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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Angel Island: Local, National, and Transnational Immigration Histories A UC Berkeley History Departmental Colloquium by Erika Lee University of Minnesota Monday, October 29th, 4-6 pm, 3335 Dwinelle

The Department of History, the Institute for International Studies & The Berkeley Seminar on Global History

Angel Island: Local, National, and Transnational Immigration Histories

A History Departmental Colloquium by
Erika Lee
University of Minnesota

Monday, October 29th

4-6 pm, 3335 Dwinelle

Professor Erika Lee is the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History and Director of the Immigration History Research Center [IHRC] at the University of Minnesota. The IHRC is the largest archive and research center on immigrant and refugee life in the U.S. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of two award-winning books: At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (2003) and Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (2010) At America’s Gates won the 2003 Theodore Saloutos award for the best book in immigration studies, the 2003 History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies, and was a Choice Academic Title. Angel Island won the 2010 Caughey Prize in Western History for the best book in Western History, the 2010 Adult Non-Fiction Award in Asian Pacific American Literature from the American Librarians’ Association, and the 2010 “Honorable Mention” for the History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. It was also named to the “Best Book of 2010” list by the San Francisco Chronicle and a Choice Academic Title. She is currently working on a global history of Asians in the Americas titled: Asian Americas: Asian Immigration and the Making of the Americas, 1565 to the Present. She is the author of several articles on Asian American history, immigration history and policy, and transnational Asian American Studies that have appeared in the Journal of American History, Pacific Historical Quarterly, Journal of American and Ethnic History, Amerasia, Journal of Asian American Studies and in other journals and anthologies.

Prof. Lee has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors. Most recently, she was invited by the U.S. Department of State to give a number of lectures in Taiwan as part of its U.S. Speakers and Specialists Program. In 2011, she was recognized for her teaching with the Arthur “Red” Motley Award for Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Minnesota. Also at the University of Minnesota, she has been named a Fesler-Lampert Professor in the Public Humanities, a McKnight Presidential Fellow, a McKnight Land Grant Professor, and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies.


Call for Papers: Anti-Trafficking Review Issue 2, to be published Autumn 2013, Special Issue: 'Human Rights at the Border'

Call for Papers: Anti-Trafficking Review
Issue 2, to be published Autumn 2013

Special Issue: 'Human Rights at the Border'
Deadline for Submission: 31 December 2012

It is hard to research, and indeed fight for, human rights in border regions. By their nature borders are often geographically remote and have heightened security controls. They are often zones of exceptionalism, either officially exempted from domestic legal and constitutional protections or with few mechanisms for oversight and accountability of state actions. This exceptionalism as well as heightened border security is increasing risks in the migration process, especially in women's migration. Many people decide that despite barriers and risks they must cross a border for survival, either in terms of economics or safety, and definitions of movement such as trafficking, smuggling, irregular migration and others are irrelevant to them. In many cases, at the point of a border crossing, it is not possible for practitioners to tell if people are being strictly trafficked or whether they fall in another category, yet the risks created by border systems and the violations experienced by individuals at borders are not to be left out of conversations on trafficking and of migrants' rights more broadly.

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a Special Issue 'Human Rights at the Border'. Papers may address: criminalisation of irregular migration, operational understandings of human rights, (non)identification of violations, human rights implications of screening for potential trafficking cases, transparency and accountability, discriminatory immigration policies, privatisation of immigration functions, trafficking and migration prevention policies, links between increased border security and trafficking, interceptions and push-backs, broker/agents' rights, and extraterritoriality. The Review welcomes articles that engage empirically grounded analysis of rights-based border-related programs. Also papers can more broadly address how borders and national security measures make migration more expensive and difficult, increasing risks, and, conversely, papers can address positive aspects of border interventions that may uphold human rights.

The Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking, and it aims to explore the issue in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights. The journal offers a space for dialogue for those seeking to communicate new ideas and findings. Academics, practitioners and advocates, working for, with and including trafficked persons and migrants are invited to submit articles.

