Daily Archives: Friday, October 2, 2015

CMRB: Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel online paper series

CMRB, the Runnymede Trust and the Centre for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute, SOAS are delighted to announce the publication of:

“Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel” online paper series, edited by Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim.

The series aims to to explore the multiple, complex and inter-related ways that anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are constructed in relation to the question of Palestine/Israel from within an anti-racist normative framework

The first tranche of articles can be found at http://www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/publications.htm, and includes:

Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim, ‘Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel Series Introduction’

Antony Lerman, ‘The “New Anti-Semitism”’

Hilary Aked, ‘The Undeniable Overlap: Right-wing Zionism and Islamophobia’

Helga Embacher and Jan Ryback, ‘Anti-Semitism in Muslim Communities and Islamophobia in the Context of the Gaza War 2014: The Example of Austria and Germany’

Anabelle Sreberny, ‘The Idea of Jewish Anti-Semitism and Recuperating the “Semites”’

Keith Kahn-Harris, ‘The Interplay between Internal and External Factors in the Stimulation of Intra-Jewish conflict over Israel and Antisemitism’

Stefano Bellin, ‘How Should We Speak About the Jews and the Palestinians? Constructing a Non-Racist Space for Criticism’

The series has been constructed as an open-ended forum for dialogue between academics, activists and interested parties differently situated across the globe. We will consider all submissions that explore any aspect of how anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel intersect, from within an anti-racist normative framework. Please e-mail your submission to j.hakim@uel.ac.uk.

This series has been given the front page of openDemocracy the week commencing Wednesday 28th September. Each day of that week one of five of the articles will be published at www.opendemocracy.net.

Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim

CMRB Event: Gender, Fundamentalism and the ‘Prevent Agenda’

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


This seminar will take place on Saturday 17th October 2015, 2–5pm, in B102, Brunei Gallery,  SOAS, London, WC1H 0XG


Tehmina Kazi, British Muslims for Secular Democracy
Irene Zempi, Nottingham Trent University
Aisha Phoenix, Goldsmiths
Rahila Gupta, Southall Black Sisters

The event is free but space is limited so please register at genderfundamentalismprevent.eventbrite.co.uk

More details can be found below:

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



This seminar will take place in B102, Brunei Gallery,

SOAS, London, WC1H 0XG


Saturday 17th October 2015, 2–5pm


Tehmina Kazi, British Muslims for Secular Democracy

Irene Zempi, Nottingham Trent University

Aisha Phoenix, Goldsmiths

Rahila Gupta, Southall Black Sisters

The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at genderfundamentalismprevent.eventbrite.co.uk

For more info on CMRB: uel.ac.uk/cmrb and facebook.com/CMRBuel
For more info on Centre for Gender Studies: http://www.soas.ac.uk/genderstudies/

Speakers Biographies

Tehmina Kazi, British Muslims for Secular Democracy

Tehmina is the Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy (www.bmsd.org.uk), a group of Muslim democrats working to raise awareness about democracy, particularly secular democracy, within British Muslim communities and the wider public. Tehmina is executive producer of the documentary film Hidden Heart (hiddenheartfilm.com) and was also a freelance consultant for English PEN’s Faith and Free Speech in Schools project. Tehmina is a trustee of Hope Not Hate (www.hopenothate.org.uk), an advisory board member of the Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks (tellmamauk.org) project, an Inclusive Mosque Initiative (inclusivemosqueinitiative.org/about/) committee member, and was a judge for the Accord Coalition’s (accordcoalition.org.uk) Inclusive Schools Award, 2014. Tehmina was named one of the BBC’s 100 Women (www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-29758792) in October 2013 and 2014, and held the Eric Lane Fellowship at Clare College, Cambridge from January to March 2014. She is a Centenary Young Fellow of the RSA.


Irene Zempi, Nottingham Trent University

Irene is currently working as a Lecturer in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University. Prior to this position Irene was a Teaching Fellow in Criminology at the University of Leicester. She has a PhD in Criminology and an MSc in Criminology from the University of Leicester, and a BSc in Sociology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece. As a practitioner, Irene has extensive experience working with victims of volume crime, domestic violence, hate crime and anti-social behaviour at Victim Support. For her doctoral research, Irene examined the topic of Islamophobia and the targeted victimisation of Muslim women who wear the niqab (face veil). The study included individual and focus group interviews with niqab-wearing women at mosques, Muslim schools and Islamic centres, as well as an ethnographic approach whereby Irene wore the full veil in public in Leicester. This study was the first ever one to examine the experiences of women wearing the niqab as victims of anti-Muslim hate crime in the UK and therefore is an important piece of work in the field of hate crime studies. Irene has published widely on issues of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime. Her most recent project involves the first ever study to examine both online and offline experiences of anti-Muslim hate crime of ‘visible’ Muslim men and women in the UK, with Dr Imran Awan from Birmingham City University. This study was commissioned and funded by the Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks (Tell MAMA) Project.


