Daily Archives: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Invitation Conference “Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma”

Conference “Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma”

The Erasmus Studio is pleased to invite you to register for the international, multi-disciplinary conference “Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma” that will be held from 12 – 14 June 2013 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The conference marks the completion of the video-life stories project “Croatian Memories” created in cooperation with the Croatian NGO Documenta <http://www.documenta.hr/en/home.html>.

The conference intends to be a meeting point for those interested in and engaged with audio visual testimonies related to war and peace, trauma and memory and history and remembrance. Special attention will be devoted to personal narratives from the Western Balkan region and to testimonies created in the courtroom in the context of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

More information about the sessions can be found on the Programme  page.

Researchers and practitioners working with oral history, archives and ICT, be it from an academic, educational, journalistic or human rights perspective, are cordially invited to participate and sign up on the Registration page.

The registration fee is ?60 for three days (after May 15 ?75) and for (PhD) students no fee will be charged when a copy of a student ID is submitted.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Rotterdam and we would greatly appreciate the dissemination of this invitation within your network.

Kind regards on behalf of the Erasmus Studio,

Laura Boerhout


Wales City of Sanctuary Conference – Celebrating Sanctuary in Wales

Wales City of Sanctuary Conference – Celebrating Sanctuary in Wales

Temple of Peace, Cardiff
Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Asylum seekers & refugees have been the subject of negative press in recent years, particularly against the backdrop of the financial crisis. Yet Wales has a proud history of providing sanctuary to those in need. What does sanctuary mean to the people of Wales and to those fleeing war or persecution & seeking sanctuary here?

This conference aims to explore these issues, share learning and best practice from a range of disciplines and partners across Wales and will be useful for practitioners, policy makers, faith & community groups, asylum seekers and refugees.

Speakers include:

Professor Terry Threadgold – Cardiff University;

Alan Thomas – Chair of the City of Sanctuary National Trustees;

Jim Stewart – Evangelical Alliance Wales.

Plus workshops on:



Sharing the City of Sanctuary Vision;


Understanding the Legal Process.

Further information on the programme together with the booking instructions will follow shortly.

Jake Westlake
Refugee Week Wales Coordinator

Website:  www.welshrefugeecouncil.org.uk | Twitter:  www.twitter.com/@welshrefcouncil | Facebook: www.facebook.com/Welshrefcouncil

Table of Contents Alert: Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Oxford Journals have just published there latest Table of Contents Alert for their Holocaust and Genocide Studies journal.  Further details of the articles included in Vol. 27, No. 1, (Spring 2013) can be found below:

Cover/Standing Material

Front Cover

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Editorial Board

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Subscription Page

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Contents Page

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Who Killed Lida’s Jewish Intelligentsia? A Case Study of Wehrmacht Involvement in the Holocaust’s “First Hour”
David W. Wildermuth
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 1-29
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History and Memory: The Orthodox Experience in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp
Henri Lustiger Thaler
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 30-56
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Raphael Lemkin, Cultural Destruction, and the Armenian Genocide
Peter Balakian
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 57-89
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Calculated Indifference: The Soviet Union and Requests to Bomb Auschwitz
Danny Orbach and Mark Solonin
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 90-113
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Research Note

Vapniarka: The Archive of the International Tracing Service and the Holocaust in the East
Paul A. Shapiro
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 114-137
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Book Reviews

Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich, Robert Gerwarth (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), 336 pp., hardcover, $35.00, paperback, $18.00, e-book available
George C. Browder
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 138-140
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Children’s Exodus: A History of the Kindertransport, Vera K. Fast (London: I.B. Tauris, 2011), xvii + 270 pp., hardcover, $42.00/£25.00
Joanna Beata Michlic
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 140-142
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Lettland unter deutscher Besatzung 1941–1944: Der lettische Anteil am Holocaust, Katrin Reichelt (Berlin: Metropol, 2011), 428 pp., paperback, €24.00.
Matthew Kott
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 142-145
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The Jews in the Secret Nazi Reports on Popular Opinion in Germany, 1933–1945, edited by Otto Dov Kulka and Eberhard Jäckel (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010), civ + 959 pp., CD-ROM, hardcover, $150.00
Beth A. Griech-Polelle
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 145-147
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The Jewish Press and the Holocaust, 1939–1945: Palestine, Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union, Yosef Gorny (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 294 pp., hardcover $90.00, e-book available
Antero Holmila
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 147-149
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The Wartime Diary of Edmund Kessler: Lwow, Poland, 1942–1944, edited by Renata Kessler (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010), xvii + 165 pp., hardcover, $30.00, paperback, $19.00
Madeline G. Levine
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 150-152
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Nazi Labour Camps in Paris: Austerlitz, Lévitan, Bassano, July 1943–August 1944, Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Sarah Gensburger (New York: Berghahn, 2011), 180 pp., hardcover, $70.00/£40.00
John F. Sweets
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 152-154
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Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland, Michael Meng (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011), xiv + 351 pp., hardcover, $35.00
Geneviève Zubrzycki
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 154-156
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Nazi Empire: German Colonialism and Imperialism from Bismarck to Hitler, Shelley Baranowski (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 380 pp., hardcover, $90.00, paperback, $25.99
Eric D. Weitz
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 156-159
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Hitler and America, Klaus P. Fischer (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), 368 pp., hardcover, $29.95, e-book available
Donald M. McKale
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 159-161
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Guilt, Suffering, and Memory: Germany Remembers Its Dead of World War II, Gilad Margalit (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010), 404 pp., paperback, $30.00
Mary Nolan
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 162-164
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Origins of Political Extremism: Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century and Beyond, Manus I. Midlarsky (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 442 pp., hardcover, $103.00/£63.00, paperback, $36.99/£22.99, e-book available
Michael M. Gunter
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 164-166
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Recently Published Works in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Recently Published Works in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 167-205
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Publication: FMR 42 now online – Sexual orientation and gender identity and the protection of forced migrants

