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Conferences: ‘Human Rights and Change’ – Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Istanbul

Conferences: ‘Human Rights and Change’ – Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Istanbul

The human rights sections of the American Political Science Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, the International Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association, are pleased to announce the publication of the panel program and the opening of registration for the third joint international conference on human rights, on the theme “Human Rights and Change” to take place 16-18 June 2014 at Kadir Has Üniversitesi in Istanbul. You can find the program, and a link to registration, here: http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/HRIstanbul2014/Program.aspx . We had an overwhelming response to our call for papers, resulting in an excellent and diverse program. Other elements of the program, including plenary sessions, will be posted in the coming weeks.

The conference is being organized in association with, and will be followed immediately by, the ACUNS Annual Meeting: “Global Governance: Engaging New Norms and Emerging Challenges”. The ACUNS annual meeting will also be held at Kadir Has University, from June 19 – 21. The paper proposal deadline for the ACUNS conference is 3 March. Individuals registered to attend either conference will be eligible to receive a 20% discount registration for the other conference.

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following:

Glasgow Human Rights Network, University of Glasgow
Centre for Global Constitutionalism, University of St. Andrews
International Studies Association Human Rights Section
International Political Science Association Human Rights Research Committee
European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Human Rights and Transition
Journal of Human Rights

The organisers also acknowledge the support of Kadir Has University and the Academic Council on the United Nations System.

Best Regards,

The Human Rights and Change Team

Conferences: Access to Asylum: Current Challenges and Future Directions (early bird registration now open)


The above conference is being organised by Dr Maria O’Sullivan and Professor Susan Kneebone, Faculty of Law, Monash University Australia.

We have recently completed a draft of the conference program and Early Bird Registrations are now open.

The link to the website and registration information is here: http://www.law.monash.edu.au/access-asylum/

The conference will be discussing many issues pertinent to the FMO network, including Access to Asylum; Interpretation of the Refugee Convention and Human Rights Protection; State responsibilities and burden-sharing , Refugee Status Determination procedures; Border Controls at Sea: Frontex and Interdiction; Externalisation and Privatisation of Borders.

Key note speakers include:
* Volker Turk, Director of International Protection, UNHCR
* Dr Cathryn Costello, Refugee Studies Centre
* Julia Ivan, Helsinki Human Rights Committee
* Maria Hennessy, European Council on Refugees and Exiles
* Professor Deborah Anker, Harvard University
* Dr David Cantor, Director, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London
* Dr Dallal Stevens, University of Warwick


Registration open for Refugee Voices conference at the RSC

Registration is now open for the RSC‘s Refugee Voices conference, taking place 24–25 March 2014 at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Refugee Voices will explore the voices and aesthetic expressions of those dispossessed, displaced and marginalised by the pre-eminence of the nation state. The conference will bring together scholars from across the social sciences and researchers in cultural studies, literature and the humanities to look beyond the nation state and international relations in order to give new attention to the voices and aspirations of refugees and other forced migrants themselves. 

Among the themes to be explored are historical and cultural sources and meanings of flight, exile and forced migration, as well as the significance of encampment, enclosures and forced settlement.

Register online: http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=1608


RESIDENTIAL £450 – Residential accommodation for the nights of 23 and 24 March 2014: single, en-suite accommodation with breakfast. The residential fee includes conference registration, lunch and conference refreshments. A conference dinner is only provided on Monday 24 March.

NON-RESIDENTIAL £300 – The non-residential fee includes the conference registration fee, lunch and conference refreshments on 24 and 25 March and dinner on 24 March.

If you prefer to make your own accommodation arrangements please select the non-residential option when registering.

Please note that rooms are single en-suite only. Rooms will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that anyone wishing to use accommodation books it as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

There are no discounts or funding opportunities available for this conference. We recommend that candidates contact their university/Institute/employer to seek travel and or conference grants or other funding opportunities.

