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Announcement/Call for Papers: Race, alterity and affect: rethinking climate change-induced migration and displacement

Announcement/Call for Papers

Race, alterity and affect: rethinking climate change-induced migration and displacement

18-19 June 2013

Durham University

Andrew Baldwin (Durham University) and Katherine E. Russo  (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale)

As policy and scholarly debates about climate change and migration gather pace, to date very few interventions have addressed how such debates are shaped by notions of race and alterity. The imperative to address this lacuna is further emphasised by the twinned observations that climate change is expected to amplify the incidence of environmental/natural disasters i.e., landslides, extreme weather events and droughts, and that narratives of disaster very often contain explicit and/or implicit racist sentiment. Such a context suggests that now is a propitious moment to begin a concerted interrogation of these themes.

The aim of this workshop is thus to bring debates about climate change and migration broadly defined into dialogue with contemporary critical race theory and postcolonial theory. Recent interventions (Baldwin 2012; Baldwin forthcoming) have suggested that racialisation in the context of debates about climate change and migration unfolds through at least three interrelated tropes: naturalisation, the loss of political status, and ambiguity. This work also argues that given its historiographical emphasis, theories of the postcolonial appear to be insufficient for properly theorising the alterity of the climate change migrant, since the discourse on climate change and migration is written almost exclusively in the future-conditional tense. In contrast, others (Farbotko 2010) have very productively embraced theories of the postcolonial to interpret issues of climate change and mobility.

Thus one of the aims of this workshop is to consider how critical race theory and theories of the postcolonial might be usefully reinterpreted to address the future-conditionality of climate change and migration discourse. At this stage, we are particularly interested in innovative contributions from post-graduate scholars.

Topics that might be addressed in the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • race and affect
  • xenophobic and nationalist reactions to environmental disaster
  • environmental change, ethnicity and internal displacement
  • critical race theory, climate change and migration/displacement
  • postcolonial theory, climate change and migration/displacement
  • ecocritique
  • climate change and cultural media/arts
  • environmental change, states of emergency and the suspension of citizenship rights
  • ontologies of difference and the future-conditional
  • disaster risk reduction/disaster risk management, climate change and difference

Keynote Speakers

David Theo Goldberg (University of California, Irvine)

Uma Kothari (Manchester University)

Partners: COST Action IS1101 Climate change and migration; Institute for Advanced Studies (Durham University); Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale


This is an open event, although space is limited. If you wish to register for this workshop please, notify Ellie Whittles (e.c.whittles@durham.ac.uk) by the registration deadline 3 May.

All the best

Katherine Russo
University of Naples L’Orientale


Call for Proposals: Analytical Review of South African Census 2011 on Human Mobility

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.


Analytical Review of South African Census 2011 on Human Mobility

***Closing date 28 February 2013***

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) is Southern Africa’s leader for scholarship on human mobility and social transformation. Dedicated to informing academic and policy debate, the ACMS is currently seeking researchers to analyse newly released data from the 2011 South African census.

In November 2012, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) began disseminating findings from the 2011 census. In March 2013, StatsSA will release a one-in-ten sample allowing for independent review. The ACMS is currently seeking one or more researchers to analyse the newly released data. The work outlined below is intended to become a reference point for scholarly and policy deliberation on human mobility into and within the country.

The work required comprises the following tasks:

* A methodological note reviewing the data quality on domestic and international migration included in the 2011 census with reference to strengths and weaknesses vis-a-vis the previous census and 2007 community survey. The note should also include concrete suggestions for improving data collection on human mobility;

* A descriptive report on international migration into and out of South Africa highlighting origins and destinations at the national and sub-national level;

* A descriptive report on domestic mobility at the provincial, district and (selected) municipal level;

*  A descriptive report identifying complementary data sets and their potential interface with the 2011 census data.

Each of the descriptive reports should include, inter alia:

* A profile of migrants at the national, provincial, district and select municipal levels. These profiles should include:

– The total number of migrants in absolute terms and as a percentage of the total population;

– Total population changes between 1996 and 2011 and the contribution of migration to that change using available census and community survey data;

– Where appropriate, the number of people ‘lost’ due to outmigration;

– A matrix of movements by district, province and/or country;

– Welfare status of migrants including housing type, household composition, occupation, education, etc.;

– This analysis should be disaggregated by age, gender, and educational levels.

* A profile of migration trends within the country. This should include:

– Length of stay and frequency of movement;

– Country, province, district and municipality of origin;

– Urbanization;

– Demographic profile of migrants;

– Indication of documentation and/or legal status;

– Correlation between migration and HDI of receiving communities;

– Education and skills profile of migrants (ideally including comparison with current employment status and occupation);

– A discussion of the links between migration and the potential for poverty alleviation.

The reports should be written in accessible language while including annexes providing detailed descriptions of the methods of analysis. Wherever possible, the data should include illustrative charts, tables, and maps on key variables.

Prospective consultants should submit a covering letter, full CV, work plan and proposed budget to Mr. Jean Pierre Misago (jean.misago@wits.ac.za) by 28 February 2013. Work is to be completed by 30 June 2013. Please also direct any inquiries to Mr. Misago.

For more on the ACMS, visit: www.migration.org.za