Daily Archives: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Event: Muslims, Multiculturalism and Trust: New Directions

Muslims, Multiculturalism and Trust: New Directions

Date: 1-2 June 2013

Venue: SOAS, Russell Square, Khalili Lecture Theatre

Recent high-profile interventions by politicians in the West declaring the ‘failure’ of multiculturalism have had, as their very thinly disguised context, mistrust in those Muslim communities that have been growing in Western Europe and the United States since the end of the colonial era. The sense that multiculturalism has been a flawed experiment, that ‘unintegrated’ Muslims are evidence of this, has become a truism of much journalism and media coverage too.

Further Details:

This conference brings together leading experts from across the social science/humanities divide to examine the intersections and tensions between different approaches to questions of multiculturalism and trust, and to explore the possibility of developing mutually informative interdisciplinary approaches to shed new light on this topic. The aim of the conference is to analyse current critiques of multiculturalism, measure them against other, perhaps more progressive interpretations, and consider the potential offered by lived experience and creative visions of intercultural exchange to offer new ways of envisaging multicultural experience.

Invited participants include: Rehana Ahmed, Claire Chambers, Sohail Daulatzai, Rumy Hasan, Salah Hassan, Tony Laden, Alana Lentin, Nasar Meer, Tariq Modood, Anshuman Mondal, Peter Morey, Stephen Morton, Jorgen Nielsen, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Amina Yaqin.


Event: UCL Migration Research Unit Conference 12th June 2013

UCL Migration Research Unit Conference
12th June 2013

We would like to notify your organisation of our upcoming student conference at University College London, ‘Forced Migration: Global Perspectives and Practices’, on the 12th June 2013. Critically analysing the concept of ‘forced’ migration, this conference aims to provide a space for researchers, campaigners and sector workers to share perspectives and practices on ‘forced’ migration movements in our globalised world. Please find a provisional copy of our programme for the day attached to this blog posting as follows:

Download Programme  (in PDF format)

We would like to take this opportunity to invite your organisation to attend the conference on the 12th June 2013. Unfortunately, due to budgetary constraints, we are asking all participants to contribute £8 towards the running of the conference. This will cover all conference materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. If you are interested in attending, please email us back on this email address, and we will provide you with further instructions for registration. The deadline for registration is the 31st May 2013.

Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think would be interested in attending the conference, and we would very much appreciate it if you were able to share our conference poster with your supporters and social media followers. Please find this poster attached to this email.

If you have any further enquiries, do not hesitate to contact the conference team on this email address.

We hope to see you soon,

Best wishes,

Lorna Gledhill

On behalf of the MRU Student Conference Team

Siril, Sam, Anna, Larissa, Elizabeth

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New Call for Papers, Events and Opportunities

Details of these new opportunites were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Call for Panels: Third World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Istanbul, 24-27 October 2013 [info]
– The theme of the conference is “Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses.”  Deadline for panel proposals is 1 June 2013.

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Global Programs to Develop and Assess the Humanitarian Community’s Capacity to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence (GBV) within Refugee and Conflict-affected Populations [info]
– Proposal submission deadline is 5 June 2013.

Migration & Asylum Policies in Europe, Oxford, 6-7 June 2013 [info]
– Organized by the European Studies Centre.

British Journal of Social Work [info]
– Special issue on “‘A World on the Move’: Migration, Mobilities and Social Work.”  Abstract deadline is 7 June 2013.

CFP: Critical Migration Studies Stream, Critical Legal Conference, Belfast, 5-7 September 2013 [info]
– Abstract deadline is 15 June 2013.

Job Vacancy: Assistant to the International Summer School and Conferences Manager, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford [info]
– Application deadline is 19 June 2013.

Eleventh Orientation Course on Forced Migration Studies, Kolkata, India, 8-14 December 2013 [info]
– Apply by 24 June 2013.

20 Years after the German Asylum Law Reform: Demise or Transformation of Refugee Protection?, Berlin, 28 June 2013 [info]
– No registration deadline indicated.