For more information, please visit: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/refugee-voices

Event: The Globalization of High Seas Interdiction: Sale’s Legacy and Beyond

The Globalization of High Seas Interdiction: Sale’s Legacy and Beyond

In recent decades, migrants have increasingly turned to dangerous maritime routes in their attempts to access the asylum systems and labor markets of the Global North. In the early 1980s, the United States was the first country to respond to such arrivals with a high seas interdiction program, initially conceived of as a means of intercepting Haitian asylum seekers before they reached U.S. territory. In its 1993 Sale v. Haitian Centers Council decision, the Supreme Court held that neither the Refugee Convention nor domestic immigration statutes constrained the executive’s capacity to interdict and return asylum seekers at sea. In the wake of 9/11 and the border control anxieties it sparked, several individual European countries, the European Union, and Australia adopted variants of the U.S. migrant interdiction approach. Overtly relying on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Sale, these countries transformed a regional U.S. border policing program into a vexing phenomenon of global scope. More than twenty years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Sale. In light of this milestone, this conference aims to bring together legal scholars, legal practitioners, and policymakers with both theoretical and practical insights into the extraterritorial migrant interdiction regimes that have emerged over the past several decades. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to debate pressing questions related to the global rise of migrant interdiction, including the lawfulness and prudence of such programs, the concerns they raise with regard to balancing national security concerns and human rights commitments, and the role of transnational law reform campaigns in both challenging and solidifying the position of migrant interdiction in the contemporary juridical landscape.

Further Information and Registration Details: www.law.yale.edu/news/saleslegacy.htm


Events: Education, Unemployment and Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa: Insights from the Arab World Learning Barometer (Reminder)

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

REMINDER: We hope you will join us on Wednesday morning for the U.S. launch of the Arab World Learning Barometer, a new report and online interactive that shows how the challenges in providing good-quality education the Middle East and North Africa threaten to undermine the region’s economic growth and political stability.  Please click here to register: https://www.cvent.com/events/education-unemployment-and-unrest-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-insights-from-the-arab-world-l/registration-d749598134524b8cb28e63293ec73b2e.aspx.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #ArabLearning: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ArabLearning&src=typd

Education, Unemployment and Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa: Insights from the Arab World Learning Barometer
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 10:00 – 11:30 am
The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

As war rages on in Syria and Egypt struggles with growth and democratic transition, the fragility of the economies and governments in the Arab world has become clear. Education lies at the heart of these challenges, and moving beyond the Arab Spring toward political and economic stability will require ensuring that all young people in the region get a quality education so they can develop the skills needed to lead productive lives and find jobs in an increasingly competitive global economy.

On February 12, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings will launch the Arab World Learning Barometer, a new report and online interactive that shows how the challenges in providing good-quality education the Middle East and North Africa threaten to undermine the region’s economic growth and political stability. The discussion will center on the links between education and employment, with a special focus on the region’s youth bulge and its particular implications. The event will begin with a presentation on the findings of the report, followed by a moderated discussion with an expert panel.

After the program, panelists will take audience questions.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #ArabLearning.

Liesbet Steer
The Brookings Institution

Kim Ghattas
State Department Correspondent

Hafez Ghanem
Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution

Magdi Amin
Principal Economist, Office of Executive Vice President & CEO
International Finance Corporation

Shantayanan Devarajan
Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa
The World Bank

Perihan Abou Zaid
Co-Founder and former CEO
Qabila Media Productions

To RSVP for this event, please call the Office of Communications at 202.797.6105 or click here: https://www.cvent.com/events/education-unemployment-and-unrest-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-insights-from-the-arab-world-l/registration-d749598134524b8cb28e63293ec73b2e.aspx

Events: Humanitarian Practice Network: Gender-based violence in emergencies

Gender-based violence in emergencies
18 February 2014 14:00-16:00 GMT

Venue: Overseas Development Institute, London, and screened live online

For directions, click here: http://www.odi.org.uk/about/contact-details.

International concern over gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies has grown significantly in recent years and a number of good practice standards, guidelines, training resources and other tools have been developed but very little of the evidence and learning from good practice has been adequately documented or disseminated. As today’s conflicts continue to be marked by gender-based violence, humanitarian agencies are seeking to understand how they can better prevent and respond to GBV in emergencies.

