Daily Archives: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Event: From Spitalfields to Green Lanes: mapping the refugee experience in London

From Spitalfields to Green Lanes: mapping the refugee experience in London

London through the eyes of its communities (a talk and viewing of original documents)

London is widely known for its cultural diversity. Where, why and when did the different refugee and migrant communities settle here? Using written and audio-visual material from LMA collections, this talk will present stories from some of London’s diverse communities, focusing on their experiences of coming to London and making ‘the monster city’ their home.

Date 20/06/2013
Time From 17:30 to 19:00
Venue London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
Organiser 020 7332 3851
Category Conference/seminar/lecture
Price Free

‘The Space Between’ CARA Exhibition for Refugee Week

‘The Space Between’ Exhibition for Refugee Week

CARA_the_Space_BetweenCARA is delighted to invite you to our photographic art exhibition ‘The Space Between’, taking place at The Rag Factory from the 17th-22nd June, as part of Refugee Week.  The exhibition has been commissioned by Birkbeck College and will feature images that explore the experiences of women refugee academics.

We will be holding lunch-time talks by women refugees during weekdays who will speak about their experiences leaving everything behind and starting again in an entirely new culture.  We will celebrate the contributions of refugees to British culture and challenge caricatures of refugees as people who just ‘take’.

For more information visit www.academic-refugees.org/the-space-between
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CARA presents ‘The Space Between’, a week long photographic exhibition to mark Refugee Week which provides women refugee academics who hail from Iraq to Palestine, Burma to Burundi, the opportunity to share the story of their journey to the UK.

Commissioned by Birkbeck College, the exhibition will feature photographic art of Kay Goodridge supported by recorded excerpts of the women speaking about their experiences and explore the theme of displacement. The exhibition will highlight the power of education and the courage of the women in their flight from persecution.

Located in the historic heart of many refugee communities, Brick Lane in East London, the exhibition will be held in the beautiful non-profit arts centre, The Rag Factory. The area has seen refugees since the arrival of the French Huguenots in the 17th century to the Jewish immigrants of the 1800s right up until the most recent arrival of the Bangladeshi community, so it is well placed for such an event.

The richly layered artworks will tell the story of the strength it takes to uproot oneself from a life and the harsh realities of starting again in an entirely new culture, made harder still by the double burden of being female and a refugee. The message of the exhibition will be sobering yet redemptive and take steps towards promoting tolerance and understanding some of the reasons why people seek asylum.

“The Space Between represents an absence of belonging and of existing in between two different cultures.”

Lunchtime talks

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lunch-time talks by five different female refugees detailing their particular experiences as refugees in the UK. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the real lives often obscured by tabloid stereotypes of refugees as ‘undeserving’. Refugees have much to contribute to our country and the exhibition and accompanying talks hope to promote their influence in UK intellectual life.

17th June 2013, 1pm

How I Became an Asylum Seeker: Staging the Refugee Academic Experience – Lydia Besong

A talk by Cameroonian Playwright and former English Lecturer who was forced to flee to Britain’s shores following her peaceful politicalprotests in her home country. Discussing the many barriers facedby academics and how her ordeal has influenced her creatively.

18th June 2013, 1pm

Female and Foreign: Experiences of Being a Refugee Woman – Marjorie Nshemere Ojule

Marjorie is a Ugandan Refugee who fled persecution in her homecountry. The talk will discuss the issues that women refugees face because of their gender and how her experiences as a female asylum seeker spurred her on to help others.

19th June 2013, 1pm

The Story of Asylum: An LGBT Campaigner – Prossy Kakooza

Prossy is a Ugandan activist and LGBT campaigner who claimed asylum in the UK after being persecuted for her sexuality. The talk will focus on her work to educate people on LGBT rights and the plight of LGBT refugees.

20th June 2013, 1pm

Refugee and the Community: Leaders in Diaspora Communities21 June, 1pm – Cynthia Masiyiwa.

Cynthia is an award winning young community leader who fled her native Zimbabwe at 15 years old. A known voice in her community, she works hard to negotiate asylum policy. Discussing education,youth community work and her experience as an asylum seeker.

21st June 2013, 1pm

Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad Reading and book signing20 June, 1pm – May Wit Wit

May is an Iraqi lecturer who fled Baghdad at the height of violence following the war with the help of a BBC correspondent and CARA. May will have a short reading from her bestselling novel,‘Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad.’

