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European Network on Statelessness Conference Announcement & Call for Papers

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) is pleased to announce its conference “None of Europe’s Children Should be Stateless” which will take place in Budapest from 2-3 June 2015.

None of Europe’s Children Should be Stateless”
Budapest, 2-3 June 2015

The United Nations estimates that a child is born stateless, somewhere in the world, every ten minutes. States are failing to fulfil the right of every child to acquire a nationality – a fundamental children’s right, laid down in the Convention in the Rights of the Child. In this region too, statelessness continues to arise because European states are failing to ensure that all children born within Europe’s borders or to European citizen parents acquire a nationality. For those affected, statelessness can mean lack of access to other rights and services, denied opportunities, unfulfilled potential and a sense of never quite belonging. It brings hardship and anguish to children and their parents alike.

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) is campaigning for an end to childhood statelessness in Europe. This goal is also central to the #ibelong campaign, spearheaded by UNHCR, to end all statelessness globally by 2024. To realise children’s right to a nationality in Europe, the phenomenon and the challenges need to be better understood. Different stakeholders must also unite to identify and share good practices so that these challenges can be addressed.

This conference is a central activity of the ENS campaign “None of Europe’s Children should be Stateless”. It will provide a platform for sharing new research on the causes and impact of childhood statelessness in Europe. It will also provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge on legal, policy and programming interventions that can help to realise children’s right to a nationality. It is a venue for scholars, practitioners and policy makers to come together and discuss how to ensure that no more of Europe’s children suffer statelessness. The conference will last a day and a half, commencing in the morning of June 2nd and running until lunchtime on June 3rd. The first day will focus on sharing information on challenges, opportunities and good practices through presentations and panel discussions. The second day will be more forward-looking and encourage participants, on the basis of the lessons learned, to jointly identify potential areas for further action and collaboration to end childhood statelessness in Europe.

Call for Papers

The call for papers for this conference is now open. We welcome submissions for presentations by scholars and practitioners, dealing with research, policy or projects that relate to childhood statelessness in Europe. Presentations may focus on a specific country or group of countries, or consider a particular theme. We are particularly interested in presentations that identify good practices with respect to the prevention of childhood statelessness and those which provide a further insight into the impact of statelessness on children in Europe. We also welcome presentations that explore the role of different stakeholders in addressing the issue, including actors such as child rights organisations, legal aid providers, ombudspersons and National Human Rights Institutions, EU and Council of Europe bodies and journalists.

To submit a proposal to present at this conference, please send the following information to info@statelessness.eu before 15 February 2015: your name, affiliation, country of work and email address, an abstract of your proposed presentation (max. 250 words) and 5-8 accompanying keywords. ENS will inform you by 1 March 2015 whether your proposal has been accepted.

A more detailed conference announcement, including information about the programme, speakers and how to register, will be issued in March through the ENS website (www.Statelessness.eu) and mailing list. Please note that there is no registration fee for the conference but speakers and general participants will be required to cover all costs related to their travel to and lodging in Budapest.

About the European Network on Statelessness (ENS)

ENS is a network of NGOs, academic initiatives and individual experts committed to addressing statelessness in Europe – currently with over 90 members in more than 30 European countries. This year’s ENS Annual General meeting will take place immediately after the conference during the afternoon of 3 June 2015. This is only open to ENS members but details on how to join the network are available on the ENS website here – we would particularly welcome applications from child rights organisations. For further information contact ENS Director Chris Nash at chris.nash@statelessness.eu

Download a PDF of the conference announcement here

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion is an expert partner for the ENS campaign “None of Europe’s Children Should be Stateless”.


Call for Paper Proposals: Conference on Islam in Russia

Call for Paper Proposals:

Conference on Islam in Russia
October 15 and 16, 2015
Deadline to apply: February 1, 2015
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University invites submissions of paper proposals for an international conference on Islam in Russia.

