced predictability of authoritarian rule,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The path ahead may be treacherous, but the alternative is to consign entire countries to a grim future of oppression.”
The tension between majority rule and respect for rights poses perhaps the greatest challenge for the new governments, Human Rights Watch said. Leaders in the Middle East are naturally eager to exercise their new electoral clout, but they have a duty to govern without sacrificing fundamental freedoms or the rights of minorities, women, and other groups at risk.

Other countries can be supportive both by setting positive examples in their own practices, respecting human rights themselves, and by consistently promoting rights in their relations with the new government and others. Turning a blind eye to repression may be politically convenient but it does enormous damage to the quests for rights-respecting democracies, Human Rights Watch said.

The full press release is available online – [here].

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

It was good to see a familiar face recently – Ngoy Muaku , a former client who came back to tell us that he has set up his own cleaning firm.

Ngoy, now 43,  arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker in 2005 from Kinshasa. He came to the Centre a year later, soon after he arrived in London from Stockton-on-Tees, where he was sent initially by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).  He came first for advice, and then joined the volunteer team.

“People (at the Centre) were really, really helpful,” he said. “First of all, they calmed me down. My morale was troubled. They gave me food, clothes.”

In 2008, he married a Congolese woman he met here and they now have children.  Ngoy was given indefinite leave to remain in 2010 and soon afterwards set up his own business.

“The inspiration came from the Centre. When I was…

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New Report: Parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people

News from The Children’s Society and The Refugee Council:

Parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people

Link: The Children’s Society

Based on the parliamentary hearings and the submitted evidence received, the panel released its findings as:

Read the press release about the report’s shocking findings.

Recommendations and our campaign

As a result of the shocking findings this inquiry uncovered, as well as our research and years of work providing direct assistance to young asylum-seekers, refugees and their families, we began the End Forced Destitution campaign.

The campaign’s goal is for the government to adopt recommendations made in the inquiry’s report.

Get involved in our campaign.


The inquiry collected written evidence on specific questions from a range of perspectives. They also conducted three oral evidence sessions.

Learn more about the:

See Also: The Refugee Council –

MPs’ report shows asylum support system fails children & young people

A damning parliamentary report published today has found that the asylum support system is failing to meet the needs of many children and families, and in a worrying number of cases, putting children in unsafe situations or ones that will be harmful to their heath.

The Refugee Council submitted written evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people, led by former children’s minister Sarah Teather MP, in December 2012. The inquiry panel comprised MPs from all three main parties, as well as a Bishop, a barrister and the Chief Executive of the Children’s Society, who supported the inquiry. The report, released today, contains evidence from many different organisations and individuals, including experts in the health and well-being of children and asylum seekers living on section 95 support (for people waiting for a decision on their claim) and section 4 support (for those who have been refused).

The full news story is available [here].


New Report: When Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum

When Maternity Doesn't Matter - Refugee Council and Maternity Action reportWhen Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum is a joint report by the Refugee Council and Maternity Action. The Refugee Council has now released the following new stories providing further information on this report:

When Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum


This joint Refugee Council and Maternity Action report looks at the experiences of pregnant women in the asylum system, based on interviews with asylum seeking women and midwives responsible for their care.

The findings show that the UK Border Agency’s ‘dispersal’ policies are putting the health of pregnant women and their babies at risk. By moving them to acommodation around the county, women are uprooted from essential healthcare and their support networks, leaving them isolated and vulnerable.

When Maternity Doesn’t Matter – download full report 

Download the summary 

What you can do

#DignityinPregnancyJoin our campaign today to help ensure no women nor their babies have to suffer as a result of UKBA policies.

Please see also:

UK Border Agency putting health of mothers and babies at risk
By the Refugee Council


25 Feb 2013

– Midwives and MPs speak out in light of new report –

UK Border Agency policies are putting the health of hundreds of pregnant women and their babies at risk, a new report by Maternity Action and Refugee Council reveals today. The research found that the UK Border Agency is endangering the health of pregnant asylum seeking women and their babies by moving them to accommodation around the country, thereby removing them from essential healthcare and leading to isolation.

For the full news story, [click here].


Call for Papers: Turkish Migration Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Continuities: 30 May – 1 June 2014, London, UK

Call for Papers: Turkish Migration Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Continuities | 30 May – 1 June 2014, London, UK

Turkish Migration Conference – 2014


Turkish Migration Conferenceinvites contributions from scholars and students from anthropology, demography, economics, psychology, sociology, development studies and other disciplines with a focus on human mobility from Turkey, in Turkey and to Turkey. The conference is devoted to investigating migration dynamics and patterns, migrant experiences, costs of migration, economic, social, educational and cultural outcomes. Inter-disciplinary research and comparative perspectives are particularly welcome.

