Daily Archives: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Recasting integration policy and discourse, my contribution to Bright Blue’s Immigration Commission

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In September 2014, the Conservative think-tank Bright Blue hosted an oral evidence session on immigration. A team of high-profile commissioners interviewed experts from academia, government, journalism, the third sector and business. There were eight main sessions: business and growth; work and poverty; education, research, innovation and skills; local communities and public services; refugees, border control, visas and detention centres; families and children; and integration. I was invited to contribute to the discussion on integration. The interview panels included: David Goodhart, Carlos Vargas-Silva, and Sunder Katwala.

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Calls for papers: Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) 2015 Student essay contest

Source: Forced Migration List.



The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) seeks to foster an independent community of scholars dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of Canadian refugee and forced migration research. The Association aims to engage students as active members of the Canadian refugee research community, and invites students to participate in the fourth annual CARFMS Student Essay Contest. For the first time this year, there will be two categories: one for graduate and law students; and, one for undergraduate students.

The CARFMS Student Essay Contest will recognize the most outstanding research produced by students in the field of refugee and forced migration studies. The authors of the shortlisted papers will be invited to present their work at the 7th Annual CARFMS Conference, which will take place May 13-15 in Toronto, Quebec.

Papers submitted to Student Essay Contest may address any issue relevant to refugee and forced migration studies, in Canada or elsewhere.

The selection committee will shortlist three authors in each category: 1) undergraduate students; 2) graduate and law students. Subject to peer review, high quality short-listed papers will be considered for publication as working papers on the CARFMS website and/or in Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.

.       Participants in the contest must be members of CARFMS, or join the association in advance of the 2015 Conference.
.       Participants must be Canadian students or international students registered at a Canadian university. Papers from any disciplinary background are welcome.
.       The student must be the sole author of the submitted paper.
.       The authors of shortlisted papers are encouraged to present their work in person at the 2015 CARFMS Conference, but students may participate in the competition even if they cannot attend the conference.

Application process and editorial guidelines
.       Papers must be submitted by email at mmillard@yorku.ca by 5:00 PM EST, December  31st, 2014.
.       Papers may be submitted in either English or French.
.       Papers must not exceed 7,500 words. Please use 12-point font and standard margins.
.       Submissions must include an abstract of no more than 150 words, setting out the main arguments or findings of the paper.
.       Papers should follow appropriate referencing conventions.
.       The papers will be evaluated through an anonymous review process. Submissions should include a cover page indicating the title of the article and the author’s name and institutional affiliation. This cover page will be removed before the review process. Please do not include any identifying information in the rest of the paper.
.       Submissions that do not meet the basic editorial guidelines will not be reviewed by the assessment committee.

Any questions should be directed to:
Christina Clark-Kazak, PhD
International Studies/Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
Email: cclark-kazak@glendon.yorku.ca



L’Association Canadienne d’études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée cherche à encourager une communauté académique indépendante qui se consacre à l’avancement et la diffusion de la recherche canadienne sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée. L’Association vise à impliquer les étudiants comme membres actifs de la communauté canadienne de recherche sur les réfugiés, et invite les étudiants à participer au cinquième Concours annuel d’essais de la CARFMS. Pour la première fois cette année, nous aurons deux catégories: étudiants du premier cycle ; et étudiants des Facultés de droit et aux études supérieures.

Le Concours d’essais pour étudiants reconnaîtra la recherche la plus remarquable réalisée par des étudiants dans le domaine des études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée. Les auteurs des essais présélectionnés seront invités à présenter leurs travaux durant la 7ème Conférence Annuelle de la CARFMS, qui se tiendra du 13 au 15 mai 2015 à Toronto, Ontario.

Les travaux soumis au Concours peuvent aborder toute question pertinente et en lien avec les études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée, au Canada ou ailleurs.

Trois essais dans chaque catégorie – étudiants du premier cycle ; et étudiants des Facultés de droit et aux études supérieures – seront présélectionnés.

Après une revue de paires favorables, des essais de haute qualité seront considérés pour publication comme documents de travail de recherche au site web de la CARFMS et/ou à Refuge : revue canadienne sur les réfugiés.

.       Les participants au concours doivent être membres de la CARFMS, ou joindre l’Association avant la Conférence annuelle 2015.
.       Les participants doivent être des étudiants canadiens ou des étudiants étrangers inscrits à une université canadienne. Les travaux provenant de toute discipline seront les bienvenus.
.       Les étudiants doivent être les seuls auteurs de l’essai soumis au concours.
.       Les auteurs des essais présélectionnés sont encouragés à présenter leurs travaux en personne durant la Conférence Annuelle de la CARFMS. Toutefois, les étudiants ne pouvant être présents à la Conférence seront éligibles à participer au concours.

