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Call for Papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

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A conference call for papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

This conference seeks to explore the multiple, complex and inter-related ways that anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are being constructed in relation to the question of Palestine/Israel. In particular it seeks to examine how the histories of Zionist settlement, anti-colonial and nation-building struggles and 20th century warfare in the Middle East region are being transformed in the current historical conjuncture. Of particular importance in this context will be ideological and political alliances that have emerged locally, regionally and globally around notions such as the ‘New Antisemitism’, ‘Islamophobia’ and how these relate to racialised discourses against Jews and Muslims. Drawing on the expertise of scholars and activists from a variety of backgrounds, the aim of the conference will be to serve as a step for building a transversal anti-racist political vision that will aim to destabilise some of the oppositional dichotomies which are currently hegemonic in discourses around Jews, Muslims and Middle East politics.

Location: SOAS

Date: 10 February 2015 (tbc)

Call for Paper Deadline: 30th September 2014

Sponsors: Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (UEL), Centre for the study of Human Rights (LSE), The Runnymede Trust, Centre for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute (SOAS).

Confirmed plenary speakers (listed alphabetically):

Prof. Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)

Dr. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad (University for the Creative Arts) Prof. Chetan Bhatt (LSE) Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya (UEL) Prof. Haim Bresheeth (SOAS) Dr. John Bunzl (OIIP) Prof. Robert Fine (Warwick) Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky (SOAS) Dr. Dina Matar (SOAS) Yasmin Rehman (Cross government working group on hate crimes) David Rosenberg (Jewish Socialists’ Group) Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL) Prof. Sami Zubaida (Birkbeck)

Conference schedule

9-9.30 Coffee and registration

9.30-10 Welcome by organizers

10-11.15 Plenary panel 1: The Role of the Palestine/Israel Question in Racialised Discourses on Jews

11.15-12.30 Parallel sessions

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.45 Plenary panel 2: The Role of the Palestine/Israel Question in Racialised Discourses on Muslims

2.45-4 Parallel discussion workshops

4-4.30 Tea break

4.30-6 Plenary panel 3: The Interrelationships between Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racialised Discourses

6-6.30 Final session: The Way Forward

We invite abstracts (500 words max.) for 20 minute presentations for the parallel sessions that address any aspect of the issues outlined above. Please send all abstracts to Jamie Hakim at j.hakim@uel.ac.uk. Please include a short biographical note when sending the e-mail.


CMRB Event: ‘What was Gaza about?’ Prof. Avishai Ehrlich

The University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is pleased to announce the following seminar:


Prof. Avishai Ehrlich

Sunday 7th September 2014, 4–6pm

This seminar will take place in the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, 27-28 Woburn Sq, WC1H OAA.

Avishai Ehrlich is a political sociologist and activist. He taught, did research and is politically active in Palestine-Israel, the UK, Germany, Canada and Cyprus. He stands for full equality for Palestinians, against the exclusionary nature of the Israeli state. He strives for a secular, socialist Middle East, gender equality and human rights.

For more info on CMRB: uel.ac.uk/cmrb


Forced Migration Review issue 47, entitled ‘The Syria crisis, displacement and protection’, is now online

Forced Migration Review issue 47, entitled ‘The Syria crisis, displacement and protection’, is now online at www.fmreview.org/syria

The 6.45 million displaced people inside Syria make this the largest IDP crisis in the world, with possibly also the largest number of people who are ‘trapped’. In addition, the number of refugees from Syria continues to increase. The international community has an opportunity to set up, from now, an effective response to what will clearly become protracted displacement. The authors of the 20 articles in this latest issue of FMR offer observations that could be of value in increasing the level of protection for the displaced and in shaping assistance to both the displaced and the countries and communities that are ‘hosting’ them.