Aisha Phoenix, Goldsmiths

Aisha Phoenix is completing an ESRC-funded PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London on how Palestinian university students narrate their lives under occupation. Her research is based on interviews she conducted with Muslim young men and women in the West Bank. She has also conducted research on Somali young women sixth form students in the UK and hierarchies of belonging. Her research interests also include colourism; prejudice on the basis of skin shade. She has a Masters in Social Research from Goldsmiths and one in Social Anthropology of Development from SOAS. Aisha has worked as a journalist and writes freelance articles. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University and a BA in Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University. Her publications include: ‘Colourism and the Politics of Beauty’ (2014), Feminist Review, 108, 97-105; ‘Racialisation, relationality and riots: intersections and interpellations’ (2012), Feminist Review, 100, 52-72 (with Ann Phoenix) and ‘Somali Young Women and Hierarchies of Belonging’ (2011), YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research. Vol. 19, 3: 313-331.


Rahila Gupta, Southall Black Sisters

Rahila Gupta is a freelance journalist, writer and activist. In 1989, she joined the management committee of Southall Black Sisters, an advocacy and campaigning women’s group set up in 1979 for women escaping domestic violence and, in 2004, she founded the Nihal Armstrong Trust which funds families of children with cerebral palsy to buy cutting-edge equipment and services. With Kiranjit Ahluwalia she wrote Provoked, the story of a battered woman who killed her violent husband and co-wrote the screenplay based on the book and released as a film in 2007. Her last book, Enslaved, on immigration controls, published in 2007, was said to be ‘one of the most vital books of the new century’. Her verse play Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong was nominated for three awards and was selected by the British Council as part of their showcase in Edinburgh 2013 and went on tour to USA and India in 2014. Her articles are published in the Guardian, New Humanist, New Internationalist and openDemocracy among other magazines, journals and websites. She is currently working on a radio play inspired by Jimmy Mubenga. Additionally, she and Bea Campbell are hoping to collaborate on a book, Why Doesn’t Patriarchy Die? which will investigate how patriarchy fits with diverse political systems.


Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine of Israel on openDemocracy

This week, Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim are guest editing a section of openDemocracy called ‘Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine of Israel’, based on the ongoing CMRB project of the same name.

The introduction to the section can be found here: https://opendemocracy.net/mirrorracisms/nira-yuval-davis-jamie-hakim/anti-jewish-anti-muslim-racisms-question-of-palestineisrael.

Every day this week we will be publishing one or two papers on openDemocracy from our CMRB online paper series which is co-sponsored by the Runnymede Trust and the Centre for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute, SOAS: http://www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/publications.htm.

The first openDemocracy article, co-authored by Nira and Jamie can be found here: https://opendemocracy.net/mirrorracisms/nira-yuval-davis-jamie-hakim/introducing-feature-anti-jewish-anti-muslim-racisms-palestine-israel

Over the course of the week openDemocracy will be publishing articles by Antony Lerman, Sami Zubaida, Hilary Aked, Annabelle Sreberny, Keith Kahn-Harris, Stefano Bellin, Helga Embacher and Jan Rybak.

Researching marginalised groups: some difficult questions

genders, bodies, politics

Every year, students on the MA in Gender Studies ask questions about doing research with marginalised groups. The university is an incredibly privileged environment, but many of our students are politically committed and care passionately about issues of inequality. Often, they want to contribute to causes by conducting their dissertation research on related topics. However, there are questions around whether exploring these through research with human subjects is appropriate – too often students end up asking for time and attention from people who already live difficult lives, and producing projects which (due to time constraints and a lack of background knowledge) make little difference. I therefore advise students to ask themselves a number of questions while selecting their research topics:

  1. Who is this research for? Is there a demonstrable need?

The best way to approach this question is to design research in collaboration with community groups – some charities and…

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Free workshop: Analysing migration flows using the IMAGE studio workshop

Workshop: Analysing migration flows using the IMAGE studio workshop

19 – 20 November 2015

School of Geography, University of Leeds

This international workshop aims to provide hands on training in the use of the IMAGE Studio.

The IMAGE Studio is a bespoke software system that has been developed for the analysis of internal migration data, focusing specifically on matrices of origin-destination migration flows. The Studio was created as part of the IMAGE project, an international collaborative research program funded by the Australian Research Council, which aimed to develop a robust framework for comparing internal migration between countries around the world.