Intervention [info]
– Special issue on psychosocial work and peacebuilding. Submission deadline is 1 July 2013.

Gender, the Refugee and Displacement (1900-1950), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 5 July 2013 [info]
– Registration is now open; a programme will be available at the end of the month.

Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth [info]
– New open access journal published by the School of Advanced Study, University of London.  Submission deadline is 31 July 2013.

Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration [info]
– Scroll to p. 101 for CFP.  Submission deadline is 14 August 2013.

Disability and the Global South: An International Journal [info]
– Special issue on “Disability, Asylum and Migration.” Submission deadline is 1 September 2013.


New Issues of FEX, FMR, GILJ, Humanit. Exch., OxMo, St. Ant. Intl. Rev.

Details of these new releases were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Field Exchange, no. 44 (Dec. 2012) [full-text]
– Mix of articles.

Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [info]
– Theme issue on “States of Fragility.”  Full-text is coming soon.

Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 26, no. 2 (Winter 2012) [contents]
– Mix of articles including two on “women as a social group” and “refugee relief and resettlement during armed conflict.”

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 57 (May 2013) [full-text]
– Theme is “South Sudan at a Crossroads.”

Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 3, no. 1 (May 2013) [full-text]
– Mix of articles that reflect on the concepts of “international solidarity” and “international cooperation” in refugee protection.

St. Antony’s International Review, vol. 9, no. 1 (May 2013) [contents]
– Special issue on “The Gendered Refugee Experience.”  See also launch event info.here.


Event: Symposium: Juana in a Million: Making Latin Americans Visible in London

 Juana in a Million symposium:

Symposium: Juana in a Million: Making Latin Americans Visible in London
Southwark Playhouse
Friday 7th June 2013
10-30 to 16-30

Juana in a Million is one-woman performance exploring true stories of Latin American migrants to the UK. Mexican author-performer Vicky Araico Casas (together with the Director and co-author, Nir Paldi) funded by the Arts Council and National Lottery. Vicky wrote the play after being inspired by her own experiences and by Cathy McIlwaine’s research on the Latin American Community in London.

The Symposium aims to facilitate a larger and more diverse audience for the play far beyond the Latin American community itself and to explore the lessons learnt and the ways in which the arts and performance can interrelate with academic social science research. It will entail a performance of the play,and a panel discussion of reactions to the play (led by Mette Berg, Davide Pero, Sarah Bradshaw, and Kavita Datta). This will be followed by a range of informal presentations by researchers and campaigners who have worked with Latin Americans in London. These include Carolina Gottardo, Rosina Marquez Reiter, Patria Román-Velasquez, Katie Wright, Jasmine Gideon, Juan Camilo Cock and Maria das Graças Brightwell.

The performance of the play, lunch and refreshments will be provided as part of the ticket price of £7.
Please register at the following:

Organisers: Cathy McIlwaine and Vicky Araico Casas


New Regional Publications on Europe; The Americas; and Syrians

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Regional Publications on Europe

“African Irregular Migrants in Malta: Exploring Perceptions and Renegotiating the Socio-Cultural Siege of Malta,” Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee, vol. 4, no. 1 (Dec. 2012) [full-text]
Asylum: Fixing a Broken System (Euronews, May 2013) [access]
– Follow link above for news report and this link for related debate on asylum.

Asylum Seekers and Refugees were Already Marginalised in Cyprus; Now, with the Crisis, their Situation is Deteriorating (ECRE, May 2013) [text]

Evaluation of the Early Legal Advice Project (UK Home Office, May 2013) [text]

Papers presented at 13th European Union Studies Association Biennial Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 9-11 May 2013 [info]
– Here are two titles of interest; check paper archive for more: “Normative Regimes in the Regulation of Asylum and Immigration: International Conventions – Attitudes – EU Integration” and “Linking Berlin and Brussels: Nongovernmental Organizations Engage the European Union on Asylum.”

