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Mobility in 2030: Future trends - analyzed online by experts?
Interdisciplinary experts are currently discussing which technological and sociological trends - and their underlying psychological dimensions - are likely to determine the future of mobility for business and leisure travel. While some developments seem relatively easy to identify today, others remain nothing more than vague predictions.
In view of this, the Lucerne School of Business, ITW, has launched a research project that includes an international online survey of professional opinions as one major component. The "Cities for Mobility" network, which is being coordinated by Stuttgart, supports this worldwide survey.
The Lucerne of Applied Sciences, ITW, would be pleased if you would contribute to the quality of the survey results by sharing your expertise on this topic. We will gladly send you an overview of the relevant research results as a PDF file, too.
The following link will take you to the online survey:

You will find additional important details (e.g., on data privacy) on the start page.
Thank you for your interest.

We would be glad to answer any further questions you may have.

Lucerne School of Business,

ITW Institute, CCM

Lucerne, Switzerland

Dr. Johannes Klühspies

Timo Ohnmacht



'The Kurds and Kurdistan: History, Politics and Culture'
The Centre for Kurdish Studies (CKS), University of Exeter, 2nd and 3rd April 2009.
This interdisciplinary conference will explore a range of thematic and methodological issues relating to The Kurds and Kurdistan, with speakers coming from institutions in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Panel topics will include Contemporary Iraq, Religiosity, Transnationalism, Language and Literature and Gender and Violence.
On the website,, you will find further information about the conference, including registration details.


Two-day workshop: Diasporas, Migration and Media: Crossing Boundaries, New Directions

November 6-7 2009
Utrecht University, Netherlands | Co-hosted by Nottingham Trent University and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Studying the relationship between diasporas and the media presents several challenges and issues that are at the core of humanities, social sciences, anthropology, and cultural and media studies. In the last two decades, an increase in the number of theories and amount of empirical research in the field, with topics ranging from Diaspora, mobility, migration, ethnicity, cosmopolitanism, postcolonialism, identity politics, representation, and practices of media production and consumption, have enhanced our understanding of the everyday lives of Diasporas and migrants.
Through this process, the area of Diaspora, migration and media has evolved to embrace different theoretical and methodological perspectives, resulting in a plethora of work, and as a result, consolidating its position as an important area of investigation. On the other hand, any emerging canon needs to be criticized and challenged if the field is to retain its dynamism. In addition, the increasingly vocal critiques against multiculturalism give rise to defensive writing: is it time to develop more positive and forceful lines of enquiry.
The aim of this workshop, then is to address the state-of-the-art in the field by inviting colleagues - academics, non-academics, researchers and PhD students - to map the diverse areas of investigation and/or present ongoing empirical and theoretical work that might offer a critique as well as point out new directions in the field.
We invite abstracts that address the following themes, but would be happy to consider proposals which fall outside of them:
The local/global diasporic cultural experiences / Dynamics of migration and memory /

Dynamics of Representation, discourse and language / Subjectivity, emotion and identity / Diaspora, youth and media / Diasporic Audiences / Diaspora and Queer theory / Visual Cultures and Diasporas/Migrants / Music and Diasporas / Cultural Citizenship / Cultural policy and Diaspora / Web 2.0, social media and Diasporas: what are they doing for Diasporas and minorities? / The backlash against multiculturalism and/in the media / Diasporic/minority media: what is new? / Urban environments and multicultural encounters / Diasporic generations, communication and media

The deadline for submissions is 16 June 2009 | Registration fee: £50

For further information please contact: |


Call for Papers: International Conference on Protecting People in Conflict & Crisis?
The Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford (RSC), in collaboration with the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (HPG), is organising an international conference on the theme of /Protecting People in Conflict & Crisis: Responding to

the Challenges of a Changing World/. This conference aims to convene a broad range of academic researchers, humanitarian practitioners, policy makers and civil society representatives to review the state of policy and practice in the broad field of humanitarian protection as we look forward into a potentially turbulent 21st Century.

