Daily Archives: Monday, February 25, 2013


As resettlement in Europe continues to evolve, its effectiveness in responding to humanitarian emergencies and long term refugee situations beyond EU territory has been challenged by difficulties which are related to how EU Member States answer the question – What does the resettlement of refugees consist of?

Solidarity of Member States with third states is perhaps best demonstrated through resettlement while relocation is an example of internal Member State solidarity. There is a need to define both of these terms. It has been made clear by the Commission in its Communication to the European Parliament and the Council on the establishment of a joint EU resettlement programme (page 3) that, unlike resettlement which is considered a humanitarian enterprise concerned with solidarity with third countries, relocation is a ‘burden sharing’ exercise, at the heart of which is solidarity between EU Member States north and south.

The Know Reset project has considered…

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Notre Dame Refugee Centre

b01qnv2pAnyone listening on Friday to BBC Radio 4 would have heard this play…. I was at work, so missed it – will catch up though…. it sounds interesting. To ‘Listen Again’ just click here….

The Spare Room
First broadcast
Written by Oliver Emanuel
Directed by Lu Kemp
Executive Producer Toby Swift

The Spare Room is a ‘Rapid Response’ play (commissioned close to transmission) inspired by the Scottish Refugee Council’s recent report (October 2012) stating that one in four asylum seekers in Britain will face destitution.

Michael lives in Stephanie’s spare room.
Michael knows everything about Stephanie.
He knows how many pairs of shoes she has. And how often she has sex.
But Stephanie doesn’t know anything about Michael.
She doesn’t know that he’s an asylum seeker from Eritrea.
She doesn’t know that Michael has recently had his last asylum claim refused, been evicted from his flat and lives on…

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Announcement/Call for Papers: Race, alterity and affect: rethinking climate change-induced migration and displacement

Announcement/Call for Papers

Race, alterity and affect: rethinking climate change-induced migration and displacement

18-19 June 2013

Durham University

Andrew Baldwin (Durham University) and Katherine E. Russo  (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale)

As policy and scholarly debates about climate change and migration gather pace, to date very few interventions have addressed how such debates are shaped by notions of race and alterity. The imperative to address this lacuna is further emphasised by the twinned observations that climate change is expected to amplify the incidence of environmental/natural disasters i.e., landslides, extreme weather events and droughts, and that narratives of disaster very often contain explicit and/or implicit racist sentiment. Such a context suggests that now is a propitious moment to begin a concerted interrogation of these themes.

The aim of this workshop is thus to bring debates about climate change and migration broadly defined into dialogue with contemporary critical race theory and postcolonial theory. Recent interventions (Baldwin 2012; Baldwin forthcoming) have suggested that racialisation in the context of debates about climate change and migration unfolds through at least three interrelated tropes: naturalisation, the loss of political status, and ambiguity. This work also argues that given its historiographical emphasis, theories of the postcolonial appear to be insufficient for properly theorising the alterity of the climate change migrant, since the discourse on climate change and migration is written almost exclusively in the future-conditional tense. In contrast, others (Farbotko 2010) have very productively embraced theories of the postcolonial to interpret issues of climate change and mobility.

Thus one of the aims of this workshop is to consider how critical race theory and theories of the postcolonial might be usefully reinterpreted to address the future-conditionality of climate change and migration discourse. At this stage, we are particularly interested in innovative contributions from post-graduate scholars.

Topics that might be addressed in the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • race and affect
  • xenophobic and nationalist reactions to environmental disaster
  • environmental change, ethnicity and internal displacement
  • critical race theory, climate change and migration/displacement
  • postcolonial theory, climate change and migration/displacement
  • ecocritique
  • climate change and cultural media/arts
  • environmental change, states of emergency and the suspension of citizenship rights
  • ontologies of difference and the future-conditional
  • disaster risk reduction/disaster risk management, climate change and difference

Keynote Speakers

David Theo Goldberg (University of California, Irvine)

Uma Kothari (Manchester University)

Partners: COST Action IS1101 Climate change and migration; Institute for Advanced Studies (Durham University); Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale


This is an open event, although space is limited. If you wish to register for this workshop please, notify Ellie Whittles (e.c.whittles@durham.ac.uk) by the registration deadline 3 May.

All the best

Katherine Russo
University of Naples L’Orientale



We are pleased to announce that audio files are now available for most of the presentations given on 1st February at the Supporting Immigration Detainees seminar. We hope that this will be a useful resource both for attendees and for those who were unable to be present on the day but would like more details of the discussions.

Recordings are available to download of the talks given by Ali McGinley from AVID, Adeline Trude of BID, Jerome Phelps of Detention Action, John Speyer of Music in Detention and Gill Baden of the Bail Observation Project. 

You can also listen to Ruhul, co-founder of the newsletter ‘Speak Out!’, who spoke of his first-hand experience in immigration detention, and Dr Lauren Martin of University of Oulu in Finland, who presented her experiences working with NGOs supporting immigration detainees in the USA.

All the recordings are available here: http://asylum-network.com/2013/02/05/successful-immigration-detention-seminar-held-on-1st-february-2013/  

The next seminar in the immigration detention series will be held…

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Leonor Zozaya-Montes

CALL FOR PAPERS: Interdisciplinary Conference of AHLiST 2013: 

Crossing the Border: Encounters between Cultures and Disciplines

Location: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Date: July, 5-6, 2013. Paper Submission Due: March 25, 2013 (should be sent to ahlist1@gmail.com). More info at AHLIST-CFP 2013 (1) LAST


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Se ha ampliado el plazo de presentación de comunicaciones, paneles y artículos del congreso interdisciplinar de la Asociación de Historia, Literatura, Ciencia y Tecnología titulado “Cruzando fronteras: encuentros entre culturas y disciplinas”, que se celebrará en la Universidad de Tsinghua(Pekín,China), del 5 al 6 de julio de 2013. La nueva fecha de entrega es el 25 de marzo de 2013. Se admiten propuestas en español, inglés y portugués, que se enviarán para su evaluación a la dirección ahlist1@gmail.com

Las sociedades actuales han tenido que enfrentarse a grandes cambios para asimilar el vertiginoso crecimiento de la globalización. A lo largo de los siglos, los encuentros culturales entre civilizaciones han enriquecido a las naciones, añadiendo nuevos elementos en el ámbito de la economía, la religión, la…

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World Without Torture

Peer support tag

It’s probably safe to say that all jobs are stressful at one point or another. But, as one of the missions of the IRCT is to improve the quality of holistic rehabilitation for torture victims around the world, stress is decidedly a factor that can get in the way.

Stress, ‘burn-out’, or even trauma, is a great risk when one works in this field. Like many professions, staff can be overworked; but in torture rehabilitation, working everyday with those who may be deeply traumatised by an experience of torture means there is a great risk of trauma transferring to the professional helping them. It’s understandably difficult to distress after a hard day, especially when the needs are great and ever-growing.

Additionally, trauma centres have often come from a grassroots need, rather than traditional healthcare structures, says Prof Dr Christian Pross, a member of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture…

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