Key features of Studio include:

  • a suite of standard statistical indicators of internal migration capturing migration intensity, impact on the settlement system, distance and inter-regional connectivity
  • a spatial interaction model that measures the friction of distance
  • a facility to generate flexible geographies to address key methodological issues including the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem (MAUP)

The IMAGE Studio has been used to make comparisons of internal migration in a large number of countries, and is now being made available as a new resource to the academic community worldwide. Possible applications include:

  • computing robust measures of migration for individual countries, or groups of countries
  • comparing migration among sub-populations (e.g. by age or ethnicity) within a country
  • exploring the impacts of scale and zonation on migration measures (the MAUP)

This workshop will provide:

  • An overview of the IMAGE project including the Inventory and Repository
  • A systematic explanation of the structure of the Studio and its data requirements
  • Advice on running the Studio and a guide to its options
  • A review of UK Census origin-destination migration flow data available, its online access and its analysis using the Studio

Participants are encouraged to bring their own migration data to the workshop for use with the Studio.

The workshop is free to attend but places are limited so booking is required. Please book a place at http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=4173

REGISTRATION OPEN – Borderscapes: Borders and Bordering in Contemporary Europe (EUBORDERSCAPES Policy & Impact Conference)

EUBorderscapes_CMRBCMRB (The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) at the University of East London is delighted to announce:

Borderscapes: Borders and Bordering in  Contemporary Europe (EUBORDERSCAPES Policy & Impact Conference)

The conference will take place:

Date: 10th–12th November 2015
Location: Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR (http://www.uel.ac.uk/campuses/docklands/)

The conference is free but registration is compulsory at: borderscapesconference.eventbrite.co.uk

If you would like to attend the conference dinner (the evening of Tuesday 10th November) please purchase a ticket in addition to the free conference ticket. The cost of the dinner is £30 + administration fee.

On the evening before the conference (Monday 9th November), Prof. Saskia Sassen will be delivering a public lecture as part of the University of East London’s ‘Scholarship and the Social Sciences in a Global Era’ conference to celebrate the launch of UEL’s School of Social Sciences. The event is free and open to the public. Any queries regarding Prof. Sassen’s lecture should be directed to:  SocSciLaunch@uel.ac.uk

Full details for the Borderscapes conference can be found on the attached flyer. Conference outline below. A full programme will be announced shortly.

Conference Outline

Plenary Panels

Plenary 1: Reporting Research Findings
Prof. James Scott (University of Eastern Finland), Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London/Umea University), Dr. Elena Nikiforova (Centre for Independent Research, St Petersburg)’ Dr. Christophe Sohn (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research)

Plenary 2: EU and UK Policy Makers and Activists Discussing Borderings and Borderscapes in Europe
Keith Vaz MP (Chair of Home Affairs Committee), Don Flynn (Migrants’ Rights Network), Maria Giovanna Manieri (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants), Paolo Salieri (Directorate General for Migration, Home Affairs, European Commission)

Plenary 3: Locations and Dislocations of Borders: theoretical discussion
Dr. Chiara Brambilla (University Of Bergamo), Dr. Kathryn Cassidy (University of East London), Dr. Cathal McCall (Queen’s University, Belfast) Prof. Henk van Houtum (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

Plenary 4: Social and Political Impacts of Contemporary European Bordering
Rita Chadha (Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London) Lucy Jones (Doctors of the World, UK), Dr. Georgie Wemyss (University of East London), Mirjam Karoly (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights)

Parallel Sessions

Panel 1 – Post-Soviet Borders: Shifting concepts and competing rhetorical strategies
Panel 2 – Re-Bordering of Post-Socialist space
Panel 3 – Europeanisation versus Euroscepticism
Panel 4 – The Global Border-Drama of the European Union
Panel 5 – EU Borders and Geopolitics of Neighbourhood
Panel 6 – European Union Cross-Border Peace-Building In Crisis?
Panel 7 – Unpacking the Benevolence of Cross-Border Cooperation and Integration
Panel 8 – Roma and Bordering
Panel 9 – Schengen/ Non Schengen Borders
Panel 10 – Everyday Bordering in the Metropolitan City 1
Panel 11 – Everyday Bordering in the Metropolitan City 2
Panel 12 – Migrant Writing and Popular Culture
Panel 13 – Art and Cultural Representation Across Borders
Panel 14 – Theatre Workshop

Film Festival (produced by EUBORDERSCAPES partners)
‘Houdoud Al Bahr/The Mediterranean Frontiers’ (University of Bergamo)
‘The Invisible Enemy Across the Wall: Israeli and Palestinian Children’s Perspective of the “Other”’ (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
‘Everyday Borders’ (UEL)
‘The Colour of the Sea: A filmic border experience in Ceuta’ (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