This event will simultaneously launch Issue 60 of the Humanitarian Exchange, the theme of which is gender-based violence in emergencies, and Network Paper 77, ‘Preventing and responding to gender-based violence in humanitarian crises’. Speakers will discuss some of the key issues highlighted in these publications including the challenges associated with prevention and response programming, the different forms of violence facing women and girls in particular and the ways in which the needs of survivors can be better addressed in humanitarian crises.

To register for this event please visit the event webpage at http://www.odi.org.uk/events/3855-gender-based-violence-gbv-humanitarian-crises. You can also follow #GBV on Twitter for live coverage at https://twitter.com/search?q=%23gbv&src=typd&f=realtime.

Refreshments will be available from 16:00


Clea Kahn – Humanitarian Advisor, Conflict Humanitarian and Security Department, Department for International Development (DFID)

Aurélie Lamazière – Gender Issues Coordinator, Geneva Call

Sarah Cotton – Public Affairs and Communications Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross

Aisha Bain – Advocacy Advisor for the Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee

Alina Potts – Emergency Response & Preparedness Coordinator, Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee


Wendy Fenton – Humanitarian Practice Network Coordinator

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Events: Slaveries Old and New – British Academy Conference, 27-28 March

Slaveries Old and New: The Meaning of Freedom

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 March 2014, 9.30am – 5pm

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Dr Laura Brace, University of Leicester; Professor Julia O’Connell Davidson, University of Nottingham; Professor Zoe Trodd, University of Nottingham; Dr Mark Johnson, University of Hull

Concerns about human trafficking have sparked renewed awareness of slavery and a revival of the abolitionist movement across the world. Scholars of ‘old’ slavery can offer insights on the complexities of different forms of slavery as systems of political and economic domination, but these have rarely been brought to bear on the contemporary forms of exploitation, subordination and oppression dubbed ‘modern slavery’. This conference addresses that omission, providing a multidisciplinary overview of slaveries old and new and exploring the contested meanings of freedom and slavery in a variety of contexts including migration, debt, marriage, imprisonment.


Professor Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford
Professor Karen E. Bravo, Indiana University
Professor David Graeber, London School of Economics
Dr Sarah Haley, Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University
Mr Nicolas Lainez, National University of Singapore
Professor Tommy Lott, San Jose State University
Dr Sam Okyere, University of Nottingham
Dr Srila Roy, University of Witwatersrand
Dr Nandita Sharma , University of Hawaii
Dr Charlotte Sussman, Duke University
Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman, University College London

Please click here for a copy of the current conference programme.

To Register:-  www.britac.ac.uk/events/2014/Slaveries_Old_and_New_The_Meaning_of_Freedom.cfm


Events: Representing Dispossession (presentation) and Space & Gaze: Conversations with Jean Mohr and Edward Said (exhibition)



Tues 28th Jan 2014, 5-7pm, RHB 143, Goldsmiths, SE14 6NW

‘After the Last Sky’ was conceived as an effort to redress the fact that, as Said put it, ‘to most people Palestinians have been visible as fighters, terrorists and lawless pariahs’. Negatively ‘over-represented’, yet in crucial respects invisible, the Palestinian experience of dispossession is here restored to its lived complexity, not allowing the violence of occupation to saturate the field of vision and blot out everyday life. In this presentation, we want to reflect on how, more than a quarter century after its publication, Said and Mohr’s collaboration can serve as a potent resource in addressing the politics and aesthetics of representing dispossession. In particular, we will consider how Said’s recognition of the centrality of land to the dynamics of dispossession informs the composition of After the Last Sky, and how the book can provide a critical vantage point on a rich critical legal literature on settler-colonial dispossession which often risks abstracting away from lifeworlds of ownership and resistance which remain unregistered in legal frameworks. Drawing on some of Said’s writings on the visible, as well as on Allan Sekula’s critical writings on the history of photography, we will also try to contrast Said and Mohr’s ways of seeing with different strategies for representing Palestinian dispossession and resistance, focusing in particular on three registers: reflexive or formalistic attempts to depict (armed) Palestinian struggle, from Wakamatsu and Adachi’s PFLP-Japanese Red Army – Declaration of World War and Godard and Melville’s Ici et Ailleurs to Ahlam Shibli’s Phantom Home; documentary records of dispossession (Ariella Azoulay’s From Palestine to Israel); contemporary filmic and photographic work which foregrounds the landscape or the technologies of dispossession whole leaving Palestinian experience outside the frame (Sophie Ristelheuber’s West Bank).

