Monthly Archives: September 2013

RSC 2014 International Conference – Refugee voices: Call for papers

The Refugee Studies Centre will hold an international conference, 24-25 March 2014, to explore the voices and aesthetic expressions of those dispossessed, displaced and marginalised by the pre-eminence of the nation state. The Conference will bring together scholars from across the social sciences as well as researchers in cultural studies, literature and the humanities, to look beyond the nation state and international relations in order to give new attention to the voices and aspirations of refugees and other forced migrants themselves. Among the themes to be explored are historical and cultural sources and meanings of flight, exile and forced migration, as well as the significance of encampment, enclosures and forced settlement. Conference papers are sought which recognise and investigate unheard voices of forced migrants who exhibit adaptability, resilience and resistance in the‘grey zones’ and borderlands between states and state bureaucracies.

Most academic disciplines, including refugee studies, and humanitarian practices adopt the nation-state’s perspective in their approach to forced migrants. People must be tied to territory, and thus humanitarian practices are frequently about re-settlement either in the state of origin, the state of current emplacement or a third nation-state. However, the current realities of displacement situations do not support either current forced migration theory or most humanitarian aid practices, and an epistemological change in thinking about forced migrants, exiles and refugees is urgently required.

Some of the questions which might be addressed at the Conference include: Under what circumstances do refugees, exiles and forced migrants leave a nation state that is collapsing? How do they cope with existence outside the nation state? How are resilience and resistance to the ‘bare life’ of the refugee and exile expressed across different refugee experiences? What mechanisms and mediums are used to express loss, perseverance and hope? How do they perceive their futures and manipulate existing systems outside the nation state to achieve their goals of dignity, justice and freedom (i.e. wellbeing)? Abstracts are sought which investigate, among others, the following modes of expression:

Cultural expression: e.g. aesthetic expression through art, music, literature, story-telling; contextualising our understanding of refugee experiences.
Socio-Legal and Political expression: e.g. refugees’ preferences not to be put in camps (Syria), or their preferences for durable solutions (e.g. when should repatriation happen for refugees from Burma).

Methodological/Ethical expression: e.g. the crucial role that refugees play in facilitating academic work (as translators, research assistants – but rarely as authors/academics); explorations of methodological concerns and research ethics such as that raised by ‘second-hand’ ethnography.

Meanings of voice: e.g. the need not only for articulation but also for dialogue/conversation; the difference between having voice and being heard – soliciting refugees’ voices is one dimension but genuinely listening to what those voices say is a much deeper phenomenological process.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 31 October 2013.
Submit online at:

Authors of abstracts which are selected to proceed to full papers will have until 28 February 2014 to submit their final drafts. The conference organisers intend to edit and publish a selection of papers in special issues of leading journals. An interest in having a paper published should be indicated at the time of submission of the abstract. Other initiatives to share the outcomes of the conference papers and events with those whose voices have been sought will also be developed.


Courses: Human Rights Education Associates; Academy of European Law

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

As part of HREA’s new certificate program on Migration & Asylum, the following courses will be offered from 9 November-17 December 2013: Forced Migration ( and Promoting Migrant and Refugee Integration: ( Early registration discount: 15% when paying by 30 September.


9 November-17 December 2013

Instructor: Dr. Christine Mougne

Forced migration is one of today’s major international challenges and lies at the heart of the fundamental concepts of humanity and equality. War, conflict, environmental and human catastrophes, as well as the effects of globalisation and economic polarisation, compels individuals to move in search of safety and stability. This e-learning course introduces participants to the international and regional systems and standards of refugee protection from historical, legal, theoretical and practical perspectives. It also analyses special protection mechanisms such as complementary or temporary protection. The mounting challenges to refugee protection resulting from a growth in mixed migration, and rising xenophobia will also be examined.

The linkages between human rights law, humanitarian law and refugee law are analysed in views of states’ compliance with legal and ethical obligations. Special attention is given to the three durable solutions for refugees (repatriation, local integration and resettlement) and reflects on some of the key challenges presented by each of them.

The particular challenges presented by complex emergencies and mass influxes are discussed as are the responses developed by the international community to effective humanitarian aid delivery, such as the “cluster approach”. The critical importance of approaching refugee populations as heterogeneous groups with differing needs and resources is explained, and approaches to the identification of and response to special protection needs of vulnerable individuals within the community discussed.