The exhibition ends Saturday 22nd June 2013.


The Rag Factory
16-18 Heneage Street
E1 5LJ


New Resource: UNHCR: 2012 Global Trends report

UNHCR are  pleased to announce that the following report has been published today and is available for download on the UNHCR statistics website www.unhcr.org/statistics.

2012 Global Trends – Displacement: the new 21st century challenge

The 48-page report reflects many of the major humanitarian developments between January and December 2012. It analyses the statistical trends and changes in the global populations of concern to UNHCR, i.e. refugees, asylum-seekers, returnees, stateless persons and certain groups of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Some of the key findings of the report:

– By end 2012, 45.2 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence and human rights violations. Some 15.4 million people were refugees: 10.5 million under UNHCR’s mandate and 4.9 million Palestinian refugees registered by UNRWA. The global figure included 28.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and nearly one million (937,000) asylum-seekers. The 2012 level was the highest since 1994, when an estimated 47 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide.

– During the year, conflict and persecution forced an average of 23,000 persons per day to leave their homes and seek protection elsewhere, either within the borders of their countries or in other countries.

– An estimated 7.6 million people were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution, including 1.1 million new refugees – the highest number of new arrivals in one year since 1999. Another 6.5 million people were newly displaced within the borders of their countries – the second highest figure of the past ten years.

– Pakistan was host to the largest number of refugees worldwide (1.6 million), followed by the Islamic Republic of Iran (868,200), Germany (589,700), and Kenya (565,000).

– More than half (55%) of all refugees worldwide came from five countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, the Syrian Arab Republic, and Sudan.

– Some 21,300 asylum applications were lodged by unaccompanied or separated children in 72 countries in 2012, mostly by Afghan and Somali children. It was the highest number on record since UNHCR started collecting such data in 2006.


ToC Alert: Refugee Survey Quarterly

Oxford Journals have just published the latest Table of Contents alert for their Refugee Survey Quarterly journal.  Further details of the articles included in  Vol. 32, No. 2, (June 2013) are included as follows:


Conceptual Problems in Forced Migration
Dawn Chatty and Philip Marfleet
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 1-13
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Explorations in a Foreign Land: States, Refugees, and the Problem of History
Philip Marfleet
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 14-34
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Refugees, Exiles, and Other Forced Migrants in the Late Ottoman Empire
Dawn Chatty
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 35-52
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Citizenship, Autochthony, and the Question of Forced Migration
Nira Yuval-Davis
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 53-65
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From Bare Lives to Political Agents: Palestinian Refugees as Avant-Garde
Ruba Salih
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 66-91
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“Like Something Sacred”: Palestinian Refugees’ Narratives on the Right of Return
Sophie Richter-Devroe
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 92-115
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Is Deportation a Form of Forced Migration?
Matthew J. Gibney
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 116-129
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Refugees, the State and the Concept of Home
Helen Taylor
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 130-152
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Events: Examining Migration Dynamics: Networks and Beyond, Conference, University of Oxford


Examining Migration Dynamics: Networks and Beyond, Conference, University of Oxford

Online registration is presently open for our international migration conference: “Examining Migration Dynamics: Networks and Beyond”, to be held at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, 24-26 September 2013. Visit: http://www.imi.ox.ac.uk/research-projects/themis/conference2013

We are offering discounted fee rates for delegates who are full time students, or those who are based in non-OECD countries.

This conference is being organized by the partners of the research project Theorizing the Evolution of European Migratory Systems (THEMIS), which is funded by NORFACE through their Research Programme on Migration. This conference takes an inter-disciplinary approach to migration dynamics and draws on comparative studies of international and internal migration processes. The three main themes are:

* emergence and development of migration systems

* feedback processes in migration

* migrants as social actors

Thomas Faist, Douglas Massey and Ewa Morawska have accepted to be our external key note speakers.

The registration fee includes attendance at:

* the opening and concluding remarks,

* all 3 plenary keynote presentations, over three days

* a free choice of four parallel sessions running over two full days

Also delegates will be provided with a full pack of conference materials, a welcome drinks reception; regular tea/coffee refreshments during each conference day (24-26 September 2013), buffet lunch on full days (25 and 26 September) and (unless opting out) a 3-course conference dinner with drinks reception (25 September) at Lady Margaret Hall.