Forced Migration Review issue 42, on ‘Sexual orientation and gender identity and the protection of forced migrants’, is now online at www.fmreview.org/sogi

FMR 42 full issue pdf (3.35 MB / A5 format)

The design of FMR is now A5 (half of A4). In order to print it out properly, please use your printer’s ‘Booklet’ setting.

Around the world, people face abuse, arbitrary arrest, extortion, violence, severe discrimination and lack of official protection because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This latest issue of FMR includes 26 articles on the abuse of rights of forced migrants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. Authors discuss both the challenges faced and examples of good practice in securing protection for LGBTI forced migrants.

The full list of contents, with web links, is given below.

FMR 42 will be available online and in print in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

An expanded contents listing for this issue – FMR42 Listing – is available at www.fmreview.org/sogi/FMR42listing.pdf

Timing of distribution of this issue: Please note that if you are a regular

FMR 42

FMR42 Listing is a four-sided expanded contents listing of all articles in this issue of FMR. It provides for each article: the title, the author(s) and their affiliation, the introductory sentences and a link to the full article online. It will be available online and in print in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

recipient of a print copy, it will be posted to you at the same time as we post copies of FMR 43, which we expect to be in early/mid-June. If you need a copy more urgently for any reason, please email us.

If you do NOT usually receive a print copy and would like to receive a copy of FMR 42 or FMR42 Listing for your organisation, or multiple copies for distribution to partners and policy/decision makers or for use at conferences or workshops, please contact the Editors.

New! FMR is now A5 size: lighter to carry, easier to read on mobile devices and cheaper to post. We do hope you will like the new sized FMR and find it easy to read and use.

We would like to thank Rachel Levitan of HIAS for her invaluable assistance as special advisor on this issue. We are also very grateful to the Arcus Foundation, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, UNHCR and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration for their funding support for this issue. Thanks also to those individual readers who have donated to support FMR.

See www.fmreview.org/forthcoming for details of forthcoming issues.

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best wishes

Marion & Maurice

Editors, Forced Migration Review

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(Note: This issue does not include any ‘general’ articles.)

LGBT: equally entitled to human rights and dignity
Anne C Richard (Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration in the United States Department of State)

Ensuring protection for LGBTI Persons of Concern
Volker Türk (Director of International Protection, UNHCR)

Mental health challenges of LGBT forced migrants
Ariel Shidlo and Joanne Ahola (Research Institute Without Walls)

The Rainbow Group in Mae La camp
Moses (Kachin refugee/Australian Catholic University)

“On what grounds?” LGBTQ asylum claims in Canada
Sharalyn Jordan (Simon Fraser University) and Chris Morrissey (Rainbow Refugee)

LGBTI asylum claims: the Central and Eastern European perspective
Anna Śledzińska-Simon (University of Wrocław) and Krzysztof Śmiszek (University of Warsaw)

Global human rights frameworks applicable to LGBTI migrants
Shana Tabak (American University’s International Human Rights Law Clinic) and Rachel Levitan (HIAS)

LGBTI refugees: the Brazilian case
Henrique Rabello de Carvalho (LGBTI Rights Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association)

Sexual orientation and gender identity: developments in EU law
Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

LGBT refugee protection in the UK: from discretion to belief?
Amanda Gray and Alexandra McDowall (UNHCR UK)

Seeking asylum in the UK: lesbian perspectives
Claire Bennett (University of Southampton) and Felicity Thomas (Exeter University)

Barriers to justice in the UK
Charlotte Mathysse (University of Sussex/Kenya Red Cross)

Asylum for persecuted homosexuals in the Republic of Korea
Andrew Wolman (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)

Challenges to producing LGB-specific Country of Origin information
Christian Pangilinan (refugee legal aid lawyer)

Assessing transgender asylum claims
Jhana Bach (Lancaster University)

Kosovo: what does the future hold for LGBT people?
Agathe Fauchier (lawyer)