Course outline:

Week 1. Introduction to forced migration – history of population movements, evolution of refugee regime and basic concepts Week 2. International and regional frameworks for refugee protection – Geneva Convention of 1951 and 1967 Protocol, Cartagena Declaration and OAU Convention Week 3. Contemporary challenges of forced migration: mixed migration, human trafficking, complex emergencies and mass influxes Week 4. Division of roles and responsibilities: governments (host/donor), UNHCR, NGOs; inter-agency co-operation and the Cluster Approach Week 5. The search for durable solutions as an integral part of protecting refugees: key challenges in a shrinking world Week 6. Participatory needs assessment of refugee populations; identification of and response to individuals with special protection needs

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:


9 November-17 December 2013

Instructors: Dr. Jan Niessen and Thomas Huddleston (Migration Policy Group)

With increasingly more multi-cultural and ethnic societies due to new migration routes, migrant and refugee integration can be a challenge both for host communities as well as for migrant and refugees themselves. Lack of proper integration can lead to the violation of basic human rights as well as a number of social, political and cultural rights. Building a deep understanding of the main issues at stake is vital to developing the technical capacities to address this issue effectively so that all parties of the equation can benefit from migration.

This e-learning course focuses on issues related to labor market access, family reunification, access to education and education support programs for migrant children, access to residence permits and nationality, political and civil rights and anti-discrimination policies, and addresses complex matters such as the integration of irregular migrants and especially vulnerable groups.

This e-learning course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructor, webinars, quizzes and a writing assignment, and is offered over a 6-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline:

Week 1. Guiding principles for integration and policies Week 2. The links between immigration and anti-discrimination Week 3. A secure status as the starting point: family reunification and long-term residence Week 4. Access to nationality and political participation Week 5. Support for immigrant adults: employment, education and language courses Week 6. Support for immigrant children: the 1.5 and 2.0 generations

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:


The courses are aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of migration and asylum such as: government officials dealing with migration and related issues (at local and national levels); policy makers; national authorities dealing with migration and asylum policies; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers and students of law, international relations, politics and social sciences, among other. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution among the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It is also possible to audit the courses. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the courses.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575. Early registration discount: 15% when paying by 30 September. Tuition for auditors: US$ 215. Early registration discounts: 15% when paying by 30 September.

Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, and bank and wire transfer. Bulk rates are available.

For a full list of courses offered in HREA’s Migration & Asylum certificate program, please visit .

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions!

Call for Papers: Session Cities and Overseas Migration in the Long Nineteenth Century: session on cities and transatlantic migration at EAUH 2014.

Call for Papers:

Session Cities and Overseas Migration in the Long Nineteenth Century
12th Conference of the European Association for Urban History, Lisbon, 3-6 September, 2014 Session organizer(s):
Markian Prokopovych and Philipp Ther, University of Vienna

Transatlantic migration that encompassed the entire European continent in the nineteenth century has attracted much scholarly attention in the recent decades. However, while a large body of literature concentrated on the history of European immigrants in North and South America after they have landed there, much less research has been done on the history of their, often prolonged and complex, routes within the continent before they could board the ships that would eventually transport them to America. Interesting work on their longer stays in the ports of departure connected their history to the local municipal institutions and their initiatives, as  well as other involved self-help, charitable, ethnic and religious organisations. Much less work has been done on the other cities en route. While some travelled from nearby ports, migrants from Eastern, Southern and Northern Europe had to cross large parts of the continent before embarkation overseas in Trieste, Marseille, Hamburg and Bremerhaven, and many travelled further to Antwerp, Rotterdam, Liverpool, Le Havre, Cherbourg, Nantes and other ports. Vienna, Berlin, Paris and many other, smaller cities functioned as hubs in the railway and information network, while the agents of shipping companies reached out to the most remote locations and national governments constructed border crossing stations that controlled the inflow of emigrants. Entire industries that catered for the needs of the migrants, organised further travel and attempted to control, encourage or restrict it, functioned around ports, railway stations and border crossing points. In some cities entire districts turned into spaces of transient living. This session will explore the intricate mechanisms established within each locality that enabled the process of Transatlantic migration last for decades, as well as complex modes of interaction between the cities in sharing the know-how and in borrowing ideas from each other.

