Daily Archives: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Event: Multilingualism and superdiversity seminar

Second Call: BAAL/CUP seminar

Conceptualizing multilingualism under superdiversity: membership claims, social categories and emblems of authenticity

In complex societies people belong to, or are ascribed membership of, multiple social categories. The papers presented in this BAAL/CUP colloquium ask questions about the value and force of social categories. They consider how and why people claim or reject membership of those categories, and how trajectories of belonging change across time and space. They interrogate the stability of membership of social categories, and of the categories themselves. Furthermore, the papers engage with the implications of these questions for social policy. In this seminar the presentations consider how membership of social categories is negotiated in the delicate weave of social interaction. The papers argue that analysts may gain purchase on what we commonly refer to as ‘identity’ by attending to acts of performance and construal through which emblems and social personae are linked.

BAAL/CUP Two Day Seminar:

Date:               11th and 12th June 2013.

Venue:            School of Education, University of Birmingham

Invited speakers:

  • Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese (University of Birmingham)
  • Hugh Escott and Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield)
  • Kamran Khan (University of Birmingham)
  • Michele Koven (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
  • Adrienne Lo (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
  • Ben Rampton (King’s College London)
  • Caroline Tagg (University of Birmingham)
  • Sabina Vakser (University of Melbourne)

Discussant: Jenny Phillimore (University of Birmingham)

Speaker abstracts attached – see below

The University of Birmingham’s MOSIAC Centre for Research on Multilingualism and the IRiS Institute for Research on Superdiversity will host a two day seminar at the School of Education, University of Birmingham.

Objectives of the seminar

  1. To explore recent research which questions the stability of social categories such as language, community, and ethnicity in contexts of globalization and multilingualism.
  2. To provide a forum to engage in close analysis of identity and membership claims in linguistic interaction.
  3. To consider the implications of these discussions for social policy.

Attendance is limited to 35 participants.  All participants must register. Although the event is free, participants will cover their own lunch, dinner, travel and accommodation costs.

This event is run in partnership with the Linguistic Ethnography Forum and with financial support provided by the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL), Cambridge University Press and the University of Birmingham.

Please complete the attached form (‘Expression of interest’) and send to Ann Bolstridge a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk. Please return by April 26th 2013.  Please note numbers are limited.


Places will be allocated through combination of research fit and first-come-first-served basis.

Final programme and allocation of places May 19th 2013.


New publications: Refuge from inhumanity: enriching refugee protection standards through recourse to international humanitarian law (Conference report)

New Publication:

Refuge from inhumanity: enriching refugee protection standards through recourse to international humanitarian law Refugee Studies Centre/Refugee Law Initiative Conference Report

Authors: Jean-François Durieux and David Cantor (Convenors) Publication date: April 2013

This report summarises the proceedings at the international conference ‘Refuge from inhumanity: enriching refugee protection by recourse to international humanitarian law’ held at All Souls College, Oxford, 11-12 February 2013. The conference was jointly organised by the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and the Refugee Law Initiative of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

This expert conference broke new ground in exploring the role of international humanitarian law (IHL) in the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers. Its seven thematic panels went beyond traditional approaches to IHL and refugee law by assessing the prospects for substantive legal interaction between the two fields. The first day of the conference explored the extent to which IHL (and international criminal law) may provide interpretative guidance in the asylum context. The second day was devoted to examining the potential of IHL for preventing refoulement to situations of armed conflict.

The conference brought together exciting new contributions from more than twenty leading specialists in the fields of IHL and refugee law to take stock of recent developments in law and practice, and to cultivate new approaches to the topic. There were over 60 participants, including staff from international and national humanitarian organisations, judges, lawyers, academics and students.

Download here: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/publications/rsc-reports/cr-refuge-from-inhumanity-150413.pdf/view

Events: 20 Years after the German Asylum Law Reform: Demise or Transformation of Refugee Protection? German Historical Museum, Berlin

Academic Conference

20 Years after the German Asylum Law Reform: Demise or Transformation of Refugee Protection?

Friday, 28 June 2013

German Historical Museum, Berlin

Auditorium, I.M. Pei Building

This symposium brings together renowned and young academics from various disciplines and countries in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the German asylum law reform. Its purpose is to shed light on the history and present of political asylum in Germany and Europe. The speakers will discuss the development of political asylum in Germany, the current state of the politics of asylum in Europe as well as the experiences and situations of refugees. The goal is to revive in German academia engagement with international forced migration, flight and asylum.

This is an event of Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabrück; supported by Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung.

For more information and registration please go to www.fluechtlingsforschung.net


(Simultaneous German-to-English translation will be provided. )

8:30-9:00 Registration, Coffee

9:00-9:30 Welcome   Apl. Prof. Dr. Jochen Oltmer; IMIS, Universität Osnabrück

Introduction   Dr. J. Olaf Kleist; IMIS, Universität Osnabrück

9:30-10:30 Keynote Lecture

What is ‘asylum’?