This event is presented in conjunction with the Exhibition: SPACE & GAZE: Conversations with Jean Mohr & Edward Said in Palestine (Nov 2013 – June 2014) Kingsway Corridor, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW

Presented by the METHODS LAB: http://www.gold.ac.uk/methods-lab/


Event: Radical Statistics conference: Is Britain Pulling Apart? 8th March, Manchester

Is Britain Pulling Apart?
Saturday 8th March 2014, 9am – 5pm
Mechanics Institute, Manchester
103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD

This conference is part of the RadStats weekend which also includes:

Friday 7th        17:00 – 21:00     Welcome reception, Humanities Bridgeford Street , Manchester University

Sunday 9th      10:00 – 12:00       Radical Statistics AGM

Sunday 9th      12:30            Feminist tour of radical Manchester beginning at the Mechanics Institute

Programme on 8th March

8:30 Coffee & Registration

9:25        Introduction and welcome from Tarani Chandola

9:30        Is Britain Pulling Apart? Findings from the analysis of social distance:

Paul Lambert, University of Stirling

Paul is the Principal Investigator on this ESRC funded project.  The study analyses the benefits, utilisation and stratification of social capital in the UK. It will pull apart the often conflicting dimensions of connectivity to understand which social ties hold the strongest influences; how diverse people’s networks are; levels of segregation and diversity across the multiple identities individuals possess (e.g., Christian, socialist, Times reader, swimmer); and the role of attraction and repulsion in determining whom we interact with.

Discussant: David Byrne, University of Durham

10:45       Coffee

11:15’White flight’? Evidence from the 2011 Census, and the threat to neighbourhood ethnicity and migration data beyond 2011

Nissa Finney, University of Manchester

Nissa’s work is about migration within Britain and ethnic inequalities. These themes join in her research to understand how and why internal migration experiences of ethnic groups differ, and what the consequences of this are for people and neighbourhoods. Her work uses qualitative and quantitative methods including analysis of Census data. Nissa is a Hallsworth Fellow at CCSR and a member of the ESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE).

12:00       Panel sessions

12:45       Lunch & Posters

1:45  The impact of austerity on gender equality

Claire Annesley, University of Manchester Claire’s work on gender equality looks at when gender equality policies get onto government agendas as well as the impact of austerity policies on equality between men and women. She is a member of the Management Committee of the UK Women’s Budget Group which produces regular gendered analysis of the impact of Government budgets, spending reviews and welfare reform.

2.45 Panel sessions

3.30 Coffee

4:00  Inequalities in well-being in later life

James Nazroo, University of Manchester

Inequality has been the primary focus of James’s research. His research on ageing has been focused on the patterns and determinants of social and health inequalities at older ages, and on routes into retirement and the impact of retirement on health and well-being. He is principal investigator (PI) of the fRaill programme, an interdisciplinary study of inequalities in wellbeing and frailty later life and will report on findings from that study. He is also co-PI of the English Longitudinal Study of Aging, which is a multi-disciplinary panel study of those aged 50 and older, and part of an international ‘family’ of similar studies.