Deadline for paper submissions: 15 October, 2014. Please upload your paper to the EAUH website:


ToC: Journal of Refugee Studies

Oxford Journals have recently published the latest Table of Contents Alert for the Journal of Refugee Studies.  Details of the articles included in this edition, which is Volume 28 Number 3, (September 2013), are included below.  This volume is a special feature on Supervising the Refugee Convention:

Special Feature: Supervising the Refugee Convention

James C. Hathaway, Anthony M. North, and Jason Pobjoy
Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 323-326
Roundtable on the Future of Refugee Convention Supervision
Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 327-330
Is there a Need for Better Supervision of the Refugee Convention?
Katie O’Byrne
Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 330-359
Lessons from Supervisory Mechanisms in International and Regional Law
Joanna Whiteman and Claire Nielsen
Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 360-392

A Proposal for Enhanced Supervision of the Refugee Convention
Alysia Blackham
Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 392-415
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]


‘White Tigers’: Researcher Roles in Relation to Linking Social Capital within Tamil Voluntary Associations in Norway
Eugene Guribye
Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 416-435
Exiles, Art, and Political Activism: Fighting the Pinochet Regime from Afar
Jacqueline Adams
Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 436-457
In Search of Sanctuary: Border Closures, ‘Safe’ Zones and Refugee Protection
Katy Long
Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 458-476

Resettlement of Somali Bantu Refugees in an Era of Economic Globalization
Yda J. Smith
Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 477-494
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]

Event: The Meaning of Migration

Event: The Meaning of Migration

The Meaning of Migration: A JOMEC Journal One-Day Conference
Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Thursday 17th April 2014

JOMEC Journal invites the submission of abstracts on the topic of migration, for a free one-day conference to be held during Easter recess 2014, with a view to publishing a selection of papers in a special issue of the journal in winter 2014.

The conference seeks to bring together original scholarship exploring the meaning of migration from a variety of theoretical perspectives and/or methodological approaches. Research may be theoretically or empirically driven or both, and work traversing disciplinary boundaries is especially welcomed.  A topic central to political agendas, featuring daily in national and global news headlines and positioned as of considerable consequence to publics within and across nation states around the world – liberal democratic and otherwise – the meaning, or social, cultural and political significance of migration has become of immense importance to scholars across a range of disciplinary fields.

Papers are invited which explore the meaning of migration through any of the suggested themes below, or, any other aspect of migration:

. Dominant or alternative media or political discourses on migration;
. Migration and neoliberalism or globalisation;
. Migration and questions of citizenship or belonging;
. Migration and cultural or legal norms;
. International convergence, or sharing of migration policy regimes;
. Securitisation, disciplinary techniques, surveillance technologies or border controls;
. Migrant testimonies and/or hidden or untold migration stories (e.g., of detention or deportation);
. Relationships between human rights and immigration systems or policies;
. Analyses of particular forms of migration in relation to any of the above themes (e.g., labour migration, family migration, student visas, asylum seeking and refugees, human trafficking, other forms of forced migration, internal displacement, emigration).

Abstracts and any other enquiries should be directed to Kerry Moore: The deadline for abstracts is Monday 2nd December 2013.

Dr Kerry Moore
Chair of Research Ethics
Co-Director: Race, Representation and Cultural Politics Research Group
Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Bute Building
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB

Co-editor JOMEC: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies Journal

Reviews Editor: Social Semiotics

Call for Papers: Anti-Trafficking Review

Anti-Trafficking Review

‘Following the Money: Spending on Anti-Trafficking’
Anti-Trafficking Review, Special Issue

Issue 3 to be published in 2014
Deadline for Submission: 15 December 2013

Anti-trafficking funding and work has mushroomed since the 1990s. Lacking is analysis of those anti-trafficking funds – where they come from, who they go to, what they are meant to do, what they actually achieve, and indeed whether they are needed.

Donors, organisations and trafficked persons’ priorities are not always aligned when it comes to how to spend money. In a first indication of a global mismatch between donors and organisations, AWID’s ‘Where’s the Money for Women’s Rights?’ survey of over 1000 women’s rights organisations shows that donors prioritise anti-trafficking (placing it in their top 10 list of priority issues to fund) more than women’s organisations (who do not see anti-trafficking among top 10 priority issues). Trafficked persons may or may not benefit from money flows aimed in their direction, or indeed may suffer as a result of anti-trafficking spending. Many organisations specifically dedicated to anti-trafficking think donors do not prioritise this issue enough. Others feel anti-trafficking funds, especially for more surface-level awareness campaigns, divert attention and money away from substantial human rights work on issues concerning workers, migrants, woman and children.

