Daily Archives: Monday, April 8, 2013

Launch of Richard Stone’s Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: Personal Reflections

Policy Press Blog

by Alison Shaw, Director of Policy Press

The largest committee room at the House of Commons was packed and the diversity of the UK was evident in the room. Alongside the MPs and peers, there were activists, police, media, academics and many working across the public and voluntary sectors. The speakers’ contributions were passionate and heartfelt – Lord Bill Morris chaired with presentations from across the political spectrum: Sadiq Khan MP, Sir Peter Bottomley MP and Tom Brake MP, as well as Doreen Lawrence, Dr Richard Stone and myself as publisher. Below is an adapted version of my brief comments:

The issues raised in Hidden Stories are crucial if we are ever to see equality on our streets and in our lives. At Policy Press we publish work we believe will make a difference to society – in particular work that challenges discrimination and inequality in whatever guise it is…

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When maternity doesn’t matter

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This excellent video offers an overview of the findings of the recently completed joint research project carried out by the Refugee Council and Maternity Action on the experience of maternity among asylum seeking mothers. Dowload the full report.

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UK Parliamentary Recognition of Kurdish Genocide in Iraq: What This Means for Minority Groups Today

Urgent Appeal: Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) – Egypt

AMERA is a human rights organization that provides free legal, social and mental health services to the hundreds of thousands of refugees in Egypt. For the last ten years, AMERA has tirelessly served people who have fled their home countries due to persecution, conflict, torture, trafficking, violence and terror. We work with refugees (mostly from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea) to rebuild their lives and provide safety to their families. If you would like to know more about our work, please go to: http://www.amera-egypt.org

TODAY, AMERA is threatened with imminent closure due to a lack of funding. Without us, thousands of refugees will be left without access to essential services that protect their rights.

Founded in 2003, AMERA continues to be the first and only organization in Egypt to provide legal, social and mental health services to refugees under one roof. This holistic approach, coupled with the collective expertise of our staff, enables us to quickly identify individual and community needs. In this way, we provide essential services in a safe space, treating refugees with dignity and respect.

AMERA is the ONLY organization in Egypt that offers:

. Legal advice and representation before the UNHCR, increasing their chances of protection from return to their home countries . Direct resettlement referrals to foreign embassies for the most vulnerable refugees in Egypt . Specialized assistance for children who have fled persecution without their parents, including victims of trafficking, who rely on AMERA for access to protection, education, healthcare and other basic services . Advocacy for refugees in indefinite and arbitrary detention . Community outreach programs, headed by refugee staff, to raise awareness and empower refugee communities, pioneering an emergency outreach response to the massive Syrian refugee influx since 2012 . A dedicated team working with survivors of sexual and gender based violence to help them access a full spectrum of medical, social, legal, and psychological services

AMERA in Numbers

1537 refugees provided with services in the last two months

3400+ refugees provided with community outreach services in the last 12

3400+ months, of whom 1200 are Syrians

15% of our clients are under 21 years old (not including family dependents), half are women 30% are survivors of torture 72% of our clients receive more

AMERA helps the survivors of Sinai’s ‘torture camps’: Every year, hundreds of refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia are trafficked to the Sinai region of Egypt. There, they are held in ‘torture camps’ and subjected to horrific physical, sexual and psychological torture in order to extort money from their families in their home country and abroad. In the past 12 months AMERA has provided advice, representation and care to over 100 survivors of Sinai’s torture camps. For more information on this practice see a BBC World Service program, ‘Escape from Sinai’.

AMERA helps the survivors of Sinai’s ‘torture camps’: Every year, hundreds of refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia are trafficked to the Sinai region of Egypt. There, they are held in ‘torture camps’ and subjected to horrific physical, sexual and psychological torture in order to extort money from their families in their home country and abroad. In the past 12 months AMERA has provided advice, representation and care to over 100 survivors of Sinai’s torture camps. For more information on this practice see a BBC World Service program, ‘Escape from Sinai’ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0153h3m).

