Daily Archives: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MRU Student Conference ‘CHILD & YOUTH MIGRANTS: GLOBAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES’ University College London, 14 June 2014

MRU Student Conference
University College London, 14 June 2014

According to a 2013 UN report, there are 232 million individuals living outside their country of origin today—approximately 35 million of these are children and young people under the age of 20. By exploring the challenges that these young people face, the tensions and frictions that exist between internationally-

recognized human rights, national politics, and lived experience become readily apparent. The increased visibility of grassroots efforts like the DREAMer movement in the United States also proves that there are many perspectives to be heard on issues of youth and child migration.

At the third annual UCL Migration Research Unit Student Conference, postgraduates from across disciplines will share their research and contribute to debates in contemporary migration studies. Topics will include young migrants’ access to education and health care, their treatment by different legal regimes, and questions of identity and representation.

The conference will conclude with a talk by Carlos Saavedra, Immigrant Justice Organizer. Co-founder of the Student Immigrant Movement in Massachusetts and national coordinator for the United We Dream Network in the US, Carlos Saavedra is an activist and consultant to immigrant rights organizations.

For more information visit our blog at: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-migration-conference.

Buy tickets on Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/child-youth-migrants-global-interdisciplinary-perspectives-tickets-10895355301

Preliminary Programme

8:30 – 9:15 AM          Registration

9:20 – 9:40 AM          Welcome

9:45 – 10:50 AM Panel I: Educational Opportunities and Challenges

Young and Misplaced: The Educational Experiences of Refugee Youth in San Diego. Amberley Middleton, London School of Economics

For Whom the School Bell Tolls: Public Education and the Rights of Migrant Children in Russia.  Brianna Greenwald, Indiana University

Higher Education Aspirations for Refugee Youth in South Africa. Faith Mkwananzi, University of Free State

10:55 AM – 12:00 PM     Panel II: A Young Person’s Place in Law and Policy

A Refugee Protection Process Fit for Children. Anna Skeels, Swansea University

Push back vs Protection: The plight of irregular child migrants in Thailand. Narumon Changboonmee, Monash University

Trapped and Invisible: a Study of the Violation of the Rights of Child Transmigrants in Malaysia and Mexico. Alice Krozer and Dong-Eun Lee, University of Cambridge

12:05 – 12:55 PM        Lunch

1:00 – 2:05 PM          Panel III: What’s in a Legal Status?

The Violated Rights of Afghan Children in Iran. Behnaz Tavakoli, Humboldt University of Berlin

Dominican or Haitian? The Effect of Anti-Haitian Discourse and State Legislation on Youth in a Former Dominican Batey. Kjersti Gurine Olsaker, University of Bergen

Return to the Country of Origin in the Best Interest of the Asylum-Seeking Child. Danielle Zevulun, University of Groningen

2:10 – 3:05 pm          Panel IV: Health and Wellbeing

Young Irregular Migrants in Germany: Access to Health Care and Everyday Life in the Shadows of Society. Wiebke Bornschlegl, University Erlangen-Nuremberg

What Works for Independent Migrant Children? The Example of Local Authority Placements and their Impact on Mental Health. Aoife O’Higgins, University of Oxford

3:10 – 3:25 PM          Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:25 PM          Panel V: Identity and Representation

Negotiating Notions of ‘Home’ and ‘Belonging’ among Young Lithuanian Migrants in Ireland. Dovile Vildaite, Trinity College Dublin

‘Going Home’: Young Migrants’ Imagined Connections and the Reality of Transnational Homemaking. Shannon Damery, University of Liège

Time, History, and the Body: The ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’. Catherine L Crooke, University of Oxford

4:30 – 5:30 PM          Keynote Address by Carlos Saavedra, DREAMer Movement activist & Organizer, Strategist, and Coach at Movement Mastery

Events: The politics of nation-building: making co-nationls, refugees, and minorities


The Politics of Nation-Building: 
Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities

Harris Mylonas
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University

5pm, Tuesday 27 May
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development (QEH)
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

What drives a state’s choice to assimilate, accommodate, or exclude ethnic groups within its territory? In this talk, Harris Mylonas will speak on his recent book, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2013), in which he argues that a state’s nation-building policies toward non-core groups – any aggregation of individuals perceived as an ethnic group by the ruling elite of a state – are influenced by both its foreign policy goals and its relations with the external patrons of these groups. Through a detailed study of the Balkans, Mylonas shows that how a state treats a non-core group within its own borders is determined largely by whether the state’s foreign policy is revisionist or cleaves to the international status quo, and whether it is allied or in rivalry with that group’s external patrons. Mylonas injects international politics into the study of nation-building, building a bridge between international relations and the comparative politics of ethnicity and nationalism. This is the first book to explain systematically how the politics of ethnicity in the international arena determine which groups are assimilated, accommodated, or annihilated by their host states.