  • Deadline for submission: 31 December 2012
  • Word limit on articles: 4,000, including footnotes and abstract

Please see our Style Guide at before submitting.

Special Issue Guest Editor: Dr. Sverre Molland, The Australian National University
Editor: Rebecca Napier-Moore


The Centre for Refugee Studies at York University is offering the Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues from May 13 - May 19, 2013.

The Centre for Refugee Studies at York University is offering the Summer
Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues from May 13 - May 19, 2013.

The Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues is an
internationally acclaimed seven-day, non-credit course for academics and
field-based practitioners working in the area of forced migration. It serves
as a hub for researchers, students, practitioners, service providers and
policy makers to share information and ideas.  The Summer Course is housed
within the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), York University.  All
participants who complete the full course receive a York University Centre
for Refugee Studies Summer Course Certificate.

2013 Summer Course topics will include:

Forced displacement: International case studies Legal approaches to refugee
studies UNHCR, the Convention and the International Refugee Regime UNRWA and
Palestinian refugees Refugee resettlement policy Urban refugees Internally
displaced populations Age and gender mainstreaming in forced migration
Sexuality and refugee issues Environmentally-induced displacement
Externalization of asylum Transitional justice Humanitarian crises
Securitization of migration Refugee education

Dates: May 13-19, 2013
Location: York University, Toronto
Course Fee: $975 CAD +13% HST (by February 1, 2013) Late Registration Fee:
$1300 CAD +13%HST (after February 1 until April 1, 2013)

For more information, and to apply, please visit our website at


Friday, October 19, 2012

Online Conference: Migration in a Changing World: Where Do We Go Now? (5-9 November 2012

Online Conference: Migration in a Changing World: Where Do We Go Now? (5-9
November 2012

Conference registration and participation is free of charge. The conference
will take place 5-9 November 2012 and will bring together academics from the
disciplines of geography, economics, history, policy, philosophy, peace
studies, religious studies, sociology, politics, cultural studies and more.
The conference will cover the following thought-provoking themes:

The Geography of Migration, including discussion of development, population
growth, urbanization and borderlands.
The Economics of Migration, including discussion of remittances, labour and
Migration and the Environment, including discussion of climate/environment
change and sustainability.
Migration and Society, including discussion of identity, diasporas, forced
migration, refugees, ethnicity, family, wellbeing and religion.
Migration and Politics, including discussion of policy, human rights and
Migration: Then & Now, including discussion of historical context,
colonization and ethnic movements.
Conference delegates will have access to the following content:

Slide-cast keynote addresses from leading figures in the field.
Scholarly articles with expert commentary.
Publishing workshops.
Live Q&A with presenters.
A book and journal 'Reading Room' with free access to related books and
journal content.
Previews of The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration Text discussion open
to all.
Attendance certificate.

Go to




The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia invites scholars whose work focuses on Africa and/or the African Diaspora to apply for a two-year predoctoral research fellowship. The fellowship covers two years (beginning August 25, 2013, and ending August 24, 2015) and carries an annual stipend of $20,000, plus health insurance.
The Woodson Institute fellowship is open to qualified candidates without restriction as to citizenship or current residence.

Applicants for the predoctoral fellowship must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation prior to August 1, 2013. Please note: individuals may not apply for the Woodson predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in the same year.

The predoctoral fellows must be in residence at the University of Virginia for the duration of the award period. Fellows are expected to participate in the series of workshops held during the academic year and to present their work periodically to the larger academic community. Fellows may accept no employment, fellowships, or consulting obligations during the Woodson fellowship period without the approval of the Director.

For additional information, please visit our website at:

To apply, please submit a Candidate Profile on-line through Jobs@UVA (; search on Posting Number 0610410. Please attach: a letter of application (250-word maximum) stating interest in the program; a curriculum vitae which must include the following: personal information, date(s) and location(s) of degree(s) earned, honors and awards, lectures and conference presentations, publications and, the names of three referees.