‘Growing up on the 73 Bus – A tale of Three Synagogues’ Prof. David Newman (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
‘Bordering the Docks’ Dr.Georgie Wemyss (University of East London)

Call for Papers: CARFMS, deadline extended to 1 November

Freedom of Movement: Exploring a Path from Armed Conflict, Persecution, and Forced Migration to Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, and Development
9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)
Hosted by
the Conflict Resolution Studies Department of Menno Simons College, a College of the Canadian Mennonite University located at the University of Winnipeg
in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
Home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
12–14 May 2016

(Please note that the submission deadline has been extended to November 1, 2015)

Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state; and, (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his or her own, and to return to his or her country. Unfortunately, people in situations of persecution, armed conflict, and displacement are prevented from exercising their right to freedom of movement. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates in the 2014 Global Trends Report that war, conflict, and persecution have displaced some 60 million people worldwide, resulting in the highest level since records have been kept. Of these people, 20 million are displaced across borders, with more than half of this refugee population comprised of children. Since its inception in 2011, the Syrian crisis has produced a total of 11 million internally displaced people and refugees. New waves of “boat people,” displaced by violence, are crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and entire oceans to seek asylum, safety, and freedom. Many perish on their dangerous journeys, and others who arrive at their destinations are refused entry or detained.

Much of the responsibility falls on the world’s developing countries, who host nine out of ten refugees. Neighbouring countries, governments, and humanitarian organizations struggle to deal with the social, economic, and political ramifications of these situations. The minority who are resettled face numerous integration issues.

The 2016 CARFMS Annual Conference will gather a diverse group of stakeholders such as academics, researchers, students, government officials, lawyers and lawmakers, community organizations, and practitioners (including from non-governmental organizations) to discuss the question: What strategies can host states, origin states, the international community, private citizens, and civil society undertake to fulfill their collective responsibility to address these escalating global forced migration crises? From interdisciplinary perspectives and diverse regional backgrounds, we invite participants to explore, examine, and recommend theories, policies, and practical responses to the theme of freedom of movement in the context of:

Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding;
Human Rights;
Development; and,
Methodology and Knowledge Production.

We welcome proposals for individual papers, organized panels and roundtables, film screenings, video documentaries and news media clippings, or poster/photo exhibits around these broad sub-themes.

1.        Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding have the potential to engage people across grassroots to top-level leadership in working towards peaceful relationships and communities. This sub-theme explores and analyzes the interests, motivations, and practices of conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding in addressing social justice and positive peace for refugees and other migrants. How do we commit to conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding practices that address the right to seek asylum in situations of war, armed conflict and persecution? How do structural factors and other root causes (systemic or institutionalized discrimination, cultural imperialism, power-based systems) impact migration and resettlement? How do governments, NGOs, and other actors participate in the different roles, structures, and processes that support or impede freedom of movement? What role can refugees and diaspora communities play in conflict resolution activities that will contribute to post-conflict development, security, and transitional justice? Can freedom of movement and the right to asylum be strategies for conflict transformation?

2.        Human Rights

Freedom of movement and asylum are fundamental human rights. This sub-theme explores both the actualization and denial of these rights. How are various human rights instruments used to facilitate movement? Who are the actors (individuals, organizations, communities, and governments) who enable movement? What legal and regulatory frameworks can and have been implemented to respect the right to freedom of movement? What restrictions (legal, judicial, administrative or otherwise) serve to prohibit, complicate, or reduce movement and asylum? How does freedom of movement interact with other human rights? Where is the intersection between the human right of freedom of movement and the refugee’s right to non-refoulement?

3.        Development

Improving the livelihoods of people migrating due to war, armed conflict, and persecution is imperative. This sub-theme invites contributions that examine innovative strategies for improved livelihoods through economic, social, environmental, and political change in situations of war, armed conflict and persecution. Creating safe and sustainable environments, meeting human needs, and addressing social justice issues are keys to freedom of movement. In situations of short- and long-term displacement, what strategies ensure the timely provision of sufficient, nutritional, and culturally-appropriate food? In protracted displacements, what key strategies enhance skills and develop vocations and small businesses to provide opportunities for young people, increase family income, and build resilience? Considering that the vast majority of migrants are women and children, how do gender considerations inform development planning and implementation? What practices result in meaningful engagement in the decision-making processes that impact the lives of refugees and forced migrants while ensuring peaceful co-existence with host communities?