The conference will feature invited talks, parallel and special sessions, workshops, and policy sessions where practitioners, politicians and media representatives will discuss Turkish migration. There will be opportunities for side-meetings and social activities.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, internal and international migration, movers and non-migrants, culture, gender, family, borderlands, trafficking, irregular migration, high skilled, arts, identity, ethnicity, religion, transnational networks, religion and religious communities, discrimination, xenophobia, education, employment, remittances, trade and competitiveness, entrepreneurship, conflict and insecurity, diaspora, associations, citizenship, political participation, integration, fertility, ageing, sexuality, health and well-being, legislation, law, data and methods.

Further details and submission pages: <>

Important Deadlines:

3 September 2013: Submission of abstracts (300 words) and session proposals.

29 October 2013: Author notifications

15 January 2014: Submission of full papers (7 pages maximum) or extended abstracts (word or pdf files).

28 March 2014: Early Bird Full Conference Registration

9 May 2014: Final Registration deadline

Some of the confirmed workshops and special sessions are:

Migrant Neighbourhoods and Urban Residential Areas | Convener: Dr Tahire Erman, Bilkent University

Migration, Development and Competitiveness | Convener: Prof Philip L. Martin, UC-Davis

Migration in Balkans and Turkey: Comparative cases | Convener: Mirela Sula, Regent’s College

Kurdish Migration and Borderlands | Convener: Dr Welat Zeydanlıoğlu, Swedish Migration Board

Remittances and Crisis | Convener: Prof IbrahimSirkeci, Regent’s College London

Migration from Turkey to Nordic Countries | Convener: Dr Martin Bak Jørgensen, Aalborg University

Dealing with Uncertainty in Migration Research | Convener: Dr Jakub Bijak, U. of Southampton

Grounded Theory in Migration Studies | Convener: Prof Dilek Cindoğlu, Artuklu University

From Multisite to Multi-generation Migration Research | Convener: Dr Ayşe Güveli, Univ. of Essex

Phenomenology and Ethnography in Migration Studies | Conveners: Prof Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University and Dr Stephane Vinolo, Regent’s College London.

Confirmed Invited Speakers include:

Alice Bloch, City University London

Ozan Ceyhun, Former MEP, SPD, Germany

Barry Chiswick, George Washington University

Philip L. Martin, University of California Davis

Ayse Cağlar, University of Vienna

Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University

Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University

Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex

Submission Guidelines <> : <> .

Submission Deadline: 3rd September, 2013. Author Notifications:29th October, 2013.

Conference Committee

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci(Chair), Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies, Regent’s College London, UK

Prof Philip L. Martin, Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, USA

Prof Ali T. Akarca, Dept. of Economics, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

Prof Gudrun Biffl, Dept. of Migration and Globalization, Danube University Krems, Austria

Dr Jakub Bijak, Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton, UK

Prof Ayse Cağlar, Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria

Prof Jeffrey H. Cohen, Dept. of Anthropology, Ohio State University, USA

Prof Dilek Cindoğlu, Dept. of Sociology, Artuklu University, Turkey

Dr Ipek Demir, Dept. of Sociology, University of Leicester, UK

Dr Mehmet Ali Dikerdem, Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University, UK

Dr M. Murat Erdoğan, Migration and Politics Research Centre, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Dr Tahire Erman, Dept. of Political Science, Bilkent University, Turkey

Prof Thomas Faist, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany

Dr Ayşe Güveli, Dept. of Sociology, University of Essex, UK

Dr Mireille Hebing, Dept. of International Relations, Regent’s College London

Prof Sibel Kalaycıoğlu, Dept. of Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr Maria Luca, School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, Regent’s College, UK

Dr Altay Manco, l’Institut de Recherche, Formation et Action sur les Migrations, Belgium

Dr Helga Rittersberger-Tılıç, Dept. of Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr Assia S. Rolls, Faculty of Business and Management, Regent’s College London

Dr Levent Soysal, Faculty of Communications, Kadir Has University, Turkey

Dr Yasemin Soysal, Dept. of Sociology, University of Essex, UK

Prof Aysit Tansel, Dept. of Economics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr Östen Wahlbeck, School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dr Welat Zeydanlıoğlu, Kurdish Studies Network, Sweden

Dr Sinan Zeyneloğlu, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, University of Gaziantep , Turkey

Local Organisation Committee

EvincDogan, Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies

Dr Mireille Hebing, Dept. of International Relations

Dr Maria Luca, School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology

LuisaMorettin, Dept. of Languages

Dr Assia S. Rolls, Dept. of Languages

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies

MirelaSula, Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies

Contact: <>  | t. +44 (0)207 487 7758 | f. +44 (0)207 487 7465


Re-blog: The Humanitarian Side of Statelessness – Statelessness within the Framework of the Millennium Development Goals

Re-blog from the   at the Tilburg Law School, the Netherlands.

