Tag Archives: research

New Research Paper: The true human rights situation in Eritrea: the new UK Home Office Guidance as a political instrument for the prevention of migration

Please, find in following link this paper:

‘The true human rights situation in Eritrea: the new UK Home Office Guidance as a political instrument for the prevention of migration’
by Sara Palacios Arapiles.

Link to Paper:  http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/6097/

This research paper aims at documenting the true situation in Eritrea,
in order to refute the credibility of the content and of some of the
sources of the new Guidance on Eritrea issued by the UK Home Office
(HO); and of the related policies that are being implemented in some
other countries, such as Israel. The HO country of origin Guidance
surprisingly claims that there are alleged signs of improvement inside
Eritrea for potential returnees. It is argued in this paper that the
reasons for this are entirely politically influenced, with the purpose
of preventing migration. The paper then brings to light the current
circumstances in the country – supported inter alia by the testimonies
gathered by the author, and the new findings of the UN Commission of
Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea- that would make the forcible return
of the Eritrean asylum-seekers and refugees unlawful.


The United Nations History Project website

Online Resource:

The United Nations History Project

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight the work of the United Nations History Project in facilitating access to a broad range of information broadly relating to the history of the United Nations.  Coordinated by Dr Heidi J. S. Tworek, in conjunction with Harvard Asia Center and the Joint Center for History and Economics and Harvard and Cambridge, and supported by the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations History Project,

The project aims to illustrate the scholarly importance of studying the history of the United Nations and international organizations in general.

It is a starting point for scholars who wish to research in UN archives or find online materials related to the UN. The website provides comprehensive guides to physical and online sources on the United Nations. It also collates many of the research guides on the United Nations that already exist. In addition, leading scholars on the UN have written about their experiences working in UN archives and discuss further research possibilities.

(Link:- unhistoryproject.org/index.html).

The United Nations History Project website offers a range of teaching materials to help support the study of UN history. The website is divided into four main sections, incorporating:
  • Researching the UN.  Provides details on how to research the history of the United Nations, encompassing online and physical archive collections; research guides; statistics and researcher experiences.
  • Teaching UN History.  This section highlights Syllabi in relation to the teaching of UN history.
  • Major Themes on UN History.  Highlights thirteen major themes of UN History and their relevant sources of information, encompassing the likes of Environment; Governance; Health; Human Rights; and Peace and Security.
  • Scholarly Networks.  Encompassing further details in relation to scholarly networks supporting the study of the United Nations and its history.
The United Nations History Project therefore represents a very important resources for the history and development of the United Nations, whilst also providing an opportunity to help connect both archivists, scholars and researchers.
We are also very pleased to announce that a couple of our own archival collections based here at the University of east London  are now listed on the UN History Project website.  Further details can be highlighted as follows:
The website offers a set of teaching materials for UN history. There are annotated bibliographies, timelines, and featured sources on thirteen major themes of UN history. There are resources from a course taught on the global history of the UN at Harvard in spring 2011 as well as a compilation of other syllabi on UN topics. – See more at: http://unhistoryproject.org/index.html#sthash.fFQJ2OUZ.dpuf
It is a starting point for scholars who wish to research in UN archives or find online materials related to the UN. The website provides comprehensive guides to physical and online sources on the United Nations. It also collates many of the research guides on the United Nations that already exist. In addition, leading scholars on the UN have written about their experiences working in UN archives and discuss further research possibilities. – See more at: http://unhistoryproject.org/index.html#sthash.fFQJ2OUZ.dpufIt is a starting point for scholars who wish to research in UN archives or find online materials related to the UN. The website provides comprehensive guides to physical and online sources on the United Nations. It also collates many of the research guides on the United Nations that already exist. In addition, leading scholars on the UN have written about their experiences working in UN archives and discuss further research possibilities.(See more at: unhistoryproject.org/index.html#sthash.hBqbQ7Aa.dpuf)
The project aims to illustrate the scholarly importance of studying the history of the United Nations and international organizations in general. – See more at: http://unhistoryproject.org/index.html#sthash.hBqbQ7Aa.dpuf

Please do take time to investigate and explore this fabulous resource.  Further information on the United Nations History Project can be found as follows:

The United Nations History project can be contacted at:  unitednationshistory@gmail.com


Oxford Migration Studies Society 1st Annual Conference ​4 May 2013 University of Oxford

Oxford Migration Studies Society 1st Annual Conference

​4 May 2013,  University of Oxford

Call for Papers

About the Society

The Oxford Migration Studies Society is a not-for-profit, student-run, graduate studies society that includes in its membership students from all disciplines across University of Oxford who share an interest in Migration.  Two of the society’s central tenets are:

— To build networks across institutional and disciplinary boundaries

— To generate dialogue both between universities but, equally of importance, amongst universities and practitioners

​The Oxford Migration Studies Society presents its 1st Annual Conference as a first step to realizing the important goal of connecting academic scholarship to real-world practice.