For further information and to book your place please go to www.radstats.org.uk/conference/man2014

If you have any queries please e-mail conf14@radstats.org.uk

Event: NOVELLA/CNR symposium & book launch on 6th February 2014

NOVELLA/CNR symposium
Mapping the present, envisioning the future:
Stories as routes towards understanding and action

A NOVELLA (Narratives of Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) and CNR (Centre for Narrative Research) symposium

Places are limited

Tuesday, February 6th

Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU

Symposium: 1.00-4.30pm

Molly Andrews:  Trafficking in human possibilities

Nira Yuval Davis: The situated imagination

Corinne Squire: Narrating inequities

Michael Murray: Community workers’ life stories

Discussant: Janet Boddy

Reception and book launch: 4.30-6.00pm

Introductory comments: Maria Tamboukou

This event marks the launch of two books: Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life (Oxford 2014) by Molly Andrews (NOVELLA and Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London) and Living with HIV and ARVS: Three-letter Lives (Palgrave 2013) by Corinne Squire (NOVELLA and Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London). Both books examine connections between the ways in which people narrate their current lived realities, their understandings of the present and its histories, and their construction of alternative storylines for the future.

These themes are developed in the symposium’s other contributions. Nira Yuval Davis (Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London) will talk about her work on the situated imagination, and Michael Murray (Centre for Psychological Research, Keele University) will discuss his work on the life stories of community workers. Janet Boddy (NOVELLA and Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth, Sussex University) will be the discussant.  Part of the afternoon will be devoted to a collective exercise of making sense of the stories people tell about their lives.

The day will conclude with a reception and book launch, introduced by Maria Tamboukou (Feminist Research Group and Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London).

Symposium fees: £30 (£15 for students).

To registerfor the event please visit the events page on our online store:  http://tinyurl.com/pkodtwt 

The book launch is open to all without registration(RSVP to novella@ioe.ac.uk), and is free of charge.

For further information about the NOVELLA project and all our events please visit our website http://www.novella.ac.uk/ or contact Rowena Lamb on 020 7612 6921 / novella@ioe.ac.uk. 

Conferences: Global Development Network 15th Annual Conference (call for submissions plus Awards and Medals Competition)

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Conferences: Global Development Network 15th Annual Conference (call for submissions plus Awards and Medals Competition)

The Global Development Network  (GDN – http://www.gdn.int/) is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Global Development Conference and Awards and Medals Competition (AMC). You can submit abstracts for papers/posters/sessions for the Conference and new research proposals and completed papers for the AMC. This year, the research theme for all submissions is ‘Structural transformation in Africa and Beyond’.

Avenues for Participation:
. Paper/Poster/Session Submission for the 15th Annual Global Development Conference to be held in Accra, Ghana in June 2014
. Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) for original, policy-relevant research proposals
. Medals for Research on Development (Medals) for exceptional completed research papers

Opportunities for Finalists and Winners
. The top-ranked Medals finalists to present their papers at the plenary sessions at the 15th Annual Global Development Conference (discussants and panellists will comprise well-established scholars/experts). ORD finalists to present at the parallel sessions in the Conference. Travel and stay will be funded by GDN
. AMC finalists to participate in a two-day training workshop before the Conference to enhance research communications skills
. Networking and peer-learning opportunities with renowned  experts, eminent personalities and budding-researchers during the Conference
. Engage and learn from intense and informative discussion forums on burning issues of development

Submission Deadlines:
. Paper and Session Abstracts (including Medals): 31 January, 2014. Apply: http://www.formstack.com/forms/gdn-paper and http://www.formstack.com/forms/gdn-session
. Poster Abstracts: 1 March, 2014. Apply: http://www.formstack.com/forms/gdn-poster

. Research Proposals (for ORD): 6 March, 2014. Apply: http://www.gdn.int/html/page2.php?MID=3&SID=24&SSID=70&SCID=38

All applications and documents must be submitted online ONLY.  Please visit www.gdn.int for more information. Please direct your queries related to the Conference to conference@gdn.int and the AMC to awards@gdn.int.

Watch what past AMC winners have to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO1P4NlgLBs.

Please circulate this email to institutions, colleagues and friends working on development issues who you feel may be interested in applying. Kindly disregard this email if you have received it before.