Of course, politics behind anti-trafficking money abound, and recipient organisations wonder whether they should take ‘tied’ funds, funds with restrictions or ‘dirty’ money that, for instance, may have originated from the profits of a company that employs workers in exploitative conditions. HIV/AIDS organisations struggle to decide whether to take up funds from a donor that mandates they stop handing out condoms. In recent years governments have rushed to spend money on a range of poorly designed initiatives in the hope of moving out of a low ranking in the US government’s yearly Trafficking in Persons Report.

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a Special Issue ‘Following the Money: Spending on Anti-Trafficking’. This issue will present well-researched articles that analyze the funding landscape. The journal is interested in what kinds of organisations and work have been raised up by anti-trafficking funding and what work has been sidelined or excluded as a result. The journal is interested in studies of money trails that reveal how anti-trafficking money has changed the world for the better or for worse. Papers may address:

. Total amounts allocated by government and private donors since the beginning of 2001, including any identifiable shifts in the geographical areas to which money has been allocated or the purpose of funding;
. Investments made by donors during the first decade since the Trafficking Protocol which have (or have not) had a noticeable impact-and lessons that donors may have learnt about what sort of spending actually prevents human trafficking;
. Motives behind anti-trafficking funding, such as, for instance, self-promotion in awareness raising campaigns, versus ‘genuine’ anti-trafficking goals;
. Tied aid, restrictions on spending, and foreign policy agendas such as democratisation behind aid;
. How spending on anti-trafficking compares to related sectors, now or historically, and whether increases in allocations to anti-trafficking can be seen to have reduced allocations to specific other sectors (and with what results).
. How funding for anti-trafficking is divided between prevention, protection and prosecution or other core anti-trafficking activities and whether this split is justified;
. How money is accounted for, and what return donors seek for their funding;
. How organisations have benefited in particular from the inflow of money for anti-trafficking initiatives, and with what wider ramifications;
. How independent funding sources are, and impacts on programming when a proportion of funds is linked to State funding mechanisms.

The Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking, and it aims to explore the issue in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights. The journal offers a space for dialogue for those seeking to communicate new ideas and findings. Academics, practitioners, trafficked persons and advocates are invited to submit articles. The Review presents rigorously considered, peer reviewed material in clear English. The journal is an open source, annual publication with a readership in 78 countries. The Anti-Trafficking Review is abstracted/indexed in: CrossRef, Ulrich’s, Ebsco Host, Directory of Open Access Journals, WorldCat, eGranary,, and (pending) ProQuest.

Deadline for submission: 15 December 2013.
Word count: 4,000-6,000 words, including footnotes and abstract

If possible, let us know in advance (at what particular aspect/s of this topic you propose to write about by telling us the title and scope of your proposed article. The Review’s style guide and submission procedures are available at
Special Issue Guest Editor: Mike Dottridge
Editor: Rebecca Napier-Moore

Events: Cinema and Migration

Cinema and Migration

Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) 2014 Convention
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
3-6 April, 2014
Hosted by Susquehanna University

The 2014 conference will feature a number of study areas, including Cultural Studies and Film. Details of the Cinema and Migration panel are below:

This panel aims to explore cinema across borders and in comparative perspective. In an age of global modernity, viewing the migrant experience from the perspective of a single national culture is restrictive. Submissions that engage with themes of exile, displacement, immigrants, emigrants, flows of migration, or people who do not fit within legitimate borders and boundaries are welcome. All theoretical, methodological, and cultural approaches to the ‘border’ experience are welcome. 150-300 word abstract to by Sep. 30.


Events: Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference

This is to invite you to join us for the Conference and also to request that you would kindly consider spreading the word amongst your networks. As the whole 3 day event will take place online there is no travel involved and all the sessions can be accessed for free from all over the world.  Participants are coming from all corners of the globe and we are very excited to be creating a free and accessible resource for all who are working to end child trafficking and other forms of child exploitation. You can find out more at On the website you will also find a dedicated Media Page where more information is available. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or queries. Your support in reaching as many members of the global Counter Trafficking Community as possible would be much appreciated.

For your information I insert some of the Press release information below.