4.        Methodology and Knowledge Production

Research in the contexts of migration, war, armed conflict, extreme violence, and serious human rights violations, and development poses particular epistemological, methodological, and ethical questions. This sub-theme explores how knowledge is created, under what structural constraints, and for what purposes. How can non-academics, including forced migrants themselves, overcome structural and epistemological barriers to contributing to research and scholarship? What are the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary research in this area? To what extent do standard research methods need to be adapted to the particular political and practical contexts of war, armed conflict, development, and migration? Is there a need for greater cross-pollination of ideas across conflict studies, development studies, and migration studies? What are the particular ethical challenges of research with forced migrants, and how can these be addressed?


Individuals wishing to present a paper, organized panels and roundtables, film and video documentaries and news media clippings/exhibits, or poster/photo exhibits must submit a 250-word abstract and 100-word biography.

Organized panel proposals or roundtables must include a general title, a 250-word abstract and a title of each paper, as well as 100-word biography of each presenter forming the panel or roundtable.

Please submit your abstract directly online: http://tinyurl.com/ox6oeo2 by November 1, 2015 (note the deadline extensino). Earlier submissions are welcome.

We invite filmmakers or producers to submit video documentaries as well as those who wish to present materials in support of their organizations and/or causes, that are directly related to refugees and other forced migrants, to request space on our conference display tables. Please submit a brief outline of your organization and what materials you wish to have included on your display table and whether you will have someone available to answer conference participants’ questions regarding your organization and/or your cause and/or campaign.

More information about the conference can be found on the CARFMS/ACERMF website: http://carfms.org/conferences/9th-annual-conference/. Please keep checking back for updates.

Few places remaining: Supporting human rights organisations to deliver insights from data

Helping human rights organisations develop impact from their data: An ESRC & UK Data Service workshop

Colchester, 29-30 October 2015

Are you a professional working in a civil society organisation that collects administrative, monitoring or evaluation data in the human rights arena, and who oversees strategy, reporting and campaigns?

Are you interested in improving the way your organisation can translate data into knowledge?

If so, please join our workshop with peer organisations, at the University of Essex on 29-30 October and help shape ways of managing and sharing data ethically, analysing the data, and gaining insight to develop impact from these rich data resources to promote your work.

The workshop will provide a forum for participants to discuss the opportunities and barriers to gaining meaningful insights from human rights data – their own data, data from other organisations and the wider data landscape. Through engaging with case studies, participants will learn about what strategies, tools and skills are required for civil society organisations to become successful knowledge managers and report and campaign effectively with data-based evidence. We will examine the most useful models to build capacity from your data.

Our prestigious speakers include Neil Serougi (Trustee, Freedom from Torture), David Walker (the Guardian), Emma Prest (DataKind UK), Nigel Fielding (Surrey University), Matt Williams (COSMOS, Cardiff University), Tracy Gyateng (New Philanthropy Capital), Christina Rowley (ESRC’s Civil Society Engagement), and Louise Corti and Libby Bishop (UK Data Service, University of Essex).

Participants will help us develop case studies focused on ethics, governance for and the practicalities of sharing data, and gaining insight from data; develop a catalogue of available data sources, identify skills and training gaps and build a suite of exemplar datasets to build capacity.

Critically, this event will also help the ESRC to define its next phase of civil society engagement.

If you are working in a civil society organisation which collects human rights data, charged with overseeing strategy and campaigns; or are an academic, or work for a public sector body engaged in this area of work, please contact bookings@ukdataservice.ac.uk to register your interest. Spaces are limited and participants will be expected to prepare short cases studies from their organisations in advance to bring along. Limited travel and accommodation bursaries are available for staff in civil society organisations.

To find out more about this event, please visit the events page.


DEADLINE 7TH OCT: CfP “Solidarity in the European refugee and migration crisis” @ IPSA World Congress 2016

Please find below CfP ‘”Sharing the burden”, “enlightened self-interest”, or an “ethical obligation”? Notions of solidarity in the European refugee and migration crisis’ for contributions to an Open Panel in RC14 Politics and Ethnicity at the IPSA/AISP World Congress in Istanbul, July 23-28, 2016. The panel is organised in collaboration with the Centrifugal Europe UACES-CRN.

The panel invites papers that discuss the meaning of European solidarity in relation to policies of immigration/asylum,ethnic diversity and social cohesion in the EU.
Paper proposals must be submitted via the IPSA website and must conform with requirements specified here. This might require you to sign up for a free IPSA website account. Please note that IPSA does not permit you to participate in the conference as the main author of more than one paper (though you may co-author a second paper), see guidelines for details.
Deadline to submit paper proposals (abstracts of no more than 1650 characters, roughly 250 words) is October 7, 2015.
Relevant Research Committee is RC 14 Politics and Ethnicity.

Language of the panel is English.
Questions about the panel should be directed to me ada.regelmann@gmail.com. Questions about the congress should be directed to IPSA.