The Humanitarian Side of Statelessness – Statelessness within the Framework of the Millennium Development Goals

The issue of statelessness has begun to receive attention from a legal perspective. While this work should be commended and continue this article argues that we should also remember that at its core statelessness is a human issue that deeply affects the lives of those who suffer from it. It causes and perpetuates, amongst other things, extreme poverty and human insecurity. Statelessness is still greatly under-examined and under-appreciated as a potentially significant barrier to progress in the humanitarian and development fields.

A working paper on this issue, now available for download on SSRN, aims to begin to situate statelessness as an important issue within these fields. This is done by taking the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and looking at how statelessness affects the realization of each and every goal. This approach shows that by overlooking statelessness development actors and agencies could be failing to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. While far from being a comprehensive analysis of all available literature on statelessness and its relationship to each goal, this article is as an exploratory piece with the aim of encouraging development actors and agencies to recognise the importance of statelessness in their current and future projects and work to gain a greater understanding of the relationship between statelessness, poverty and human insecurity.

Please CLICK HERE to view the paper that outlines these issues. Looking forward to a greater discussion of this side of statelessness in the months to come.

Jason Tucker, Visiting Scholar at the Statelessness Programme

ToC: Citizenship Studies

Citizenship Studies

Citizenship Studies

The latest Table of Contents for the journal Citizenship Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, 01 Feb 2013 is now available on the  Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

Through the European looking glass: citizenship tests in the USA, Australia, and Canada
Christian Joppke
Pages: 1-15
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.669965

‘But this is a park’! The paradox of public space in a Buenos Aires ‘no man’s land’
Jacob Lederman
Pages: 16-30
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.764212

Incorporating immigrants as foreigners: multicultural politics in Japan
Chikako Kashiwazaki
Pages: 31-47
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.764216

Irregular migration and democracy: the case for inclusion
Ludvig Beckman
Pages: 48-60
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.669964

From New Labour to New Conservatism: the changing dynamics of citizenship as self-government
Pathik Pathak
Pages: 61-75
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.716215

Political citizenship and local political participation for disabled people
Ingrid Guldvik, Ole Petter Askheim & Vegard Johansen
Pages: 76-91
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.764219

Towards cultural citizenship? Cultural rights and cultural policy in Taiwan
Li-Jung Wang
Pages: 92-110
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.716213

Uneven inclusion: consequences of universal healthcare in Thailand
Joseph Harris
Pages: 111-127
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.764220

Citizenship education in divided societies: teachers’ perspectives in Northern Ireland
Ulrike Niens, Una O’Connor & Alan Smith
Pages: 128-141
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.716214


Scholarships Available for 2013 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, March 1 Application Deadline

Scholarships Available for 2013 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, March 1 Application Deadline

Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. CST is the receipt deadline for scholarships to the June 10-13, 2013 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya on the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico. Qualified applicants must work with a tribal archive, library, museum or cultural center, or be enrolled full-time in a museum, library, archival, or Native Studies-related program.  Scholarships range from $250 to $665 and may include registration fees and three-nights shared lodging. Travel typically is not covered, but will be considered.   Funding for scholarships is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and individual donors. Approximately 100 scholarships will be awarded from a $50,000 Scholarship Fund. To apply, or view the conference program, visit the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museum’s website at

We appreciate your help!

Susan Feller, President and Conference Director

Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums


Event: Gaza calling: conflict and displacement in the Gaza Strip


Gaza calling: conflict and displacement in the Gaza Strip

14:00 – 16:00 04 March 2013 (GMT+00)

A view of Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza A view of Jabalia refugee camp. Jabalia is the largest of the Gaza Strip’s eight refugee camps. It is located north of Gaza City, close to a village of the same name License: Creative Commons Credit: Suhair Karam/IRIN Source: IRIN

Overseas Development Institute and streamed live online

This event is scheduled to launch Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in the Gaza Strip, a look at internal displacement over the past ten years in Gaza.

Displacement is a common feature of life in Gaza; around 1.1 million people are currently considered displaced and 70% of the population are registered refugees. Yet the population faces multiple, often compounding vulnerabilities, as a result of the blockade and the long-running conflict. HPG’s work has looked at how internal displacement interacts with high levels of overcrowding, basic services that are overburdened and deteriorating, rising poverty and unemployment and on-going threats to safety and security.

This events aims to provide multiple perspectives on the challenges displacement poses to Palestinians in Gaza and those trying to provide assistance to them. Speakers will address the difficulties of measuring and reporting on the effects of displacement when people are prevented from truly fleeing danger as well as the complexities of responding to the needs of those displaced in the context of chronic and rising poverty in the population at large.