London, United Kingdom – 2013, September – The first ever Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference will take place between 16 – 18 October 2013. This ground-breaking three-day event aims to bring together the global community of those who are working to end the trafficking and exploitation of children. The BBC has already called it a ‘major international summit’.
Based one hundred percent online, the conference will be the largest gathering of private sector, third sector and public sector professionals and practitioners across the world representing the business, education, government, health care, law enforcement and non-profit sectors. Registration and participation is free, and attendees will have the chance to connect and share and learn from others in the field.

The Conference programme consists of over 40 webinars and for three days and across time zones, participants will be able to listen to high profile speakers like

. Luis CdeBaca, US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children
. Maria Grazia Giammarinero, Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
. Dr. Myria Vassiliadou, Anti-trafficking Coordinator, European Commission, DG Home-Affairs
. Grace Akallo, Former Child Soldier and Founder of United Africans for Women and Children Rights
. Rosi Orozco, Congresswoman and Human Rights Activist from Mexico
. Ruchira Gupta, founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide (India)
. Rachel Lloyd, CEO of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) in New York
. Dr. Gundelina Velazco, Director of Love146 Asia Aftercare based in the Philippines

The speaker line-up also includes academics, clinicians, frontline practitioners and other representatives from organisations like Polaris, ECPAT, Chab Dai, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, AFRUCA, Victoria Climbie Foundation UK, Barnardo’s, Children’s Society, International Justice Mission and Unicef as well as programme leaders and practitioners from grassroots community projects in the USA, Africa, Europe, India, South East Asia and Australia.

Ané Auret, Director of Touchpoint Child Protection and Co-founder explained the rationale behind the concept saying “Through the Conference we will facilitate a platform where the Counter Child Trafficking community can increasingly reach and relate to others beyond country borders and language groups, where they can share ideas, make connections, build genuine partnerships and find and create new opportunities to collaborate. The potential for collective action through digital empowerment is enormous and means we can help develop and disseminate information in a free and accessible way.”
Philip Ishola, Director of the Counter Child Human Trafficking Bureau and Co-founder  commented: “The fight against child trafficking is not one that can be undertaken by a single agency or country. It’s something that requires the help of governments, agencies and organisations around the world. The Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference is a way for the global community to collaborate in our efforts against those who traffic and exploit children.Through this event we are paying tribute to the Counter Child Trafficking community and we wish to support, celebrate and promote good practice by the many organisations and individuals working to bring and end to child trafficking and exploitation.”

Recent registrants have made comments including: “Excellent initiative. The more people make global partnerships and connections, the more that can be done to stop organised networks and develop better support systems for children,” and, “It is empowering and ineffably satisfying as a practitioner myself to see something of this scale and scope being organized to allow international communication and the exchange of meaningful yet practical dialogue, both for the goal of combating child trafficking, and healing the trauma left in its wake.”

We’d love to welcome you and hope you would consider joining us!

Call for Papers: Migration and Law Conference 2014

A Sea of Troubles?  Problematising Migration Law.

The 2014 Migration and Law Conference, in association with Birkbeck College School of Law.
28 – 29 March 2014

Deadline for papers/ streams:  15 November 2013

To Download the Call for Papers – Click Here.

Please forward this on to interested colleagues.  To register, please visit


Call for papers – Access to Asylum: Current challenges and future directions: 29-30 May 2014

Call for papers:

Access to Asylum: Current challenges and future directions: 29-30 May 2014

Proposals for abstracts (30 minutes including 10 minutes for discussion) are invited. Deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 8 November 2013.

We invite the submission of abstracts on the conference themes. We particularly encourage proposals relating to the following topics:

  • Externalising borders – disruption of travel, interdictions of ‘unlawfuls’ and offshore warehousing; ethical implications
  • The standard of asylum – temporary protection statuses and rights (including urban refugees)
  • Access to asylum in situations of conflict and post-conflict
  • Privatising the border – the effect of privatisation on detention practices plus standard of care services provided to asylum
  • Effective denial of access to asylum – adverse security assessments and exclusion cases
  • Safe third country and accelerated procedures
  • Gender and access to asylum
  • Decision-making structures and asylum (case-loads, approval rates, comparison of 1–2 tier systems)
  • Country guidance cases – a comparative approach

It is intended that selected papers from the conference proceedings will be published.

How to submit abstract

Please submit your paper in the online form below and no later than 5pm, Friday, 8 November 2013.