Event co-Hosted by the Refugee Studies Centre & the Oxford Diasporas Programme

For more information or queries, please contact the Humanitarian Innovation Project at hiproject@qeh.ox.ac.uk

Humanitarian Innovation Project
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
3 Mansfield Road

Email: hiproject@qeh.ox.ac.uk
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Living with the cuts: Policy, politics and everyday lives

CMRB Event:

Living with the cuts: Policy, politics and everyday lives Friday
30th May 2014, 9.30-17.30, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

A day conference organised by the University of East London (UEL), Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) at UEL, & NOVELLA (Narratives of Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) Research Methods Node at the Institute of Education, with the Tavistock Centre.

Speakers include:
Anita Tiessen, UNICEF UK
Ann Phoenix, NOVELLA
Marcus Evans, Tavistock Centre
Mike Savage, LSE
Faiza Shaheen, New Economics Foundation
Tim Hall, University of East London and the Living Wage Campaign
Nira Yuval-Davis, CMRB, UEL Mike Rustin, Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London and Tavistock Centre
Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago

Many people in the UK are now living with the impact of recession and public spending cuts in their daily lives; larger effects are still to come. Government and policy-makers predict that cuts will continue till the end of the decade, yet these measures’ usefulness and necessity are much debated. This day conference brings together academics, policymakers, practitioners, and community researchers, to discuss the issues and levels of analysis that need to be taken into account when studying the cuts, and to explore the human effects and socio-political significance of living in recession.

For more information and to book a place at the conference, please visit our online store

Conference fees: £25 – Students, unemployed and low-waged; £50 – All other delegates

Lunch and light refreshments are included.

Conference Schedule:

9.30-10.00: Registration; introduction

10.00-11.30: Panel 1: Policies, stories and realities of recession living Chair: Rebecca O’Connell, NOVELLA

Anita Tiessen, UNICEF UK: Child well-being: How are children in the UK faring?
Ann Phoenix, NOVELLA: Narratives of negotiating are not enough: Children, families and consumption in straitened circumstances.
Marcus Evans, Tavistock Centre: ‘I’m beyond caring’. The failure in social systems to support staff and the patients they care for: A response to the Francis report.

Discussant: Janet Boddy, NOVELLA and Sussex University

Tea/coffee: 11.30-11.45

11.45-1.15: Panel 2: Inequality, poverty and division. Chair: Gavin Poynter, London East Research Institute, UEL
Mike Savage, LSE: Class divisions in contemporary Britain: insights from the BBC’s Great British Class Survey.
Faiza Shaheen, New Economics Foundation: Insecurity, poverty and inequality – a temporary blip or here to stay?
Tim Hall, University of East London: Living wage campaigns

Discussant: Nira Yuval-Davis, UEL (Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging)

1.15-2.15: Lunch; tea and coffee

2.15-3.45: Panel 3: Everyday lives and the cuts. Chair: Cigdem Esin, CNR

Angie Voela, Myrto Tsilimpounidis and Alice Sampson, UEL (Centre for Social Justice and Change and Psychosocial Studies Research Group): Foodbanks: Charity and the charitable subject at a time of crisis.
Ian Tucker, UEL (CNR and Psychology and Social Change Research Group): Austerity, social media and mental health communities Corinne Squire, NOVELLA and CNR: Living with HIV: Precarity and para-liberalism Tracey Jensen, UEL: Austerity media, ‘poverty porn’, and welfare reform The Drawing Shed.

Discussant: David Harper, UEL (CNR and Psychology and Social Change Research Group).

3.45-4.00: Tea/coffee

4.00-5.30: Panel 4: Reframing the future. Chair: Corinne Squire, NOVELLA/CNR Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago: Austerity and the fate of the humanities Michael Rustin, UEL and Tavistock Centre: Living with the cuts – or not

Discussant: Meera Tiwari, UEL