Regional Study: Management of the External Borders of the EU and its Impact on the Human Rights of Migrants, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/23/46 (UN General Assembly, April 2013) [access]
– Report is available in .DOC format; background info. on the study is available here.

The Statistical and Econometric Analysis of Asylum Application Trends and Their Relationship to GDP in the EEA (arXiv.org, May 2013) [text]

Study on the Situation of Third-country Nationals Pending Return/Removal in the EU Member States and the Schengen Associated Countries (European Commission, March 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on The Americas

2012 Refugee Claim Data and IRB Member Recognition Rates (Canadian Council for Refugees, May 2013) [text]

Colombia: Between the Humanitarian Crisis and Hope of Peace (Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Lessons from the Earthquake in Haiti: A Survey on the IDPs and on the Resettled Households (Migration Policy Centre, May 2013) [text]
– English summary of a French-language research report by the ACP Observatory on Migration.

The Price of Fear (IRIN, May 2013) [text]
– Discusses fear of crime and gang violence.

Refugiados en México: Perfiles Sociodemográficos e Integración Social (UNHCR, 2012; launched May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Regional Publications on Syrians

“Forced Displacements from Syria or How to Institutionalize Regimes of Suffering,” ESIL Reflections, vol. 2, no. 6 (May 2013) [text]

The Past, Present and Future of Transnational Conflict in Jordan: A Study of Syrian Refugees in the Hashemite Kingdom, Masters Capstone Paper Project (Illinois State University, May 2013) [text]

Mission Report: An NGO Perspective on the Response to the Syria Crisis (ICVA & InterAction, May 2013) [text]

Multimedia Memo: Syria (UNHCR) [access]

People on the Move: ‘For many displaced Syrians, going back home is out of the question’ (Amnesty International, May 2013) [text]

Syria Refugees: Your Stories (Guardian Witness) [access]



New Regional Publications on Africa

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Regional Publications on Africa

Destination Unknown: Eritrean Refugee Torture and Trafficking (NATO Civil-Military Fusion Centre, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Kampala Convention: Entry into Force (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, May 2013) [access]

Libyans in North Africa Scared to Return Home (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

“Life in Transition: Ongoing Social and Economic Impacts of Internal Displacement on Young People in Liberia,” Georgetown Public Policy Review, vol. 18, no. 2 (Spring 2013) [full-text]

Returns to South and Central Somalia: A Violation of International Law (Amnesty International, May 2013) [text via Refworld]

Tales of the Unexpected (Inside Story, May 2013) [text]

Voices from Exile: Daily Realities and Future Prospects of Congolese and Burundian Refugees in the Great Lakes Region (Danish Refugee Council, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Disappearance of Sudan? Life in Khartoum for Citizens without Rights, Citizenship and Displacement in the Great Lakes Region, Working Paper, no. 9 (International Refugee Rights Initiative, May 2013) [textvia ReliefWeb]

Humanitarianism and the “National Order of Things”: Examining the Routinized Refugee Response in Eastern Cameroon, Honors Projects Paper, no. 17 (Macalester College, 2013) [text]

Maban Refugee Camps, South Sudan: Nutrition Survey Final Report (UNHCR et al., 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

République du Tchad: Mission conjointe d’évaluation de la situation des réfugiés soudanais, retournés tchadiens et la population locale dans la zone de Tissi au Sud-est du Tchad (WFP & FAO, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Rejected from Refuge: Displaced Malians Face Eviction from Apartments They can no Longer Afford (IDMC Blog, May 2013) [text]


New Thematic Publications on Statelessness; Health; and Gender Issues

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Statelessness

The European Network on Statelessness and the Statelessness Programme at Tilburg University are calling for the adoption of an “International Day on Statelessness,” similar to Human Rights Day or World Refugee Day.  Share your support/thoughts over at the ENS blog!


“Becoming Stateless: Historical Experience and Its Reflection on the Concept of State among the Lahu in Yunnan and Mainland Southeast Asian Massif,” Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

“Born Lost: Stateless Children in International Surrogacy Arrangements,” Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 21, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

“‘A Forgotten Human Rights Crisis’: Statelessness and Issue (Non)Emergence,”Human Rights Review, vol. 14, no. 2 (June 2013) [abstract]
– See also related ENS Blog postFMR article and thesis.

