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UCL Migration Research Unit (MRU) Student Conference: Moving Beyond Borders: Comparative Perspectives on Refuge

Moving Beyond Borders: Comparative Perspectives on Refuge

We invite you to join us at this year’s UCL Migration Research Unit (MRU) Student Conference which offers a forum for discussing the reception and integration of refugees in a number of different contexts.

Students from across the UK and Europe will present their research to initiate an interdisciplinary debate on refugee agency, non-conventional responses to the current migration ‘crisis’ and representational discourses. Attendees will be given a chance to reflect on how research involving refugees presents methodological and ethical challenges through a number of exciting panel discussions.

Have you ever reflected on how the media’s use of language and images influences our perception of refugees? Have you ever thought about how the architecture of reception centres influences refugees’ experiences? Are you interested in hearing about the situation in the Calais Camps from researchers on the ground?

Join us in discussing these and many more questions and think beyond borders.

Read the full conference programme here.

About the Migration Research Unit (MRU)

The Migration Research Unit is a critical nexus for research on migration across UCL and includes as members researchers from the department of geography and from across the social sciences and humanities at UCL. MRU members’ ongoing research contributes to key debates pertaining to diasporas and transnationalism, asylum and refugees, national and international migration policies, theorising movement and (im)mobilities, development and migration, and measuring and mapping migration. The MRU was established by Professor John Salt in 1988, and currently brings together academics whose research also directly informs their teaching and supervision of research students, including students taking the MSc in Global Migration. The MRU hosts an annural student conference, and regularly organises seminars and conferences to engage with and advance understandings of experiences and processes of and responses to different forms of migration. The MRU is co-directed by Professor John Salt, Dr Claire Dwyer and Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh.

Keynote Address: Maurice Wren

Maurice Wren joined the Refugee Council as Chief Executive in March 2013, having previously been the Director of Asylum Aid (2002 – 2013). Prior to Asylum Aid, Maurice held senior positions in the homelessness field at Shelter and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT).  Maurice was a co-founder of the Independent Asylum Commission (2007-09) and of Detention Forum (2009-present). He is presently co-Chair of the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum at the Home Office and Chair of the Refugee Week Steering Group. Maurice is a Trustee of Migrant Voice; Every Casualty Worldwide; and the European Network on Statelessness; and was recently appointed a Patron of Action Foundation.

Booking: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moving-beyond-borders-comparative-perspectives-on-refuge-tickets-23198286700?aff=erelexpmlt

Friday, 3 June 2016 from 09:00 to 18:00 (BST) Add to Calendar
University College London – Gower Street Pearson Building, London, WC1E 6BT – View Map

Event: Research for Action and Influence conference

‘Research for Action & Influence’ Conference

Book Online:  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/research-for-action-and-influence-conference-tickets-24866891542

The Evelyn Oldfield Unit is holding a half day conference presenting brand new evidence on the experiences of migrant and refugee communities in London.

The conference will conclude a 9 month accredited Research for Action & Influence course run by the Evelyn Oldfield Unit. This capacity building course for members of refugee and migrant community organisations develops their skills and trains them to become community researchers. Each of these researchers has been conducting research on issues affecting refugees and migrants living in London.

This year’s research topics include unaccompanied minors transitioning into adulthood, Latin American and Filipino grassroots campaigning, language as a barrier to accessing healthcare, health needs of Greek and Greek Cypriot women in north London, the role of churches in refugee integration, impact of domestic violence on children, secondary torture survivors, Somali youth crime, and trafficking and modern slavery among Bangladeshis in east London.

This event will feature the results of these studies as well as guest speakers from the refugee and migrant sector. A detailed programme of the conference will be announced nearer the time.

Guest speakers include:

Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust

Yuliana Topazly, Migrant Entrepreneurs Network

Umut Erel, The Open University, and Tracey Reynolds, University of Greenwich

Don Flynn, Migrants Rights Network

Elena Vacchelli, Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University

Lisa Doyle, Refugee Council

Michelline Safi Ngongo, Islington Councilor

+ Students presentations

The conference will take place at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA from 1.30-5.00pm.

