Daily Archives: Monday, October 5, 2015

Call for Papers: Migration and Diversity Section at the European Union in International Affairs Conference (EUIA), Brussels, 11-13 May 2016

Call for papers and panels on Migration and Diversity at the European Union in International Affairs Conference (EUIA), Brussels, 11-13 May 2016

Deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals: 19 October 2015

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations invite paper abstracts and panel proposals for the fifth European Union in International Affairs (#EUIA16) conference.

For the first time we are organizing a section on Immigration and Diversity at the conference and we would like to encourage you to submit abstracts or panel proposals on topics related to the following call:

International migration has profoundly changed European nation-states which today are more culturally and religiously diverse than ever. These diversities interact with the traditional European cleavages of class, gender and ethnicity, making governance increasingly challenging. The governance of immigration, as well as the resulting cultural and religious diversity surpass national boundaries and present complicated puzzles for European and global governance levels. This section of the EUIA Conference wants to address these imperative challenges for EU and global policy-makers, as well for national policy makers forced to cede policy power. Panels will address the EU and international organisations’ roles in the global governance of immigration and diversities, as well as the interaction between governance levels, from local to global. Paper and panel submissions on the following themes are particularly welcome:

  • The politics of equality indicators (gender, LGBT, immigrants, ethnic minorities, Roma);
  • International Organisations and equality policies (gender, LGBT, immigrants, ethnic minorities, Roma);
  • The multi-level governance of immigration and diversity (with a special focus on the interaction between governance levels);
  • The role of EU institutions in border, mobility and diversity policies;
  • The implementation of immigration, immigrant integration and diversity policies (immigrant integration and citizenship courses, border control, …).

You can read more about the conference on our website: www.euia.be

You can submit your paper or panel proposal online here: http://www.euia.be/cfpp/

Important dates:

19 October 2015: Deadline for submitting paper or panel proposals

13 January 2016: Notification of acceptance

11-13 May 2016: Conference

Looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Call for papers: Critical Approaches to Irregular Migration Facilitation

Call for Papers: Critical Approaches to Irregular Migration Facilitation:
Dismantling the Human Smuggler Narrative
European University Institute
Florence, Italy
April 7-8, 2016

In contemporary mainstream narratives of migration, the human smuggler has earned a privileged if infamous spot as one of the most widely recognized and despised global predators. Smugglers are often referred to as orchestrators of senseless human tragedies along migration corridors, masterminds behind sexual exploitation rings, or amassers of untold riches made at the expense of asylum seekers, migrants and their families –in turn often narrowly portrayed as infantile and ignorant. Constructed as racialized, hypersexual and greedy males from the global South, facilitators of irregular migration have earned widespread notoriety in narratives of human and national security, particularly in the context of migration control efforts.   Scholarship on the facilitation of irregular migration often draws from the experiences of law enforcement or of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, especially those who have been the target of threats, scams or violence, further obscuring the perspectives of those playing a role in their transits (often migrants and asylum seekers themselves). As a result, our knowledge of irregular migration facilitation is often plagued with fragmented perspectives on the socio-cultural dynamics of the migratory journey, the facilitator-traveler relationship and their community dimensions.

Simultaneously, there is a growing corpus of empirical and critical work on the facilitation or brokerage of irregular migration within migration regimes that deserves to be fostered and strengthened. With that goal in mindwe invite abstracts on the theme of irregular migration/ human mobility facilitation for an international workshop to be held on April 7-8, 2016 at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  We seek critical and empirical engagements on the topic of the facilitation and brokerage of irregular migration as witnessed regionally and comparatively. Aware of the multiple processes involved in the facilitation of irregular migration efforts, facilitation is broadly conceived to include those who may not be explicitly recognized as facilitators/smugglers, but who also develop paths conducive to human mobility that takes place outside of legal/ized and/or state sponsored mechanisms.

Some themes to consider include:
1. Representations of human smuggling
2. The social organization of human smuggling/facilitation of irregular migration
3. Gender/ed dimensions within the facilitation of irregular migration
4. Human smuggling and its encounters with other extra-legal, criminalized, illicit markets or
5. Ethics of irregular/clandestine migration research
6. Criminalization of irregular migration facilitation and its implications
7. New theoretical approaches to irregular migration/human mobility
8. Historical and community dimensions of human smuggling facilitation
9. Irregular migration economies

Selected contributions will be part of a proposal for the publication of a special issue and/or edited collection on the facilitation of irregular migration/human mobility with an international journal or publishing house. Every effort will be made to select works that allow for breadth across and within regions. We will further aim for collaborative opportunities among participants. Preference will be given to work that draws on ethnographic research.

Please submit a 200-300 word abstract to smugglingworkshop@gmail.com by November 15th, 2015. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by December 31, 2015. Final papers are due on March 21st, 2016. In the meanwhile, questions can be addressed to the organizers, Dr Luigi Achilli, research associate at the European University Institute (Luigi.Achilli@eui.edu) and Gabriella Sanchez, assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (gesanchez4@utep.edu).

Events: Refugee Studies Centre Public Seminar Series

Refugee Studies Centre Michaelmas term Public Seminar Series

Theme: Refugee Economies

Series convenors: Professor Alexander Betts and Dr Naohiko Omata.

In recent academic and policy arenas in forced migration, the issue of how to understand refugees’ economic lives has emerged as one of the most pressing agendas. This seminar series will therefore gather leading scholars who have been working on related issues in order to consolidate the empirical and theoretical knowledge of refugee economies. Speakers will be convened from diverse and inter-disciplinary backgrounds from anthropology, economics, and political science. In addition to knowledge building, this seminar series is intended to initiate nurturing wider networks of researchers working on economic lives of refugees and to establish a common space for exchanging ideas, discussing findings and challenges.

Links to each seminar, as well as speaker biographies, can be found below. Seminars take place on Wednesdays at 5pm in Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, except for the Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture which will take place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. There is also an additional special seminar on Tuesday 13 October at 1-2pm, details below. For any enquiries, please contact rsc@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

13 October, Special lunchtime seminar, 1-2pm Africa after neo-abolition: asylum politicization, expert testimony, and the legacy of anti-trafficking advocacy Professor Benjamin N. Lawrance (Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA)

Location: Meeting Room A, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/africa-after-neo-abolition

14 October

no seminar

21 October

Refugee economies: forced displacement and development Professor Alexander Betts (RSC) http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/refugee-economies-forced-displacement-&-development

28 October

“Displacement economies: thinking through the paradoxes of crisis and creativity”

Professor Amanda Hammar (University of Copenhagen) http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/displacement-economies

4 November


‘We do not want to become refugees’: Human mobility in the age of climate change Professor Walter Kälin (Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, and Professor of Constitutional and International Law, University of Bern)

Location: Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Registration is required for this lecture. Please contact: anneli.chambliss@qeh.ox.ac.uk


11 November

Navigating Nakivale: the borderland economy of a refugee camp Professor Morten Bøås (The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs) http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/navigating-nakivale

18 November

The economic consequences of refugee return: evidence from Burundi and Tanzania Professor Carlos Vargas-Silva (COMPAS, University of Oxford) http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/economic-consequences-of-refugee-return

25 November

Being Oromo in Nairobi’s ‘Little Mogadishu’: Eastleigh’s Ethiopian refugees and their livelihoods Dr Neil Carrier (African Studies Centre, University of Oxford) http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/being-oromo

2 December

From macro-economy to political economy: situating the refugee development discourse at the large scale Professor Roger Zetter (RSC) http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/from-macro-economy-to-political-economy


Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/05/2015

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