Daily Archives: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Events: 4th Annual International Symposium on Preventing Human Trafficking

4th Annual International Symposium on Preventing Human Trafficking: Working Towards a Victim-Centred Response

The Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels
Wednesday 13th November 2013

Human trafficking is an increasingly disturbing phenomenon in Europe with terrible consequences for victims, the majority of whom are forced into prostitution, street crime, domestic servitude and other forms of labour exploitation.

In order to encourage greater political will, facilitate policy discussion and explore comprehensive and integrated solutions to properly recognise and meet the needs of all victims of human trafficking, Public Policy Exchange is proud to host this annual Symposium and welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. The Symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.

For further details, please refer to the event webpage: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/DK13-PPE2.php. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online (https://book.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/book.php?event=DK13-PPE2) at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).


Courses: Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues, York University, Toronto

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The Centre for Refugee Studies at York University is offering the Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues from May 12 – May 18, 2014.

The Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues is an internationally acclaimed seven-day, non-credit course for academic and field-based practitioners working in the area of forced migration. It serves as a hub for researchers, students, practitioners, service providers and policy makers to share information and ideas.  The Summer Course is housed within the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), York University.

All participants who complete the full course receive a York University Centre for Refugee Studies Summer Course Certificate.

2014 Summer Course topics will include:

  • Forced displacement: International case studies
  • Legal approaches to refugee studies
  • UNHCR, the Convention and the international refugee regime
  • UNRWA and Palestinian refugees
  • Refugee resettlement policy
  • Urban refugees
  • Internally displaced populations
  • Age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in forced migration
  • Sexual minority claims
  • Environmentally-induced displacement
  • Externalization of asylum
  • Transitional justice
  • Detention practices

Dates: May 12-18, 2014

Location: York University, Toronto

Course Fee: $975 CAD +13% HST (by February 1st, 2014) Late Registration Fee: $1400 CAD +13%HST (after February 1 until April 1, 2014)

For more information, and to apply, please visit our website at http://crs.yorku.ca/summer/


Events: Re-presenting refugees, 30 October at Manchester Museum

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

90 Degree Citizen exhibition project:

Special Event on Weds 30th October, 6pm – 9pm, at Manchester Museum

‘RE-PRESENTING REFUGEES’ panel discussion ‘PASSENGER 12’ multimedia performance ‘COMMITTED TO REPRESENT’ exhibition premiere – open to view from 5pm

A range of key speakers and artists explore critical issues around art, displacement and refugees.  As a dynamic movement, alternative practices and perspectives, cultural resistance or affirmation, political and historical contexts. Open to the public on the eve of the Platforma national conference on arts and refugees. A Virtual Migrants event www.virtualmigrants.net.

Discussion begins 7.20pm – panel includes:

Flora Alexander – Iranian visual artist based in Glasgow Yusra Warsama – poet, playwright and actor from Somalia Tom Green – director of Platforma national network of arts and refugees Humberto Velez – international visual performance and media artist Isobel Bowler – legal case worker at GM Immigration Aid Unit Iseult Timmermans – artist and creative producer with refugee groups at Street Level Photoworks Discussion chaired by Kooj Chuhan – artist and cultural producer, founder of Virtual Migrants and director of 90 Degree Citizen

Multimedia experimental performance: part 1 begins 7pm with part 2 after the discussion – includes artists:

Sai Murray (writer, poet, spoken word)

Maya Chowdhry (performer, writer, multimedia and interactive artist) Aidan Jolly (composer-songwriter and musician) Elmi Ali (writer, poet, spoken word) Tracey Zengeni (vocalist) Mazaher (VJ projections) Pat Mackela (drums and percussion)

Committed To Represent – exhibition premiere with talks about the work at 6pm including special guest Mavis Makhaza from Gtr Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together):

Portable panels of photography and text, portraying the people behind the labels – our unsung heroes the legal immigration caseworkers and those who have needed their support. Created by Kooj Chuhan, Ursula Sharma and Mazaher, as a partnership project between GM Immigration Aid and Virtual Migrants.  This is a pop-up exhibition only on show until 1st November in the Kanaris Foyer at the museum.

This event is a part of the 90 Degree Citizen exhibition, on show from 10th October – 17th November at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL.

FREE to attend, but please register at:

The café will be open during this event for food and drinks.  Light refreshments provided.  All timings are approximate.

Further Information and Links:-




Call for papers: African Geographical Review special issue (reminder – deadline 30 October)

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

African Geographical Review – Special Issue Call for Papers:

 Out of Place, Into Extremis: Critical Geographic Perspectives on the State of Forced Migration in Africa

Guest Editors:

Kevin M. DeJesus
Rhode Island College

Daisuke Maruyama
Kyoto University

This special issue of African Geographical Review seeks to provide a comprehensive, contemporary compendium of perspectives on forced migration across the African continent. This initiative draws from critical geographical analytical frameworks to elucidate the experiences, dilemmas, trends and interventions in the experience of internally displaced persons, refugees and refugee returnees from every sector of the continent.