The Oxford Migration Studies Society​ Conference

The Oxford Migration Studies Society 1st Annual Conference to be held Saturday, 4 May 2013, provides an interdisciplinary forum that hopes to connect scholars and practitioners with an interest in migration from around the world.  This year’s conference, themed ‘Theory and Practice’, will explore different approaches to understanding migration as a fundamental part of today’s world, highlight the way practice can inform theory, and discuss how academic theory can be used in real-world situations to understand the importance of migration for all involved.  The Society welcomes papers from all disciplines and practitioners around the world and papers can focus on the migration experience from the state’s perspective, the migrant’s perspective, the migration industry’s perspective in sending and receiving countries as well as on the journey.  The Society encourages the submission of papers about migration in any region in the world and which use various methodologies.

Submission abstracts are due on Saturday, 9 February 2013.  Full papers will be due Sunday, 31 March 2013.  Please send all submissions to Oxford Migration Studies Society at oxford.mss@gmail.com.  Include in the subject heading: Conference Submission – your name – title of your paper. Please note that the word limit for abstract is 200 words.

Accepted presenters will be put in contact with distinguished professors from Oxford International Migration Institute (IMI), Center for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), and the Refugee Studies Center (RSC) for feedback and comments on their submissions.


The conference will be held in Oxford, United Kingdom

Contact Oxford Migration Studies Society for any further questions: oxford.mss@gmail.com.

All submissions are to be submitted at: oxford.mss@gmail.com. Include in the subject heading: Conference Submission – your name – title of your paper.

Travel Bursary

Partial travel funding will be granted to student and practitioner participants.  Please download the funding application and submit the application along with your abstract before Saturday, 9 February 2013.

Further Information:  http://cheukk.wix.com/oxfordmigration#!conference/c1iwz


Call For Papers: RefugeSpecial Issue: Environmentally Induced Displacement (29.2)

Call For Papers: Special Issue: Environmentally Induced Displacement (29.2)

REFUGE vol. 29(2)

Special Issue: Environmentally Induced Displacement

Guest Editors:  Pablo S. Bose and Elizabeth Lunstrum

This special issue will explore the phenomenon of environmentally induced displacement (EID).  From climate change to extractive industries, from ‘natural’ disasters to increased urbanization, from conservation to mega-projects, landscapes and peoples’ place on them are being transformed at an unprecedented scale across the globe.  We suggest that these as well as many other processes provoke specific forms of environmentally induced displacement and forced migration, confronting communities with the loss of their land and other vital resources.  Many of the most affected groups are often vulnerable to begin with, lacking secure rights and access to resources and to formal recourse once these are jeopardized.  This special issue explores the phenomenon of EID through both conceptual as well as empirical work.  We invite submissions that address a range of questions such as: What constitutes environmental displacement?  What practices and discourses help to organize and rationalize these processes?  What are the demographic impacts of environmental displacement?  How have various local and international actors responded to environmentally induced displacement?  What are some of the definitional debates regarding ‘environmental refugees’ and their place within the international protection system?

Successful submissions may come from a wide range of conceptual backgrounds concerned with environmentally induced displacement. A variety of research interests will be explored with the objective of providing theoretical and practical insights on matters such as adaptation and internal coping strategies, livelihoods and sustainable development, prevention prospects, disaster risk management, regional concerns, cross-border legal implications, humanitarian responses, state action and inaction, and environmentally induced versus other forms of displacement (e.g. conflict, developmental, etc).

Contributions may be submitted either in English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They should generally not exceed 7500 words, or 30 double-spaced pages, and must be typed and submitted in electronic form. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process by independent experts. Shorter papers, including commentaries and book reviews, are also welcome. REFUGE adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style for social science papers and to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation for papers in the legal discipline (see style  guide for details). Papers must be prepared with full citation endnotes rather than with a bibliography. Papers should include an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. Papers should also include 1-2 sentences indicating institutional affiliation. Comme indiqué ci-dessus, nous publions également des articles en français. Le format doit être conforme aux normes exigées pour les articles rédigés en anglais.