Papers must be:

  • no more than 300 words

Papers should include:

  • Name of conference ‘Access to asylum:
  • Current challenges and future directions’
  • Title of presentation
  • Authors’ name(s), with name of presenting author
  • Authors’ organisation(s)
  • Corresponding author’s address and contact details (postal and email addresses and phone numbers)


  • Submitters of abstracts will be notified of the outcome of their submissions by email in late December/early January.
  • The acceptance of abstracts is contingent on registration for the conference.
  • The language of the conference will be English.

If you have any queries about the call for abstracts, please email the conference organisers at

Download Call for Papers.


Call for Papers: Mapping the Field: Race, Racism and Ethnicity 31st January


Mapping the Field: Contemporary Theories of Race, Racism and Ethnicity
Newman University
Friday 31st January

The idea for this conference arose from a discussion at the BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group business meeting at the annual conference in 2013. Our aim is to bring to light the diverse range of theoretical work that is being developed and to consider how the theory is brought to bear on current issues of race, racism and ethnicity. Papers are invited that both explore contemporary theoretical debates and consider the ways in which diverse theoretical frameworks are deployed in specific areas of study. Paper topics include, but are not restricted to, the following themes:

Theories of race, racism and ethnicity                                   

Black British feminism

The implications of ‘post-racialism’ on the study of racism        

The impact of intersectionality on the field

Thinking globally/historically in connecting race,                      

Understanding race and racism under austerity colonialism and Empire                                                         

Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and/as racism

Race, migration and diaspora                                               

Mixed heritages and the study of ethnicity

Speakers for the day:

Professor John Solomos

Professor Miri Song

Professor Nira Yuval-Davis

Professor Claire Alexander

Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya

Dr Brett St Louis

Professor Gurminder Bhambra

Dr Karim Murji (TBC)

Abstract Submission
Abstracts of 250 words can be submitted online at:
The deadline for submissions is midnight on 29 November 2013.

Registration for this event is available online at:

BSA Member: £30

BSA Concessionary Member: £25

Non-Member: £35

Non-Member Concession: £30

Further information available online at:

Academic enquiries to:

Kehinde Andrews:
Leah Bassel:            
Aaron Winter:       
Administrative enquiries to BSA Events Team:

Dr Kehinde Andrews
Senior Lecturer in WCYPF & Criminology
Newman University
Genners Lane, Bartley Green
Birmingham B32 3NT
(+44) 121 476 1181 ext. 2602

Author of NEW BOOK: Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement


Events: ‘Displacement from Syria: putting the Common European Asylum System to the test?’


‘Displacement from Syria: putting the Common European Asylum System to the test?’

On Thursday 24 October, the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford will host a special lecture entitled ‘Displacement from Syria: putting the Common European Asylum System to the test?’

Madeline V Garlick, Head of the Policy and Legal Support Unit at UNHCR’s Bureau for Europe, will examine how different European countries have responded to Syrian refugees’ protection claims under the Common European Asylum System, and whether this System is delivering results in the way its creators intended. She will also look at what European countries can do to help Middle Eastern countries which are struggling to assist large populations of Syrian refugees.

The lecture will take place at 17.00 in Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB.

The lecture is free and open to all. No booking is required.

Please email with any queries.

More information can be found on the RSC website at this link:

FMR 44 now online – Detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation – plus Syria crisis mini-feature

Forced Migration Review issue 44, entitled ‘Detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation’, is now online at

Asylum seekers and refugees – men, women and even children – are increasingly detained and interned around the world, as are numbers of other migrants. Sometimes detained indefinitely and often in appalling conditions, they may suffer not only deprivation of their liberty but other abuses of their human rights too. Detention may appear to be a convenient solution to states’ political quest to manage migration (often as a precursor to deportation) but it is an expensive option and has lasting effects on those detained. In the search for a more humane – and cheaper – approach, agencies and government authorities have trialled a variety of alternatives to detention.

FMR 44 includes 36 articles on immigration detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation, plus a mini-feature on the Syria crisis and a selection of other articles.

The full list of contents, with web links, is given at the end of this email.

FMR 44 will be available online and in print in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

An expanded contents listing for this issue is available at

If you do not regularly receive a print copy of FMR and would like to receive a print copy of FMR 44 or FMR44 Listing for your organisation, or multiple copies for onward distribution or for use in training or at conferences, please contact us at

We are very grateful to the Oak Foundation and UNHCR for funding this issue.

See for details of forthcoming FMR issues.


Call for papers: Coherence and Incoherence in Migration Management and Integration: Policies, Practices and Perspectives, Centre for Research in Public Law, University of Montreal

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Coherence and Incoherence in Migration Management and Integration: Policies, Practices and Perspectives

7th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Hosted by the Centre for Research in Public Law (CRPL), University of Montreal, in collaboration with the Research Chair in Immigration, Ethnicity and Citizenship (RCIEC), University of Quebec at Montreal

Montréal, Quebec – May 7-9, 2014

In the past decade, immigration and asylum policies in Canada and elsewhere have undergone a profound shift. Preventive and repressive measures were taken against irregular migrants, including refugees and other forced migrants. While States have sought to achieve greater coherence in their migration management and integration policies and practices both at the national, regional and international levels the resulting consequences, in many instances, have been, rather, greater incoherence. Border controls were strengthened and international cooperation was intensified. On the pretext that asylum channels were abused by migrants, authorities adopted measures which made asylum and complementary forms of international protection harder to obtain. The decision-making process was accelerated, appeals were eliminated and detention became more systematic. Many states started to deny asylum seekers basic social and economic rights as part of a deliberate policy of deterrence. This exclusionary approach to forced migration management comes at a moment when States are pursuing more and more selective and diversified policies aiming at maximizing economic benefits of immigration. For instance, since 2000 the number of temporary migrant workers in Canada has tripled. Low-skill, low-wage migrant workers represent a flexible work force with few rights. A similar trend can be observed in other countries, where temporary workers and forced migrants find themselves legally, economically and socially marginalized. These developments are not only financially counterproductive but also strain States’ domestic and international obligations to provide human rights and refugee protection. Unsurprisingly, States have failed to address the root causes of forced migration. Due to stricter border controls and a harsher asylum system, more people turn to irregular means of migrating. This, in turn, creates an environment that is conducive to migrant smuggling and human trafficking. Heated debate on migration contributes to racism and xenophobic sentiments in many countries, creating a climate in which opportunities for sensible reflection are rare.

The 2014 CARFMS Conference will bring together students, researchers, policymakers, displaced persons and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds with a view to better analyse and understanding how contemporary migration and asylum policies, processes and structures have produced greater coherence and/or incoherence  in the management of forced migration and integration. We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives to explore practical, social, legal, policy-oriented and theoretical questions of importance to the coherence of forced migration management. We also invite studies of short and long-term options for to integration and resettlement of forced migrants taking into account challenges and achievements.

The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field and refugees, and we welcome proposals for individual posters, papers, organized panels and roundtables structured around the following broad subthemes:

1. Coherence and Incoherence in the Management of Migration: Local, National, Regional, Comparative and International Issues and Concerns This theme analyses discourse, norms, procedures and practices regarding border security, asylum and immigration and integration policy as well as their effectiveness, consequences and compatibility with domestic and international human rights and refugee protection standards. How can we ensure more coherent migration policies at the national, regional and international levels? What are the root causes of forced migration? What are the short and long-term implications of changes in the asylum and immigration system in Canada and abroad? What are the appropriate strategies to address irregular migration? What are the best practices in the reception of asylum seekers and the integration of migrants? How do international, regional, national and local actors, institutions and agencies, employers and members of civil society promote the legal, economic and social inclusion of migrants? How are the specific needs of women, children, elderly, disabled persons and other vulnerable persons met?

2. Coherence and Incoherence in the Integration of Migrants: Local, National, Regional, Comparative and International Issues and Concerns This theme explores States’ utilitarian approach towards migration which challenges the balance between the objective of economic development, on the one hand, and integration and the fundamental rights of migrants, on the other. It also deals with the recent changes in the reception systems and in the treatment of forced migrants. What are the strengths and the weaknesses of reception, settlement, and integration policies? How should these policies be adapted to meet the needs of increasing numbers of temporary workers and of forced migrants, and foster their legal, economic and social inclusion? What is the role played by local, national and regional authorities, employers and members of civil society dealing with issues such as health, education, social welfare, employment and law enforcement? How does gender, sex, age, race, nationality or statelessness and other factors, taken individually or collectively, affect the coherence and/or incoherence in migration management and integration?

3. Towards Greater Migration Management and Integration Coherence Without Incoherence : New Approaches, Research Methods and Theories This theme solicits research on innovative approaches, grounded theories and methods in migration management and integration, developed within traditional disciplines or along interdisciplinary lines. New theoretical, conceptual, methodological issues from diverse critical and institutional perspectives lead to a better understanding of recent developments and challenges in the field of migration, and, ultimately, to more coherent policies and practices affecting the migrants in local, national, regional, and international contexts. What are the practical issues and challenges of researching migration management and integration and their coherent and/or incoherent consequences? How do we do research on these issues? How does our research influence theoretical foundations of citizenship and diversity, as well as policies of management, adaptation, and integration of refugees and other forced migrants? What are the implications of positioning ourselves as academics, policy makers, displaced persons, advocates, or activists when we are looking into issues of displacement, management and integration?


Individuals wishing to present a paper at the conference must submit a 250-word abstract and 100-word biography by November 1st, 2013. The conference organizers welcome submissions of both individual papers and proposals for panels.

Please submit your abstract online here:

As CARFMS will be applying for funding to support this conference, if you are in a position to submit an abstract by October 7, 2013, it would be greatly appreciated.

For more information, please contact:

Michele Millard

Coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies

CARFMS Secretariat
8th Floor, Kaneff Tower
4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 Tel : 416-736-2100  ext. 30391

Fax : 416-736-5688
Email :

Courses: Call for Applications: Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy): Call for Applications for the XII Edition of the Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Management (January 2014- April 2015).

Applications should be submitted online at

Applications for admission by EU citizens should be sent no later than 17th October 2013.

The selection process of Non-EU citizens will instead be held in two rounds. The application deadline for the first round of selection of non-EU candidates was set on 2nd July 2013, while the application deadline for the second round is set on 17th September 2013.

We encourage applicants to apply in the first round, as space in the class may be limited by the second round. In addition, applying in the first round leaves more time for visa procedures.


The Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Management is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The curriculum, strongly field oriented, prepares participants for working with NGOs, governments, aid agencies, the UN system and regional organisations, also operating in the context of complex emergencies and joint operations.


The Programme is divided into two didactic modules, running between mid-January and the end of July 2014, followed by an internship or field experience of min. 3 and max. 6 months, starting from August 2014, and a presentation of the students’ final dissertation in spring 2015.

Key features:

* 1 year post-graduate professionalizing and field-oriented programme

* Interdisciplinary nature of the programme with a methodology characterized by a combination of theory and practice

* Lecturers and trainers chosen among high level academics, diplomats, international organizations officers and NGOs activists, thus offering a wealth of both academic and field expertise

* Mandatory internship/field experience in leading organisations working in the areas of human rights protection/promotion, conflict prevention/resolution, humanitarian assistance or development, either in the    field or at Headquarters

* Career service with specific sessions on career coaching and recruiting session with UNV

* International and multicultural student environment

Why should I apply?

You should apply if you are looking for a professionalizing and mission/field-oriented international master programme, as offered by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, an example of academic excellence in training and research. If your training needs include practical skills, besides relevant theoretical knowledge, as well as internship/field-experience with prestigious international organizations, this training programme is highly relevant for you.


The curriculum is strongly multidisciplinary and field oriented and includes courses in: International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Geopolitics, HRs philosophical dimension, Economic Development, Theories and Techniques of Conflict Management, International PK and PB operations, International HR Field operations, International Election Observation missions, International Humanitarian operations, International Project Development, Personal security, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine & First Aid, Essentials of Research and Writing, Career coaching.


The internship is meant to supplement the in-class training with a relevant hand-on experience, to be carried out with a renowned organization working in the areas of human rights protection/promotion, conflict prevention/resolution, humanitarian assistance or development, either in the field or at headquarters.

Tuition fee:

The tuition fee for the full Programme is 7,250.00 euros, payable in two installments. It covers the following: attendance costs and participation to field trips, didactic material (in electronic format), tutorship, lunch (on class and exam days), access to all facilities of the Scuola (including library and computer rooms). It does not include accommodation costs in Pisa and during the internship, nor travel expenses.

The Master Programme offers one scholarship in memory of Gualtiero Fulcheri – former UN Assistant Secretary General – covering the full tuition fee and to be awarded to the most deserving applicant. Depending on financial availability, reduced tuition fee might be offered to citizens from non-OECD countries who are eligible for a study visa for Italy .

Contact us

For further details, please visit or contact:
Master of Arts in “Human Rights and Conflict Management”
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Via Cardinale Maffi, 27 56126 Pisa – ITALY
Tel. +39 050 882653/55
Fax +39 050 882665