Processus d’application et directives éditoriales
.       Les essais doivent être soumis en ligne au : mmillard@yorku.ca avant 17h , le 31 décembre 2014.
.       Les essais peuvent être soumis en français ou en anglais.
.       Les essais ne doivent pas dépasser 7,500 mots. Prière d’utiliser une police de 12 points et des marges ‘standard’.
.       Les propositions d’essai doivent inclure un résumé de 150 mots présentant les principaux arguments ou résultats.
.       Les essais doivent suivre un style standard de citation.
.       Les essais seront évalués par un processus anonyme de révision. Les propositions d’essais doivent inclure une page titre indiquant le titre de l’essai et le nom de l’auteur ainsi que son institution d’affiliation. La page titre sera retirée avant le processus de révision. Prière de ne pas inclure des informations pouvant vous identifier dans le reste du document.
.       Les propositions d’essai qui ne respectent pas les directives éditoriales ne seront pas révisées par le comité d’évaluation.

Pour toute question, veuillez communiquer avec :
Christina Clark-Kazak, PhD
Courriel: cclark-kazak@glendon.yorku.ca


Conferences: “The Business of Immigration Detention: Activisms, Resistances, Critical Interventions”

Source: Forced Migration List.

The Business of Immigration Detention: Activisms, Resistances, Critical Interventions

In January (22-23rd), Lancaster’s migrancy research group and the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University (CeMoRe) are hosting an ESRC sponsored conference, “The Business of Immigration Detention: Activisms, Resistances, Critical Interventions” (which is the final event in part of a larger series of workshops titled  ‘Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigration Detention’: http://immigration-detention-seminar-series.org/). Bringing together a range of leading academics, post-graduate researchers, practitioners, artists, activists and former detainees this seminar series investigates the ways in which the UK experience of detention reflects and re-produces the contradictory logics inherent in contemporary global detention practices. “The Business of Immigration Detention” will consider the challenges facing academics and activists in the area of immigration detention and related border-security practices.

The conference will mark an important gathering of activists and scholars from across the world, with a public lecture by Professor Alison Mountz Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada) and a keynote by Dr Jenna Loyd (Assistant Professor in Public Health Policy at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, as well as a prison and detention abolitionist activist).

Events will begin on the 22nd of Jan at 5.30pm with Alison’s public lecture, followed by a human rights performance at 7pm by the acclaimed ice&fire in the chaplaincy centre. These events are free to all, but please register your interest online http://online-payments.lancaster-university.co.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=505

On the 23rd of Jan there will be a day-long conference on campus. The programme of speakers is online at the link below. This is a unique opportunity to hear key organisations, activists and academics discuss the politics and business of immigration detention. A few spaces are still available but you need to register asap for a place.

The Business of Immigration Detention: Activisms, Resistances, Critical Interventions conference
SPACES LIMITED, BOOK HERE: (£10 unwaged, £4O waged includes lunch) http://online-payments.lancaster-university.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=6&catid=504&prodvarid=165

More details about speakers at http://socialabjection.wordpress.com/conference-2015-the-business-of-immigration-detention-activisms-resistances-critical-interventions/

For more information please contact Imogen Tyler (conference organiser) or Pennie Drinkall (admin support for the conference):

Imogen Tyler: i.tyler@lancaster.ac.uk
Pennie Drinkall: p.drinkall@lancaster.ac.uk

Dr Imogen Tyler
Philip Leverhulme Prize Winner 2014
Senior Lecturer & Doctoral Director Sociology
Director of the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies (with Celia Roberts)
Pathway Leader for Sociology in ERSC NWDTC
@Drimogentyler http://socialabjection.wordpress.com/
New Book: Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics and Everyday Dissent (SUNY, 2014)
See also: Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (Zed 2013 shortlisted for 2014 Bread & Roses prize)

Calls for papers: Gender, Violence and Refugee Communities (ECAS 2015)

Call for Papers:

Panel “Gender, Violence and Refugee Communities”, ECAS 2015
8-10 July 2015 in Paris, deadline: January 9, 2015.

Convenors: Buckley-Zistel, Susanne; Krause, Ulrike
Center for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg

For many refugees, the end of conflicts does not coincide with the end of violent assaults, but escaping war and repression only offers a certain degree of shelter from physical and structural violence. Women and girls, yet also men and boys, may become victims of sexual and gender-based violence, as has been increasingly reported by aid and human rights agencies in the past years. Moreover, the forceful recruitment of individuals in camps into armed groups, gang violence erupting amongst young refugees or violent disputes upon return to the place of origin suggest that there is a continuation of violence which penetrates into the supposedly safe havens. The experiences of displacement has an impact on social relations, in particular gender relations. While many humanitarian agencies and refugee-supporting organisations recognise this continuum of violence in general and sexual and gender-based violence in particular, they themselves become entangled in the re-negotiation of relations and the forging of new identities.

The panel explores the origins, scope and forms of violence against and amongst refugees from a gender perspective. It assesses how masculinities and femininities – as well as the way they relate to each other – change in the context of displacement and encampment. Case studies reach from the analysis of gendered violence in refugee camps, via the impact of the host community on gender relations, to the role of humanitarian agencies and their gender programmes.

The panel is now online and accessible via http://www.ecas2015.fr/gender-violence-and-refugee-communities/

Please submit a short abstract of max. 1500 characters by January 9, 2015.


New Reports and Publications: Syria 12/17/2014

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