The Global Development Network (http://www.gdn.int/) is a public International Organization that supports researchers in developing and transition countries to generate and share high quality applied social science research to inform policymaking and advance social and economic development. The GDN’s forthcoming conference will be organized in partnership with The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and University of Ghana.

The Deprivation of Citizenship in the United Kingdom: History, Practice, Law and Ethics, 14th February, Middlesex University.

The Deprivation of Citizenship in the United Kingdom: History, Practice, Law and Ethics

Friday 14th February 2014

Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT


10:00 – 17:00

(Coffee and registration from 9:30, 1st Floor Mezzanine, College Building)

In 2006, following the London bombings in 2005, the government was granted power, under S. 40(2) British Nationality Act 1981, to deprive dual-national British citizens of their citizenship if this is considered to be conducive to the public good. This power was rarely used until 2010 but, since then, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has used it at least 37 times, including against British citizens by birth. Deprivation orders are almost always served while the individual is outside the UK and take immediate effect so that the affected person cannot return to the UK to argue their appeal. Although there is a clear link to counter-terrorism, those deprived of citizenship in this way do not have convictions for terrorist offences and the consequences for them have been drastic. All face permanent exile, two were later killed in US drone strikes while another was rendered to the US. An appeal, which is usually heard partly in secret by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, is likely to succeed only on grounds that deprivation will make the individual stateless, a protection that the government may now remove at least partially.

While the numbers of people affected are relatively small, the implications of the existence and use of this power are wide-ranging. Deprivation raises questions related to the meaning of citizenship as a political, ethical and legal concept, the right in international law to a nationality and associated privileges, and the human right to live in one’s country of birth and residence. This interdisciplinary one-day seminar will bring together academics, journalists and practitioners to examine the political and legal context of the power of deprivation in the UK, consider the availability of remedies in international and European law, and explore the consequences of making citizenship conditional on a certain standard of behaviour.

Attendance is free but places are limited. Please register to attend via Eventbrite.


9:30-10:00: Registration and Coffee on 1st Floor Mezzanine, College Building

10:00-10:30: Welcome and introduction:

Prof. Kurt Barling (Journalist, Professor of Journalism Practice, Middlesex University)

Dr. Helena Wray (Reader in Law, Middlesex University) 

10:30-12:00: History and context

Prof. Matthew Gibney (Associate Professor in Politics and Forced Migration, Oxford University)

Dr. James Hampshire (Senior Lecturer, Sussex University) 

12:00-13:00 LUNCH 

13:00-14:30: Current practice

Alice Ross (Journalist, Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

Amanda Weston (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers) 

14:30-14:45: Short break 

14:45-16:15: Legal Remedies – Statelessness, human rights and European law

Prof. Guy Goodwin-Gill (All Souls, Oxford)

Adrian Berry (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers)

Eric Fripp (Barrister, Lamb Building) 

16:15-17:00: Tea and open discussion: The ethics of deprivation

Led by Helena Wray and Matthew Gibney 

17:00: Summary and Conclusion:

Professor Brad Blitz (Professor of International Politics, Middlesex University Law School)

For further information please contact Dr. Helena Wray h.wray@mdx.ac.uk or Christiana Rose c.rose@mdx.ac.uk (admin.)


Conferences: Ethnic Health Initiative: Learning Disability and Ethnicity

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Learning Disability and Ethnicity
28th March 2014 | London

This one day conference will critically examine and debate the role of Gender and Ethnicity and its impact on Mental Health, so we can become more inclusive of these factors in practice and service delivery.

This one day conference will bring together clinicians who have experience in providing social care interventions across fields. Learning points and good practice will be shared. The challenges experienced and possible limitations will also discussed via anonymised case vignettes.
Programme of the day

Programme of the day

9.00 – 9.20
Registration, Tea and Coffee

9.20 – 9.40
Professor Zenobia Nadirshaw
(Chair & Introduction)
Double Discrimination: A Race Against Time for People with Learning Disabilities from BME Communities.

