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), an on-line living 'case-book' that is published by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and aims to meet the changing needs of scholars and teachers working in the rapidly evolving field of refugee law. Proposals of between 200-400 words should be submitted by July 7, 2008 to Full funding for travel expenses, accommodation and conference registration is available for academics from EU Member States whose papers are accepted and who are either teaching or researching in the field of refugee law. Papers are also welcome from those coming from beyond the EU. For accepted papers from these scholars, the conference registration is free, but travel, accommodation and meal costs have to be covered by the participant.


Forced Migration Podcast: Human Displacement and Climate Change in International Law
The first of The Hague Debates was recorded by Radio Netherlands Worldwide on Thursday, 22 May 2008 in the Peace Palace and is entitled 'When home gets too hot: Human Displacement and Climate Change in International Law'. A podcast of the debate is now available via the Forced Migration Online website.


Curso 'Política Europea en la Cuenca del Mediterráneo'
Universidad de Jaén, miércoles 7, 14, 21, y 28 de mayo.
La Fundación Tres Culturas colabora por tercer año consecutivo con la Cátedra Jean Monnet de la Universidad de Jaén en la organización del Curso de Especialización ¨Instituciones de Derecho Comunitario¨. La puesta en marcha de la decimotercera edición del curso nace con el fin de brindar los instrumentos necesarios para un mayor y mejor conocimiento del proceso de integración europea y alentar el debate y diálogo sobre los temas claves para el futuro de Europa.


Call for Papers: Migration, sovereignty and agency - forthcoming Special Issue of The Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
We would like to invite papers on the theme of migration, sovereignty and agency for a forthcoming Special Issue of The Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding scheduled for publication in 2009.
Papers are welcome that raise questions related to concepts and practices of migration, sovereignty and agency in a variety of contexts and from a variety of perspectives. Articles should be submitted via email to Chris Gilligan (Aston University, UK) at: to arrive by Thursday 21st of August 2008. Articles should have a 'Harvard-style' referencing system, and 7- 8,000 words in length (excluding notes and references, although notes should be kept to a minimum).
The suggestions which follow below provide a guide to the kinds of topics that we would consider for the conference and for publication.
Migration, sovereignty and agency
Firstly, we would like to encourage papers that deal with questions of sovereignty and agency in relation to the regulation of human movement. Human mobility has been subject to increasing controls in recent years, particularly migration to developed industrialised states. These processes raise a range of empirical, analytical, political and normative questions. For example, what contradictions emerge through such a process, and where can we locate agency? How does the state distinguish between migrants, and what are the consequences of such divisive practices? In what ways are historical patterns of domination extended or disrupted through the changing institutional organisation and changing practices of migration control?
Secondly, we would like to encourage papers that deal with questions about migration, sovereignty and agency in relation to trans- or post-nationalism. This theme can be approached in various ways: in terms of migration control; in terms of the production of deterritorialised spaces; and/or in terms of the development of transnational social movements. Questions arise here about the tensions between migratory processes and state regulations, about the reconfiguration of the state in a world of increased mobility, and about the challenges posed to state sovereignty by acts of migration. How does the sovereign state feature in such a process, and what are the key sites in which its regulatory powers are exercised? Do processes of emigration and immigration serve as transnational acts of resistance against the state? What new spaces and modes of political belonging emerge in a context of increased international mobility?
Thirdly, we would like to encourage papers that deal with questions of migration, sovereignty and agency in relation to states and development. In industrialising countries such as China and India migrant labour from rural areas into rapidly urbanizing areas is a significant social phenomenon. Flows of remittances from migrants in more developed countries to their families in less developed states have been touted as a significant and growing source of funds for development. On the other hand the demands in industrialised or post-industrial states for ‘managed migration’ have provoked concerns in the developing world regarding a ‘brain drain’ of skills from their societies. Are movements of people driven by market forces with little scope for conscious human intervention? Is the increasing significance of remittances an example of development ‘from below’, a way in which migrants are able to exercise agency beyond the controls of the state?
Fourthly, we would like to encourage papers that deal with questions of migration, sovereignty and agency in relation to violent political conflict and peace-building. Refugees and asylum-seekers are usually presented as victims of war, but can they be considered to be active agents who are ‘voting with their feet’ and removing their consent to be ruled by a state they oppose? Are displaced people used as a pretext for undermining the sovereignty of the state in the non-Western world, or does humanitarian intervention arise from genuine concern? Can this concern for the victims of war be reconciled with the increasing restriction of refugees and asylum-seekers in the very states which promote humanitarian intervention? Should peacekeeping forces be considered a form of migrant labour?


Lecturer in Tourism - Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh School of Business, Enterprise & Management
£32,795 - £41,545 (progression possible to £46,759) Ref: CRRM009A
You will be expected to contribute to the teaching portfolio in Tourism Management and associated areas at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and in a diverse range of learning and teaching modes.You will be research active – in line with the research strengths of the School – and engaged in other scholarly activity in relation to the School’s strategic development.
The school has good working links with industry and with research collaborators. There is a strong commitment to the development of

interdisciplinary education and research within the School and with international collaborators. You should have a postgraduate qualification or be nearing completion of a PhD. You should have experience of high quality teaching at undergraduate level and ideally a track record of research that includes publication and presentations related to the teaching responsibilities you will have.

For a recruitment pack, please contact Human Resources on (0131) 474 0000 and ask for ‘staff vacancy’ or email quoting the appropriate reference. Completed application forms should be returned by 13th June and interviews will take place on 2nd July 2008.


Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford - 20th annual Elizabeth Colson lecture
The Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford announces the 20th annual Elizabeth Colson lecture, on Wednesday 21 May, 17.00 at the Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HD. 'Zomia, a Zone of Resistance: The last great enclosure movement and stateless peoples in Southeast Asia', by Professor James C Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University. All welcome. For further information please contact


MA in Sociology - Mobilities Pathways - Lancaster University

This pathway provides an introduction to a new approach within the social sciences that focuses upon the study of intersecting mobilities. Lancaster is one of the main bases for this new social science which examines how very many practices and institutions in social life depend upon diverse forms of travel, transport, tourism and communications.

This course provides an opportunity to study this new approach where in part it is being generated. It is taught by some of the leading contributors to this new approach who have produced major books, reports and articles. Some of this work involves collaborations with designers, engineers and artists who are involved in imagining and producing alternative mobility futures. The major interdisciplinary journal Mobilities is based in the Centre for Mobilities Research, Sociology Department, Lancaster University.
For further information please write to Jules Knight:


Manufactured Landscapes – film show
As part of the New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe Living programme, there will be a showing of 'Manufactured Landscapes' on 23 May 2008, at 8.30pm, at Dukes cinmema Lancaster. there will be an introduction by Photographer Jristos Boukalas.
Directed by: Jennifer Baichwal |Year: 2007 | Running time: 90 mins | Certificate: U
In Manufactured Landscapes, acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal follows internationally celebrated photographer Edward Burtynsky to China and Bangladesh. The result is a beautifully shot and edited film, exploring the aesthetics and social and spiritual dimensions of globalization around the world today, revealing a truly unsettling look at contemporary existence.


Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) Annual Research Day
The next CeMoRe Research Day will take place on Friday May 23rd in the IAS. The aim of the research day is to provide a showcase for mobility-related research at Lancaster and to give mobility researchers on campus a chance to meet and exchange research ideas. I hope that you will be able to come along.
There is no charge for the event and a light buffet lunch will be provided. So that we can judge numbers for catering can you please confirm your attendance with Pennie Drinkall ( no later than 19 May 2008


Migration and the Gender/Race Nexus: Methodologies, Epistemologies and Normative Commitments
5 September 2008
Recent debates on migration and the (re)production of global inequalities have contributed significantly to the deconstruction of some social myths that plagued academic scholarship in the past. Commonplace perceptions of migrants as young and male have been challenged. It has been acknowledged that the interplay of various social factors in the decision of individuals to migrate affect the two genders in different ways. Gender roles and relations overdetermine who migrates and why, and the impacts the phenomenon has both on policy-making in the ‘host’ country and the newcomers. The academic feminisms of the 1980s and the 1990s were complemented by activist work; the two together contributed to a better understanding of how migration can cement traditional roles and inequalities - or even expose women to new dangers. At the same time, a new wave of feminist critique moved away from the myth of ‘victimisation’, suggesting that women are not passive recipients but active agents in migration processes.

‘Colour’ and ethnicity (as well as a wilful conflation of the two) also matter, of course. ‘Race’ remains essential in the production of local, national and global hierarchies of cultural and political value, sanctioning and naturalising ideas of ‘second’ and ‘third’ class citizenships. Such changes in the political and academic arenas led to a better understanding of migration and settlement processes in different political, economic and cultural contexts, and according to factors such as gender, class, and, most importantly, race/ethnicity. Gendered and racialised migrations invite questions concerning citizenship rights and duties, the future and nature of ‘cosmopolitan identities’ and the battle for recognition of social and cultural ‘difference’ in receiving countries. Finally, they introduce questions of power, knowledge and relationality in the field of social research: how can these issues be addressed?

This symposium will explore methodological questions and epistemological challenges in migration research on the gender/race nexus. Suggested themes for discussion include:

1. Research methods (interview sampling, structured/unstructured interviews, focus groups, auto/biographical narratives, archival research)

2. Methodological innovations in the field

3. Questions of knowledge in research on gender/race and migration

4. Emerging themes and theoretical approaches

5. Normative commitments in research and the role of academic work in the making of alternative socio-political futures

Provisional programme :

Stratification and global migrations: gender, class and race (Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex)

Producing the norm: modernity, technology and migrant women (Parvati Raghuram, Open University)

Cultural capital of second generation migrant women in the UK: reconstructing gendered experiences through biographical narratives (Eleni Hatzidimitriadou, MASC, Kent)

Power, knowledge and resistance: researching the relationship between generation, gender and ethnicity in the context of British Bangladeshi settlers and recent Polish migrants (John Eade, Roehampton)

Making the connections: arts, politics and policy (Maggie O’Neil, Loughborough)

Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies at the University of Leeds has a history of critical interdisciplinary engagement with the origins, production and conditions of racism. This symposium forms part of CERS’ Racialised Hostilities programme of activities for 2008 in celebration of its tenth year of existence.
REGISTRATION: Early registration is advised as participant spaces are strictly limited. Registration fees: £30 (Academics and unwaged); £60 (others) : Registration includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. For registration or further details contact: Ms Marie Ross | Research Support Officer | Tel: 0113 343 407. | Email:


Breaking News to all ALF National Network members: Now you can choose who will be the next winner of this year’s edition of the Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures.
The Anna Lindh Foundation and Fondazione Mediterraneo have the pleasure to announce the launch of the Third Edition of the Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures 2008. This year, the members have the chance to not only nominate the candidates, but also to select the winner of the Award through an online voting system.
The theme chosen by the Presidency of the Award for the third edition is Dialogue Through Arts. The particular field of art chosen is visual arts, which includes the following disciplines: drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture.
National Network members only have the right to submit nominations. A nomination can also be jointly presented by several members of National Networks.
Eligible nomination must include the following:
1. attached a CV (curriculum vitae) of the candidate (maximum 3 pages). The résumé should highlight the most recent achievements of the candidate over the last 3 years, contributing to intercultural understanding.

2. attached sample of the artist’s work (image or link to online gallery) for evaluation.

To submit a nomination, please refer to the attached Nomination Form, complete and send it to with copy to An online Nomination Form will soon be available on the Anna Lindh Foundation website.
This year, the Heads of National Network will choose the five finalists nominated for the award before 30 June 2008. Then, all National Network members will be invited to choose the winner among the five finalists through an online voting system. The election is expected to take place from 8 – 13 July. The candidate who gets the majority of votes within a National Network, s/he will be considered the candidate of this respective network. This is in order to ensure a balanced and fair electoral process, since the number of members vary from one network to the other.
The winner will receive a trophy in a prestigious event, and will participate in at least another National Network event. In addition, the winner and the finalists will have the opportunity to display their work in an online virtual gallery.
So, make up your mind now and nominate an artist who has contributed to dialogue between cultures through his/her work of art.

Deadline: 10 June 2008

For queries, please contact Mr. Gianluca Solera, Network Coordinator ( or

Ms. Rasha Shaaban, Assistant Network Coordinator (


Lancée la TROISIÈME Édition du Prix Euro-Med

Dernières nouvelles pour les membres des réseaux nationaux FAL :

Dès maintenant, vous pouvez choisir qui sera la gagnant de l’édition 2008 du Prix Euro-Med pour le dialogue entre les cultures.

La Fondation Anna Lindh et Fondazione Mediterraneo ont le plaisir d’annoncer le lancement de la troisième édition du Prix Euro-Med pour le dialogue entre les cultures. Cette année, les membres des réseaux nationaux auront l’opportunité non seulement de nommer les candidats, mais aussi d’élire le lauréat du Prix par un système de vote en ligne.


Le thème de cette année qui a été choisi par la Présidence du Prix est le Dialogue à travers les arts. Le domaine spécifique qui a été retenu est celui des arts visuels, qui inclut les disciplines suivantes : dessin, peinture, photographie et sculpture.


Seuls les organismes membres de réseaux nationaux FAL peuvent nommer des candidats. Un candidat pourra aussi être présenté par plusieurs membres.

Tout dossier de candidature doit inclure les pièces suivantes :

1. Un CV (curriculum vitae) du candidat (maximum 3 pages). Le résumé devrait indiquer en particulier les travaux et accomplissements des trois dernières années, qui contribuent à la compréhension inter-culturelle.

2. Une sélection du travail de(s) artistes (image ou lien à une gallérie virtuelle) pour évaluation.

Pour soumettre une candidature, veuillez vous référer au formulaire de nomination ci-joint, le remplir et l'envoyer à avec copie à Un formulaire en ligne sera bientôt disponible sur le site Internet de la Fondation Anna Lindh.


Cette année, les Chefs de file des réseaux FAL sélectionneront les meilleurs cinq finalistes avant le 30 juin 2008. Ensuite, tous les membres des réseaux nationaux seront invités à déposer leur vote en choisissant parmi les cinq finalistes à travers une consultation électorale en ligne, qui aura lieu du 8 au 13 juillet. Le candidat finaliste qui recevra la majorité des voix exprimées au sein de chaque réseau national sera considéré comme le candidat du réseau en question. Ceci pour que la procédure soit équilibrée par rapport au poids électoral de chaque réseau, étant donné que le nombre de membres des réseaux nationaux est très varié.


Le lauréat recevra un trophée dans le cadre d’un événement prestigieux, et il participera à au moins une activité d’un réseau national. Le lauréat et les finalistes auront aussi l’opportunité d’exposer leur travail dans une gallérie virtuelle en ligne.

Alors, maintenant il est à vous de nommer des artistes qui ont contribué au dialogue entre les cultures à travers leur travail !

DATE LIMITE: 10 juin 2008
Pour toute question supplémentaire, contactez M. Gianluca Solera ( ou Mme Rasha Shaaban (


International Student Mobilities: a workshop
Tuesday, 24th June 2008. University of Surrey in Room 32 MS 03
International students are an increasingly visible presence within higher education in many countries, including the UK, and the recent trend in overseas study is widely predicted to continue. Research has begun to acknowledge this, addressing the international mobility of students as part of a wider interest in the transnational migration of highly skilled workers in a global knowledge economy. Most of this work, however, describes a limited pattern of student mobility – from non-English speaking to English-speaking countries, from East to West, and from developing to advanced economies. Very little attention has been paid to students who move from advanced English-speaking countries to pursue their studies overseas. This workshop seeks to address this significant gap in extant knowledge through an examination of the motivations and experiences of the increasing numbers of UK students and graduates choosing a foreign education.


The 5th Cycling and Society Research Group symposium will be held on Monday 8th September 2008 at the Centre for Transport & Society, University of the West of England
(Room 4Q65 Frenchay Campus - -
It is an opportunity for those interested in the broad range of cycling issues - academics, policy makers, decision makers and campaigners - to share their research, knowledge and experience.
This symposium series was launched in 2004 at Lancaster University, with subsequent meetings at the Universities of Cardiff (2005), Chester (2006) and at the offices of the Cyclist's Touring Club (CTC) Guildford (2007). The symposia are linked to the Cycling and Society Research Group ( whose members span many disciplines and approaches to the study of cycling. An edited collection of papers was launched at the CTC symposium in 2007 - Cycling and Society, eds. Horton, Rosen & Cox, Ashgate 2007 - and many of these papers were first presented at the Lancaster symposium.
Papers on any aspect of cycling research are welcome. Past symposia have included papers on cycling and social transformation; gender; dentity; image; fear;history; policy; legal issues; route choice modelling; design; barriers to cycling; contradictions in cycling statistics; research methodologies; innovation in the cycle industry; and communication between cyclists and drivers.
Please send an abstract of up to 300 words by July 11th 2008 to

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