Sunday, June 22, 2014

Conference: ‘Boat Refugees’ and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights 23-24 June 2014

The Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, and the Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London, with the financial support of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) at the School of Advanced Study, will hold a conference on "'Boat Refugees' and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach - Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights," June 23-24, 2014, at Senate House, London. Registration is now open. The program is here. Here's the idea:

This conference aims to comprehensively address the contemporary phenomenon of ‘boat migration’ with a holistic approach. We will consider its multiple facets, combining knowledge from several disciplines and regions of the world, with a view to making a decisive contribution to our understanding of current trends, against the background of the fragmentary responses adopted and innumerable tragedies occurred thus far.
The final goal is to unpack the tension between security concerns and human rights in this context. Therefore, our joint reflections will build on recent developments in law and case law regarding the applicability of human rights at sea and take account of past and present policy experiences to help placing on-going discussions within a comprehensive framework. The objective is to trigger an inter-regional and multidisciplinary dialogue with contributions from Law of the Sea, maritime security, migration and refugee studies, and human rights, to address the position of ‘migrants at sea’ from an integrated perspective, bridging current gaps in knowledge and policy responses, ranging from how to conceptually categorise ‘boat migrants’, to how to respond to differing needs and entitlements and how to reconcile them with State obligations and security constraints.
The conference is projected following a logical flow, which starts with the joint identification of the subject matter, moving on to the analysis of core issue-areas and policy initiatives adopted in the EU and beyond, and closing with the identification of outstanding problems, pointing the way ahead in which research should move to contribute to the development of sustainable policy, mindful of both State interests and the rights of refugees and migrants. Attention will be drawn to the instruments, actors and institutions involved to yield insights on how migration by sea has been and should be governed. To this end, each session will regroup panelists from a variety of backgrounds, who will be asked to deal with a common question.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Something Human at THE TERMINAL: London 25-27 October 2013

It's my pleasure to announce another cool London event that will take place at the end of October in 47/49.
It's called 'The Terminal' and it is organized by Something Human, a curator collective. On the 27th I'm going to give a talk within this event on the powerful documentary by Carlo Michele Schirinzi, an Italian film-maker.
Spread the word and come along if you are in London!

"Displacements: Forced Migration and the Arts" Aarhus University 3-5 October 2013

hi there!
please find here useful information about an upcoming event organized by a research network based at the University of Aarhus (Denmark). They are doing lots of interesting things around the topic of migration and culture.
Between the 3rd and the 5th of October I'll join the conference called "Displacements: Forced Migration and the Arts'. Among the keynote speakers there will also be Hamid Naficy and Parvati Nair. You can find full details by clicking on the link above.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jacopo Giorgi (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), 'Mixed Flows in Southern Europe. Lampedusa and Beyond' - Thursday 21 March 2013, 5pm.

It's my pleasure to invite you to this upcoming lecture:

UCL Centre for Intercultural Studies
UCL Migration Research Unit

Jacopo Giorgi (Protection Associate – UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
Mixed Flows in Southern Europe. Lampedusa and Beyond

Thursday 21 March 2013, 5pm.
UCL, 20 Gordon Street, London,
WC1H 0AJ London
room: Christopher Ingold G21 Ramsay LT

chair: Federica Mazzara (UCL SELCS)


Jacopo Giorgi began his professional career with UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2003 in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he worked on facilitating return of refugees and displaced persons and supporting projects aimed at creating a framework for asylum in the country. In 2006-2007 he ran a training projects on protection of civilians in conflict for the African Union Mission (AMIS) staff engaged in Darfur (Sudan) on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). At the internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) he dedicated himself to popularizing the African Union Convention for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons , also known as the Kampala Convention. Since 2007 is at the UNHCR Regional Representation for Southern Europe, where he has been covering various positions on the Italian territory.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Migration, Discrimination and Belonging Transnational Spaces in Post-colonial Europe (Warwick University 6th of March, 2013)

Registration is still open for the IAS Seminar on “Migration, Discrimination and Belonging”, to be held at the University of Warwick on the 6th of March 2013.

Full details here

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Network for Migration and Culture

Dear all,

exciting news from Denmark! The Network for Migration and Culture: The Interrelations of Migration, Culture and Aesthetics (NMC) - a national/ international network funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research - is organizing two exciting conferences revolving around the issue of the aesthetics of migration.

Please see below for details:

1. The first is called Displacements. Forced Migration and the Arts, and will be held at Aarhus University, Denmark, 3-5 October 2013.
This is the call for paper (deadline 15 April 2013)
Confirmed keynote speakers include: Hamid Naficy, Parvati Nair and Madeleine Dobie.

2. The second is called Crossroads - Europe, Migration and Culture, and will be held at the University of Copenhagen, 24-25 October 2013.
This is the call for paper (deadline 31 January 2013)

Gender and Migration - Marmara University (Istanbul) 11-13 May 2013

Another excting upcoming conference called Gender and Migration: Critical Issues and Policy Implications that will be held at Marmara University (Istanbul), 11-13  May 2013.

The conference is organised by the London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS) in collaboration with the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics (LSE), the Centre for Migration Policy Research at Swansea University, and the Department of Sociology at Marmara University.

This international conference invites expert contributions on the following areas:
  • Transnationalism, diasporas and gender
  • Gender and labour migration
  • Gender-based violence and forced migration
  • Migration and gender in the media
  • Healthcare and migrant women
  • Gender and migrant family relations
  • Gendered experiences in Turkish migration
Find details about the call for paper here (deadline 22 February 2013)