A Government Approach to Moving Statelessness Forward on the International Agenda (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]

Litigation, Legal Aid & Law Clinics (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]

[Nationality Laws in LiberiaNepal and Thailand] (Statelessness Programme, May 2013)
– Students in the ‘Nationality, Statelessness and Human Rights’ course at Tilburg University provide their analyses.

The Price of Statelessness: Palestinian Refugees from Syria (Middle East Monitor, May 2013) [text]

U.S. Immigration Reform May Finally Help Stateless People (Refugees International Blog, May 2013) [text]

New Publications on Health

“Improving Early Detection of Refugee-Related Stress Symptoms: Evaluation of an Inter-Professional and Inter-Cultural Skills Training Course in Sweden,” Societies3(2) (May 2013) [open access text]

“Meaningful Change or Business as Usual? Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings,” Forced Migration Review 25th Anniversary Collection (April 2013) [open access text]

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean (PAHO, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Piloting Community-based Medical Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault in Conflict-affected Karen State of Eastern Burma,” Conflict and Health 7:12 (May 2013) [open access text]

“Quality of Ultrasound Biometry Obtained by Local Health Workers in a Refugee Camp on the Thai–Burmese Border,” Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 40, no. 2 (Aug. 2012) [open access text]

War Surgery: Working with Limited Resources in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence, vol. 2 (ICRC, 2013) [text]

New Publications on Gender Issues

Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People(ILGA Europe, May 2013) [text via Refworld]
– See also other related materials from ILGA Europe including score sheets per country.

Female Refugees Fleeing Conflict (IntLawGrrls, May 2013) [text]

Invisible in the City: Protection Gaps Experienced by Sexual Minority Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Urban Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, and Kenya (HIAS, Feb. 2013) [text]
– See also related U.S. State Dept. speech.

“Nexus with a Convention Ground: The Particular Social Group and Sexual Minority Refugees in Ireland and the United Kingdom,” Irish Law Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

The Plight of LGBTI Asylum Seekers, Refugees (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

“Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the Protection of Forced Migrants,”Forced Migration Review, no. 42 (April 2013) [open access text]
-“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.”

UK Asylum Process Painful for Lesbians Fleeing Death Threats (Thomson Reuters Foundation, May 2013) [text]

“Women as a Particular Social Group: A Comparative Assessment of Gender Asylum Claims in the United States and United Kingdom,” Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 26, no. 2 (Winter 2012) [full-text via SSRN]


ToC: International Migration – Special Issue: Incorporating Faith: Religion and Immigrant Incorporation in the West

International MigrationThe latest Table of Contents Alert for the journal International Migration has just been published.  This is a Special Issue on: Incorporating Faith: Religion and Immigrant Incorporation in the West and is Volume 51, Issue 3 (June 2013).  Further details of the articles include din this volume are available below:

International Migration – Special Issue on: Incorporating Faith: Religion and Immigrant Incorporation in the West and is Volume 51, Issue 3 (June 2013) : Pages 1–217

Guest Editor Phillip Connor


  1. Introduction (pages 1–7)Phillip Connor

    Article first published online: 23 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/imig.12094

  2. God Bless Our Children? The Role of Generation, Discrimination and Religious Context for Migrants in Europe (pages 23–37)Koen Van der Bracht, Bart Van de Putte and Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe

    Article first published online: 15 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/imig.12075

  3. Piety in a Secular Society: Migration, Religiosity, and Islam in Britain (pages 57–66)Valerie A. Lewis and Ridhi Kashyap

    Article first published online: 23 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/imig.12095

  4. Religious Dimensions of Contexts of Reception: Comparing Two New England Cities(pages 84–98)Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt, Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky and Casey Clevenger

    Article first published online: 15 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/imig.12074

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    1. Voluntary Association Involvement and Immigrant Network Diversity (pages 133–150)S.R. Lauer and M. C. Yan

      Article first published online: 16 FEB 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2010.00602.x

    2. Transnational Ties During a Time Of Crisis: Israeli Emigration, 2000 To 2004 (pages 194–216)Steven Gold and Rona Hart

      Article first published online: 12 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2009.00574.x

Re-blog: Some Afghan interpreters to be allowed to settle in Britain | World news | The Guardian

About half the Afghan interpreters risking their lives for British troops are to be given settlement rights in the UK under a reworked package prepared by the coalition government.