The conference will address the following indicative themes:

* Populations at risk: Surviving and responding to protection threats * Concepts of Protection

* The Politics of Protection * Protection, security and the roles of military and armed actors

* National and regional responsibilities to protect * Protection in Practice

The conference will take place between 22nd and 24th of September 2009 and will feature a range of keynote lectures, plenary discussions and expert panel debates, paper sessions and practice updates.
Those wishing to participate in the conference are invited to submit abstracts outlining their suggestions for Paper presentations, Paper sessions, Expert debates and Practice updates, and are requested to read the full Call for Papers (PDF):

Abstracts should address the broad conference themes mentioned above. Abstracts are welcome from all of those concerned with the question of civilian protection, whether scholars or students, humanitarian practitioners or policy makers, advocates, activists or crisis-affected


Abstracts should be no more than 300 words long, and should be submitted by Monday 1st June 2009 to Please indicate which kind of session your abstract refers to, include keywords and indicate the name of the conference theme to which your abstract most closely applies. Please give your email the subject heading “Abstract:

_Your Name_”.

For general information pertaining to the conference, please contact

Simon Addison: / +44 (0)1865 270279.


Fourth Beirut Exchange, 10-24 June 2009
In an effort to further its commitment to promoting dialogue and understanding, is pleased to announce the third and fourth "Beirut Exchange" programs.
The March Beirut Exchange program rests on two tracks: Academic - Participants will attend a series of lectures and colloquia led by leading academics and public intellectuals. Topics will include: International law in theory and practice in the Middle East; The United Nations as peacekeeper and mediator; Engaging political Islam; Pax Syriana in Lebanon; Asymmetrical conflict: the July 2006 Lebanon war; The Dubai model and its impact on the Middle East.
Dialogue with Leaders - Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage social, political and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Lebanon - with a particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on exposure to leading Islamist and opposition currents.
You can find details of our programs at: March Beirut Exchange:
June Beirut Exchange:
To view Cal Perry's CNN report on the Beirut Exchange, visit:


The Politics of Lifestyle Migration and Residential Tourism: from reality to imagination
Convened by Michaela Benson, The Sociological Review
Despite the significant scale of the phenomenon, the politics of Lifestyle Migration or Residential Tourism - the migration of relatively affluent individuals motivated by the promise of a particular lifestyle e.g. the British in France and Spain, Americans in Central America - remain uninterrogated. This panel examines the politics involved in this type of migration as they manifest themselves in governance, personal and historical politics, and in sociological explanations of the phenomenon. It therefore aims, through the exploration of these four sub-themes, to reveal the underlying and complex politics of this peculiar trend, as these intersect with reality and imagination, and which have, until now, been hidden from view.
1. In contrast to other forms of migration, there is very little governance of this contemporary form of migration; although host countries often provide incentives for these incomers, encouraging this form of mobility in the hope that it will boost their economies, they neglect the less savoury outcomes. The panel thus invites papers that examine existing governance, but also propose, based on well-documented cases, the controls that may be necessary as this social phenomenon increases in scale, and as its implications for local, national, and global communities become more evident.

2. Although there has been great emphasis upon its roots in tourism, little insight has been gained into the historical politics of relationships between sending and receiving countries. As the numbers of countries involved in this trend increases, these politics may become an increasingly important consideration in explaining the trend, for example in postcolonial contexts, which are increasing being seen as viable destinations (e.g. India, Panama, and Cyprus). Empirical and theoretical papers that examine these historical political conditions are therefore welcome.

3. The panel also invites contributions that examine individual motivations behind this form of migration, the personal politics (or lack thereof) involved in the decision to migrate and within hopes for a particular lifestyle following migration. It therefore questions whether Lifestyle Migration and Residential Tourism can be regarded as individualized political statements, and if so, what are these statements and what can they tell us about the people making them?

4. Finally, the terms used to explain this form of migration are highly contested within the field. The panel therefore seeks papers which question the politics, implicit or explicit, of the particular terms 'Lifestyle Migration' and 'Residential Tourism'. Who do they include and exclude, and to what ends?

Michaela Benson | The Sociological Review Fellow 2008/09 | The Sociological Review,

Keele University | Keele | Staffs | ST5 5BG


Call for Papers: "Pastoral Sudan - Disrupted Territories"
"Pastoral Sudan" aims at collecting local, high resolution case studies from all over Sudan, illustrating how pastoral livelihoods are increasingly differentiated, regrouped in new clusters and exposed to new risks.
Papers should center around one or more of the following objectives:

- Disclose the current position of the pastoral group in the specific social and territorial constellation.