City planning for sexual diversity: new policies in Bogotá
Marcela Ceballos and Juan Carlos Prieto (Office of the District Planning Department, Bogotá)

Towards inclusive resettlement for LGBTI refugees
Jennifer Rumbach (International Organization for Migration)

LGBT refugee resettlement in the US: emerging best practices
Scott Portman and Daniel Weyl (Heartland Alliance International)

LGBTI migrants in immigration detention
Shana Tabak (American University’s International Human Rights Law Clinic) and Rachel Levitan (HIAS)

A model immigration detention facility for LGBTI?
Christina Fialho (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement)

Identity and integration in Israel and Kenya
Yiftach Millo (HIAS)

Protection in the city: some good practice in Nairobi
Duncan Breen (Human Rights First) and Yiftach Millo (HIAS)

Gender identity and disaster response in Nepal
Kyle Knight (journalist) and Courtney Welton-Mitchell (University of Denver)

LGBT aid workers: deployment dilemmas

Grantmaking for SOGI programmes
Andrew S Park (Wellspring Advisors, LLC)


Calls for Papers: The Refugee Law Initiative Working Paper Series

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The Refugee Law Initiative Working Paper Series Call for Papers – April 2013

The Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) invites submissions to its Working Paper Series. The series provides for the rapid dissemination of preliminary research results and other work in progress, reflecting cross and inter-disciplinary interests within refugee law and policy, broadly defined. Recent papers have considered integration, detention and smuggling of asylum-seekers, gender-related asylum claims and long-term encampment.

RLI Working Papers are prominently displayed on the RLI website <http://rli.sas.ac.uk/research-and-publications/refugee-law-initiative-working-papers-series/> as a resource for scholars and practitioners worldwide. Papers published in the series may subsequently be published in journals or books provided that an acknowledgement is given to the RLI Working Paper Series.

Papers must be based on original research, conform to the usual standard of academic publishing, be fully referenced and presented in the standard technical format employed by the series. Papers will be evaluated based on their contemporary relevance, contribution to the field, structure and analytical rigour. Please refer to the submission guide available at <http://rlihub.sas.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/RLI-WPS-Submission-Guide.pdf>.

Submissions are considered on a rolling basis.

For further information, and to submit a paper please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Mr Ruvi Ziegler, at ruvi.ziegler@law.ox.ac.uk or r.ziegler@reading.ac.uk

Events: The Future State of the Irish in Britain

The Future State of the Irish in Britain

Prof. Mary Hickman

The Centre for Irish Studies (CIS), St Mary’s University College, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain, Chaired by Chris Ruane MP, are co-hosting the next lecture in the CIS Spring Public Lecture Series 2013.

 14th May 2013 at 7pm

Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster

(Allow time for the security at Portcullis House)

In “The Future State of the Irish in Britain” Prof. Hickman seeks to give an assessment of the current and future state of the Irish in Britain in the context of increasing Irish emigration, austerity, everyday multiculturalism and the growing profile of the Irish diaspora.

Professor Hickman is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Irish Studies and is a leading figure in Irish migration and diaspora studies She has also served on both British and Irish government committees in an advisory capacity for the Irish in Britain. Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University, her latest book Migration and Social Cohesion in the UK (co-authored with Nick Mai and Helen Crowley) is published by Palgrave Macmillan. In 2014 Women and the Irish Diaspora, co-edited with Jim MacPherson, will be published (Manchester University Press). For further details see the CIS website:

Link:  http://www.smuc.ac.uk/ccca/staff/mary-hickman.htm


The series so far has featured Laura Izarra (USP) and Maurice Walsh (Kingston University) and it will close with an evening with the novelist Julia O’Faolain on 29th May. At 7pm at St Mary’s University College, Senior Common Room.


RSVP is essential for entry.  Kathy Grant kathy.grant@smuc.ac.uk

Twitter: @CISLondon

Events: Taming the Demons: Reflections on Xenophobia, Social Cohesion and Violence in Contemporary South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, Friday 10 May

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Taming the Demons: Reflections on Xenophobia, Social Cohesion and Violence in Contemporary South Africa

Date: Friday 10 May 2013

Time: 9:00 – 15:30

Venue: Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand


Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Sandile Memela, Chief Director of Social Cohesion, Department of Arts and Culture Rashid Seedat, Head, Gauteng Planning Commission Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane, Director, Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CORMSA)

RSVP: Lenore Longwe 011 717 4033  lenore.longwe@wits.ac.za


Scarcity, Inequality and the Governance of Diversity Rationing Rights; Obscuring Opportunity? Reflections on Work, Labour and Livelihoods Forging Communities on the Move: Space, Mobility and Discourses of Diversity

This workshop is made possible with the support of the National Research Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies and The South African-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development.

All are welcome.

Please RSVP by 8 May for catering purposes.

For more information, contact:  Lenore Longwe, 011 717 4033  tamingdemons@migration.org.za