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SOAS MSc programme in Migration, Mobility and Development
The SOAS Department of Development Studies launches a new MSC in Migration, Mobility and Development (See: The Programme will begin in September 2009 and applications will be welcomed from now on. Further information can be requested from the Programme Convenor Dr Tania Kaiser at


'Securitising Mobilities and Circulations'
Claus Moser Research Centre, University of Keele, 27-28 November 2008.

Thursday 27 November

13.00 -- Registration and coffee

13.30 -- Introduction: Luis Lobo-Guerrero and Peter Adey (University of Keele)

'Securitising Mobilities and Circulations as a problem space'
14.00 --16:00 -- Panel 1: Biosecurities, Infectious microbes, and pollinators

Javier Lezaun (University of Oxford): ''A New Degree of Connectivity': Bees and Bureaucrats in a changing European landscape'

Stefan Elbe (University of Sussex): 'Viral Sovereignty: Microbial Crises of Circulation and the Biopolitics of Security'

Nick Bingham, (Department of Geography, The Open University): 'Mapping the multiplicities of biosecurity'

Discussant: Ronnie Lippens, University of Keele
16.00 -- tea and coffee


Keynote address: Prof. Mark Salter (University of Ottawa). Title to be announced

19.00 -- Drinks reception: Claus Moser Research Centre, lobby

19.30 -- Workshop Dinner: The Terrace Restaurant, Keele Hall
Friday 28 November

9.00 Panel 2: Targeting circulation, protecting heterotopia

Martin Coward (University of Sussex): 'From 'shock and awe' to '7/7': Attacks on infrastructure as a lens for understanding the contemporary urbanisation of warfare'

Peter Adey (University of Keele): 'Reaching through the milieu: air power, kinetics and the ecologies of effects-based targeting'

Luis Lobo-Guerrero (University of Keele): 'Infrastructure as Strategised Space': the biopolitics of heterotopia and circulation, and the challenge of critical infrastructure protection'

Discussant: Ben Anderson (University of Durham)

11.00-11.15 coffee


Panel 3 -- Borders and Bifurcations

Craig Martin (Royal Holloway, University of London): 'Re-securing and the 'Ever-Presence' of the Accident'

Emily Jackson (University of Durham): 'Art, freedom and re-thinking biopolitical security'

Louise Amoore and Alexandra Hall (University of Durham): 'Taking People Apart: Digitised Dissection and the Body Border'

Chris Rumford (Royal Holloway, University of London): 'Borders and Fetishised Mobilities: a cosmopolitan perspective'

Discussant: Michael Dillon (University of Lancaster)

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.30 Roundtable and conclusion

For registration details please contact: Rosie Shepherd | Claus Moser (Room CM1.12) | Keele University | Staffs ST5 5BG | Telephone: 01782 733245 | E-mail:


International conference: Ten years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement
Ten years ago the United Nations issued the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The anniversary will be marked at a high-level conference in Oslo this week, entitled “Ten Years of Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement – Achievements and Future Challenges”.
Protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is on the agenda when over 120 representatives from governments, the United Nations and civil society come together in Oslo on 16 and 17 October. Keynote speakers are the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres; Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes; and the Representative of the UN Secretary- General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Walter Kälin. Government representatives from for example Uganda, Georgia and Mozambique will share their experiences from work with IDPs in their countries.
The Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement were presented to the UN Human Rights Commission in 1998, to underscore the rights of this group who are not protected under the Refugee Convention. In the ensuing decade a growing number of governments have developed laws and policies on internal displacement based on the Guiding Principles. Still, internal displacement is on the rise; today 26 million people are displaced within the borders of their country due to armed conflict and human rights abuses. That constitutes two thirds of the world’s displaced. Daily, their rights are violated and great efforts remain before laws and policies have a real impact on the situation.
The conference is hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Representative of the UN Secretary- General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons/Brookings Institution.
Press contact: Siri Elverland, Press Adviser, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Mobile: +47 93 21 82 19. E-post:

See the conference website at


Call for Submission – Migration, Diaspora, Identities
We are very pleased to be holding our 5th Annual Conference in collaboration with the AHRC programme. Our collaboration reflects our mutual interest in multi-disciplinary research across the humanities and social sciences.
Diasporas, migration and identities ' has been the subject of a major national research programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK since 2005. Its central concerns have also been at the heart of the work of the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM). The aim of the conference is to examine the past and present impact of diasporas and migration on nation, community, identity and subjectivity, culture and the imagination, place and space, emotion, politics, law and values.
We invite abstracts that address the following themes: * Migration, settlement and diaspora: modes, stages and forms * Representation, performance, discourse and language * Subjectivity, emotion and identity * Objects, practices and places

* Beliefs, values and laws * The role of youth in relationship to diasporas, migration and identities * Diasporic economics and labour markets * The recognition of multiple origins and mixedness * The politics of immigration and integration * Public opinion and public policy * Ethnic identity politics

In addition to individual papers and poster presentations, we are also calling for proposals for convened symposia. Deadline 2 February 2009. For more information about the Call for Papers and submission forms, please visit our website

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