We are in URGENT need of immediate funding to continue serving our clients.

For every £2.25 donated, staffing costs are covered for each refugee provided with psychosocial support.

For every £2 donated, staffing costs are covered for each refugee accessing legal services.* Any size donation will make a difference to a life today!

You can make a donation towards the work of AMERA Egypt by giving to AMERA UK, a registered UK charity (Charity Number: 1098788, Company Ltd by Guarantee: 4644642) Please donate with JustGiving or PayPal by clicking the link below:


From the UK: you can also donate to AMERA by texting AMER01£ (and the amount you wish to donate) to 70070 If you are a UK Tax Payer, please visit our website to learn about maximizing your gift at no additional cost.

If you would like to make a donation of £1,000 or more, we’d be happy to discuss with you the intended focus of your donation. Please feel free to contact us at donations@amera-uk.org

Thank you,


New Publications: James Souter, Emily Arnold-Fernádezd, PDES-UNHCR

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Towards a Theory of Asylum as Reparation for Past Injustice, Political Studies, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9248.12019/abstract

James Souter, DPhil Candidate, International Development Wolfson College, University of Oxford james.souter@qeh.ox.ac.uk

In this article, I contend that asylum should at times act as a form of reparation for past injustice. This function, I argue, stems from states’ special obligation to provide asylum to refugees for whose lack of state protection they are responsible. After suggesting that the development of a theory of asylum as reparation necessitates a diachronic approach, I outline the conditions under which asylum should function reparatively, and draw on the reparations framework within international law to suggest that asylum can provide refugees with meaningful restitution, compensation and satisfaction. In particular, I seek to identify the conditions under which asylum constitutes the most fitting form of reparation for the harm of refugeehood that is available to states. Finally, I explore the question of how direct the causal link between a state’s actions and a refugee’s flight must be for the former to owe asylum to the latter.

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World, http://www.socialentrepreneurship-book.com/

Emily Arnold-Fernádezd, Executive Director, Asylum Access

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities, edited by Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman, provides crucial insight into social entrepreneurship from visionaries in the field as well as other experienced practitioners and renowned theorists. While this book focuses on social entrepreneurship as it relates to genocide and other atrocities, the experiences and lessons learned also apply to critical social, economic, legal, and political problems such as healthcare, development, education, and literacy. The authors discuss the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities in the field and lend new insight to the concept, history, and methodologies of social entrepreneurship.

Global Review of UNHCR’s Engagement with Displaced Youth, http://www.unhcr.org/513f37bb9.html

Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES), UNHCR

The review explores UNHCR’s engagement with displaced youth, refugees and IDPs, by analysing the agency’s mandate in relation to youth through its policies, guidelines and strategies, institutional  infrastructure, approaches to identifying and responding to the needs of displaced youth, current funding, programmes as well as its monitoring and evaluation processes.

PDES would also like to draw your attention to a number of other recent publications, all of which can be accessed here: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/4a1d28526.html


News from the RSC: Religion and Global Migrations – new book series announced

Religion and Global Migrations – new book series announced

Religion and global migration series flyerDr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (RSC Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration), former RSC Visiting Fellow Dr Susie Snyder (Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA ) and Dr Jennifer B. Saunders will edit a new multidisciplinary book series to be published by Palgrave Macmillan – Religion and Global Migrations.

As the first series of its kind, Religion and Global Migrations will examine the phenomenon of religion and different forms of forced and voluntary migration from multiple disciplinary perspectives, from various global locations, and from a range of religious traditions. The series editors are interested in full-length monographs, edited volumes and shorter ‘Pivot’ volumes, that explore the intersections of religion and migration from a variety of approaches, including studies of:

– Shifting religious practices and ideas in sending and receiving communities, among (forced) migrants and also among those who interact with (forced) migrants in places of origin and destination;

– Public responses to (forced) migration such as religiously informed debates, policies and activism among (forced) migrants and nonmigrants alike;

– Gender dynamics including shifts in gender roles and access to power in sending and receiving sites;

– Identity in relation to religion and (forced) migration that may include constructive, as well as descriptive, scholarship;

– Empire, from the ancient Mediterranean through the height of European colonisation to contemporary relationships between the developing and developed world, and the way it has profoundly affected the movement and displacement of people and the development of religions.