The package represents a climbdown from earlier suggestions that most interpreters would have to risk reprisals as collaborators by the Taliban after coalition forces leave a still unstable country at the end of 2014.

Under the proposals any interpreters who have put themselves in physical danger working outside British military bases will be offered a resettlement package if they have been working for the UK forces for more than 12 months at the point of their redundancy.

The package will apply to any Afghan interpreter employed by British forces between December 2012 and December 2014, the final point of British departure. It is estimated that about half the interpreters – roughly 600 – will qualify for resettlement in the UK.

Qualifying interpreters will be offered a five-year visa for themselves and their families with additional practical help for relocation, accommodation and seeking work in the UK.

If a qualifying interpreter does not want to take up the option of living in the UK they will be given an alternative five-year training and education package with the Afghan security forces on existing security force salaries. They will also be offered pro-rata rates.

That army package will also be available to interpreters who do not qualify for resettlement in the UK.

It is estimated that roughly 600 interpreters will not qualify for resettlement either because they do not have 12 months’ continuous service or have not been deemed to face sufficient physical danger in their daily work. Interpreters not qualifying for resettlement will also be given the right to the equivalent of an 18-month average army salary paid on a monthly basis, rather than as a lump sum.

A No 10 source said: “The prime minister has been very clear that we should not turn our backs on those who have trod the same path as our soldiers in Helmand, consistently putting their lives at risk to help our troops achieve their mission.

“We should recognise the service given by those who have regularly put themselves in real danger while working for us.

“These proposals give them a choice: the opportunity to go on working in Afghanistan, learning new skills and to go on rebuilding their country or to come and make a new start in Britain.”

Downing Street said the packages would not take away interpreters’ existing rights to be resettled within Afghanistan if they were under clear threat.

Full article via Some Afghan interpreters to be allowed to settle in Britain | World news | The Guardian.

See Also:

The Guardian – Afghan interpreters’ resettlement scheme ‘does not go far enough’

The Guardian – Afghan interpreters ‘risk being failed by bureaucracy’

New UK Migration Statistics Released and the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR)

Migration is down. Source: Gov.uk – New figures show net migration is decreasing

The UK Home Office has just published the latest immigration statistics for the period January to March 2013.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today, Thursday 23rd May 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 published the Short-term International Migration Annual Report. It can be accessed from the following link:


ONS have also released a short story on “Seasonal Patterns of Long-term International Migration”, which can be accessed from the following link:


We would welcome any comments on any of our products. Please contact migstatsunit@ons.gov.uk with any comments.

How we are reducing net migration Source – Gov.uk – New figures show net migration is decreasing

Further Information:

Gov.uk – New figures show net migration is decreasing

Daily Telegraph – Net migration to the UK falls by a third

The Guardian – UK net migration shrinks further, official figures show

The Guardian – Net migration to the UK: down 89,000 in a year

The Guardian – The UK’s immigration crackdown will lead to a loss of international talent

The Guardian – Stop playing a crude numbers game with immigration. We must be open

BBC – Net migration to UK down by a third, figures show


ToC: The Asian and Pacific Migration Journal Volume 22 Issue 1, (2013)

The Asian and Pacific Migration Journal  (APMJ) is an academic quarterly started in 1992. APMJ is the first journal dedicated to migration issues in the Asia-Pacific region. APMJ is indexed in ISI and other key social science indexes.