Islam in Russia takes many forms, from the Tatars’ moderate EuroIslam to traditional Sufism in the Caucasus to the radicalized Salafi ideas found among a minority of young Muslims throughout the country. These different Muslim identities interact with a state that has in recent years come to be increasingly dominated by ethnic Russian and Orthodox Christian identities. At the same time, the strengthening of the Russian state has led it to increase its influence on Muslim religious practices and the everyday lives of Russian Muslims.

The Crimean crisis of 2014 has again highlighted the significance of Islam in contemporary Russia. The Russian government tried to mobilize state-supported Muslim organizations to sway Crimean Tatars to its side. This strategy was consistent with Moscow’s long-standing practice of co-opting religious groups by appointing a state-sanctioned representative. Since the time of Catherine the Great, Islamic authorities were expected to promote interpretations of Islam that supported the state. Needless to say, attempting to co-op believers into supporting a particular religious interpretation runs the risk of alienating those who disagree with the official interpretation. The resulting power struggles have played an important role in shaping Muslim identity in Russia in the post-Soviet period.

This conference will focus on what it means to be a Muslim in Russia today and how these meanings are reflected in Russian political life. Conference participants will examine the variety of Muslim identities in modern Russia and also consider the evolving role of Muslims in Russian history.

Suggested Themes
We are interested in papers from a range of disciplinary perspectives that address the history, evolution, and future of Muslim communities, cultures, and identities in Russia. We encourage papers that move beyond the description of particular populations or institutions and introduce analyses of the problems, paradoxes, contradictions, and challenges involved in thinking about Muslims in Russia.

The following themes are suggested as guides for the formulation of topics for paper proposals:

  • History of Muslims in Russia
  • Radical Islam in the Caucasus
  • Integrated Islam across Russia
  • Islamic Society and the Russian State
  • Muslim Migrants across Russia

Papers will also be considered on any other themes relevant to the role of Islam and Muslim populations in Russia. Note that the working language of the conference is English: all papers must be submitted and presented in English.

Graduate Student Workshop
In addition to the conference, a smaller graduate student workshop will be held immediately prior to the conference. The workshop will allow graduate students pursuing research projects related to Islam in Russia to get feedback and suggestions for their work from both their peers and from senior scholars participating in the conference. Travel funding will be available for students attending from outside the Boston area.

Submitting a Proposal
Junior and senior scholars in the humanities and social sciences, as well as others working in relevant areas, are eligible to apply, irrespective of citizenship or country of residence. Proposals should be submitted via the conference website. Students applying to participate in the graduate student workshop should follow the same process as regular applicants, noting their graduate student status in the appropriate place on the online application form.

The deadline for submitting proposals is February 1, 2015. All materials must be submitted in English. Decisions will be announced by May 1, 2015. Presenters must submit their final conference papers by Sept 15, 2015. Selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism.

The Davis Center will cover presenters’ expenses for travel, lodging, and meals. A modest honorarium will also be provided (contingent on presenter’s eligibility to receive payment).

Project Organizers
Timothy Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Chair of the Government Department, Harvard University

Dmitry Gorenburg, Editor, Problems of Post-Communism, and Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

More Information
Please contact the Davis Center at 617-495-4037 or daviscenter@fas.harvard.edu with any questions about this event.

The conference and student workshop are made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Call for Papers: ESA ABSTRACT DEADLINE REMINDER : Sociology of Migration at the 12th ESA Conference

The Call for Papers for the next ESA-conference (25-28 August 2015,
Prague) is now online. The general conference theme is “Differences,
Inequalities, and Sociological Imagination”.

RN 35 – Sociology of Migration will organise a series of sessions at this
conference. Below you find our RN-CfP!

Abstracts need to be submitted through ESA’s online submission system by
01 February 2015: http://esa12thconference.eu/abstract-submission

CfP: RN 35 at the 12th ESA Conference (25-28/08/2015, Prague)

ESA Research Network 35 ‘Sociology of Migration’ provides a platform for
all scholars who deal with questions of immigration and emigration,
inclusion and exclusion, and diversity within Europe. The call for papers
for our RN programme at the upcoming 12th ESA conference (25–28 August
2015, Prague) is now open. The theme of this conference – Differences,
inequalities and sociological imagination – provides a fruitful basis to
continue discussions started at earlier RN activities, as well as for
moving to new subject areas.

