Daily Archives: Friday, May 31, 2013

Calls for papers: Irregular migration and southern Europe, 10th Annual IMISCOE Conference, Malmö, Sweden, 25-27 August 2013

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

10th Annual IMISCOE Conference: Crisis and Migration- Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences Malmö, Sweden, 25-27 August 2013

Call for Papers:

Irregular migration and southern Europe

Workshop: Irregular migration and southern Europe Workshop convenors: Daniela DeBono, Russell King and Ioanna Tsoni

The aim of this workshop is to explore irregular migration in southern European countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus and others. There will be an attempt to identify issues, patterns and processes common to countries in this region, as well as differences. Researchers working in this field are aware of the dearth of spaces available for such discussions. This is reflected in the lack of edited collections or special issues focusing specifically on this phenomenon in this region. If there is enough material, the papers presented in this workshop could be presented to a publisher.

Southern European countries, in particular current EU Member States, share similar migration histories, being traditionally countries of emigration but now having to deal with large numbers of immigrants. Being geopolitically located on the southern EU borders, these countries are likely to continue receiving large irregular migrant flows in spite of the current economic crisis and high unemployment. In addition, the Dublin System has created a situation whereby these countries remain ‘responsible’ for asylum seekers, including those which ‘move on’ to northern European countries. Many of these countries, with a dark track record of violations of human rights of irregular migrants, are now dealing with increasing challenges to maintain fair asylum determination systems while irregular migrants are facing increasing hostility from host communities.

Although the rationale for this workshop is built on similarities within the region, the general tendency to project ‘southern European countries’ as a homogenous area will be consciously avoided and contributions of a comparative nature highlighting differences will be welcome.

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts which broadly serve to feed into the discussion of irregular migration in southern European countries such as (but not only!) the experiences of irregular migrants in southern European countries, reactions of the host communities to irregular migrants, the development of immigration policies, state reactions to the Dublin System and Frontex, the conditions and use of migrant detention centres, access to asylum and protection benefits, participation of irregular migrants in the labour market and so on. The organisers encourage contributions from different areas of study such as migration studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, history, law, politics, human rights, economics and so on.

Abstracts should be sent to Daniela DeBono at daniela.debono@mah.se by Friday 31st May 2013. Questions or clarifications prior to abstract submission should be directed to the same email address.

The Call for Papers can be found online at the conference website:

http://www.imiscoeconferences.org/ , or at the direct link: http://tinyurl.com/ctgt83u

Context and host

The workshop will take place at the 10th IMISCOE Annual Conference, 26 – 27 August 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, which brings together researchers from the IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe) Research Network and other academic and research institutions in Europe.

Important dates

. 31 May 2013: Deadline for submission of abstracts . 12 June 2013: Notification of acceptance decisions . 1 August 2013: Deadline for submission of full papers . 1 August 2013: Deadline for IMISCOE Conference Registration


All conference presenters must register for the conference. For more information on how to register please visit the conference website:www.imiscoeconferences.org

Travel expenses and fees

No support will be available towards the cost of accommodation and/or travel and the conference fee.

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Events: Invitation to a public lecture by Prof. Didier Fassin on ‘The multiple truths of asylum’

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.


Presentation by Prof. Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.

Wednesday 5 June 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

(Refreshments will be served)

The Atrium, Southwest Engineering Building, East Campus University of the Witwatersrand

One of the oldest social institutions, asylum has been formally recognized by the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees. Yet, during the past decades, with the increasing number of claimants and the growing reluctance of states to offer them protection, asylum has become a major global issue, although unevenly distributed across the planet.

Based on ten years of research, mostly in Europe, this lecture examines the refugee question through an inquiry into the concept of truth. Firstly, it will be shown that the truth of asylum, far from being definitively inscribed in an international text, is permanently reinterpreted and transformed, including new dimensions while lessening others. Secondly, it will be analyzed how the truths of the asylum-seekers, instead of being unveiled through their narrative, are matters of appreciation by state agents, which largely exceed the veracity of the stories or the sincerity of the applicants. The refugee question thus reveals crucial political and moral issues of our time.


Professor Fassin is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and a Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.  An anthropologist, sociologist and physician, he is the author of the seminal monograph When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa. He has also developed a critique of humanitarianism, in particular  around migration, asylum, and international assistance in Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present. His most recent study, Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing, addresses law enforcement in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Professor Didier Fassin is as an AW Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar hosted at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), Wits University, for 3 weeks.

This lecture is sponsored by the AW Mellon Foundation

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