9.40 – 10.30
Professor Eric Emerson
Ethnicity & Learning Disability: A Public Health Perspective.

10.30 – 11.20
Dr. Sabiha Azmi
Developing and Delivering Psychological services for Adults with Learning Disabilities from Minority Ethnic Communities: A Case Study.

11.20 – 11.40
Tea & Coffee

11.40 – 12.30
Bridget Fisher
What Would Make A Difference? Listening and Responding to The Views of People with Learning Disabilities From Ethnic Minorities and Their Family Carers.

12.30 – 12.50
Morning Q & A

12.50 – 1.50
Lunch & Networking

1.50 – 2.40
Professor Raghu Raghavan
Ethnicity and Learning Disability: Research and Its Implications For Policy and Practice.

2.40 – 3.00
Tea & Coffee

3.00 – 3.50
Professor Sab Bhaumik
“Mind the Gap” – Accessing Psychiatric Services for Minority Ethnic Adults with Learning Disability: The Problems and The Solutions.

3.50 – 4.10
Afternoon Q&A

4.10 – 4.30
Plenary, Closure & Evaluation sheets

Who Should attend?

This conference will be relevant to all interested in this field as well as all professionals, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Psychiatrists, GPs, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Social Workers, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.


Osmani Trust
Osmani Centre
58 Underwood Road
London E1 5AW

To download the conference brochure and the conference booking form, click here: http://www.bmehealth.org/?utm_source=emailcampaign90&utm_medium=phpList&utm_content=HTMLemail&utm_campaign=Learning+Disability+%26+Ethnicity+%7C+28th+March+2014+%7C+London+Conference

Conference Contact: Ahmed Qureshi (conference co-ordinator) tel. 07540 356 526

email us on: info@bmehealth.org or visit us on www.bmehealth.org

Event: Speaking Ethically Across Borders: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Speaking Ethically Across Borders: Interdisciplinary Approaches

To register visit  http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/25021

8 January 2014 – 10 January 2014

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT – SG1&2

Register online via the link at the top right hand side of this page
Conference fee: £60 (full), £30 (students) – includes lunch and tea/coffee
Conference Dinner at St John’s College: £42 (optional, places are limited)
Deadline: Sunday 5 January 2014


Jonathan Mair<http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/page/1120/dr-jonathan-mair.htm> (Mellon Newton Fellow, CRASSH)

Nicholas Evans<mailto:ne228@cam.ac.uk> (Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)


Recent years have seen a dramatic growth in the study of ethics among social anthropologists. Much of this growth has been due to the assimilation into anthropological thinking of virtue ethics building on two streams of theoretical work: that of Foucault, and that of virtue ethicists working in the Anglo-Saxon philosophical tradition.

Proponents of the virtue-ethics approach in anthropology argue that a focus on self- cultivation as a process allows for sufficient attention to be paid to self-conscious reflection. Reflection and the freedom it entails, they argue, are essential aspects of ethical life that traditional social scientific approaches to ethics–Durkheimian approaches–simply ignore.

There appears to remain an area of ethical experience, however, that neither approach can easily accommodate. Since virtue ethics sees ethical judgment as the result of cultivation within a self-conscious ethical tradition, it can no more account for ethical judgment outside of or between traditions than the Durkheimian approach can.

Yet history is full of situations in which multiple, self-conscious ethical traditions meet, and in which people try to judge each other, persuade each other, or draw lessons from each other across the borders that separate those traditions. These situations are what we call ‘speaking ethically across borders’, and this is the phenomenon that the conference, and the publication we hope to produce from it, will aim to explore.

Contexts in which we might expect to find people ‘speaking ethically across borders’ include:

*   religious missions
*   international law
*   colonialism and anti-colonialism
*   vernacularization of cosmopolitan cultures
*   universalization of vernacular cultures
*   the adaptation of ancient models to contemporary situations in renaissances

In these situations, are people limited to using values with which they are already familiar to interpret and judge other values? Or can they genuinely learn from alternative ethical systems? If so, on what conditions does this process depend? Is the capacity for or disposition towards a cosmopolitan attitude to ethics itself a culturally specific norm or a virtue to be perfected, or is it a necessary aspect of ethical thought?