Differences, inequalities, and imaginations – and especially the links and
tensions within this triad – have concerned migration research from its
beginning. Of course, the emphases varied over time. During the 1990s and
2000s, the focus was put rather strongly on aspects of (cultural)
difference, on questions of ethnicity, identity, and belonging. Partly due
to the obvious and urgent crises and contradictions of neoliberal
globalisation, inequalities have resurfaced as key concerns of
sociological enquiries over the past few years. Lately, the question of
how the interplay between differences and inequalities is structured by
political agency and discourses has risen in the agenda, most notably in
recent studies on migration regimes. Political imaginations play a crucial
role here – most obviously, but by far not exclusively the idea of
national belonging. This is very different from a second form of
imagination, that has so far received little attention: the sociological
task of imagining alternative futures.

We invite paper proposals that relate to the general theme of the
conference. Authors may submit their abstract to one of the specific
sections described below. If they prefer not to declare a specific
session, their papers – if accepted – will be considered as part of our
general sessions. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and need to
be submitted through ESA’s online submission system by 01 February 2015.

1. General session: Differences, inequalities and sociological imagination
– RN35 Sociology of Migration


2. Migrant students: new directions in migration research

Session organisers: Renee Luthra (University of Essex) and Lucinda Platt
(London School of Economics)

The internationalisation of education, combined with the increase in visa
restrictions on labour migration in many traditional receiving societies,
have resulted in an upsurge in student migrants both in absolute terms and
as a proportion of overall migrant flows. Between 1975 and 2011 the number
of foreign students worldwide increased from 0.8 million to 4.3 million.
Yet, this group of migrants remains relatively under-researched. When they
are considered, current research tends to cover them in broader
discussions of highly skilled migrants or in the context of the free
movement or exchange programmes experienced by inter EU migrants more
generally. An emerging qualitative literature charts seem of their
personal struggles, ambiguities and trajectories, and suggest that such
broad frameworks do not do justice to the complexities of this migration
stream. In this session, we invite papers that address theoretical and
empirical questions relating to current student migration. Papers might
cover comparisons across origin or destination countries, subsequent
trajectories of student migrants in either the country of study or on
return to the country of origin, investment in study as a family strategy,
returns to international study, or other topics relevant to the
determinants, characteristics or consequences of migration for education.

3. Escaping power relations or helping to maintain social order?
Informality in migration research

Session organiser: Małgorzata Irek (COMPAS, University of Oxford)

As Keith Hart put it, in our times the capitalist state is the dominant
social form. Everything that happens beyond this form he called informal.
The state is a territorial unit, closed within clearly defined borders and
possessing its own legal system and bureaucratic apparatus claiming the
monopoly of violence and guarding the existing power system,
hierarchically organised from the most privileged at its top, through the
‘gens modestes’ as Bourdieu called the ordinary people, to the
‘precariate’ at the bottom of the social ladder. The lowest place in this
hierarchy of power is reserved for the informal immigrants, excluded from
human rights enjoyed by all other groups. Informality, in turn, is a lack
of form, which makes it a continuous category, lacking boundaries, and
thus infinite. This concept is wider than the popular, developed by the
American economists definition of ‘informality’ understood as economic
activities that are not reported to a taxman, as well as the concept of
‘irregularity’ used after Portes with reference to migration regulations.
So, while the state is a finite and fixed form which controls only a
fragment of human experience, informality is a vast category describing a
universal human condition, allowing to appreciate migration as a natural
part of human experience, rather than its rapture. Asking whether informal
activities of migrants defy existing inequalities, have a revolutionary
potential or perhaps save the power system from radical changes, the
proposed panel invites contributions of scholars who explore how the
relationship between the state and informality is described and theorized
in the migration research.