Our conference webpages will continue to be updates with latest information about the conference and for delegates.

THEMIS takes a fresh look at how patterns of migration to Europe develop, investigating what makes people decide to migrate, why some of those initial moves to Europe result in the formation of significant migration systems, and why in other cases some migration processes tail off or stagnate. Based on new field research, it aims to bridge the theories on the initiation and continuation of migration, and to integrate the concept of agency in a systems theory approach. This involves a comparative study of the evolution of migrant groups following different migration trajectories from several regions of 3 origin countries (Brazil, Morocco and Ukraine ) to selected cities in 4 destination countries (UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal).

Please do kindly forward this announcement to others who might also be interested.

For further information please contact us at themis@qeh.ox.ac.uk


Calls for Papers: Diaspora in India’s Foreign Policy and National Security: A Comparative Perspective, 6–7 November 2013, New Delhi

Calls for papers:

Diaspora in India’s Foreign Policy and National Security: A Comparative Perspective, 6–7 November 2013, New Delhi




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Call for papers: Diaspora in India’s Foreign Policy and National Security: A Comparative Perspective, 6–7 November 2013, New Delhi

The Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI), New Delhi, in cooperation with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the India International Centre (IIC) are inviting paper proposals for the international academic conference on ‘Diaspora in India’s Foreign Policy and National Security: A Comparative Perspective’, to be held on 6–7 November 2013 in New Delhi.

Proposals (up to 250 words) should be submitted by 5 August 2013. Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of the academic journal Diaspora Studies.

Corresponding to the need to examine emigration phenomena and diaspora-home state relations from the viewpoint of international relations (IR) theory, this conference will explore under what conditions diasporic populations can be integrated into a foreign policy framework, when they are perceived to be liabilities and how the Indian policy system attempted to harness the positive aspects, while minimizing the liability aspects.

The following issues will be explored during the conference:

  •  Bane or boon? India’s and other Countries’ Diaspora as a Strategic Asset for Foreign Policy
  • Influence of diasporic actors on bilateral relations with countries of their settlement;
  • Diasporic lobbying, ethnic interest groups and foreign policy;
  • Diasporic actions and India’s soft power.

Linkages of Foreign Policy and Diaspora Policy in India and other countries

   o Alignment and misalignment of policy objectives;

   o Institutional and ideational changes in state institutions and the Foreign Service.

Exploring the links between Diaspora Populations and National Security

   o Linkages between diaspora & terrorism;

   o Security concerns in diaspora policies.

This conference is part of a series on ‘Diasporas, States and the Role of Policies—Locating Migration and Diaspora Studies in International Relations’ that brings together international scholarship and practitioners to further our understanding of migrants and diaspora communities in international relations. The conferences encourage dialogue between a wide range of academic traditions in the area of diaspora studies, migration research, foreign policy, public diplomacy, political transnationalism, ethnic interest groups, global and regional migration governance, post-colonial theory, and democracy theory.

Paper abstracts should be submitted to office@diasporastudies.in and odiseminar@gmail.com by 5 August 2013. For more detailed information, please see the Call for Papers available at www.odi.in/announcement 

Resource: Latest Volume of TORTURE 2013-1 can now be accessed

We are pleased to inform you that all contents from the latest issue of TORTURE journal can now be accessed free of charge at http://www.irct.org/torture-journal

TORTURE Vol. 23, 1, 2013

Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

ISSN (Online): 1997-3322


The mental health and psychosocial problems of survivors of torture and genocide in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq: A brief qualitative study
Paul Bolton, Lynn Michalopoulos, Ahmed Mohammed Amin Ahmed, Laura K. Murray, Judith Bass

Long-term trajectories of PTSD or resilience in former East German political prisoners
Andreas Maercker, Ira Gäbler, Jennifer O’Neil, Matthias Schützwohl, Mario Müller

Access denied: Institutional barriers to justice for victims of torture in Egypt
Hebatullah Mahmoud Khalil

Book Review: Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease
Henrik Marcussen

Book Review: Trauma, Torture, and Dissociation
James L. Griffith

Letter to the Editor: What does it provide to patients that others do not?
Aida Alayarian