- Reveal pastoralists location-specific responses to negotiations and manifestations of boundaries and their outcomes. - Highlight various articulations and mobilities, e.g. the movement of people, goods and information, and their territorial materialization. - Identify past and present social and territorial ruptures and reveal the conjunction of possible interventions, such as by development agencies and failing state institutions. - Assess the pastoral group's current status of livelihood security in view of natural catastrophes and man-made disasters, such as droughts, epidemics, famines and wars and their territorial impact.
Deadline: Authors, wishing to contribute, are requested to send the article's title and an abstract (300 words) until 1 May 2009 (e-mail: The entire paper should be submitted by 01 August 2009.
Jörg Gertel, Oriental Institute, University of Leipzig; Richard Rottenburg, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Halle; Sandra Calkins, Oriental Institute, University of Leipzig.

Contact: Collaborative Research Center SFB 586, University of Leipzig, Email:, Website:


Podcast: Kurdish Forced Migration in Turkey?
The 14th Forced Migration Online podcast is now online. The podcast was recorded in May 2008 and presents an overview of Kurdish forced migration in Turkey with a particular focus on forced migration in the 1990s. The work also covers the issue of Kurdish identity in the Turkish

state. The podcast includes comments from Prof Joost Jongerden, Dr David Cuthell and Mustafa Gündogdu as well as displaced Kurds in Diyarbakir and Istanbul.


More podcasts can be found at:


Special issue of Tourist Studies dedicated to French scholars
Tourist Studies Online Table of Contents Alert

A new issue of Tourist Studies is available online:

1 August 2008; Vol. 8, No. 2

The below Table of Contents is available online at:


Olivier Evrard and Anne Doquet

Tourist Studies 2008;8 143-153

Balinese identity as tourist attraction: From `cultural tourism' (pariwisata budaya) to `Bali erect' (ajeg Bali)

Michel Picard

Tourist Studies 2008;8 155-173

An interview with Jean Didier Urbain: Tourism beyond the grave: a semiology of culture

Anne Doquet and Olivier Evrard

Tourist Studies 2008;8 175-191

The nation state as an identifying image: Traditions and stakes in tourism policy, Touraine, France

Saskia Cousin

Tourist Studies 2008;8 193-209

In the tomb of Tutankhamun: Orchestrating mysteries and curiosity under guidance in the Egyptian Art Museum

Emmanuel Grimaud

Tourist Studies 2008;8 211-230

Enchantment and solidarity: Which dream does `fair tourism' sell?

Céline Cravatte and Nadège Chabloz

Tourist Studies 2008;8 231-247

Speculators and santuristas: The development of Afro-Cuban cultural tourism and the accusation of religious commercialism

Kali Argyriadis

Tourist Studies 2008;8 249-265

Consuming the city in passing: Guided visits and the marketing of difference in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Elisabeth Cunin and Christian Rinaudo

Tourist Studies 2008;8 267-286


New issue of the journal M/C Journal 12(1) on ‘Still’
M/C Journal 12(1) "Still"
Bringing together academics from geography, fine arts, media, politics and international studies, cultural studies and communication, this collection provides a timely intervention into contemporary understandings of global flows, speed, movement and animation.
Paul Harrison "Remaining Still"
Andrew Murphie "Be Still, Be Good, Be Cool: The Ambivalent Powers of Stillness in an Overactive World"
Peter Adey "Holding Still: The Private Life of an Air Raid"
Debbie Lisle "The 'Potential Mobilities' of Photography"
JD Dewsbury "Still: 'No Man's Land' or Never Suspend the Question"
Sebastian Abrahamsson "Between Motion and Rest: Encountering Bodies in/on Display"
Emma Cocker "From Passivity to Potentiality: The Communitas of Stillness"
Nicholas Gill "Longing for Stillness: The Forced Movement of Asylum Seekers"
Sarah Sharma "The Great American Staycation and the Risk of Stillness"
Greg Noble, Megan Watkins "On the Arts of Stillness: For a Pedagogy of Composure"
Nour Dados "Anything Goes, Nothing Sticks: Radical Stillness and Archival Impulse"
Natalia Radywyl "A Moment's Daydreaming"
Ross Harley "Light-Air-Portals: Visual Notes on Differential Mobility"
David Bissell (University of Brighton, UK) and Gillian Fuller (UNSW, Sydney)
Special Edition editors