Further information


Call for papers: humanitarian issues and solutions in the 21st

Call for Papers to Humanitarian Community from Springer Science+Business Media

Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher, has created a series of printed and e-books focusing on humanitarian issues and solutions in the 21st century.  The entire Humanitarian community is invited to recommend topics it considers essential, and to submit abstracts to Larry Roeder, Series Editor, Humanitarian Solutions (editor@extraginger.com). Mr. Roeder is a former NGO director, as well as a former Policy Adviser on Disaster Management at the US Department of State, during which time he was a leading member of the team that created ReliefWeb.

Disaster Information Management: Springer also invites suggestions on chapters for a book on Disaster Information Management, which will support preparedness, response and recovery efforts to natural and man-made disasters, as well as conflicts.

Abstracts should recommend chapters supporting the cardinal principles of “timeliness, defensibility – who wrote it, for what reasons and in whose interests is its perpetuation, dissemination and, access.” The book will in part explore the history of humanitarian information management since the 1980s, including successes like ReliefWeb and IRIN, and projects that didn’t fare as well.

We also want to examine the value and issues related to today’s conflict mappers: is there too much unexpurgated data of dubious origin and overlapping, contradictory opinions? Case studies on current field operations related to Arab Spring, conflicts, sudden political movements and natural disasters could feature emerging innovative information management initiatives and how information is used moving from conflict early warning through development , and discuss concepts like drought and famine systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. Social networks and Intelligence is an area where many fear to tread; but it deserves a renewed look.

Finally, these case studies should help point to where we want the field of disaster information management to be in ten years.  What must be done to get there?  Feel free to also recommend other topics.

Submit abstracts and ideas to Larry Roeder, Series Editor, Humanitarian Solutions (editor@extraginger.com).

Larry Roeder
Series Editor,  Humanitarian Solutions
Springer Science+Business Media


Symposium: The Expatriate Experience: Past and Present

The Expatriate Archive Centre Symposium:

The Expatriate Experience: Past and Present
11 April, 2013
The Hague (the Netherlands)

On its fifth anniversary the Expatriate Archive Centre is pleased to welcome participants to the symposium The Expatriate Experience: Past and Present.

Programme Overview:

09.00 Reception and Registration at Koninlijke Bibliotheek (Royal library The Hague)

09.45 Welcome by Han Kooy, President of the Board of Trustees, Expatriate Archive Centre.

09.50    Welcome from Els van Eijck-van Heslinga, Programme Development Manager International e-Depot Koninklijk Bibliotheek.

09.55 Opening Address from the Mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen.

10.05 ‘Expats, archives and the significance of the Expatriate Archive Centre in expatriate history. Dr. Corien Glaudemans Senior researcher at the Municipal Archive of The Hague.

10.35 Keynote Lecture: Max De Bruin, author of the novel Expats.

11.50 Special Presentation:  Bert van Essen, publisher Xpat Media /The Xpat Journal.

12.00 End of the Plenary Session. All participants are escorted to Campus The Hague’s Kantoren Stichthage.

12.15 Lunch will take place at Campus The Hague’s Kantoren Stichthage.

13.30 First Workshop Round (participants select one of the following two workshops) Workshop I: Whose History is it Anyway? This workshop focuses on expatriate history from a biographical perspective and is moderated by Prof. Dr. Wim Willems (Director of the Centre for Modern Urban Studies at Campus The Hague, Leiden University). Speakers include Dr. Barbara Henkes (University of Groningen) and Rick de Jong (MA History, University of Leiden).