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


FMR 47 will be available online and in print in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

An expanded contents Listing for this issue is also available, at www.fmreview.org/syria/FMR47listing.pdf

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FMR 47 The Syria crisis, displacement and protection – contents with web links

The inheritance of loss
Nigel Fisher (United Nations)

Development and protection challenges of the Syrian refugee crisis
Roger Zetter (Refugee Studies Centre) and Héloïse Ruaudel (independent)

The refugee crisis in Lebanon and Jordan: the need for economic development spending
Omar Dahi (Hampshire College/Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut)

Syrians contributing to Kurdish economic growth
Anubha Sood and Louisa Seferis (Danish Refugee Council)

The role of host communities in north Lebanon
Helen Mackreath (American University of Beirut)

Refugee activists’ involvement in relief effort in Lebanon
Frances Topham Smallwood (University of Amsterdam)

Limited legal status for refugees from Syria in Lebanon
Dalia Aranki and Olivia Kalis (Norwegian Refugee Council)

Coping strategies among self-settled Syrians in Lebanon
Cathrine Thorleifsson (University of Oslo)

Refugee by association
Blanche Tax (UNHCR)

Protection challenges of mobility
Melissa Phillips and Kathrine Starup (Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat/Danish Refugee Council)

A duty and a burden on Jordan
Saleh Al-Kilani (Jordanian Ministry of Interior)

For beneficiary-led protection programming in Jordan
Sinead McGrath (International Catholic Migration Commission in Jordan)

If Israel accepted Syrian refugees and IDPs in the Golan Heights
Crystal Plotner (Al-Marsad, Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights)

Gender, conscription and protection,and the war in Syria
Rochelle Davis, Abbie Taylor and Emma Murphy (Georgetown University)

The vulnerability of Palestinian refugees from Syria
Leah Morrison (Oxford Brookes University)

The impact of displacement on disabled, injured and older Syrian refugees
Marcus Skinner (HelpAge International)

The mental health of Syrian refugee children and adolescents
Leah James, Annie Sovcik, Ferdinand Garoff and Reem Abbasi (Center for Victims of Torture)

The inside story: internal displacement in Syria
Erin Mooney (ProCap)

How the crisis is altering women’s roles in Syria
Zerene Haddad (Jesuit Refugee Service, Middle East and North Africa)

Mobility as a solution
Lucas Oesch (Groupe de recherches et d’études sur la Méditerranée et le Moyen Orient)


CMRB Event: Criminals, victims or migrants? Media and political framing of Roma migrants in Nordic countries

CMRB (The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) at the University of East London is pleased to announce as part of its Borders and Bordering Seminar Series:

Criminals, victims or migrants? Media and political framing of  Roma migrants in Nordic countries

Dr. Miika Tervonen
(University of Helsinki)

This seminar will take place in

EB.1.04, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR
4-6pm, Monday 6th October 2014

The event is free but spaces are limited so please reserve a place by following the below link http://criminalsvictimsormigrants.eventbrite.co.uk

Abstract: How have Eastern European Roma migrants, among the most marginalized on the continent, been received in the Nordic countries, often seen as exceptionally open and universalist societies? Based on comparative media material, Dr.Tervonen argues that the Roma migrants have been conceptualized in Nordic countries through the prism of being either ‘criminals’ or ‘victims’. This has been connected with securitized policy responses, in which the focus has been on strategies to hinder the mobility of nominally legitimate migrants. Tervonen analyses the case of the Roma migrants as an ‘acid test’ of modern Nordic migration regimes, highlighting the friction between European-level debordering and continuing protectionist and nationalist impulses.

Miika Tervonen (PhD) is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Centre for Nordic Studies. Tervonen’s scholarly interests include migration, ethnic relations, nationalism and border studies. He received his Doctorate degree in 2010 from the European University Institute with a dissertation dealing with the rise of the so-called “Gypsy question” in 19th–20th century Finland and Sweden. In 2012-2013, he was a visiting Fulbright scholar at Columbia University, Blinken European Institute. Tervonen is a recipient of the Finnish State Award for Public Information in 2013.

See www.euborderscapes.eu for more information on the EU Borderscapes project, www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/borderscapes for details of the UEL Borderscapes team and www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb for information on CMRB.