Daily Archives: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Getting Involved: Proposals for future events and engagement in CCT

Community Engagement Initiative

Getting Involved: Proposals for future events and engagement in CCT

One of our declared aspirations is to generate a critical space in which to reflect on the cultural experiences of people living in south Essex. We hope that the debates instigated at our events might contribute to the shaping of local government policy initiatives.

This means that we welcome contributions from anyone interested in theorizing practice. Whether you’re an artist, musician, photographer, political activist, student, teacher, writer, or just someone keen to generate informed debate, we’d like to hear from you.

If you have an idea for a theme/topic to be addressed at a CCT event, or want to suggest a speaker, please complete this form…

CLUB CRITICAL THEORY proposal pro forma

… and submit it to a.r.branch@uel.ac.uk.

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Spotlight on Dandenong’s community of Afghan Hazaras by award-winning photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor

Make 21 June a day of international solidarity with Egyptian detainees

Egypt Solidarity

mahienour_poster_140604Egyptian activists are organising a series of events building resistance to the anti-protest law and solidarity with the detainees. They are calling for activists around the world to make 21 June a day of action and protest calilng for the release of prisoners like Mahienour el-Masry, Abdullah al-Shami and Mohamed Sultan. Events are being planned in Paris, Berlin, the USA and London.

Egypt Solidarity Initiative will be taking this call to the tens of thousands of trade unionists and activists expected to march on the People’s Assembly national demonstration against austerity. We want to make sure that the Egypt revolution’s slogan of ‘bread, freedom and social justice’ is at the heart of the demonstration. We’ll be calling on the marchers to show their support for Egyptian activists facing repression by taking up our placards and slogans and joining our contingent at the start of the march in Portland…

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Polish workers exploited in England

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Britain says about itself:

Unite the Union launch Online ESOL developed by WEA

3 November 2013

The WEA and Unite have been working for over a year in developing an online programme of ESOL for migrant workers. This software gives the workers access to the course 24/7 as many of them struggle to attend traditional classes due to shift patterns and relocation of work.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Exploited Polish workers sleeping 16 to a room in Yorkshire

Tuesday 10th June 2014

POLISH workers in Yorkshire are sleeping 16 to a room as merciless employment agencies hire them out to firms in the region, the Morning Star can reveal.

Unite is targeting Polish workers for recruitment as it steps up its community-based work, having opened its third Community office in Yorkshire and north-east England yesterday.

“Some of them are appallingly exploited by employment agencies, sleeping 16…

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Australian government responsible for detention centre riot – G4S

Calls for papers: 3rd Annual International Conference on ‘Transgenerational trauma: communal wounds and victim identities’

Australian government responsible for detention centre riot – G4S

Street artist Peter Drew sticks asylum seekers’ messages to walls of Adelaide buildings

Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System

*Video* The Innocent Prophet – Spain to Deport Pakistani Refugee for Criticizing Islam

~~Defender of Faith~Guardian of Truth~~

innocence of islam Capture

“Okay, you Muslims, use violence, but we will continue to make films. One day, one of us will lose.” — Imran Firasat.

Firasat argued that the expression of his views about Islam fall within the constitutional rights of free speech.

Two dissenting judges signed a statement in which they ask whether the source of the danger to national security is in the actions of Firasat or in the reactions of Islamic fundamentalists.

The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that a political refugee should be deported because his criticism of Islam poses “a danger to the security of Spain.”

The May 30 ruling, which upholds an earlier decision by a lower court to revoke the refugee status of a Pakistani ex-Muslim named Imran Firasat, showcases how the fear of Muslim rage continues to threaten the exercise of free speech in Europe.

Firasat obtained political asylum in Spain in October 2006…

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Muslims flee Northern Ireland to escape anti-Islam violence

~~Defender of Faith~Guardian of Truth~~

Dublin Mosque is a mosque on the South Circular Road, Dublin in Ireland. It is the headquarters of the Islamic Foundation of Ireland.


Some Muslims in Northern Ireland have announced plans to leave the country to avoid anti-Islamic violence. The announcement comes after an attack on a Muslim family in the city of Belfast, when crazed rioters broke into their home and assaulted them.

The home invasion came after remarks from Belfast based Pastor James McConnell, who said in a sermon “The God we worship and serve this evening is not Allah. The Muslim god-Allah-is a heathen deity. Allah is a cruel deity. Allah is a demon deity.” He later added that Islam is “a doctrine spawned in hell.”

Full sermon here:-

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Hospitalization was required for at least one of the victims. 

A second attack occurred only hours later, also…

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Syrian Tribes and the Armed UPrising

Events: First Global Forum on Statelessness (provisional programme now available)

UNHCR and Tilburg University are co-hosting the First Global Forum on Statelessness (#GFS 2014) on 15-17 September at the Peace Palace, The Hague. The event is dedicated to exploring “New Directions in Statelessness Research and Policy”. Under this broad heading, three sub-themes have been identified as the main focus for presentations and discussion: Stateless Children, Statelessness and Security, and Responses to Statelessness.

