Daily Archives: Monday, October 12, 2015

Event: Webinar Series on Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives

Event: Webinar Series on Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives

The IASFM Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives Working Group is hosting a series of webinars.  Please join us by clicking on the link under each webinar to register.

October 26, 2015

10:00 am EDT/2:00 pm GMT

Using Video Narratives to End Silence on Conflict-related Sexual Violence

This webinar coincides with the launch of a new film and series of five-minute individual activist stories made by a refugee-led group of male survivors of sexual violence in Kampala with the support of the Media for Social Change Programme of the Refugee Law Project, Makerere University (Uganda). The webinar will be led by team members Darius King Kabafunzaki and Dieudonne Maganya, assisted by Patrick Otim and Moses Alfred Nsubuga. The format for the webinar will include a presentation, screening of film clips, and Q & A.

To register for this (free) webinar, please follow this link:



November 3, 2015

12 pm EDT/5 pm GMT

From ‘Displacements’ to ‘In Flux’— Challenging Narratives through Artistic Experimentation

Independent visual artist and photographer Marie Ange Bordas  presents some of her previous work  and projects amongst refuge communities to explore how her perception on narrative building has been evolving through the years and how her key concerns have moved from ‘displacements’ to ‘in flux’. She will share her dialogic and participatory approach in her search for intimacy between her own subjectivity, the people involved in her projects, and the public. Dealing with issues of displacement, memory, loss and recovery, Marie Ange articulates the individual and collective through personal experiences and its social implications, trying to create space for discussion. The format for the webinar will be a presentation and Q & A.

To register for this (free) webinar, please follow this link:



November 6, 2015

12 pm EDT/5 pm GMT

Trafficking Narratives of Enslavement and Forced Migration

Co-presenters Wendy Hesford and Amy Schuman, both Professors of English at Ohio State University, describe their different approaches to narrative using a recent New York Times article, “Enslaving Young Girls,” as an exemplar of the trafficking of sexual humanitarianism in international news media and the prominence of the figure of the sexually violated non-Western female as both exceptional and representative.  Wendy will discuss the concept of “trafficking sexual humanitarianism.” Amy will look at the role of personal accounts in these narratives and at the ways that the different characters are positioned in the stories. Their approaches are compatible but they employ different conceptual and methodological tools.  The format for the webinar will be a presentation and Q & A.

To register for this (free) webinar, please follow this link: 


For more information, contact Dianna Shandy, shandy@macalester.edu or Anita Fábos,afabos@clarku.edu, Working Group Coordinators, or visit the website. 

Course: Workshop on Refugee Testimonies and Advocacy, January 6-10, 2016 (Deadline Nov 1st)

Course: Workshop on Refugee Testimonies and Advocacy, January 6-10, 2016 (Deadline Nov 1st)

PROOF: Media for Social Justice is offering a workshop entitled, Witnessing: Working with Testimonies for Refugee Advocacy.

Co-facilitated by Dr. Anita Fabos, Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change, Clark University and Leora Kahn, Executive Director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice, the workshop is geared towards professionals and academics who work with refugees and other displaced people.


For more information about the workshop and conveners, and to apply, visit http://proof.org/witnessing. Applications are due by November 1st.

Eligibility This non-credit workshop is open to practitioners, researchers, and students in the field of refugees, displacement, and forced migration. The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants. The language of this workshop is English; we are unfortunately unable to offer translation services.Venue The workshop will be held at Center for Social Innovation in New York City

601 West 26th Street.

Fees Tuition for the workshop is US $975, which includes course material, lunch and coffee breaks. Pay by December 1st for the early-bird rate of $925.

Scholarships There are two available tuition-only scholarships for refugee participants.

Community refugee resettlement consultations are required; demand to attend!


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Dr Richard Kidd is co-founder of Doctors for Refugees, He spoke at Stand Up for Refugees rally which was held in Brisbane as part of a National Day of Action.

As a doctor who works with refugees in Australia, because of the Border Force Act he is risking 2 years jail by speaking out.

I interviewed him during the Rally. He speaks to me about the effect the Border Force Act has had on Doctors, the difficulties doctors have treating patients in detention, children in detention and the work of Doctors for Refugees.

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Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/12/2015

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Daily News and Updates from ReliefWeb 10/12/2015

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New Journal Research Articles for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/12/2015

  • Austerity measures have raised multiple human rights concerns. However, limited attention has been paid to their conformity with civil and political rights, particularly the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment. In the United Kingdom, a punitive approach has characterized many welfare reforms, particularly a system of conditionality for claimants followed by sanctions in case of non-compliance. This has resulted in adverse consequences, including anxiety, financial hardship, health problems and suicides. The jurisprudence of regional and national courts provides useful guidance on the circumstances under which such measures breach the prohibition of ill-treatment. The article argues that minimum core obligations identified by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and notions of basic needs and dignity help identify the limits of policy-induced suffering under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. A clearer understanding of applicable standards has important implications for individuals seeking legal recourse against austerity measures and for policy makers.


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