Workshop II Forced to Move? The Role of Organisations. This workshop is moderated by Prof. Dr. Leo Lucassen (Institute for History, Leiden University) and will address the relationship between the characteristics of organisations and the way they shape the migration process of their employees. Speakers include Keetie Sluyterman, Professor of business history at Utrecht University and Inge Brinkman from the African Studies Centre at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Leiden.

15.15 Second Workshop Round (participants select one of the following two workshops) Workshop III: Global Migrants, Local Stories: Time and Space in Expatriate History. This workshop will be moderated by Dr. Freek Colombijn, Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, VU University, Amsterdam. The workshop will deal with the question of how we can write expatriate histories through the history of a specific place. Speakers at this workshop include Dr. Anne-Meike Fechter, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom; Aniek X. Smit, a PhD student with the Institute for History at Leiden University and Prof. Sridevi Menon, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, United States.

Workshop IV: Looking for Expats in Archives. Dr. Marijke Huisman, researcher at the Center for Historical Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam will moderate this workshop. Speakers include Dr. Corien Glaudemans, Senior Archivist at the Municipal Archive of The Hague;  Rosita Arnts, Archivist at the Expatriate Archive Centre and Mara Sfountouri, Masters student in Global History and International Relations, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

16.45 Participants are escorted back to Koninklijke Bibliotheek.

17.00    Concluding Remarks: Prof.  Leo Lucassen, Academic Director of the Institute for History at Leiden University.

17.15 Closing by Jeroen van der Veer, former  CEO Royal Dutch Shell.

17.30 Reception and drinks.

Registration: Secure your place via the online registration system. Standard registration costs €65.00 Student registration is €25.00. Registration includes lunch and refreshments.


Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5

2595 BE The Hague

Leiden University Campus The Hague (Kantoren Stichthage) Koningin Julianaplein 10

2595 AA The Hague

Further Information:  For further information see www.xpatarchive.com/symposium or contact the Symposium secretariat via welcome@xpatarchive.com.

Partners: The Hague Municipal Archive; Leiden University Institute for History; Center for Modern Urban Studies (Campus The Hague); Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library of the Netherlands); Center for Historical Culture – Erasmus University Rotterdam; Adlib Information Systems.


New Journal from Oxford Journals: Migration Studies

Oxford Journals have just published the very first edition of their newly published journal entitled: Migration Studies.  This journal can be described as being:

Migration Studies is an international refereed journal dedicated to advancing scholarly understanding of the determinants, processes and outcomes of human migration in all its manifestations, and gives priority to work presenting methodological, comparative or theoretical advances.

Further information can be found by Reading the Call for papers, the Instructions to authors and submit online today!  The Migration Studies website can be found at:  migration.oxfordjournals.org/

Volume 1 Number 1 of Migration Studies has just been published and details of the articles included in this edition are reproduced below.  All of these articles are currently freely available to download:


Faultlines and contact zones: A new forum for Migration Studies
Alan Gamlen, Alexander Betts, Alexandra Délano, Thomas Lacroix, Emanuela Paoletti, Nando Sigona, and Carlos Vargas-Silva
Migrat Stud 2013 1: 1-3
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When refugees stopped being migrants: Movement, labour and humanitarian protection
Katy Long
Migrat Stud 2013 1: 4-26
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The promise and pitfalls of comparative research design in the study of migration
Irene Bloemraad
Migrat Stud 2013 1: 27-46
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The effect of income and immigration policies on international migration
Francesc Ortega and Giovanni Peri
Migrat Stud 2013 1: 47-74
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Entrepreneurship, transnationalism, and development
Alejandro Portes and Jessica Yiu
Migrat Stud 2013 1: 75-95
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‘Upwards’ or ‘Sideways’ cosmopolitanism? Talent/labour/marriage migrations in the globalising city-state of Singapore
Brenda S. A. Yeoh
Migrat Stud 2013 1: 96-116
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Book Reviews