The provisional programme is now available and provides a complete overview of plenary sessions, panel sessions and workshops.

Click on the links below to have a look at the provisional programme per day:

Monday 15 September: http://bit.ly/1hapR42

Tuesday 16 September: http://bit.ly/1ksFx3j

Wednesday 17 September: http://bit.ly/StSVrO

Or download a printable PDF version of the provisional programme here, http://bit.ly/1tImfGG

Join us by registering for the First Global Forum on Statelessness here, http://bit.ly/Km0Mn5 The fee for registrations is € 325 (EUR).
Confirmed keynote speakers are:

– Volker Türk, Director of International Protection, UNHCR
– Irene Khan, Director-General of the International Development Law Organization
– Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe
– Barbara Hendricks, world-famous classical singer and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
– Greg Constantine, award-winning photographer behind the ‘Nowhere People’ project on statelessness

Practical info added to Forum website:

We have added a page with practical information to our #GFS2014 website (http://bit.ly/19LP3I8). A list of hotels where you can book a room at a reduced fare is now available.

Are you active on Social Media?

Join the #GFS2014 on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin!

·Facebook page UNHCR Statelessness: http://on.fb.me/1l3GBbY
·Facebook page Statelessness Programme: http://on.fb.me/Km16Cr
·Statelessness programme on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1gpWTsL
·The Statelessness Network on Linkedin: http://linkd.in/19KLP4t

Website:  www.tilburguniversity.edu/statelessness2014
E-mail: statelessness2014@tilburguniversity.edu
Phone: +31 (0)13 466 8388


MELUS CFP for Special Issue Refugee Literature: Forty Years after the Vietnam War

MELUS CFP for Special Issue
Refugee Literature: Forty Years after the Vietnam War
Guest Editors: Marguerite Nguyen and Catherine Fung

Link:-  www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/melus/si_refugee_literature.html

 As we approach the fortieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, scholarship on refugees of the war continues to flourish. This special issue of MELUS proposes the notion of “literary refugee studies” as a field through which to reassess the current state of Vietnam War scholarship and refugee studies. We have seen historical, sociological, and political research on refugees that delineates the overwhelming power that national and international institutions and policies have to shape refugee experience. Examinations of cultural texts by and about refugees, which usually operate within existing rubrics of American, Asian American, and postcolonial literary studies, often treat the refugee as a subject determined by established teleologies of nationhood and citizenship. Thus as scholars including Thomas A. DuBois and Yen Le Espiritu point out, refugees remain relatively “passive” figures, if not of policy, then of our scholarly gazes that reproduce the refugee as an object of investigation.

Building upon Espiritu’s call for a “critical refugee study,” this special issue of MELUS seeks papers that begin to theorize the refugee as a cultural figure and refugee cultural production as a body of work that intervenes in the ideological and teleological underpinnings of existing approaches to narratives about the war and/or the refugee experience. We seek essays that examine the refugee as an active participant that uses aesthetic means to inform, push against, and redefine the mechanisms that construct him or her as a subject. In so doing, we propose Literary Refugee Studies as a discrete field from which to develop new theoretical paradigms and methods of inquiry. In considering the “refugee narrative” as a representational mode, we ask what narratological strategies authors use to represent refugee subjectivity. In considering the “refugee aesthetic” as a form, we ask whether refugee culture can be identified not only in thematic terms (displacement, trauma, survival, belonging, etc.) but also in terms of formal elements. Finally, we ask what might define “refugee literature” as a genre and what its relationship to existing generic categories might be.

We welcome papers that explore:

  • What comprises a “refugee aesthetic” in terms of literature, drama, performance, film, television, music, art, photography, etc.
  • The relationship of “refugee literature” to existing generic categories of American literature, ethnic American literature, postcolonial literature, world literature, diasporic literature, etc.
  • The heterogeneous trajectories of migration to the US, which includes not only Southeast Asian refugees or nations but also refugees from other countries displaced by the Vietnam War.
  • Various Vietnam War refugee spaces such as the transit camp, the sea, the ship/boat, the prison, the urban landscape, etc.
  • How cultural texts represent the “problem” of refugees, war, genocide, forced migration, resettlement, deportation, etc.
  • Different dimensions of refugee subjectivity, including the carceral, violent, victimized, grateful, etc.
  • The refugee’s relationship to regimes of state violence (authoritarian, humanitarian, racial, or neoliberal).
  • How refugee spaces and times disrupt the space-time of the nation-state.
  • The spatiotemporal dimensions of refugee status and subjectivity-whether one is perpetually a refugee or ever ceases to be one.
  • Generational dynamics of refugee literature.

Please submit papers of 7,000 to 10,000 words (including notes and works cited) to: Catherine Fung (cfung@bentley.edu) and Marguerite Nguyen (mbnguyen@wesleyan.edu). All submissions will go through MELUS’s normal refereeing process. Papers under consideration at other journals or previously published in any form will not be considered.

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2014.