Applicants must submit a project abstract, including title, not to exceed 50 words as well as a project description, including title, not to exceed seven double-spaced pages (1,750 words). The project description must include the following: 1) the nature of the research to be completed during the period of the fellowship award, as well as the significance of this work; 2) a detailed plan of research and revision; 3) an outline of the concrete objectives to be achieved during the award period. These objectives must include a statement of publication plans for the proposed research and writing. Project descriptions must be attached through Jobs@ UVA under "Writing Sample 1." Project descriptions exceeding seven double-spaced pages will not be passed on to the committee.

Please submit a working bibliography not to exceed four double-spaced pages. The bibliography must list those scholarly works that the applicant considers most important to the intellectual development of the project. The working bibliography must be attached through Jobs@ UVA under "Writing Sample 2".

In addition, please arrange to have three confidential letters of reference (signed originals only) sent directly to the Woodson Institute by persons qualified to evaluate the proposals for which support is being sought.

Reference letters must be sent to:

Selection Committee
Residential Research Fellowships
The Carter G. Woodson Institute
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400162
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4162

Complete applications must be received no later than midnight EST on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Deborah E. McDowell

Lawrie Balfour

Questions regarding the application process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Cheryll Lewis

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Best and the Brightest: Canadian Lessons on Attracting and Retaining Immigrant Talent in a Globalized World

The Best and the Brightest: Canadian Lessons on Attracting and Retaining Immigrant Talent in a Globalized World

Lecture | October 18 | 3-5:30 p.m. | Moses Hall, 223, IIS Conference Room

Irene BLOEMRAAD, Canadian Studies Program
Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Lecture followed by reception. In partnership with the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley.

Canada has an impressive record in welcoming and integrating immigrants through its immigration and diversity policies. What lessons might a country like Canada offer the United States or other nations? What problems might Canada face in the future?

RSVP by October 12 by calling Rita Ross at 510-642-0531, or by emailing Rita Ross at


"Migration Stories: The US Visa Lottery and Global Citizenship"

Stanford University Presentation:
"Migration Stories: The US Visa Lottery and Global Citizenship"
Charles Piot, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Friday, October 26, 12:00 p.m.
Building 50, Room 51A
Lunch served

This paper discusses Togolese who apply for the US Diversity Visa lottery. More Togolese per capita apply for the Green Card lottery than those from any other African country, with winners attempting to game the system by adding "spouses" and dependents to their dossiers.  The US consulate in Lomé knows this gaming is going on and constructs ever-more elaborate tests to attempt to decipher the authenticity of winners' marriages and job profiles – and of their moral worth as citizens – tests that immediately circulate to those on the street.

This paper explores the cat-and-mouse game between street and embassy, situating it within the post-Cold War conjuncture – of ongoing crisis, of an eviscerated though-still-dictatorial state, of social death and the emptiness of citizenship under such conditions, of a sprawling transnational diaspora and the desires and longings it creates, of informationalism and its new technologies, of surveillance regimes and their travails.  I suggest that the DV lottery constitutes a generative fantasy about exile and citizenship and global
membership today.

Co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies and The Department of Anthropology


Fundamental rights considerations of apprehending irregular migrants

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Apprehension of migrants in an irregular situation – fundamental rights considerations
 [9 October 2012]
[full-text, 3 pages]

Press Release 9 October 2012
Fundamental rights considerations of apprehending irregular migrants

FRA has compiled a document on the fundamental rights considerations of apprehending migrants in an irregular situation, drawing on input from stakeholders.

It includes do’s and don’ts for law enforcement officials. The findings were drawn up following two meetings with Member State experts, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) as well as the European Commission. It is part of FRA’s larger work on the fundamental rights of migrants in an irregular situation and follows suggestions made during the Fundamental Rights Conference 2011. The conference showcased FRA’s work on the rights of irregular migrants which revealed that certain practices to detect irregular migrants may disproportionately discourage them from accessing essential services, such as health, education and legal services.  This latest document, providing operational guidance on fundamental rights, has been handed over to relevant EU institutions for further consideration. It was presented to the Council Working Party on Integration, Migration and Expulsion on 26 September and on 28 September to the Contact Committee of EU Member State representatives, which is convened by the European Commission under the Return Directive.


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