Journal Southeastern Europe
JSEE is a peer-reviewed journal published by Brill, Leiden, The Netherland. The Journal has been already published for 30 years by Charles Schlacks Editor, California. In 2006, the Istituto per l'Europe Centro-Orientale e Balcanica -Europe and the Balkans International Network took the management of JSEE, giving to the Journal a new philosophy, structure and graphic layout.
Southeastern Europe aims to be a pioneer in the contextualization and conceptualization of South East European developments. From a theoretical point of view, Southeastern Europe is intended to be pluridisciplinary and interdisciplinary in character and to use a comparative approach to the analysis (see JSEEPresentation).
The Editorial Board is pleased to announce an open call for articles for the next issues of JSEE.
The deadlines for submitting articles are the following: April 30th 2009, for Vol 34 to be published in January 2010; October 30th 2009, for Vol 35 to be published in July 2010; April 30th 2010 , for Vol 36 to be published in January 2011
All texts need to be in compliance with the conditions set in the Submission Guidelines available at
All proposals, papers and enquiries should be submitted to:

Sara Barbieri

Editorial Assistant Journal SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE, Brill Istituto per l'Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna Corso della Repubblica 88/A, 47100 Forlì, Italy

Tel.: +39 0543 36304


Introducing ‘African Journal of History and Culture (AJHC)’

The African Journal of History and Culture (AJHC)publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in all areas of the subject. All articles published in (AJHC) will be peer-reviewed. The following types of papers are considered for publication: + Original articles in basic and applied research. + Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays.

Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue.

Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website

Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) to African Journal of History and Culture (AJHC)

Open Access - One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. AJHC is fully committed Open Access Initiative by providing free access to all articles (both abstract and full PDF text) as soon as they are published. We ask you to support this initiative by publishing your papers in this journal.

Invitation to Review - AJHC is seeking for qualified reviewers as members of the review board team. AJHC serves as a great resource for researchers and students across the globe. We ask you to support this initiative by joining our reviewer’s team. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, kindly send us your resume to
Publication Alert - We will be glad to send you a publication alert showing the table of content with link to the various abstracts and full PDF text of articles published in each issue. Kindly send us an email if you will like to receive publication alert.
Precious Ejiga | Editorial Assistant | African Journal of History and Culture (AJHC) |



UNESCO Migration Programme: People on the Move, Handbook of Selected Terms and Concepts
People on the Move: Handbook of Selected Terms and Concepts. New publication from The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP Foundation) in cooperation with UNESCO.
Migration has moved high on the international agenda; it is now the focus of sensitive debates and growing media attention in a variety of contexts. An extensive terminology has evolved to cover standing and emerging issues as they also relate to the larger fields of human rights and development.

Elaborated in cooperation with international experts, this handbook takes stock of the present use of some selected terms and concepts. It aims to contribute to greater precision and accuracy in language and discourse on the part of all stakeholders although it does not claim to be exhaustive or definitive. It is designed to be accessible to a general public which may not be familiar with the detailed discussions in the field of refugee and migration policy.

With the publication we try to raise awareness and to facilitate a transparent debate on the delicate policy discussions concerning migration, in line with the larger missions of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP Foundation) and UNESCO. Where misrepresentations are detrimental to an adequate international dialogue, it should provide useful orientation.
The Handbook remains work in progress. We welcome your comments and suggestions and hope that this initial edition will be a useful resource for you and/or your organization.

Migration without Borders publication, now available in Russian. French, Spanish and Chinese to follow.?


New Book: Migration Without Borders - Essays on the Free Movement of People
Edited by Antoine Pécoud and Paul de Guchteneire

Published by Berghahn Books Oxford-New York, in association with UNESCO

The book is now being translated in several languages, including Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.


The Merchant Houses of Mocha: Trade and Architecture in an Indian Ocean Port
Gaining prominence as a seaport under the Ottomans in the mid-1500s, the city of Mocha on the Red Sea coast of Yemen pulsed with maritime commerce. Its very name became synonymous with Yemen's most important revenue-producing crop - coffee. After the imams of the Qasimi dynasty ousted the Ottomans in 1635, Mocha's trade turned eastward toward the Indian Ocean and coastal India. Merchants and shipowners from Asian, African, and European shores flocked to the city to trade in Arabian coffee and aromatics, Indian textiles, Asian spices, and silver from the New World. Nancy Um tells how and why Mocha's urban shape and architecture took the forms they did. Mocha was a hub in a great trade network encompassing overseas cities, agricultural hinterlands, and inland market centers. All these connected places, together with the functional demands of commerce in the city, the social stratification of its residents, and the imam's desire for wealth, contributed to Mocha's architectural and urban form. Eventually, in the mid-1800s, the Ottomans regained control over Yemen and abandoned Mocha as their coastal base. Its trade and its population diminished and its magnificent buildings began to crumble, until few traces are left of them today. This book helps bring Mocha to life once again. Nancy Um is associate professor of art history at Binghamton University in New York.

• Paperback: 272 pages

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