Special lunchtime seminar, Refugee Studies Centre, Tuesday 13 October, 1-2pm

Please find below details of a special lunchtime seminar at the Refugee Studies Centre on Tuesday 13 October, from 1-2pm (www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/africa-after-neo-abolition ):

Africa after neo-abolition: asylum politicization, expert testimony, and the legacy of anti-trafficking advocacy
Speaker: Professor Benjamin N. Lawrance (Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA)

Location: Meeting Room A, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

African trafficking survivors struggle with anti-immigrant rhetoric and migration securitization in throughout the Global North. Globalization has elevated the importance of documentation; individuals fleeing trafficking face high thresholds to prove captive, coerced, or imprisoned status. This talk explores asylum politicization in Europe and North America and the role of millennial anti-trafficking advocacy in resisting it. Asylum claims (from Togo, Benin, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria) provide unique insight into how trafficking survivors struggle for recognition as social persons. West African case histories show how experts and lawyers in the US and the UK mobilize documentation to resist anti-migration policy.

This is an additional public seminar, open to all.

About the Speaker
Benjamin N. Lawrance holds the Barber B. Conable Jr. Endowed Chair in International Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA. A graduate of Stanford University and University College London, his research interests include comparative and contemporary slavery, human trafficking, cuisine and globalization, human rights, refugee issues and asylum policies. His forthcoming book, Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling (Yale 2015) examines West African child smuggling in the 19th century. His other books examine asylum, refugee issues, expert testimony, historical and contemporary trafficking in women and children in Africa. His essays appear in the Journal of African History, Biography, Slavery & Abolition, African Economic History, Anthropological Quarterly, Cahiers d’Études Africaines, and the African Studies Review, among others. Professor Lawrance is a legal consultant on the contemporary political, social and cultural climate in West Africa. He has served as an expert witness for over two hundred and seventy asylum claims of West Africans in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, the Netherlands, Israel, and many other countries, and his opinions have featured in appellate rulings in the U.S. and the U.K. He volunteers as a country conditions expert for Amnesty International USA.

Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/02/2015

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New Journal Research Articles for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/02/2015

  • Taking four countries—Britain, the Netherlands, France and Germany—with distinct state approaches and public debates over accommodating Muslims, we study the views of ordinary people from the majority and Muslim populations on Muslim group rights. We compare their responses to questions on mosque-building, teachers wearing religious symbols, and religious classes in schools, to determine whether there is a significant ‘gap’ between the majority and Muslim minorities. We find highly significant ‘gaps’ between the majorities and Muslims over Muslim group rights in all countries, with the majorities less supportive. Importantly, it is a shift by the majority population against Muslim group rights that produces this ‘gap’ as the question moves from provision for Christians to Muslims, while Muslims hold similar views over rights for Christians and their own religion. In Britain and Germany, the two countries where church/state relations privilege Christianity over other religions, majorities especially support Christian over Muslim group rights. The British findings are remarkable, because a country which substantially grants and has the most supportive public debate for Muslim group rights, produces the largest ‘gaps’ between its majority and Muslims. We think this is due to political context, where in contrast to the Netherlands, there is no outlet for political opposition to Muslim group rights.


  • Northern Ireland has seen a rise in racially motivated crimes and incidents reported to police in recent years and, although this has been accompanied by intensified media coverage, this phenomenon has been the subject of relatively little research. The purpose of this study is to evaluate empirically three theories that have been proposed to explain prejudice towards ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland; economic self-interest, social contact, and ‘sectarianism as racism’. Using the 2013 Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, which contains new questions on contact with ethnic minorities, this study looks at attitudes towards Eastern Europeans, Muslims and a third category of ‘other ethnic groups’. Results from multivariate linear regression provide evidence for all three theories but also show that the strength and significance of predictive variables for prejudice vary across the minority groups. The findings that there are different motivations for prejudice towards different groups can inform policies to tackle racism in Northern Ireland.


  • This article examines how different conceptions of national identity can be linked to attitudes towards cultural pluralism. The tensions between more culturally pluralistic societies and sustained support for nationalism represent an important political issue in modern western European politics. Such tensions are of particular relevance for stateless nationalist and regionalist parties (SNRPs) for whom national/regional identity is a major political driver. This article empirically tests the relationship between different conceptions of national identity and attitudes towards cultural pluralism in two SNRPs—the Scottish National Party and the Frisian National Party. The article draws upon evidence from two unique full party membership studies and is supported with evidence from documentary analysis. A key finding is that the manner in which members conceptualise national identity has significant implications for their attitudes towards cultural pluralism, which has the potential of becoming a source of tension within SNRPs. A key implication of the article is that there is evidence that attitudes of general members and officially stated party positions and narratives diverge on issues relating to cultural pluralism and national identity. These tensions could potentially be harmful for the party’s overall civic image.