The past is another country: The memory of migration and the migration of memory
Benjamin Nienass
Migrat Stud 2013 1: 117-122
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Blurred borders: Transnational migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States. By Jorge Duany.
Hector R. Cordero-Guzman
Migrat Stud 2013 1: 122-125
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Politics, religion and gender: Framing and regulating the veil. Edited by Sieglinde Rosenberger and Birgit Sauer.
Peter O’Brien
Migrat Stud 2013 1: 125-127
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Cover / standing material

Migration Studies Volume 1 • Number 1 • March 2013 – Front Cover
Migrat Stud 2013 1: i1
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Editorial Board
Migrat Stud 2013 1: i2
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Migration Studies – Back Cover
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Migration Studies Volume 1 Number 1 March 2013 – Table of Content
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Table of Contents Alert: Community Development Journal

Oxford Journals have published the latest Table of Contents Alert for their Community Development Journal.  Further details of the articles included in Vol. 48, No. 2, April 2013 are included below:


Editorial: community development in a postcolonial age
Mick Carpenter
Community Dev J 2013 48: 175-178
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The colonial legacy of international voluntary service
Helene Perold, Lauren A. Graham, Eddy Mazembo Mavungu, Karena Cronin, Learnmore Muchemwa, and Benjamin J. Lough
Community Dev J 2013 48: 179-196
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Achieving broader benefits from Indigenous land use agreements: community development in Central Australia
Danielle Campbell and Janet Eileen Hunt
Community Dev J 2013 48: 197-214
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Participation at the coalface: translating local knowledges and institutions in post-war Tigray, North Ethiopia
Kiros Hiruy and Robyn Eversole
Community Dev J 2013 48: 215-231
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Community rotating savings and credit associations as an agent of well-being: a case study from northern Rwanda
Cecilia Benda
Community Dev J 2013 48: 232-247
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Implementing ‘community development’ in a post-disaster situation
Ruth Webber and Kate Jones
Community Dev J 2013 48: 248-263
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‘Community resilience or shared destitution?’ Refugees’ internal assistance in a deteriorating economic environment
Naohiko Omata
Community Dev J 2013 48: 264-279
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Community development in Indonesia: westernization or doing it their way?
Sue Kenny, Ismet Fanany, and Sutria Rahayu
Community Dev J 2013 48: 280-297
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The potentials of art to involve citizens in regional transitions: exploring a site-specific performance in Haarzuilens, the Netherlands
Marian Stuiver, Pat van der Jagt, Eugene van Erven, and Isabel Hoving
Community Dev J 2013 48: 298-312
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Building community capital in social care: is there an economic case?
Martin Knapp, Annette Bauer, Margaret Perkins, and Tom Snell
Community Dev J 2013 48: 313-331
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Reflections on ‘Golden Dawn’, community organizing and nationalist solidarity: helping (only) Greeks
Alexandra Koronaiou and Alexandros Sakellariou
Community Dev J 2013 48: 332-338
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Book reviews

Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
Rafael Kruter Flores
Community Dev J 2013 48: 339-341
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Resolving Community Conflicts and Problems: Public Deliberation and Sustained Dialogue
Clodagh Harris
Community Dev J 2013 48: 341-344
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The Accidental Capitalist: A People’s Story of the New China
Kaxton Siu
Community Dev J 2013 48: 344-346
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Second International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences: DUBAI, UAE 26th – 28th November 2013

I’m pleased to welcome you to the Second International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences: DUBAI, UAE  26th – 28th November 2013. Attached is the Call for Papers for the Global Social Science Track.

Venue: The Address, Dubai Mall, Dubai UAE

Middlesex University Dubai takes great pleasure in announcing the Second International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS-2013). The first conference, which took place in November 2011, was attended by nearly 200 delegates representing around 100 world-wide academic institutions. The conference theme and design provide a real opportunity for inter-disciplinary dialogue and forms of scholastic communication that transcended disciplinary and subject-specific boundaries.