4. Migration and Social Change: European perspectives

Session Organisers: Remus G. Anghel (Romanian Institute for Research on
National Minorities, Cluj) and Margit Fauser (Bielefeld University)

Migration and transnational dynamics involve increasingly more people
around the world, linking localities of origin and destination in ever
more extensive webs of social ties, transfers and exchanges. In this
session, we want to discuss the manifold forms of change migration leads
to, in regions of destination as well as in regions of origin. Debates on
the migration-development nexus, remittances and social remittances point
towards the social and cultural changes brought about as a consequence of
migration. In this vein, an emerging scholarship has started to
investigate the consequences of migration in many places of origin. Still,
there is a further need to unfold the types and forms of migration-induced
social change worldwide, and in comparative perspective. Therefore,
migration and development debates need to be located within a more
comprehensive understanding of the social changes produced by migration.
Rather than focusing on ‘Great Transformations’, meso-level changes seem
of particular interest. We aim to bring forth a view on Europe as a
destination, acknowledging the different migration streams, their
composition and histories that may have different implications for change
‘back home’. Hence, what types of meso-level changes can we observe? Are
migrants challengers to local social orders? How do changes confront the
established systems of economic, political, and social power and
inequality? How do local cultural understandings change? What significance
does migration have for cities and villages of origin? And how can such
processes be researched and understood in places that are simultaneously
affected by many other global dynamics? These are some of the question we
wish to address with this session. We invite methodological, empirical and
theoretical engagements with these issues.

5. Promoting Social Imagination at the Global Level: A discussion about
Migration and Intercultural Integration

Session Organisers: Rina Manuela Contini (University of Chieti-Pescara)
and Mariella M. Herold (Northern Arizona University)

Globalization processes and dynamic transnational migrations are bringing
about remarkable demographic differences in European societies. The flow
of migrants from Eastern Europe, Africa, and other parts of the world are
also creating new social, economical and educational inequities which are
forcing EU nation states to reflect on these differences and imagine
solutions. New immigrants bring with them cultural practices, foods, forms
of art and expression, and perspectives on all aspects of human experience
that daily transform the cultural fabric of their communities and of host
countries–which are also transformed and enriched by these new cultural
experiences. Dichotomies between “natives” and “newcomers” emerge, as well
as new forms of identities and distinctions between “them” and “us”, as
expressed in politics and in the art and literature of marginality,
patterns of adaptation and integration. There are also sources of conflict
between generations within immigrant communities. In addition, schools and
teachers do not feel prepared to educate diverse children with many
proficiency levels and diverse languages. Societal inequities cannot be
understood in isolation and they need to be understood from a global
perspective. This session gathers international researchers from Europe,
the US, and other parts of the world to examine new paradigms, policies
and practices for the development of an inclusive intercultural and
transnational framework, in order to reduce inequities. This is necessary
to positively integrate culturally-diverse families, children and
adolescents into schools and societies.

6. The inequalities referring to the right to mobility in a context of

Session Organiser: Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Director of research, CNRS,
CERI Science-Po, Paris)

The right to mobility is one of the less well shared rights all over the
world, underlying the gap between those who are subject to visas and the
others who can freely cross the borders at world scale. This leads to
numerous statuses that refer to the segmentation of this right:
“illegals”, “regional migration”, “short term residents and workers”, all
statuses that conduct to less mobility and more settlement in precarious
lives. This session will focus on theoretical and field study approaches
on fragile migrant populations included in the new types of migration in,
to or from European countries.

7. ‘Policing Ethnicity: Between the Rhetoric of Inclusion and the
Practices and Policies of Exclusion’

Session organisers: Abby Peterson (University of Gothenburg) and Malin
Åkerström (University of Lund)

Policing will be broadly understood in this session as all those
activities involved in the provision of security and/or the maintenance of
order, expanding our gaze from the usual criminal justice agencies to also
include the new multiple modes of policing, for example, private security,
policing partnerships with local authorities and civil society
associations, etc. The papers can interrogate policing in different ways:
as the patterns of social control, or as the governance of inclusion and
exclusion, along the dynamic and interrelated dimensions of ethnicity,
class and gender. How does the provision of (physical) security by the
multiple new modes of policing construct a topography of ‘insiders’ who
enjoy the benefits of the policies and ‘outsiders’ who bear their burdens?
Who is consigned to the ‘outside’ , who is invited in the ‘inside’ and how
does this process occur? How do countries police their borders, both
internal and external? The papers in this session will address how the
rhetoric of inclusion is all too often at odds with the practices and
policies of exclusion and control.