  • This paper examines the branding of ‘Canadian experience’ in Canadian immigration policy as a rhetorical strategy for neoliberal nation-building. Since 2008, the Canadian government has introduced an unprecedented number of changes to immigration policy. While the bulk of these policies produce more temporary and precarious forms of migration, the Canadian government has mobilized the rhetoric of ‘Canadian experience’ as a means to identify immigrants who carry the promise of economic and social integration. Through a critical discourse analysis of Canadian print media and political discourse, we trace how the brand of Canadian experience taps into the affective value of national identity in an era of global economic insecurity. We also illustrate how the discourse of Canadian experience (CE) remains ideologically deracialized, such that the government’s embrace of CE as an immigrant selection criterion dismisses the discriminatory effects that this discourse is shown to have for racialized immigrants in Canada.


  • Grounded in the experiences of 30 gang-involved respondents in Calgary, this Canadian study examined criminal gang involvement of youth from immigrant families. Our analysis showed that gang-involved youth had experienced multiple, severe and prolonged personal and interpersonal challenges in all facets of their lives and that gradual disintegration of their relationships with family, school and community had resulted in the unravelling of self-concept, ethnic identity, sense of belonging and sense of citizenship and progressively propelled them towards membership in high-risk social cliques and criminal gangs. Our findings brought attention to the need for coordinated, comprehensive support for youth from immigrant families through family-based, school-based and community-based programs.


  • The relationship between ‘foreign’ and ‘immigration and asylum’ policy is complex and has significant consequences beyond these policy areas. Despite their ever increasing importance, migration and refugee studies have been rarely tackled within the foreign policy dimension of state’s responses, in particular regarding refugee crisis. This paper both demonstrates the importance for and impact of foreign policy orientations on immigration and asylum policies. It questions how ‘foreign’ policy and ‘asylum’ policy are intertwined and generate differences in coping with the mass influx with a focus on the Syrian refugee crisis and Turkey’s policy responses. We argue that assertive foreign policy of Turkey, particularly willingness to be the actor ‘establishing the order’ in the Middle East’ which led to the ‘open-door’ and humanitarian asylum policy at the initial stages of refugee flow. However, the isolation of Turkish foreign policy along with the increase in the numbers of refugees necessitated recalibration of the adopted policy towards the one based on ‘non-arrival’, and ‘security’ emphasizing ‘temporary protection’, ‘voluntary return’ and the ‘burden share’.


  • Turkey has followed an “open door” policy towards refugees from Syria since the March 2011 outbreak of the devastating civil war in Syria. This “liberal” policy has been accompanied by a “humanitarian discourse” regarding the admission and accommodation of the refugees. In such a context, it is widely claimed that Turkey has not adopted a securitization strategy in its dealings with the refugees. However, this article argues that the stated “open door” approach and its limitations have gone largely unexamined. The assertion is, here, refugees fleeing Syria have been integrated into a security framework embedding exclusionary, militarized and technologized border practices. Drawing on the critical border studies, the article deconstructs these practices and the way they are violating the principle of non-refoulement in particular and human rights of refugees in general.


  • In political, social and economical terms, Turkey is the most affected country of the Syrian crisis. More importantly, Turkey as a host country of Syrian refugees has been living a dramatic demographic change. The most marginalized group living in Turkey is children. Refugee education has hence become of top priority. The global report in refugee education is below the critical level, but Turkish report is even worse in the contexts of not only accessibility and quality. This work refers to uniquely gathered dataset from AFAD and UNHCR in order to portray the current demography of Syrian refugees in particular concentrating on the ones living in camps. Main purpose is elaborating the current educational assessment of Syrian child refugees in Turkey. Our findings indicate the significant number of refugee children in need of access to basic education at all levels and underlines the magnitude of scarce of education program development mainly due to lack of financial matters. Hence, it advises a kind of collaboration among implementing public and private partners at the local, national and international levels.


  • In this study we analysed the perceptions about Syrian refugees as reflected in the newspapers. A qualitative design based on content analysis was adopted in this research. The news on Syrian refugees appeared in Hurriyet, Yeni Safak and Cumhuriyet newspapers between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014 have been analysed. These were classified on the basis of themes, styles, main concepts, and photographs used. Our findings show that, the political standing of the newspapers and their attitudes towards the Turkish government strongly affect the ways they shape the news about Syrian refugees.