Prof. Dr. Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, All Souls College, University of Oxford

10:30-11:00 Coffee / Tea

11:00-13:00 Panel I: Asylum in Germany in Retrospect (Chair: Jochen Oltmer)

Asylrecht und Asylgewährung im Europa der Zwischenkriegszeit – transnationale Rechtsfragen und politische Handlungsfelder

Dr. Yvonne Rieker, Ruhr Universität Bochum / Universität Osnabrück

Von Beginn an umstritten. Asylrecht, Asylpolitik und Asylpraxis in der frühen Bundesrepublik (1949 – 1976)

Dr. Patrice G. Poutrus, Simon-Wiesenthal-Institut für Holocaust-Studien, Wien

Asylpolitik unter dem Eindruck steigender Asylbewerberzahlen – Asylgewährung in den 1980er und 1990er Jahren

Prof. Dr. Ursula Münch, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing

Asylrechtsreform 1993 aus der Sicht von 2013

Dr. Reinhard Marx, Rechtsanwalt, Frankfurt am Main

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Panel II: The Politics of Asylum in Europe (Chair: Guy S. Goodwin-Gill)

Disparate Minimum Protection Standards: The Qualification Directive

Dr. Nora Markard, Universität Bremen / Columbia University, New York

The Common European Asylum System under strain: the case of the Greek asylum system

Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi, L.L.M., Université libre de Bruxelles / Université catholique de Louvain

Shifting migration control – a legal perspective

Assist. Prof. Dr. Maarten Den Heijer, University of Amsterdam

15:30-16:00 Coffee / Tea

16:00-18:00 Panel III: Die Situation von Flüchtlingen (Chair: J. Olaf Kleist)

Refugees on the margins of Europe: their legal, social and economic situation and modes of entry to the EU

Dr. Franck Düvell, University of Oxford

Impossible refugees: the Roma at the margins of the EU asylum system

Dr. Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham / University of Oxford

Das Flüchtlingslagersystem in Deutschland

Dr. Tobias Pieper, Opferperspektive, Berlin

The Consequences of Deportation: Death, Debt and Desolation

Dr. Liza Schuster, City University London

18:00-18:30 Snacks and Drinks

Link:  www.fluechtlingsforschung.net


Calls for Papers: Borders, Walls and Security, University of Quebec at Montreal

Call for Papers:

Borders, Walls and Security

International conference organized by the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec at Montreal in association with the Association for Borderlands Studies

University of Quebec at Montreal, Quebec, Canada October 17th and 18th, 2013

Direct link here:


Fields: Political Science, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Law, Economics, Design, Biology, Art, Environmental studies, Feminist Studies.

Grad Students are welcome to submit a proposal.

In the post-9/11 world, fences and towers reinforce and enclose national territories, while security discourses link terrorism with immigration, and immigration with illegality, criminal violence and radical Islam. The European Union (EU) claims to tear down walls, while building external walls ever higher. At the same time, the US considers how best to deploy towers and walls along its border zones while implementing an integrated border management regime. This development is not limited to these two world regions, however. Elsewhere in the global world walls dissecting borderlands are becoming higher. In Asia, India is finishing up its fence around Bangladesh. On all four continents, changes in border policy go along with a heightened discourse on internal control and a shift from borderlines to an ubiquity of control. Such walls are Œwalling in¹ as well as Œwalling out¹. By this we mean that the traditional geopolitics of bordering are supplemented, rather than fully replaced, by a national biopolitics, involving new definitions of who belongs and who does not belong, who is potentially represented as a threat and a risk internally, and who should be removed from the body of the state.

The experience of migrations, asylum-seekers, targeted ethnicities, and non-citizen residents has also been profoundly touched by securitization assessments rooted in geopolitics emanating from assessments of conditions outside of the state. Law-enforcement agencies at national and even international level, problematize ethnicity and identity in context of terrorism and criminality, or associated geopolitical orientations based upon nationalist and ethnicity. Systems and facilities for monitoring and gathering data on migrants and asylum seekers, are a product of the opportunity offered by border control, and are now an important component of a counter-terrorist agenda. They too, demand walls in which to embed their technologies.

Participants are encouraged to critically examine the role of wall in security discourses, particularly with respect to immigration and citizenship, and to consider some of the following questions:

Theme 1. Border fences, walls and identities

Construction of national and local identities Theoretical limology, walls and epistemology Anthropological approaches to border walls and fences Sociology of the walls/fences and their borderlands

Theme 2. Impacts of border walls

Social and environmental impacts

Economical impacts

Bypass strategies

Security industry and border fences & walls Art, Borders and Walls

Theme 3. Legal aspects of border walls

Separation and legitimation

Border walls: failure or success?

International, national and local

Legal aspects: Human rights and the wall, norms and the wall

Theme 4. Biopolitics of border walls

Security discourses, geopolitical and biopolitical assessments, and walls

9/11 security discourse, marginality and border fences Spatialization of insecurity and border fences


Deadline for abstract submission: April 20th, 2013

Practical Information

Please include the following information (300 words):

Name of authors/contributors

Institutional affiliations, titles

Contact: telephone, fax, email, mailing address Title of the paper

Abstract: Subject, empirical frame, analytical approach, theme Send your proposals via email in Word format to Elisabeth Vallet at UQAM:BordersandWalls@gmail.com


Proposals can be submitted in French, Spanish and English. However the conference will be held in English and French.


April 20th 2013 : deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals June 2013 : proposals selection and notification sent to presenters August, 24th 2013 : submission of papers to discussants October, 17th and 18th, 2013 : Conference to be held in Montreal

Direct link here:



Event: Tariq Ali – CCSR Annual Lecture at University of East London

The Centre for Cultural Studies Research (CCSR) University of East London:

2013 Annual Lecture



Neo-liberalism and new wars versus social justice and peace

to be given by


Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written over two dozen books on world politics and history. His novels, including the series known as the ‘Islam Quintet’, have been translated into many languages. He is a longstanding editor of the New Left Review and writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Guardian

16 May 2013 at 17.30

West Building Ground Floor Theatre

University of East London Docklands Campus DLR station: Cyprus http://www.uel.ac.uk/campuses/docklands/

Refreshments will follow the lecture