8. Family dynamics and inequalities in migration

Session organisers : Muriel Dudt (University of Strasbourg), Elise Pape
(EHESS, Paris/University of Strasbourg), Catherine Delcroix (University of

This session proposal deals with migrant family dynamics and social,
political and economic inequalities. How are migrant families affected by
the inequalities linked to the depth and acceleration of globalization?
What strategies do they develop in order to fight those inequalities? This
session encourages contributions on the following themes: How do
transnational families (Bryceson and Vuorela 2002) deal with
“South-North”/”East-West” inequalities, for example through remittances or
migration strategies within the family? What are, in an intersectional
perspective, the impacts of age, gender or “race” on the social
positioning of the family members in the different contexts they live in?
What role does the transmission of languages play in this process?
Furthermore, how do migrant families deal with inequalities they may
experience in their country of arrival, for example in the fields of
access to social and political rights? If families are affected by
processes of domination that can trigger tensions between the individuals,
they can also be a « space » where original strategies can be created in
order to fight inequalities. Family members can for instance share a
common « minority » status that can bring them closer as they share
experiences of discrimination. What then are the struggles in which they
can support each other or which are the struggles that may create distance
among them? The session pays specific attention to how the chosen
methodological approach affects the scientific findings. Papers discussing
the role of languages in families and working from an intergenerational
and multisited perspective are particularly welcome.

9. Migration and Multiculturalism: Making sense of the popular politics of

Session Organisers: Ipek Demir (University of Leicester) and Gurminder K.
Bhambra (University of Warwick)

The backlash against multiculturalism and the rise of anti-immigration
sentiment have both been dominant themes in European social and political
discourse in recent years. Leading European politicians (e.g. Cameron,
Merkel, Sarkozy), public figures and sociologists (e.g. Habermas, Beck)
have appeared to disown the multicultural and post-colonial legacies of
Europe in favour of a more traditional mono-culturalism whether of
nationalism or cosmopolitanism. There also exist increasingly explicit
anti-immigration stances and policies by parties and movements such as the
UK Independence Party and that of Golden Dawn in Greece. It is no
coincidence that the stances on migration and multiculturalism emerged
simultaneously, draw on similar perspectives and also overlap
significantly in their rhetorical claims. How can/should sociologists make
sense of these developments using the insights of literature and research
on both migration and multiculturalism? What kind of overlapping themes
emerge? Taking the ‘popular politics of ethnic and cultural resentment’ as
the starting point, papers in this session will examine connections and
overlapping theoretical insights, and empirical examples evident in the
debates on both migration and multiculturalism.

10. Refugees’ Everyday Life Worlds and the Production of Societal
Inequalities in Europe

Session Organisers: Elisabeth Scheibelhofer (University of Vienna) and
Vicki Täubig (University of Siegen)

Refugees face manifold restrictions on their stay in Europe. As asylum
seekers, they are usually faced with social exclusion, marginalisation
and, in some cases, the fight for survival. Usually, they are forced to
lead a passive life and often face racism, or difficulties in finding
adequate schooling for their children and healthcare. After having been
granted asylum they have, to a great extent, equal rights with other
citizens. It is only at that stage that it is demanded of them to actively
and rapidly ’integrate’ into European societies, often without sufficient
means. Those whose applications for asylum have been rejected are
transformed into illegal refugees without any rights. Refugee studies
connect global processes of societal change and biographic or group
struggles for a self-determined life and societal recognition. Firstly,
this session invites both theoretical and empirical contributions.
Secondly, we are interested in comparative and/or long-term case studies,
of the living conditions of refugees. Papers that suggest answers to the
question of how people organize themselves in the face of others and “how
they organize themselves vis-á-vis broader structural situations” (Clarke
2005: 109) are especially welcome. Thirdly, we cordially invite
contributions that focus on historical and political analyses in order to
reach a better understanding of these ongoing societal processes. Papers
should address the question of production and reproduction of social
inequalities. The session organisers plan to produce a special issue
within an international journal containing session contributions.