  • Turkey has been a stage for human mobility for many years, yet it did not have a comprehensive migration and asylum regime until recently. Being the worst refugee crisis of the last decades, the Syrian crisis actually had an impact on developing such a regime of which the Law on Foreigners and International Protection (LFIP) is a crucial element. The LFIP provides temporary protection to the Syrians in Turkey. However, it is recently observed that more and more Syrians are leaving the country. Examining their exodus, the present article is seeking answers to the question of “Why are the Syrians desperately trying to leave Turkey?” Two arguments are put forth in the article. First, Turkey’s new migration and asylum regime has not been able to decrease the refugees’ vulnerability because of its “expectation of temporariness”. Secondly, it is argued that Turkey’s “new asylum regime” is in fact “not that new” due to the fact that asylum-seekers coming from non-European countries have been provided a de facto temporary protection. The article reveals that the Syrian refugees are vulnerable in many fields mainly because they are subject to a protection regime marked by temporariness. As the regime is putting them in limbo, they are leaving Turkey. Turkey’s new asylum regime appears not that new after all.


  • From the mid-1950s through the mid-1980s, migration between Mexico and the United States constituted a stable system whose contours were shaped by social and economic conditions well-theorized by prevailing models of migration. It evolved as a mostly circular movement of male workers going to a handful of U.S. states in response to changing conditions of labour supply and demand north and south of the border, relative wages prevailing in each nation, market failures and structural economic changes in Mexico, and the expansion of migrant networks following processes specified by neoclassical economics, segmented labour market theory, the new economics of labour migration, social capital theory, world systems theory, and theoretical models of state behaviour. After 1986, however, the migration system was radically transformed, with the net rate of migration increasing sharply as movement shifted from a circular flow of male workers going a limited set of destinations to a nationwide population of settled families. This transformation stemmed from a dynamic process that occurred in the public arena to bring about an unprecedented militarization of the Mexico-U.S. border, and not because of shifts in social, economic, or political factors specified in prevailing theories. In this paper I draw on earlier work to describe that dynamic process and demonstrate its consequences, underscoring the need for greater theoretical attention to the self-interested actions of politicians, pundits, and bureaucrats who benefit from the social construction and political manufacture of immigration crises when none really exist.


  • Macedonia has a large diaspora, a high emigration rate and receives larger volume of remittances. This paper aims to describe the current inclination to emigrate from Macedonia, in the light of the dissatisfaction with the domestic political and economic environment and the potential feeling of gender and ethnic inequalities. Particular reference is made to the role of remittances. We use the Remittances Survey 2008 and treat dissatisfaction, feeling of inequality and inclination to emigrate as latent continuous variables in a MIMIC (Multiple-Indicator Multiple-Cause) model, observed only imperfectly in terms of respondents’ perceptions and opinions. Results suggest that dissatisfaction with the societal conditions in Macedonia grows among those who are at their 20s and early 30s, which is more prevalent among ethnic Albanians. Compared to others, Albanians also demonstrate stronger feeling of gender and ethnic inequality. Dissatisfaction, but not the feeling of inequality, then feeds inclination to emigrate. Further to this, however, males and less educated persons are more inclined to emigrate, irrespective of their level of dissatisfaction. We find remittances to play a strong role for the inclination to emigrate: the inclination is larger in households receiving remittances and increases with the amount received, as it is likely that remittances alleviate financial constraints for other persons of the household to emigrate.


  • Hagar Kotef has written an insightful, thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging book that brings a fresh theoretical perspective on the intersections between borders, mobility and liberalism. Her proposition is that freedom and violence are two sides of the same liberal coin that manifest in the long-standing governmental effort to control human movement. In a compelling and wide-ranging analysis that moves from Hobbes and Locke to Israeli checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian territories, Kotef maps the development of liberal accounts of freedom. These, she holds, have always encompassed an embodied will and capacity to move, but have also assumed that certain kinds of unruly movements ought to be controlled via systems of enclosure and restraint. Ultimately, Kotef argues, that the liberal freedom to move—so often championed as reality for some and aspiration for others—demands our engagement with the forms of violence enacted in its name. Freedom for some implies dispossession, displacement and exclusion for others in ways that are constitutive of the liberal tradition itself. The point, she argues, is not to abandon aspirations for freedom of movement, but rather to more fully account for what is entailed in genuinely alternative ‘principles …


  • Many citizens across the globe suffer domination and injustice in silence. It is not a silence of apathy or approval, but is another sort of silent citizenship born of deep inequality. This article attempts to come to terms with the global scope of silent citizenship as a form of domination that has become increasingly common among the worst-off in society. I argue that identifying problems of silent citizenship requires us to give priority to injustice over justice in future efforts to promote global justice. To illustrate how this might be done, I broaden the scope of republican theories of nondomination to consider how they might be applied to silent citizenship from a global perspective.


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