The overarching objective of the First and Second ERPBSS conferences is to provide an opportunity for academics to discuss new concepts, progressive methodologies, embryonic approaches and innovative practices within the world of business and the wider social environment.

This year the conference is organized around eight tracks: 1) Business and Management, 2) Contemporary Psychology, 3) Economics, 4) Education, Training and Development, 5) Global Social Science, 6) Information and Communication Technology, 7) Media, Journalism and Communication and 8) Tourism and Hospitality.

Call for Papers- Track 5: Global Social Science

This track aims to examine current global issues and trends, critical theoretical applications, and innovative methodologies within the social sciences. We are seeking papers that engage theoretically with the subject area and/or signify pioneering applications and developments, particularly in the field of sociology, social geography and anthropology. This track will thus attempt to question existing paradigms and epistemological applications.

Although we are open to any submission that is aligned with the goals of the conference and this track, we encourage submissions relating to the following topics and themes:

·         Climate change, human-environmental interaction and peak oil

·         Globalisation and glocalisation

·         Contemporary citizenship: nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and transnationalism.

·         Social scientific perspectives of the global economic crisis

·         Anthropology/sociology of business management and organisations

·         International development issues: poverty alleviation, health and humanitarian response

·         Post-conflict perspectives

·         Social and consumer behavior

·         Borders, territories and migration

·         Critical theoretical applications in the social science

·         Science and technology in society

·         Critical debates in social and human geography

·         Sustainability, sustainable development, community development and quality of life

·         Methodological advancements and innovations


·         Submission of Abstract 14th April 2013

·         Submission of Full Paper 26th June 2013

·         Early Registration 11th June 2013

·         Regular Registration 13th July – 6th October 2013

·         Late Registration 7th October – 20th November 2013

·         Student Registration 15 August 2013

Conference Website: www.mdx.ac/conference Conference Email: Email: erpbss2013@mdx.ac

Kind regards,

Cody Morris Paris, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Programme Coordinator of Social Science
Middlesex University Dubai


You are cordially invited to the screening of:

‘Beyond the Streets’

The screening will take place on:
Friday 12th April 2013
6.00pm- 7.30pm
Stratford Circus, Circus 2,
Theatre Square, Stratford,
London E15 1BX

Join us on the night and meet the young people involved in the research and the filming. Following the screening, there will be a Q & A session with the young researchers involved in this project. Light refreshments will be provided.

As part of a peer-led research project looking into why young migrants might get involved in street crime and identifying solutions, young migrants from the Refugee and New Migrants Project, part of The Children’s Society New Londoners Programme, produced the following short film in partnership with Kazzum to illustrate the research findings.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Agnieszka Walsh on 020 7474 7222 or at alw@childsoc.org.uk

Call for Papers: Crossborder migrations and identity formation

CFP: Crossborder migrations and identity formation

Migration is a process that transforms and shapes both the sending and receiving societies. Depending on a number of economic, political and historical factors, the outcomes range from ethno-religious clashes to “melting together”. “Crossborder” migrations, including refugee movements, can lead to situations in which the host society, or part of it, shares the ethno-religious identity of the migrants. In such cases, the focus of interaction between the host community and migrants may become similarities as well as differences. Despite the common ethno-religious identity, the encounter of immigrants and natives may pose challenges for both parties. Reinterpreting and redefining the identity, and its symbols and practices may call forth a range of configurations including conflicting claims on the identity, new sub-ethno-religious identities or new solidarities.

In the context of migration, understanding identity formation and drawing boundaries of the collective identity entails considering historical, social, economic, religious, symbolic, cultural parameters and representations.

The purpose of our proposed session is to discuss the rethinking, reformulation and repositioning of identities based on common ethno-religious background as interpreted by the immigrants and the host society. Papers dealing with such cases both in historical and contemporary settings are welcome. Although we intend to limit the geographical focus of the session to Balkans, Middle East, and the Mediterranean basin, cases from other places may be considered, too.