Submission Deadline: February 28, 2013

For further information, please contact: the Editor of Refuge, c/o Centre for Refugee Studies, York Research Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto (Ontario), Canada M3J 1P3

refuge@yorku.ca     http://www.yorku.ca/refuge

ISSN: 1920-7336


Call for Papers: Taming the Demons: Comparative Colloquium on Xenophobia & Social Cohesion in Contemporary South Africa. Johannesburg, 13-14 May 2013

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.


Taming the Demons: Comparative Colloquium on Xenophobia & Social Cohesion in Contemporary South Africa. Johannesburg, 13-14 May 2013 (http://www.migration.org.za/vacancy/2012/taming-demons-comparative-colloquium-xenophobia-social-cohesion-contemporary-south-afri)

***Closing date 01 March 2013***

The expansion and diversification of South Africa’s urban centres and rural communities have generated new social relationships and forms of conflict and conviviality. Five years ago, these changes resulted in a two week period of violence that left scores dead and tens of thousands displaced. Many of the victims were from beyond the country’s borders. Others were South Africans living amongst fellow citizens who did not want them there. Elsewhere, people from similarly diverse backgrounds continued to live side by side; if not always collaborating, then at least forging more or less inclusive forms of accommodation. In all cases-conflictive or convivial-examining these relationship offers important insights into the changing nature of South Africa’s on-going socio-economic and political transformations. On the fifth anniversary of the 2008 ‘xenophobic’ attacks, this colloquium will explore comparative perspectives on the roots of violence, the politics of conflict and the governance of diversity.

At issue are the ethics of living with diversity, the nature of social membership and the means of building unity in a country still characterised by division, inequality and faltering and fragmented institutions. At the same time, ‘ordinary’ South Africans and other residents both draw on and contest official discourses of exclusion and cohesion when they experience, debate and forge their own vernacular meanings and modalities of community. Moving beyond intertwined rhetorics and research surrounding anti-foreigner/anti-outsider violence (and potential preventive measures), this colloquium seeks fresh, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives that will contribute to a book, special issue of a journal or other publications reflecting on discourses and practices surrounding social diversity in contemporary South Africa.

Hosted by the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, the event will bring together scholars and critics from diverse perspectives to critically examine the scholarship, practices and discourses-official and popular-around cohesion, consider the ethical, ideological and empirical assumptions informing them and discuss the various (dis)connections of official discourses with vernacular meanings and expressions of community and cohesion amongst the country’s diverse residents.

Supported in part by the South Africa Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD), the colloquium is part of the ACMS’s Communities of Diversity Research Theme, which interrogates the meaning of community and social difference in contemporary South Africa.

The colloquium will include a series of fifteen minutes presentations, based on article length papers (approximately 6000 words) circulated in advance of the meeting. Each paper will have one or two respondents who will also serve as discussants. Following the debate, the papers will be collected and published as an edited volume or special issue of an accredited journal. Depending on the content, excerpts from the papers may be published as an e-book, magazine or newspaper insert.

We invite scholars, critics and policy-makers to submit paper proposals which engage theoretically, empirically and/or normatively with one or more of the following (or related) topics:

*     Idioms and practices of social cohesion in diverse South African contexts;

*     Meanings of community, belonging and criteria for membership in South Africa;

*     Territorial space and understanding of rights and entitlements in South Africa;

*     Race, ethnicity, nationality, autochthony, class and South African national identity;

*     Modalities of conflict, coexistence and cooperation;

*     Difference, tolerance, discrimination, inclusion and exclusion.

Please send your expression of interest and a 200-word abstract to: tamingdemons@migration.org.za by close of business on Friday, 1 March 2013.

Authors of accepted abstracts/papers will be invited to present. The colloquium will be convened on 13-14 May 2013 at the Wits University Campus. Registration is free and limited financial assistance is available for travel.


Call for Papers: Rivalry and Conflict?: Dutch-Portuguese Colonial Exchanges, 1580-1715

Filipa Ribeiro da Silva (University of Macau) and Catia Antunes (Leiden University) are organizing a Panel on “Rivalry and Conflict?: Dutch-Portuguese Colonial Exchanges, 1580-1715” to be held at the International Conference Colonial (Mis)Understandings: Portugal and European in Global Perspective, 1450-1900, sponsored by the CHAM and taking in Lisbon on 17-20 July, 2013.

Paper proposals for our panel are most welcome.

Please note that only paper proposals written in English will be accepted by the Conference organizers and submissions must be done online via the application system. To access the system please use the following link: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/cham/cham2013/panels.php5?PanelID=2299

CFP Deadline: 8 February 2013

Panel Abstract:

Rivalry and Conflict?: Dutch-Portuguese Colonial Exchanges, 1580-1715

In 2005, Ernst van Veen and Leonard Blussé stated that ‘the rivalry and conflict between the European nations in Asia […] were naturally connected to some extent with political developments in Europe itself’. This assumption is rooted in a long tradition initiated by Charles Boxer that stresses the situations of rivalry, conflict and warfare as catalysts for the rise and fall of empires. This panel will challenge the premise that rivalry and conflict were the main engines behind European entrepreneurship overseas, contemplating the hypothesis that cooperation, collaboration and ‘co-existence’ often provided better and perpetual results in the general pursuit of empire, being it at a financial, commercial, military or religious level. We will look at the Dutch-Portuguese cooperation in Western Africa, Brazil and Asia in the search for the common mechanisms of cooperation and negotiation used in the Atlantic and Asia by agents of empire of two apparently opposing colonial powers.

For any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at fsilva@umac.mo  or c.a.p.antunes@humleidenuniv.nl.

To obtain further details about the conference, please use the following link:


Call for Papers: Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers

Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers Interdisciplinary conference on migration jointly organised by the NORFACE Research Programme on Migration and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at UCL 10 – 13 April, 2013 University College London Paper submission deadline: 16 December, 2012

Call for Papers:  http://www.norface-migration.org/sites/index.php?site=5&page=1

Further Information:

Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers

To download the poster for the call for papers, please click here

Invited Academic Speakers include: Richard Alba, Jagdish Bhagwati, François Bourguignon, Leah Boustan, David Card, Barry Chiswick, Claudia Diehl, Frederic Docquier, Ayse Guveli, Jens Hainmueller, Anthony Heath, Jennifer Hunt, Frank Kalter, Ethan Lewis, Mirca Madianou, Valentina Mazzucato, David McKenzie, Judi Mesman, Kaivan Munshi, Giovanni Peri, Lucinda Platt, Imran Rasul and Jeffrey Reitz.

Academic Podia on:

  • Transnational and Multicultural Lives
  • Ethnicity, Religion and Discrimination
  • First and Second Generation Migrants
  • Migration and Knowledge Spill-overs
  • Migration and Development
  • New Frontiers in Migration Data

Policy Podia on:

  • How should Governments Best Address World Trends in Migration?
  • Migration: the Key Challenge for the EU?

Invitation to submit: The NORFACE Research Programme on Migration and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at UCL are jointly organising a large interdisciplinary conference on migration.  The conference will be held from 10th – 13th April, 2013 at University College London. It will feature invited talks, contributed sessions and a number of academic podia on topics at the frontier of the migration research agenda, as well as two policy events, where high level practitioners, politicians and media representatives will discuss migration related issues.

We welcome scholars from economics, sociology, psychology, demography, anthropology, development studies, and other disciplines with an interest in migration issues, to submit innovative papers on any aspect related to migration.  Papers and abstracts should be submitted electronically,  using the on-line submission link below.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions for presentation should include an abstract (max. 250 words) and a full paper.

Submission Deadline: Submissions of full papers (pdf files) for contributed sessions are expected by 16th December, 2012.

To submit a paper, please click here

Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the submitters by 31st January, 2013.

Presentation Format: The selected papers will be grouped by category. There will be parallel sessions, with four presentations in each session. Each parallel session will be two hours long. Each presenter will be allocated 30 minutes, including time for discussion.

Other: Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants themselves. However, there will be a limited number of registration fee waivers for participants under exceptional circumstances.


Table of Contents Alert: International Journal of Transitional Justice

International Journal of Transitional Justice

International Journal of Transitional Justice

The latest Table of Contents Alert for the International Journal of Transitional Justice has just been released by Oxford Journals.  This is a Special Issue on: Transitional Justice and the Everyday and represents Vol. 6, No. 3,  (November 2012).