This special issue is conceived of as an analytical and empirical resource for which those scholars across disciplines, refugee advocates and humanitarian professionals may utilize to further apprehend the great complexities of the human geographies of survival forcibly displaced persons engender in their quest to locate spaces of refuge. Indeed, as Feminist Critical Geographer Jennifer Hyndman noted so presciently over a decade ago, the very acts of mobility/immobility, border crossings and the pursuit of humanitarian supports amidst grave circumstances, is both immensely spatialized and politicized.1 Displaced persons endure complex ecological, political, sociological and material factors which shape the making of new geographies of everyday life amidst often dreadful conditions.

This special issue intends to center geographic thought and analysis in the critical assessment of policy and practice concerning refugee and IDP policy-making, humanitarian intervention, contexts of contested borders of selves and nations, local reception and the challenges of return and reintegration. The geographies of return and so-called reintegration encompass profoundly vital questions and problematics, across scales, whereas making place upon returning to a home perhaps only known long ago, if ever, often engenders new dislocations.

The spectrum of the experiences of flight to return are inherently, dynamically and vitally geographical, and therefore, it is the goal of this special issue to comprehensively consider this wide range of human experiences and processes that displaced persons often creatively contend with in the face of sharply-scaled social, economic and political barriers, borders and bureaucracies.

Papers concerning the following themes, and those others related to the critical geographies of forced migration on the continent are welcome. Particularly, scholars from the continent are encouraged to participate in this project.

-Scaling injustice: Critiques of country-specific refugee and IDP policy approaches/macro-level critiques of global refugee regimes, aid to refugees/IDPs in Africa;

-Paradoxes, Problematics and Purpose in the Production of Humanitarian Space: Critical approaches to refugee and IDP encampment as a spatial strategy of humanitarian management and the role of the nation-state;

-National citizens and Pan-African Approaches: Forced migration and the role of national borders in forcibly transnational lives amidst a quest for unified policy (i.e. 2009 African Union Convention on Internally Displaced Persons);

-Protecting Self and Place: Transit refugees, geographies of resources, and resistance to forced re-location;

-Making sacred space: The role of religion, the religio-political and religiously inspired actors in humanitarian aid provision and social-psychological needs in extremis; Livelihoods and Resources: Refugee/IDP encampments, ecological change and resource development/destruction: innovations in policy and practice;

-Spatial analysis, crisis mapping, and human rights of the displaced: Reflections on Africa;

-Spaces of change: Cultural anomie, coping and emergent social practices in everyday spaces of living refuge (i.e. refugee/IDP encampment and shifts in dowry practices);

-Re-inventing home: Spaces of the family and the experience of flight, long-term displacement and re-location;

-Spatializing social structure and communities dislocated: Social organization and re-organization in emergency and long-term spaces of refuge;

-The experience of displacement and how gender works: Women and men in the meeting of everyday material and social needs amidst shifting contexts of place;

-Spatial organization of social spaces of refuge: Re-conceiving of refugee encampment and the humanitarian spatial imagination;

– Social and Dynamic Network Analysis in Place and Policy: How does social/dynamic network analysis theory and data-generation methods, such as ORA, contribute to the geographic study of forced migration and its human dilemmas?

-Urban and Rural Spaces of Refuge: Critical mappings of urban and rural implacement of displaced persons, macro-urban refugee policy, informal spaces of refuge and localizing community solidarity and proximity, urban and rural livelihood resources.

Key Project Details:

Please send your abstract of 250 words, by October 30, 2013, with the subject line: “AGR Special Issue” to: kevinm.dejesus@gmail.com.

Selected manuscripts are due by January 3, 2014.

For authors guidelines, please see: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rafg20&page=instructions#.Ufny6m3gWdw

1Hyndman, J. (2000). Managing Displacement: Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.


BHM week 4: Intersectionality & Still Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack


This week BEMA will be holding 2 Black History Month events:
Tuesday – Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Disability
Thursday – Still Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack: Race and the British state

1) Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Disability
Tuesday 22nd – 5pm – Guild Council Chambers

In collaboration with the Women’s Association, LGBTQ Association and DAMSA (Disability and Mental Health Students’ Association) we present a series of talks and discussion looking at the way Racism and other oppressions in society interact and overlap.

Topics include the White Beauty myth, misrepresentation of Muslim women in Western media, the forgotten BME participants of the Stonewall riots, the Criminalisation of Mental Illness in BME individuals as well sections on Class and Religion.

2) Still Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack: Race and the British state
Thursday 24th – 6pm – Arts Lecture Room 5

Twenty years after…

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