Ethnographically speaking, how have people in fact used the intellectual resources provided by one ethical tradition to judge others? How have they sought to borrow from other traditions, or to persuade followers of other traditions to adopt novel values and practices? What meta-ethics have specific traditions proposed to govern the relationship of members of the tradition to the mores of other traditions?





Welcome and introduction


PANEL: Difference and similarity in ethical conversations

*   Jonathan Mair (Cambridge)
*   Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck)
*   John Marenbon (Cambridge)


Coffee break


LECTURE: The hermeneutics of ethical encounters

*   Michael Lambek (Toronto)



PANEL: Conversations between local, national and global regimes of ethics

*   Heonik Kwon (Cambridge)
*   Jan Lorenz (Manchester)


Coffee break


PANEL: Conversations between local, national and global regimes of ethics (continued)

*   Harri Englund (Cambridge)
*   Dinah Rajak (Sussex)




PANEL: Disputes, persuasion, and compromise in religious discourse

*   Carlo Severi (EHESS)
*   Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Cambridge/Harvard)
*   Nicholas Evans (Cambridge)
*   Michael Lempert (Michigan)


Walk to St John’s College


LECTURE in St John’s College

*   Simon Coleman (Toronto)



PANEL: Distinct traditions, common standards

*   Joanna Cook (UCL)
*   Paolo Heywood (Cambridge)


Coffee break


PANEL: Distinct traditions, common standards (continued)

*   Soumhya Venkatesan (Manchester)


Concluding remarks


Conferences: Reflections on the Current Application of the EU Asylum Acquis – EDAL and the Irish Refugee Council

Conferences: Reflections on the Current Application of the EU Asylum Acquis – EDAL and the Irish Refugee Council

A conference organized by staff of the European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL), at the Irish Refugee Council, in conjunction with the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL). The conference will take place at the Hilton Charlemont Hotel, Dublin (http://bit.ly/1bwZDT1), on Friday and Saturday, 17th and 18th January 2014.

The conference will be addressed by a number of distinguished speakers, including:

Professor Guy Goodwin Gill, All Souls College, Oxford and Matrix Chambers, UK
Judge Lars Bay Larsen, President of the Tenth Chamber of the Court of Justice of the EU
Dr. Cathryn Costello, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, UK
Ms. Nuala Mole, AIRE Centre, UK
Mr. Justice Bernard McCloskey, President of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber, UK
Mr. Bernard Dawson, Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber, UK
Ms. Diane Goodman, Deputy Director, Bureau for Europe, UNHCR
Mr. Adriano Silvestri, Head of Sector, Asylum, Migration & Borders, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
Professor Jens Vedsted-Hansen, University of Aarhus, Denmark

as well as several other well-known and esteemed experts on asylum law from Ireland and abroad (see below).

Registration is now open at www.asylumlawdatabase.eu  A reduced rate of €224 is available to IRC, ECRE and ICEL members, NGO employees and lawyers in their first 5 years of practice.

To reserve a place, please download the booking form at http://www.asylumlawdatabase.eu/en or www.icel.ie and e-mail, post or fax a completed copy to:
E: icel@tcd.ie; Fax: +353-1-896 4455;
Irish Centre for European Law, House 39, Law School, Trinity College, Dublin 2
Reservations may also be made directly by phoning the ICEL Administrator
10am-2pm, Mon-Fri at +353-1-896 1845.

9 CPD points are available for attendance

More details are below and a full programme will be available at www.asylumlawdatabase.eu in the near future. Do please feel free to distribute to any friends or colleagues who may be interested.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards,

Ann Campbell
EDAL Project Manager

Irish Refugee Council,
2nd Floor, Ballast House,
Aston Quay,
Dublin 2.
Tel/fax: +353 1 7645854 | +353 1 6725927
Email: ann@irishrefugeecouncil.ie