If you are interested to join us please send your abstracts (max. 300 words) to panel organizers Lülüfer Körükmez (lulufer.korukmez@ege.edu.tr) or Sinan Dincer (sinan.dincer@gmail.com) by 26 April 2013.


Call for Papers: “Cities en Route: Central European Cities and Overseas Migrantion in the Long Nineteenth Century”, European Social Science History conference in Vienna, 23-26 April 2014

CFP: “Cities en Route: Central European Cities and Overseas Migrantion in the Long Nineteenth Century”, European Social Science History conference in Vienna, 23-26 April 2014

Markian Prokopovych, University of Vienna

Transatlantic migration that encompassed the entire European continent in the nineteenth century has attracted much scholarly attention in the recent decades. However, while a large body of literature concentrated on the history of European immigrants in North America after they have landed there, much less research has been done on the history of their prolonged and complex routes within the continent before they could board the ships in one of the European ports of departure. While some travelled from the nearby ports, migrants from Eastern, Southern and Northern Europe had to cross large parts of the continent before embarkation overseas in Trieste, Marseille, Hamburg and Bremerhaven, and many travelled further to Antwerp, Rotterdam, Liverpool, Le Havre, Cherbourg, Nantes and other ports. Vienna, Berlin, Paris and many other, smaller cities functioned as hubs in the railway and information network. The agents of shipping companies reached out to the most remote locations. National governments constructed border crossing stations that controlled the inflow of emigrants. In some cities entire districts next to the railway stations or border crossings turned into spaces of transient living. This session will explore the intricate mechanisms established within each locality that enabled the process of transatlantic migration last for decades, as well as complex modes of interaction between the cities in sharing the know-how and in borrowing ideas from each other.

Deadline for paper proposals submission: 15 May 2013

Please send paper proposals to Dr. Markian Prokopovych at markian.prokopovych@univie.ac.at

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Call for Papers: Gender, the Refugee and Displacement Conference

Gender, the Refugee and Displacement (1900-1950)

Newcastle University, Friday 5th July 2013


Professor Peter Gatrell (Manchester University)

Call For Papers: This interdisciplinary one-day symposium will interrogate the links between gender and displacement from the turn of the twentieth century, through both World Wars and into the post-war period. Addressing a crucial gap in scholarship surrounding displacement and gender within the critical canon of war studies, it asks how gender influences or impacts displacement during the two world wars and how, in particular, men and women experience and represent displacement differently?  It interrogates the historic association of the refugee with the female, existing outside the symbolic order and beyond the nation, particularly at times of war (Plain, 1994). It addresses the embodied experience of displacement, such as the tendency for refugees and Internally Displaced People to experience rape, torture and physical violence as well as other forms of emotional or physical hardship, as well as the representation of displacement in literary, biographical and historical works with relation to ideas around gender and empowerment during this period. In particular, this conference brings together academics working across the disciplines, looking at the intersections between gender and displacement in a range of discourses legal and historical, literary and political, artistic and geographical in and around the two world wars. It welcomes abstracts from across the humanities and social sciences.

Papers are invited on any aspect of gender and displacement during this period, including but not exclusive to:

  • Male/female experiences of displacement;
  • Male/female descriptions or representations of displacement;
  • Childhood and displacement;
  • The politics of displacement/ power and displacement;
  • The experiences of IDPs and refugees;
  • Race and displacement;
  • Histories/geographies of displacement;
  • Theories of displacement;
  • The UN Convention on Refugees and the legal aspects of displacement.

Please send 300 word abstracts to Katherine Cooper (Katherine.cooper@ncl.ac.uk) before 1st May 2013.

This conference is supported by a generous grant from Newcastle University’s Gender Research Group.

Organised by: Katherine Cooper

Katherine Cooper
PhD Candidate

School of English Language, Literature and Linguistics,
Newcastle University

Gender, The Refugee and Displacement, 1900-1950 Conference
5th July 2013, Newcastle University

Out now: The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction: