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Calls for Papers: SIEF 2015 | Mig006 – Refugee Visions and Realities: Interpreting Time with People on the Move (Reminder: deadline 14 January 2015)

The deadline for paper proposals for the 12th SIEF Congress in Zagreb, Croatia is approaching! The deadline for submissions is midnight, January 14th, 2015.

We are inviting abstracts for “Refugee Visions and Realities: Interpreting Time with People on the Move”

[Moderator’s note: abstracts can be submitted here: http://nomadit.co.uk/sief/sief2015/paperproposal.php5?PanelID=3508]

Short Abstract

This panel aims to investigate how refugees conceive and make sense of time while inhabiting various contexts where they are “in transit”, and how different imaginations of the past and the future influence their present lives.

Long Abstract

How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity”
– Augustine of Hippo

This panel aims to investigate how refugees on the move make sense of “time” and how different imaginations of the past and future influence refugees’ present lives. The reality of refugees living in a condition of transit, perceived or real, is often shaped by institutionally framed futures (repatriation, integration, resettlement) and requirements of demonstrable pasts (persecution, traumatic events). As part of navigating their present realities and coping with challenges of daily life, refugees are themselves engaged in achieving desired futures often imagined “elsewhere”, and in managing relationships with past homelands, travels, etc. Drawing on theoretical debates about refugees’ movements, aspirations, and imagination (e.g. Malkki 1995; Appadurai 2004; Horst 2006), this panel invites original ethnographic contributions which explore conceptions and practices through which refugees make sense of their “time” while living on the move. Presenters are encouraged to investigate the interaction of imagination and reality through questions that might include: What future projects, memories, and selves are engendered in refugees’ movements among various geographical contexts? How are refugees’ everyday practices productive of or tempered by imagination of the future or the past? What implications can the focus on conceptions of time have for ethnographic research on refugees and migration?

To propose a paper, follow this link: http://nomadit.co.uk/sief/sief2015/paperproposal.php5?PanelID=3508

Write On! Managing Legitimacy: Empirical Approaches for Measuring How International Judges and Arbitrators Respond to Backlash and Discontent


Call for Papers

Managing Legitimacy: Empirical Approaches for Measuring How International Judges and Arbitrators Respond to Backlash and Discontent

Agora Proposal for the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Annual Conference: The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?

Oslo, 10-12 September 2015

This is a call for papers for a roundtable discussion on measuring judicial responses to legitimacy crises that a number of international courts and tribunals have experienced in recent years. Can we identify trends whereby judicial actors (international judges and arbitrators) attempt to manage (strategically or not) their legitimacy in response to discontent from stakeholders and citizens at large? We are particularly interested in papers that identify new or diverse methodologies (quantitative, qualitative and interpretive) for measuring the extent of such judicial responses, their casual pathways, and that are rooted in theories of judicial behavior.

In a roundtable discussion moderated by Prof. Ole Kristian Fauchald of…

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‘Thought police’: Academic freedom threatened by anti-terror bill, MPs warn

Aletho News

RT | January 12, 2015

Universities should be exempted from new counter-terrorism laws because they will ‘restrict’ freedom of speech, the government’s human rights watchdog has said.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights said government plans to make universities legally obliged to refer suspected would-be terrorists to the authorities would undermine academic freedom.

Under the bill, Home Secretary Theresa May would be given authority to force universities to ban speakers who are considered “extremist.”

The warning comes before the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday.

May’s bill, introduced to Parliament in November last year, is likely to receive boosted support in the wake of the terrorist attacks in France last week, which left 17 people dead.

Committee members are concerned about a legal duty that would require universities to refer students at risk of becoming terrorists to external anti-radicalization programs.

Universities would also…

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Events: First BREM Public Lecture, Warwick 20th May: Professor Sara Ahmed “Brick Walls: On Racism and Other Hard Histories”

You are warmly invited to attend the first

Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network Public Lecture

 Brick Walls: On Racism and Other Hard Histories

Professor Sara Ahmed, Goldsmiths, University of London

Wednesday 20th May 5pm-6.30pm

Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building, University of Warwick

The event will be followed by a drinks reception

This is a public lecture and all are welcome.

For more details about BREM see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/brem

 If you have any queries please contact Dr Hannah Jones, Sociology h.jones.1@warwick.ac.uk