Please book your free tickets on Eventbrite.

For any queries contact Andreja Mesaric at andreja@evelynoldfield.co.uk or 020 7697 4102.

When Thursday, 2 June 2016 from 13:30 to 17:00 (BST) – Add to Calendar Where Resource for London – 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA – View Map


Event: Search and rescue at sea: a legal obligation?


Search and rescue at sea: a legal obligation?
Humanitarian and legal perspectives on the ‘Refugee Crisis’

Wednesday 8 June 2016, Middlesex University (London)

An event co-organised by Middlesex University, AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), University of Palermo and CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani)

Between January and May 2016, over 150,000 migrants crossed the Aegean sea to reach Europe, mostly escaping the war in Syria. In the same period, nearly 30,000 people reached the Italian shores through the central Mediterranean route. The majority of them flee their countries because of war, conflict or persecutions. Many of the migrants, who, risking their lives, undertook an extremely dangerous journey to look for a better life in Europe or to get international protection, died because they were not rescued in time.

The current debates on the issue offer lengthy press releases, shocking photographs and estimates of the number of people drowning in an attempt to reach safety. Tearful press obituaries and background policy analysis as to the reasons why this situation is occurring complete the picture. However, what is not heard enough is the voice of the Law: what are the obligations of the EU, its member states, and other neighbouring countries towards the migrants attempting this risky journey? Are there any legal steps that can be taken in order to help eliminate deaths in the Mediterranean?

Middlesex University (London), the Italian legal clinic CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani) and the UK legal organisation AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) are working together to take forward this debate by holding a roundtable on the positive legal obligations of EU member states under international maritime law, EU law and national law towards migrants, asylum seekers and persons in distress at sea. The roundtable will take place in London, at Middlesex University, on 8 June 2016, bringing together European experts on the subject.

For further information and to book a place visit:



Event: Placeless People: What can History Tell us About Today’s Refugee Crisis?


Placeless People: What can History Tell us About Today’s Refugee Crisis?

Organised by the University of East Anglia in collaboration with Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism

Date: Monday 20 June 2016

Venue: Birkbeck University of London, WC1E 7HX, Council Room, Torrington Square main entrance

Time: 9.00am (registration) 9.25am – 6.00pm

The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts in a range of fields – leading historians and scholars, policy makers, representatives from local government, NGOs, think tanks, advocacy groups and the media, to explore how history, in its broadest political, cultural and social senses, can usefully be employed to inform our understanding of the current refugee crisis and help shape our responses to it.

The workshop will address the following questions among others: are there connections between refugee crises in the past and the present? What lessons can be drawn? What kind of historical accounts do NGO’s and policy makers need to make their cases?  How might the recasting of refugee stories on a bigger historical canvas re-shape perception? And, most pressingly, how should policy and responses to the future be shaped by grasping that mass displacement may become the norm?

The day is organised into three panels. The presentations will be short, leaving plenty of time for discussion. The following speakers are confirmed:

Panel 1: Refugees Now – Representations and Perspectives

This session will ask those working with refugees and communities affected by the current refugee crisis to talk about the problems of the current terms of media and political debates.

  • Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust
  • Daniel Trilling, journalist, editor and author
  • Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refuge in a Moving World Network, University College London
  • Colin Yeo, immigration barrister and blogger, Garden Court Chambers

Panel 2: Lessons from History

This session will see historians exploring the different lessons we might draw from histories and the dangers of lazy historical comparisons.

  • Simon Behrman, University of East Anglia
  • Jessica Reinisch, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Peter Gatrell, University of Manchester
  • Tony Kushner, University of Southampton

Panel 3: Making History Now

This session will look at different ways of and attempts at documenting the current refugee crisis.

  • Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of East Anglia
  • Yousif Qasmiyeh, poet and writer
  • Zrinka Bralo, Migrants Organise and Open Democracy
  • Representative of Freed Voices from Detention Action

When Monday, 20 June 2016 from 09:00 to 18:00 (BST) – Add to Calendar Where Birkbeck, University of London – Council Room, Torrington Square main entrance, WC1E 7HX – View Map

Event: SCMR-JEMS 3rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE March 16th, 2016 migration and diversity: a dialogue across disciplines

migration and diversity: a dialogue across disciplines
host: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
@ Chichester 1 lecture theatre,
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK


Welcome lunch 11.50-12.50

Paul Statham, director SCMR & Editor JEMS, Introduction 1–1.10

Roger Waldinger, UCLA, California. A cross border perspective on migration. Beyond the transnationalism / assimilation debate. 1.10-1.55

Jørgen Carling, PRIO, Oslo. Comment on Roger Waldinger. 1.55-2.05

Public Q&A 2.05-2.45

 Coffee Break 2.45-3

Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore. Reflections on Diversity in SE Asia. 3-3.40

Magdalena Nowicka, Humboldt University, Berlin. Migrant spaces, shared values and negotiated meanings. 3.40-4.20

Alexander Betts, University of Oxford, Refugees Studies Centre. Reflections on the refugee ‘crisis’. 4.20-5.00

Elaine Chase, UCL, London. The shifting contours of ‘precarity’. The wellbeing of former unaccompanied migrant children in UK   5-5.40

Drinks Reception to close and celebrate Sussex Mahidol Migration Partnership between SCMR and Institute of Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand 5.40-6.30

All Welcome, Attendance free, but for catering purposes please register at http://scmrjems2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Event: Gendering the ‘Refugee Crisis’

Gendering the ‘Refugee Crisis’

The Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration, Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (Open University), and Kathryn Medien (University of Warwick)
Friday, 11 December 2015 from 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom

Online Booking via Eventbrite at:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gendering-the-refugee-crisis-tickets-19568387574

This half-day conference offers a pressing critical reflection on the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe. In light of recent heated debates and widespread coverage of Europe’s border controls and the flow of refugees, the event offers a space to critically think through the gendered politics of refugee and forced migration, and its intersections with nationalism, geopolitics, and global patterns of inequality. In exploring the gendered dimensions of refugee and migrant life, and the differential experiences of women migrants, this event aims to facilitate a pertinent conversation between feminist activism and refugee struggles transnationally, while highlighting the existence and experiences of refugees outside of Europe. This event is free but places are limited. Please book your ticket in advance.

This event is co-hosted and co-sponsored by the Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration, the Research Programme Migration and Belongings, Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (Open University), and Kathryn Medien (University of Warwick).

10:30 – 11:00 Registration (Tea and Coffee provided).

11:00 – 11:20 Nasma: A Syrian Refugee Story (translated by Nof Nasser Eddin).

11:20 – 12.20 Panel I: Dr. Umut Erel (Open University) Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL).

12:20 – 13:30 Lunch (provided).

13:30 – 14:00 CTDC Refugees Outside Europe: A Gendered Perspective.

14:00 – 15:00 Panel II: Dr. Heaven Crawley (Coventry University) Dr. Ruba Salih (SOAS).

15.00-16.00 Screening: Women Asylum Seekers in the UK.

This short film is about the experiences of women asylum seekers in the UK, it is based on interviews with women asylum seekers, academics and practitioners. The documentary does not only address the question of why women had to leave their country of origin, but it also explores the difficulties women face whilst waiting for a decision regarding their status in the UK.

Conferences: Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity • 13-15 June • New Yor

Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity
Fordham University
13 – 15 June 2016

5th joint conference, organized by:
Human Rights Section, International Studies Association (ISA)
Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association (APSA)
Human Rights Research Committee, International Political Science Association (IPSA)
Standing Group on Human Rights and Transitional Justice, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

In association with:
Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)

We are pleased to announce the fifth joint international conference on human rights, on the theme Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity, to take place from 13 to 15 June 2016 at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, located in New York City. The conference will be held immediately prior to the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (16 – 18 June), also being hosted at Fordham University.