11. Inclusion, exclusion and precarious employment of migrant workers in

Session Organiser: Olena Fedyuk (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)

The session aims to move the debate beyond the perspective that situates
migrants’ exclusion and inclusion solely in migration processes. The
central concern is to explore how migration is experienced in gendered,
ethnic and class terms. Specifically, how these categories intersect with
each other and the larger transformations of global capital and local
labor relationships. Current academic debates conceptualise migration as
an integral part of such transformations. This suggests that migration
should be understood in the context of the ongoing changes in employment
regimes, i.e. liberalization, flexibilisation and precarisation of labour
around Europe as well as ideologies accompanying these practices, which
have an impact on an individual’s subjectivity. Against the backdrop of
these changes in employment and migration regimes, we scrutinize processes
of inclusion and exclusion as a continuum of social positions. The session
aims at fostering a debate on how to conceptualize those processes in
relation to empirical studies of migrants’ work trajectories.

The session welcomes papers, which critically engage with concepts of
inclusion and exclusion, citizenship and precarisation, and which tackle
macro, micro and meso- level of migratory flows and practices. The purpose
is to examine the political economy of the recent transformations in
employment, migration and care regimes, and to situate ethnographic
examples from Europe within this context in order to explore migrants’
individual and collective responses to these transformations.

12. (Successful) migrant integration: whose responsibility is it?

Session organiser: Markéta Seidlová (Charles University in Prague, Prague)

The integration of immigrants has always had a strong local (and
especially urban) dimension (Borkert et al., 2007), while cities always
served as “machines of integration” (Bosswick, Heckmann, 2006). The
un/success of integration policies is measured by comparing data from
selected fields between the “majority society” and immigrant minorities
(Entzinger, Biezeveld, 2003). Usually four main fields of integration are
distinguished: socioeconomic; cultural; legal and political integration;
and the attitude of the host society (Heckmann, Schnapper, 2003). It is
also stated that the probability of a successful social and economic
integration of an immigrant into the host society depends not only on
his/her human capital, but also on his/her particular country of origin,
“race” and belonging to a specific ethnic community (Castles, 2008).

In this panel, we would like to approach the socioeconomic integration of
immigrants from different perspectives and on different scales of
analysis. How can the determinants of immigrant integration be addressed
by national governments and local councils in order to boost immigrants’
access to the labour market? To what extent do immigrants themselves use
their social networks to get incorporated into their host society? Are
there differences between the integration strategies taken by immigrant
minorities in specific local places or coming from diverse environments?
Are the integration policies adopted by the countries of Eastern and
Western Europe different? These are the issues that this panel aims to

13. Access to fair and transparent qualifications recognition – a right or
a privilege?

Session Organiser: Beata Sokolowska (Trinity College Dublin)

Ongoing globalisation has led to European societies that are becoming
increasingly diverse. On one hand, progressing globalisation evokes demand
for equity and provision of high quality information. On the other hand,
European countries face unacceptably high rates of unemployment and are
concerned about social inclusion. Exploring academic and social aspect of
the recognition of foreign qualifications in the European context is
important for a number of reasons. Firstly, migrants who move from one
country to another are often interested in seeking the recognition of
their qualification so they can access regulated or unregulated
professions and/or pursue further studies in their host country. Secondly,
fair recognition of migrants’ skills and educational attainment should
facilitate transferability of already acquired knowledge and social
competence. Thirdly, recognition of foreign qualifications acts as a
mechanism to place international awards in the context of particular
education and training systems, which is of great importance, particularly
in the context of labour market activation; access, transfer and
progression (ATP) and the recognition of prior learning (RPL). In terms of
contributing to social cohesion, the recognition of qualifications and
competencies of migrants is decisive. However, only a few European
countries offer this service free of charge (e.g., Ireland).Finally, there
is a limited availability of information on the impact of recognition of
foreign qualifications for migrant employability and social cohesion. This
session calls for papers on this topic that will reflect how information
barriers may be removed and how this may contribute to a greater social
equality for migrants within Europe.