With a live video link to Gaza, this event will bring together Palestinian and international speakers to explore the multi-faceted effects of the conflict on civilians, and up-to-date assessment of how displaced populations have fared since the Pillar of Defence military operation in November 2012.

Follow #GazaCalling on Twitter for live coverage.


Robert Turner – Director of Operations – Gaza, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Ahmed Tawatina – Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme

Mona Al Farrah – Deputy Chair, Palestinian Red Crescent Society (TBC)

Sarah Adamzcyk – Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) Project Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council
Simone Haysom
– Research Officer, Humanitarian Policy Group and co-author of Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in the Gaza Strip

Rushanara Ali MP – Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow, and Shadow Minister for International Development


Sam Farah – Deputy Head of Programmes and TV Presenter, BBC Arabic


Call for Papers: Little Britain’s Memory of Slavery: The local nuances of a ‘national sin’

Call for Papers:

Little Britain’s Memory of Slavery: The local nuances of a ‘national sin’

*** Little Britain’s Memory of Slavery: The local nuances of a ‘national sin’ *** A partnership conference organised between University College London, University of York and the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) Hull UCL, London September 13th and 14th 2013 Keynote Speakers: Catherine Hall (UCL), Madge Dresser (UWE) Plus ‘Artists in conversation’ interview session chaired by Professor Alan Rice (UCLAN) Welcome address from Professor John Oldfield (WISE)

Call for Papers

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest around the history of the transatlantic slave trade fuelled largely by public, academic and institutional activities and projects undertaken for the national marking of 2007 as the Bicentenary of the Abolition Act in Britain. Alongside this there has been a greatly heightened academic and scholarly consideration of the way Britain has remembered this history through museum exhibitions, memorialisation and cultural representations in media, film and literature. Further large scale research initiatives have been set in motion to assess and explore the legacies of this history such as the ESRC funded Legacies of British Slavery Project at UCL and the recently initiated European-wide project combining genetics, archaeology and public history (EUROTAST). Numerous postgraduate and early career researchers across the country have also embarked upon individual projects of their own in a variety of disciplines across the humanities, including the organisers of this conference. Much of the research currently being done is turning away from the national picture and increasingly focusing on the smaller scale specifics of British involvement in transatlantic slavery, on the memory and legacies of individual people and places in their specific contexts and we are honoured to welcome some of the people pioneering these research strands from Catherine Hall’s work on nineteenth century biography, Alan Rice’s research into Lancaster’s memorial project, and Madge Dresser’s consideration of Bristol’s ‘obscured’ links to its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.

This two day conference aims to facilitate a dialogue across institutions, disciplines and subject areas between people whose work addresses the smaller-scale specifics of Britain’s memory of slavery in more ‘local’ projects, looking at case studies of places, the lives and memory of individuals, networks and organisations across a broad span of time, from the 18th century to the present day. Through this intellectual exchange we aim to correlate the micro with the macro and probe the extent to which the literature on Britain’s national memory of slavery holds true for more nuanced case studies and specific research currently being carried out. The dialogue will thereby explore the interactions of ‘levels of memory’ in relation to this history whilst giving focus to individual and local agency and aiding a more complex understanding of the workings of memory in line with history.

Potential panel areas could cover though are by no means limited to:

·  People and memory: enslaved and free black people living in Britain, black and white abolitionists in Britain and their contexts; merchants and the legacies of individual and family wealth; politicians (pro and anti-slavery), historians and authors – writing slavery, artists and performers – contesting and creatively engaging with memory ·  Place and memory: towns and cities – the urban landscape of slavery memory; ports and the ‘maritimization’ of slavery; country houses and the elaborate display of excessive wealth; parks and gardens – open public spaces; local art exhibitions and artist interventions; walking tours and history trails ·  Organisations and Networks: public and private institutions (schools, banks, high culture) and remembered/forgotten connections; charitable organisations and people – the paradox of philanthropy; religious organisations and campaigning ·  Memory Work: local museums, galleries and the exhibition of memory; local memorials – creating tangible memory; heritage projects and the communal effort ·  Education: teaching slavery in schools, informal learning and adult education ·  Engaging with communities and conducting outreach: token gestures or meaningful encounters?

·  Reparations, social justice and apologies: where are we now?

·  The [contemporary] slavery question: the drive to highlight contemporary global human rights abuses – natural succession or diversion tactic?

Papers are invited from postgraduate students, early career researchers, established academics from any discipline including History, English, Museology, Archaeology, Heritage, Geography, Politics, Philosophy, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Film, Theatre and History of Art. Please send abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers along with a 50 word biography to the organisers: Kate Donington, Jessica Moody and Ryan Hanley via email by May 31st 2013