The global political, economic, normative, structural and ideational landscape has undergone significant change in recent decades, with no signs of abating. There are new – or newly important – players, both state and non-state-based, which affect global political power asymmetries and inject competing ideas, interests, and priorities into the global political scene. New and evolving institutions and authority structures raise deep and profound questions about global (and regional and national) governance. These questions lead to an ambiguous global situation as norms, institutions and power structures are called into question and challenged on multiple levels.

Nowhere has this ambiguity been more acute and clear than in the area of human rights. A human rights regime which, while far from perfect, appeared to rest on a global consensus and seemed impervious to change, has undergone rapid and deep transformation – in ways which appear to both support and undermine the protection of human rights.

Challenges from emerging non-Western powers highlight a lack of consensus on fundamental priorities and approaches to the relationship between people and power, the governed and the governors, freedom and order. Terrorism and other security challenges pose seemingly imponderable conundrums for civilian and basic human rights protection. Climate change raises questions of intergenerational justice and poses corollary rights threats resulting in forced migration, food insecurity, and humanitarian crises.

The global refugee regime, a core set of ideas and institutions dating from the end of the Second World War, now faces unprecedented challenges and been put to tests never imagined by its creators – challenges and tests that states and international institutions have failed to adequately meet. International criminal justice mechanisms have been created with high hopes that those who commit mass atrocities will be punished and justice will be done, only to be undone by lack of adequate global support and political will. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P), which heralded a new recognition that human rights are a core part of states’ claim to legitimacy – has frequently failed to gain decisive advantage over traditional notions of sovereignty and state interest.
This combination of new players, political power asymmetries, institutions, along with deep material challenges to the contemporary global order, raises profound questions about the future of human rights norms and institutions, as well as the actual enjoyment of human rights across the globe.

We welcome paper and panel proposals on the general theme of the conference from researchers and policymakers from academia, think tanks, IOs and NGOs featuring both traditional and innovative  scholarship which address the unsettled state of human rights norms and institutions. Papers might address, among others, the following questions:

·       What challenges do shifting global power structures pose to human rights?
·       Are traditional state supporters of human rights still supporting human rights?
·       Are emerging global and regional powers supporting or challenging human rights?
·       Has the global consensus on human rights changed? Was there ever a consensus in the first place?
·       Is universality under serious threat?
·       Are there regional or other political divides on human rights?
·       How will new(er) global threats (e.g. climate change, terrorism) affect the realization of human rights in the future?
·       How can resiliency in human rights be better cultivated and practiced?
·       Have the Human Rights Council and other human rights institutions lived up to their promise?
·       Do our global institutions need to be revived/renewed/reimagined in order to properly realize human rights?
·       What are the implications of ambiguity across different generations of rights (e.g. civil/political vs. economic/social/cultural)?
·       What are the implications of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and elsewhere?

Consideration will be given to publishing an edited volume with a select range of papers presented at the conference.

Please note that proposals must relate to the conference theme to receive full consideration. You may submit either an individual paper or a panel proposal. Each full panel proposal should include exactly 4 papers plus a chair and discussant.

The submission site will open later in October 2015. Please upload your paper or panel abstracts (no longer than 200 words) and all other necessary details as required through the site. Further conference information will be made available later in 2015. Check back at bit.ly/HRjc2016 for information on submission.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm EST on Monday, 30 November 2015.

Notification of acceptances will be sent by e-mail on Monday, 21 December 2015.

Registration fees for the conference are as follows:

General registration: $225
Student registration: $125

All individuals accepted on to the program will be expected to register for the conference by Monday, 1 February 2016.

For more information please contact: HRjc2016@global-human-rights.org.

Please Note: This conference is being held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, which will have as its theme Meeting the Challenges of Development and Dignity. Individuals registering for one conference will be eligible for a 20% discount on registration for the other conference. More information will be provided.

Follow us on Twitter @HRjc2016 for updates.

Conference Co-Chairs:

Melissa Labonte (Fordham University)
Kurt Mills (University of Glasgow)

We look forward to welcoming you to Fordham University in June 2016!