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Call for Papers: 1st Annual Workshop – White Rose Migration Research Postgraduate Network

White Rose Migration Research Postgraduate Network:


“Reframing the Migration Debate”


ICoSS, University of Sheffield, 11th June 2015

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Andrew Geddes (Politics Department, University of Sheffield)

The White Rose Migration Research Postgraduate Network, in collaboration with The University of Sheffield Migration Research Group, invites submissions for the 1st Postgraduate Workshop on Migration. The aim of the workshop is to provide a space of discussion and dissemination for early career researchers (either doctoral or postdoctoral researchers) working on different topics and across different disciplines in relation to migration. This will be an opportunity to showcase your research, preliminary research findings and any other ‘work in progress’ with a critically engaged audience from across the White Rose Universities. This workshop will facilitate the development of networks and foster future research collaborations.

This year the workshop is inviting postgraduate students and early career researchers from different disciplines to critically discuss and reflect about different aspects of migrants’ experiences. With an increase in restrictive policies, the perceived need to secure borders and anti-migrant sentiment, this workshop extends an invitation to researchers, who wish to challenge pejorative migrant discourses through engagement in a comprehensive discussion of migrants displacement and the integration process into a new ‘place’. We are interested in papers that contribute to “reframing the migration debate”, with innovative approaches that allow us to explore migrants citizenship, contribution and resistance in the context of the challenges they face. Suggested topics include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Migrants as active citizens exercising agency.
  • Challenges to migrants’ ability to contribute to society, such as the impact of migration on capital and subsequently integration.
  • Relationship between governance, the management of migration and integration.
  • New dynamics and patterns of migration.
  • Exploration of the role played by different institutions in civil society in relation to migration flows e.g. the media, NGO’s, etc.
  • Alternative theoretical/empirical perspectives on migration.


Abstracts in all areas of migration and from all disciplines will be considered. The workshop welcomes research and work in progress about broad heterogeneous groups including documented, undocumented and forced migrants.

Abstracts submission

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should be submitted via the following link by 15th March 2015:


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Conference Registration Deadline: 30 April 2015

All students planning to attend the workshop to join the discussion should register via the link below
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*The event is FREE to all attendants, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. However, participants will be responsible for covering their own travel costs.

*There will be a limited number of travel grants available for accepted abstracts.

If you have any questions please contact Michaela Bruckmayer (m.bruckmayer@sheffield.ac.uk) or Marcia Vera (marcia.vera@sheffield.ac.uk)


Call for Abstracts: The Balkans Peace Program (BPP) Summer 2015: International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies – Kosovo and the Balkans

Call for Abstracts:

The Balkans Peace Program (BPP) Summer 2015: International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies – Kosovo and the Balkans is an educational program that provides students enrolled in a university outside of Kosovo and the region with the opportunity to spend three weeks in Kosovo studying and learning about development in practice in a post-conflict area right in the middle of Europe. Participants of the program will also visit three other Balkans countries, Albania (listed no. 4 in the New York Times‘ list of places to go in 2014), Macedonia, and Montenegro. This is the fourth annual Balkans Peace Program.

The program consists of three key components:

  1. one academic course(of 7 ECTS credits or its equivalent in Canadian/American credits, i.e. 3 credits) on International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies: Kosovo and the Balkans and meetings with government officials in Kosovo;
  2. a tour of historic and tourist sitesof Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia;
  3. cultural immersion – students will be paired with local host brothers and sisters and get to spend time with their families so as to learn about the Albanian culture, traditions, and hospitality in Kosovo;
  4. publication opportunity– provided you submit your BPP paper (essay) in time and as per given guidelines, you may be included in the BPP 2015 edited book scheduled to be published in the fall of 2015.

BPP Summer 2015 takes place from 3 to 24 May 2015. Participants will be accommodated in Gjilan, the fourth largest city in Kosovo, with a population of about 95,000, located on the southeast corner of Kosovo, some 45 km southeast of Prishtina, the capital.

Application Deadline: 2 March 2015. Scholarships Available.

For more information on the program, to apply, and to see testimonials from previous participants, please visit the program’s website: http://www.bislimi.org/balkansprogram.htm

Direct questions to: bpp@bislimi.org or Mr. Rinor Shkodra, BPP Coordinator, rinor@bislimi.org


ICC may investigate possible war crimes in Palestinian territories

Human Rights Watch cites police abuse of migrants in French port



PARIS (Reuters) – African migrants camped in the northern French port of Calais in hopes of eventually reaching Britain are subject to police beatings and harassment, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

The New York-based group (HRW) called on the French government to open an investigation into what it called “routine ill-treatment” by police towards the approximately 2,400 migrants and asylum seekers living in the open air or in make-shift tents near the busy port.

The migrants, many of whom have crossed into France from Italy, are escaping humanitarian crises in Africa and the Middle East. Most come from Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Syria.

The port has long been a magnet for illegal migrants trying to reach Britain, where they believe they are more likely to find work than in France, or already have relatives.

“The French government must put an end to police violence and honor its pledge to…

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