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      -----Original Message-----
      From: H-Net Network on Migration History [mailto:H-MIGRATION@...]
      On Behalf Of Schrover, M.L.J.C.
      Sent: Tuesday, 29 September 2009 10:03 PM
      To: H-MIGRATION@...
      Subject: Cfp: JOURNEYS AND JUSTICE: Forced migration, seeking asylum, and
      human rights

      JOURNEYS AND JUSTICE: Forced migration,
      seeking asylum, and human rights
      A conference at the University of Leeds, UK
      Friday 29th January 2010
      This conference will examine the journeys of forced migrants. It will
      explore these journeys through the
      lenses of justice and human rights. A key part of the conference will be to
      debate better solutions to the
      problems of injustice and human rights denial that so often taint the
      journeys of forced migrants. Its focus
      is mainly on the UK, but contributions from elsewhere are welcome.
      The conference will:
      * Examine the forces causing people to involuntarily
      leave their homes
      * Explore the often traumatic and chaotic routes
      forced migrants take in their journeys
      * Investigate forced migrants' arrival experiences
      * Consider how forced migrants are treated and
      supported in the UK
      * Evaluate how well forced migrants are integrated
      * Delve into what, why and how forced migrants
      return to their home country
      * Focus on practical solutions and their policy
      implications
      Keynote speakers:
      Eleonore Kofman (Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship, Middlesex
      University)
      Hsiao-Hung Pai (author of 'Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's
      Hidden Army of Labour').
      The conference will culminate in a 6pm 'Question Time' panel (free to
      attend) chaired by broadcaster
      Jenni Murray, with well-known figures such as Jeremy Seabrook (author of
      'The Refuge and the Fortress'),
      Eleonore Kofman (Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship, Middlesex
      University) and
      Mike Kaye (Still Human Still Here coalition & Amnesty).
      We invite papers and other types of contributions (e.g. poetry, photography,
      film, art) which reflect on the
      below key issues. Please send your ideas (abstracts of no more than 250
      words) to Louise Waite (email
      below) by October 30th 2009.
      * Causes of forced migration (whether through persecution or other forms of
      coercion) such as economic
      crisis, environmental pressure, discrimination (due to e.g. gender, race,
      sexuality), war and global politics
      * Experiences of seeking asylum
      * Policies and procedures such as border control, the asylum system, denial,
      destitution, detention and
      deportation
      * Issues of justice such as human rights and the rights of the child
      * Longer term issues such as settlement, integration and citizenship
      * Responses in civil society such as political mobilisation, activism and
      racialised antagonism
      We hope that the conference will be of interest to the following: people
      with personal experience of forced
      migration; people who have settled, achieved citizenship and feel integrated
      or excluded; people working in
      this sector; volunteers; political activists; academics working in this
      field.
      For conference registration (£40 full cost, £20 reduced cost, + limited
      bursaries): please see registration
      form at
      http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/research/conferences/journeys-and-justice.html.
      Closing date for registration is December 1st 2009.
      The organising committee
      Clive Briscoe, Amnesty International clive.briscoeai@...
      Professor Max Farrar, Leeds Met University m.farrar@...
      Peter Richardson, Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network peter@...
      Dr Louise Waite, University of Leeds l.waite@...
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