APMJ VOLUME 22, 2013-Issue 1

Introduction: The New Chinese Migration to Southeast Asia

Diana Wong

Vol. 22 (1), p. 1-6, 2013.

Link to Abstract.

Recent Chinese Migration to Vietnam

Nguyen Van Chinh

Vol. 22 (1), p. 7-30, 2013.

Link to Abstract.

Chinese Migration to Singapore: Discourses and Discontents in a Globalizing Nation-State

Brenda S.A. Yeoh and Weiqiang Lin

Vol. 22 (1), p. 31-54, 2013.

Link to Abstract.

The Globalization of Tertiary Education and Intra-Asian Student Mobility: Mainland Chinese Student Mobility to Malaysia

Diana Wong and Ooi Pei Wen

Vol. 22 (1), p. 55-76, 2013.

Link to Abstract.

Environmental-related Resettlement in China: A Case Study of the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province

Yan Tan, Alec Zuo and Graeme Hugo

Vol. 22 (1), p. 77-108, 2013.

Link to Abstract.

Living in a Consumer Society: Adaptation Experiences of North Korean Youth Defectors in South Korea

Sang-Hee Sohn

Vol. 22 (1), p. 109-132, 2013.

Link to Abstract.

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations

Syeda Naushin Parnini, Mohammad Redzuan Othman and Amer Saifude Ghazali

Vol. 22 (1), p. 133-146, 2013.

Link to Abstract.


Event: Birkbeck Race Forum & MA Culture Diaspora Ethnicity Annual Lecture 2013

Birkbeck Race Forum & MA Culture Diaspora Ethnicity Annual Lecture 2013

Starts:  May 30, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Finishes:  09:00 PM
Location:  Room B20, Malet Street main building, Birkbeck

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Birkbeck Race Forum & MA Culture Diaspora Ethnicity Annual Lecture 2013

Department of Psychosocial Studies

‘A Second Skin’ | Embodied intersectionality, transnationalism and narratives of identity and belonging among Muslim women in Britain

Heidi Safia Mirza, Emeritus Professor of Equalities Studies in Education, Institute of Education

Thursday 30 May 2013 at 6.0,  Room B20, Birkbeck, Malet St. Followed by drinks reception

This talk examines the narratives of professional transnational Muslim women of Turkish, Pakistani and Indian heritage living and working in Britain. Developing a postcolonial black feminist framework of embodied intersectionality, the paper explores the ways in which the regulatory discursive power to ‘name’ the ‘Muslim woman’ in the ‘West’ as either dangerous or oppressed is lived out on and within the body. Embodied practices such as choosing to wear the hijab, which one woman described as a ‘second skin’, allows an insight into the ways in which the women draw on their subjecthood and inner sense of self to negotiate the affective ‘postcolonial disjunctures’ of racism and islamophobia which framed their everyday lives. Embodied intersectionality as a feminist critical theory of race and racism shows how gendered and raced representation is powerfully written on and experienced within the body, and how Muslim women’s agency challenges and transforms hegemonic discourses of race, gender and religion in transnational diasporic spaces.

Heidi Safia Mirza is Emeritus Professor of Equalities Studies in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is known internationally for her pioneering research on race, gender and identity in education. She uses postcolonial and black feminist theoretical frameworks to explore social justice, human rights and equality issues for Muslim, black and minority ethnic women. Her current work explores debates on multicultural education, ethnicity and citizenship, and cultural and religious difference, including islamophobia and gendered violence. She is author of several books including, ‘Young, Female and Black’, ‘Black British Feminism’ and ‘Race, Gender and Educational Desire: Why black women succeed and fail’. Her most recent book is ‘Respecting Difference: Race, faith and culture for teacher educators’.

Heidi was conferred with an award for achievements in academia as part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the independence of Trinidad and Tobago in 2012.

The event is free and open to all. To register, please email Yasmeen aty.narayan@bbk.ac.uk

Full Link – www.bbk.ac.uk/psychosocial/about-us/events/birkbeck-race-forum-ma-culture-diaspora-ethnicity-annual-lecture-2013