Daily Archives: Monday, January 26, 2015

Event: Migrants at Work: Immigration & Vulnerability in Labour Law Cathryn Costello & Mark Freedland (editors)

Migrants at Work: Immigration & Vulnerability in Labour Law

Cathryn Costello & Mark Freedland (editors)

A Launch Event

Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development,

Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TB

In association with COMPAS, the Faculty of Law, the Refugee Studies Centre and Oxford University Press

Friday, 13th February 2015

2:30pm             Welcome from the Editors

2:45pm             Migration Law on the Labour Law Curriculum

Professor ACL Davies (University of Oxford)

3pm                  ‘Modern Slavery’ and Migrant Workers:  Panacea or Panopticon?

Professor Julia O’Connell-Davison (University of Nottingham)

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL)

Professor Bernard Ryan (University of Leicester)

Professor Bridget Anderson (COMPAS)

4:15pm             Illegality after Hounga:  On Firewalls and other Fantasies?

Professor Alan Bogg (University of Oxford)

Dr Cathryn Costello (University of Oxford)

4:45pm                        Developing the Migrants at Work Research Agenda

5:30pm             Drinks’ Reception –QEH Foyer

CMRB Event Today: ‘Hierarchy, Inequality and Stratification: classing intersectionality and intersectionalising class’, Prof. Floya Anthias (UEL)

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

Hierarchy, Inequality and Stratification: classing intersectionality and intersectionalising class

 This seminar will take place in EB G.06, Docklands Campus, UEL, E16 2RD


Monday 26th January 2014, 4–6pm

 The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at


Abstract: The complexity of social divisions and their inter-relations, both as analytical categories and categories of practice asks us to rethink the terms that we use for understanding both ‘identity’ formations and forms of inequality. In this paper I cross reference debates on class and debates on intersectionality. These debates rarely engage with each other. I will argue that both debates fail in different ways. Intersectionality debates rarely provide a clear analysis of the role of class formation in power relations. Stratification approaches rarely engage with the inter-relationships of different modalities of power, for example around gender and race in ways that don’t subordinate them to ‘class’. I will reflect critically on some approaches to class that attempt to move away from a traditional focus on relations of production and labour markets, thereby attempting to incorporate gender and ethnicity into class theory and the newer more culturally nuanced political economy. I will also consider how intersectional frameworks could be developed in ways that attend more centrally to classed social relations.

An analysis of hierarchy and inequality needs to rethink some major categories of social analysis including notions of materiality and culture (daunting to say the least apropos the Marxisant demise), needs to be more global in scope (surprisingly lacking in the literature given the prominence of debates on globalisation and the critique of methodological nationalism) and consider particularly how transnational mobilities and  related social exclusions and boundaries  set up new forms of social stratification and inequality. Global inequalities, the challenges to secularism, fundamentalisms and the racialisation of religion are particularly important in the current period.

Bio: Prior to becoming a Professor of Sociology at UEL in 2013 Floya Anthias was Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at the University of Roehampton (where she remains as Emeritus Professor). She has also been Professor of Sociology at the University of Greenwich and Oxford Brookes University.

Her main academic writings have explored different forms of stratification, social hierarchy and inequality, and how they interconnect. Her research spans a range of theoretical and empirical concerns relating to this.  This has included a focus on racism, diaspora and hybridity, multiculturalism, gender and migration, labour market disadvantages and class position.  Her most recent work has been developing the concept of translocational positionality as a way of addressing some of the difficulties identified with concepts of hybridity, identity and intersectionality. She has published on these issues in a range of top peer reviewed journals.

Floya’s books include Woman Nation State, Palgrave (with N. Yuval Davis), Racialised Boundaries: nation, race, ethnicity, colour and class and the anti racist struggle (with N Yuval-Davis), Routledge, Ethnicity, Class, Gender and Migration, Greek Cypriots in Britain, Avebury, Into the Margins: Migration and Exclusion in Southern Europe, (with G. Lazaridis), Ashgate, Gender and Migration in Southern Europe: women on the move (with G. Lazaridis), Berg, Rethinking Anti-racisms: from theory to practice, (with Cathie Lloyd), Routledge, Paradoxes of Integration: Female Migrants in Europe, (with M. Kontos and M. Morokvasic), Springer, Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration, Palgrave (with M. Pajnik), and  Work and the Challenges of Belonging (with M. Pajnik), Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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

Table of Contents Alert: International Journal of Refugee Law Table of Contents for Volume 26, Number 4, (December 2014)

Oxford Journals have published their latest Table of Contents Alert for the International Journal of Refugee Law.  Details of the content included in Vol. 26, No. 4, (1 December 2014) are detailed below:


The Contemporary International Law Status of the Right to Receive Asylum
William Thomas Worster
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 477-499

The Safe Country of Origin Concept in European Asylum Law: Past, Present and Future
Matthew Hunt
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 500-535

UNHCR’s Involvement with IDPs – ‘Protection of that Country’ for the Purposes of Precluding Refugee Status?
Bríd Ní Ghráinne
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 536-554

Expanding Protection in Africa? Case Studies of the Implementation of the 1969 African Refugee Convention’s Expanded Refugee Definition
Tamara Wood
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 555-580

Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Uprising: Filling the Protection Gap during Secondary Forced Displacement
Noura Erakat
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 581-621
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Case Law

Febles v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) Supreme Court of Canada
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 622-654

Case BVerwG 10 C 7.13: German Federal Administrative Court
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 655-669

Matter of A-R-C-G- et al., Respondents
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 670-676

FTZK v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 677


Guidelines on Temporary Protection or Stay Arrangements
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 678-686

Statement by Volker Türk: Director of International Protection
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 687-699

Submissions of the Intervener: The Queen (on the Application of B) v The Director of the Legal Aid Casework
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 700-715

Book Reviews

Gender in Refugee Law. From the Margins to the Centre
Hannah Baumeister
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 716-718

Humanitarian Law in Action in Africa
Hannah Baumeister
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 719-720

European Asylum Law and the Rights of the Child
Helmut Sax
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 721-724

Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in the Asia Pacific Region
Ivan Shearer
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 724-727

The Ethics of Immigration
Dr Baerbel Heide Uhl
Int J Refugee Law 2015 26: 727-729