Further details of the articles include din this journal can be found here:

Editorial Note

Editorial Note
Pilar Riaño Alcalá and Erin Baines
IJTJ 2012 6: 385-393
[Extract] [Full Text] [PDF]


A Chronology of Compassion, or Towards an Imperfect Future: (For Barry, whose last name I still don’t know)
Juliane Okot Bitek
IJTJ 2012 6: 394-403
[Extract] [Full Text] [PDF]


Multiple Temporalities in Indigenous Justice and Healing Practices in Mozambique
Victor Igreja
IJTJ 2012 6: 404-422
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Retributive Justice, Public Intimacies and the Micropolitics of the Restitution of Kidnapped Children of the Disappeared in Argentina
Ari Edward Gandsman
IJTJ 2012 6: 423-443
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

‘What It Was Like to Live through a Day’: Transitional Justice and the Memory of the Everyday in a Divided Society
Kris Brown
IJTJ 2012 6: 444-466
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

‘Now the Neighbors Lose Their Fear’: Restoring the Social Network around Former Sites of Terror in Argentina
Estela Schindel
IJTJ 2012 6: 467-485
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Massacre, Trial and ‘Choral Memory’ in Sant’Anna di Stazzema, Italy (1944–2005)
Caterina Di Pasquale
IJTJ 2012 6: 486-501
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Silence as Possibility in Postwar Everyday Life
Marita Eastmond and Johanna Mannergren Selimovic
IJTJ 2012 6: 502-524
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Together after War While the War Goes On: Victims, Ex-Combatants and Communities in Three Colombian Cities
Juan Diego Prieto
IJTJ 2012 6: 525-546
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Notes from the Field

Voices Around Us: Memory and Community Empowerment in Reconstruction Efforts in Colombia
Gabriel Ruiz Romero
IJTJ 2012 6: 547-557
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Review Essay

The Challenge of Reconciliation in Postconflict African States
Franklin Oduro
IJTJ 2012 6: 558-569
[Extract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Books Received

The following is a list of books received by the International Journal of Transitional
IJTJ 2012 6: 570-572
[Extract] [Full Text] [PDF]


Call for Papers: The Gendered Refugee Experience

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Call for Papers: The Gendered Refugee Experience

Papers due: **November 16, 2012**

Maximum length of articles: 6000 words

The 1951 Convention for the Protection of Refugees calls for the protection of individuals who reach countries of asylum. Who manages to flee, who is left behind, and who travels on to secondary and tertiary countries of asylum, however, differs, often along gendered lines. Not only does sheer number of refugees quantitatively differ along gender lines, but gender may also play a key role in mediating individual and collective experiences of flight, perceived and actual risks of migration for refugees, and societal reactions to newcomers. This is true even in circumstances where gender was not the primary reason for flight.

St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) is a peer-reviewed journal of international affairs based at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. For this themed issue, we invite both qualitative and quantitative analyses of gendered refugee experiences, encompassing both theoretical and policy-oriented proposals. Priority will be given to articles that focus on gendered post-flight refugee experiences, rather than those which emphasize gender as a primary cause of initial persecution. stair therefore invites academics and policy-makers to submit paper proposals focusing on one or more of the following questions, or related topics:

– Differing experiences and opportunities of men and women in refugee and/ or Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps;

– Gender-based discrimination perpetrated by host governments in welfare provision;

– Gendered factors relevant to refugee status determination, and other legal decisions;

– Gender influences and components of livelihood strategies in refugee and IDP camps;

– Changes in family structures, family planning, and the role of women following flight or during displacement;

– Gender differences in advocacy and activism within diaspora refugee populations;

– Gendered experience of vulnerability due to a lack of status and statelessness;

– Risks of sexual violence for refugees;

– Differing risks between refugee women and men with respect to long-distance travel to developed countries, border-crossings, and subsequent resettlement;

– Women’s access to durable solutions, in particular resettlement and voluntary repatriation;

– The role of UNHCR and international NGOs in addressing (and potentially creating) gender-related refugee difficulties.

STAIR welcomes abstracts of up to 500 words in length. In addition we seek to publish book reviews of works related to this theme. Please send abstracts and review proposals to stair.refugee@gmail.com .

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.


New Table of Contents for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies

Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies

Taylor and Francis Online have recently published the latest Table of Contents alert for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.  Full details of the articles included in Volume 38, Issue 9 (2012) can be found by following the link below:

Link to:  Volume 38, Issue 9 (2012

Articles include:

Migration and Diaspora in the Age of Information and Communication Technologies
Pedro J. Oiarzabal & Ulf-Dietrich Reips
pages 1333-1338

Migrants’ New Transnational Habitus: Rethinking Migration Through a Cosmopolitan Lens in the Digital Age
Mihaela Nedelcu
pages 1339-1356

Irresponsible Radicalisation: Diasporas, Globalisation and Long-Distance Nationalism in the Digital Age
Daniele Conversi
pages 1357-1379

Structuring Migrants’ Political Activities on the Internet: A Two-Dimensional Approach
Kathrin Kissau
pages 1381-1403

Studying Migrants with the Help of the Internet: Methods from Psychology
Ulf-Dietrich Reips & Laura E. Buffardi
pages 1405-1424

Transnational Families and Social Technologies:  Reassessing Immigration Psychology
Gonzalo Bacigalupe & María Cámara
pages 1425-1438

Salvadoran Transnational Families: ICT and Communication Practices in the Network Society
José Luis Benítez
pages 1439-1449

‘Instant Nationalism’ and the ‘Cyber Mufti’: The Arab Diaspora in Europe and the Transnational Media
Khalil Rinnawi
pages 1451-1467

Diaspora Basques and Online Social Networks: An Analysis of Users of Basque Institutional Diaspora Groups on Facebook
Pedro J. Oiarzabal
pages 1469-1485

Event: The State of Learning in Africa, 17 September, Washington, DC

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

The State of Learning in Africa
Monday, September 17, 2012, 10:00 — 11:30 am
The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Despite Africa’s progress in expanding school enrollment over the past decade, one in four children—30 million primary-level students—remain out of school. At the current rate, millions more will be out of school in 2015 than there are today. Africa’s education deficit has severe consequences for development and hinders opportunities for growth, innovation, and social and economic prosperity.

On September 17, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings (CUE) will host the launch of the “Africa Learning Barometer” — a collaboration between CUE and This is Africa. The barometer is the first region-wide assessment and online interactive tool examining the state of learning in Africa. The program will begin with introductory remarks from Senior Fellow and CUE Director Rebecca Winthrop, followed by a short presentation by Brookings Fellow Justin van Fleet on the data and trends from the barometer. Afterwards, a panel will discuss the implications for business and development in Africa. Panelists include Talya Bosch, vice president of Social Ventures at Western Union, and Senior Fellow Mwangi Kimenyi, director of the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings. Lanre Akinola, editor of This is Africa, will moderate the discussion.

Participants can follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #AfricaLearning. After the program, speakers will take audience questions.

Introductory Remarks
Rebecca Winthrop
Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education
The Brookings Institution

Lanre Akinola

This is Africa

Justin van Fleet
The Brookings Institution

Talya Bosch
Vice President, Social Ventures
Western Union

Mwangi S. Kimenyi
Senior Fellow and Director, Africa Growth Initiative
The Brookings Institution

To RSVP for this event, please call the Office of Communications at 202.797.6105 or visit: https://www.cvent.com/events/the-state-of-learning-in-africa/registration-b5d78432a89a450194db6a368aa1e5c2.aspx

News: 7 PhD scholarships in Migration, Urbanization and Societal Change at Malmö University, Sweden

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

This may be of interest to some on the list:


7 PhD scholarships in Migration, Urbanization and Societal Change at Malmö University, Sweden

Posted on behalf of Carina Listerborn:


7 PhD scholarships in Migration, Urbanization and Societal Change

The Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University, Sweden, has 7 fully-funded four-year PhD scholarships available for candidates from all over the world. 4 scholarships will be in the subject of Urban Studies (two of which with a focus on Real Estate Science) and 3 in International Migration and Ethnic relations.

For more information about Malmö University:


For information on eligibility criteria, conditions and application procedures visit:

http://www.mah.se/english/research/Postgraduate-studies/ (English)

http://www.mah.se/Forskning/Utbildning-pa-forskarniva/ (Swedish)

The posts will be announced on the 6th of September here; http://www.mah.se/medarbetare/Personalfragor/Platsannonser/

Deadline for applications 1th of October 2012.

Event: Symposium on Forced Migration, Mobilities and Humanitarianism, 12-13 November, Melbourne

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

The Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Melbourne, Australia, is hosting a two day symposium on humanitarianism, mobilities and forced migration – 12&13 November 2012. Symposium discussion and debate will focus on critical anthropological scholarship of our keynote speaker: Professor Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Preliminary programme details are now available and registration is now open!

For program details and registration, please see: http://www.formhub.net or http://www.sisr.net or contact Sandy Gifford: sgifford@swin.edu.au

Please send all replies to: sgifford@swin.edu.au


New Publication: FMR 40 ‘Being young and out of place’ now online

FMR 40

FMR 40

Forced Migration Review issue 40, entitled ‘Being young and out of place’, is now online at

Web Link:  www.fmreview.org/young-and-out-of-place

Full list of contents, with links to all articles, is given below.

Young people from their early teenage years to their late twenties may be particularly susceptible to being physically and socially ‘out of place’ during this period of their lives. The 26 articles in the theme section of FMR 40 examine the stresses of ‘being young and out of place’, explore young people’s needs and coping strategies, and ask why relatively little attention is paid to their rights and needs.

This issue also includes nine articles about disparate aspects of forced migration: new research findings on protracted displacement, refugee-run information services, ‘tolerated stay’, psychosocial resilience, resettlement of refugees in Argentina, mental health in Lebanese refugee camps, national IDP policies in Afghanistan and Nigeria – and why some issues make it onto the international agenda while others do not.

FMR 40 will be available online in English, French, Spanish and Arabic – but will be available in print in English only. We deeply regret this but currently have insufficient funding to print it in all four of our usual languages. (If your organisation could help fund the printing and dissemination for one of the other language editions, please do get in touch with us as soon as possible at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk)

We would be grateful if you would forward this message to anyone you know who may be interested, Tweet about it, add links to the issue from your website and/or list it in your updates and resources. When adding links, please link to the web page www.fmreview.org/young-and-out-of-place

An expanded contents Listing for this issue – called FMR40 Listing – is available at www.fmreview.org/young-and-out-of-place/FMR40listing.pdf   This includes an introduction to the feature theme, followed by – for each article – the title, author’s name and affiliation, introductory sentences, and the link to the article online. It will be available online in all languages but in print in English only (and possibly Spanish).

If you require multiple copies of FMR40 and/or of FMR40 Listing, please email us immediately at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk

If you do NOT usually receive a print copy of FMR and would like to receive a copy of FMR 40 or FMR40 Listing for your organisation, or multiple copies for distribution to partners and policy/decision-makers or for use at conferences/workshops, PLEASE contact the Editors as soon as possible.

We would like to thank Cécile Mazzacurati (UNFPA) and Jason Hart (University of Bath) for their invaluable assistance as special advisors on the feature theme of this issue. We are very grateful to Save the Children USA and the Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre for their funding support for this issue.

Forthcoming issues of FMR will include features on:

·         Preventing displacement (due out December)

·         Sexual orientation and gender identity and protection of forced migrants (due out April 2013) – now inviting submissions

See www.fmreview.org/forthcoming.htm for details.

If you no longer wish to continue receiving our occasional email alerts, please let us know.

With apologies for any cross-posting of this message.

best wishes

Marion Couldrey & Maurice Herson

Editors, Forced Migration Review

fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk    www.fmreview.org
+44 (0)1865 281700

skype: fmreview

Follow FMR on Facebook and Twitter

Being young and out of place – contents list

[Theme articles]

Putting adolescents and youth at the centre
Sarah Maguire

Unable to see the future: refugee youth in Malawi speak out
Lauren Healy

Not inheriting the past: perceptions of Lebanon
Yara Romariz Maasri

Marrying on credit: the burden of bridewealth on refugee youth
Katarzyna Grabska

Participation of adolescents in protection: dividends for all
Anna Skeels and Monika Sandvik-Nylund

Young and separated from their families in eastern Congo
Gloria Lihemo

From rural Colombia to urban alienation
Alejandro Valencia Arias

Challenging some assumptions about ‘refugee youth’
Christina Clark-Kazak

What it means to be young and displaced
Tamara Velásquez

Being young and of mixed ethnicity in Rwanda
Giorgia Doná

Intangible pressures in Jammu and Kashmir
Ankur Datta

New political subjects: children of forcibly displaced Kurds
Yesim Yildiz

Choosing the street during crisis: a generation out of place
Bridget Steffen with Zephania Owino

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings
Brad Kerner, Seema Manohar, Cécile Mazzacurati and Mihoko Tanabe

Young Costa Ricans and refugees working together for integration
Valentina Duque Echeverri

Helping young refugees avoid exploitative living arrangements
Martin Anderson and Claire Beston

Reintegration of young mothers
Miranda Worthen, Susan McKay, Angela Veale and Mike Wessells

Cultural reflections of Afghan youth living in Canada
Al-Rahim Moosa

Displaced girls’ participation in local youth life
Niklas Stoerup Agerup

Early experiences of young Sudanese resettled to Finland
Saija Niemi

Young people and relations of power
Trupti Magecha, Shamser Sinha and Alex Sutton

Assisting unaccompanied youth to integrate
Nathalie Lummert

Supporting the social integration of trafficked young people
Claire Cody

The role of culture in mentoring
Bernadette Ludwig

Mentoring for resettled youth
Lauren Markham

Safe spaces for adolescent girls in Haiti
Jessica Nieradka

[General articles]

