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.