Unlocking protracted displacement
Roger Zetter and Katy Long

KANERE: a refugee-run free press in Kenya
Editorial staff of the Kakuma News Reflector

‘Tolerated stay’: what protection does it give?
Inês Máximo Pestana

Afghanistan consults on an IDP policy
Nina Schrepfer and Dan Tyler

Nigeria needs to take responsibility for its IDPs
Bagoni Alhaji Bukar

Mental health in Palestinian camps in Lebanon
Fabio Forgione

Psychosocial resilience among resettled Bhutanese refugees
Liana Chase

Argentina: resettling refugees within the context of an open migration policy
Paulo Cavaleri

Statelessness and issue (non-)emergence
Lindsey Kingston

MANIF : International Conference “Migrating Heritage”, Glasgow (3-4 Dec.2012): Submission Deadline 31 July

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

***Migrating heritage: networks and collaborations across European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions, University of Glasgow, UK, 3-4 December 2012***


The conference is organised by HoA – School of Culture and Creative  Arts, University of Glasgow as part of EC-funded FP7 project European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLA, http://www.mela-project.eu/ ).

Call for Papers – Abstract and bio submission extended deadline: 31 July 2012

Confirmed invited speakers

Sharon MacDonald (Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester)

Kathrin Merkle (Head of the Cultural Policy, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Division, DG II, Council of Europe)

Rebecca Kay and Alison Phipps (Professors at University of Glasgow and  convenors of Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network)

Agnès Arquez Roth (Directrice réseau et partenariats, Cité nationale de  l’histoire de l’immigration) ? Dr Bernhard Serexhe (Chief Curator of  ZKM Media Museum) ? Anne Marie van Gerwen (Marketing & Communications Manager, Europeana).

Katherine Watson (Director of European Cultural Foundation)


  • Case studies on museums, libraries and public cultural institutions
  • collaborating for European integration ? Operative approaches to
  • multiculturalism, interculturalism, transculturalism in public
  • cultural institutions National and transnational collaboration models:
  • partnerships, cooperation, coordination ? European cultural policies,
  • migration and mobility ? Identity, memory and heritage in European
  • museums, libraries and public cultural institutions ? Studies on
  • European narratives and cultural points of divergence and commonality
  • ? Contested European cultural and scientific heritages in a
  • post-migratory world ? Visitor experiences in collaborative projects
  • involving European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions
  • Archiving, preservation and exhibition technologies in relation to migration and mobility ? Politics of migrating objects, including repatriation
  • Cross border tourism, customs and border policies,including souvenirs and museum replicas.


Authors are requested to submit a PDF including 500 words abstract and  300 words bio by 31 July 2012, followed by PDF with the camera-ready full paper (max 7 pages) by 14 December 2012. All abstracts and papers must comply with the Ashgate formatting instructions (http://www.ashgate.com/Default.aspx?page=2902) and must be submitted via the EasyChair online submission system at https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=mela2012rf03.  Aninternational panel of experts will review the submissions.

Important dates

Abstract and bio submission: deadline extended to 31 July 2012.   Author  notification: August 20, 2012

Conference: December 3-4, 2012

Camera ready (full paper): December 14, 2012 Conference special sessions

GRAMNet- Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network

Europeana, portal endorsed by the European Commission providing a > single access point to millions European cultural and scientific > heritage digital object


There will be the  opportunity to publish a selection of the conference proceedings in 2013, upon the following conditions: all the required materials have  been submitted in proper format, materials have not been already  published and the paper has been presented in person at the Migrating heritage: networks and collaborations across European museums,  libraries and public cultural institutions conference.


Conference attendance is free, but advanced online registration is required. Registration will open in September 2012.

Anticipated audience:

Scholars and PhD students in museum studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, sociology of organisations, library and information science, cultural policies, social sciences, human-computer interaction and related areas

Practitioners from museums, libraries, public institutions ? Decision-makers and policy makers ? Users of cultural institutions and representatives of migrant communities.

Conference organising committee ? Perla Innocenti, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow and MeLa RF03 leader; Dr John  Richards, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow ;  Dr Sabine Wieber, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow Andrew Greg, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow Consulting partners Dept. of Human and Social Sciences, “Orientale” University of Naples Dept. of Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion  (INDACO) – Politecnico di Milano; Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), Glasgow.

Museums Contact Contact chairs at: