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Call for papers: Refugees and forced migration in the East and Horn of Africa: Current trends and future directions, 24-26 October, Kenya

Introduction

East and Horn of Africa not only experience conflicts and political instability but also chronic poverty and extreme climatic variability, all of which lead to different forms of mobility and human displacement. The region plays the dual role of producer and host to refugees and asylum seekers. Latest statistics released by UNHCR indicate that by the end of 2017, there were over 3.2 million refugees originating mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and South Sudan. In addition, there are 5.76 million internally displaced persons within the countries of Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. Efforts to provide life-saving assistance, protection, and related humanitarian activities as well as to find durable solutions to this situation continue to be made through international and local interventions. Driving the current collective effort is the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF). Despite the joint efforts, these regions continue to experience significant forced migrants and refugee flows as evidenced in Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia. Forced displacement continues to exert strains on regional governments and resources, as well as in other continents such as Europe and America. The increased numbers of refugees and undocumented migrants arriving in Europe by boats despite the numerous deaths in the Mediterranean Sea is evidence enough to interrogate refugee protection and assistance as well as other forms of migration in and out of Africa. While intervention measures to mitigate and manage forced migration have been put in place, they however remain insufficient. This insufficiency in mitigation can be attributed to weak collaboration between knowledge production, policy formulation and practice in the region. The planned conference is therefore an effort to provide a convergence platform for reflections on forced displacement and related migrations in these two regions.
The horn and eastern regions of Africa are experiencing various developments in the dynamics of refugeehood and forced migration. While there is a wide range of institutional responses to refugees including protection, humanitarian assistance and search for durable solutions, there are also justifiable concerns on problems associated with forced migration. These are issues of internal displacement, human trafficking as well as mixed migration flows. This conference seeks to address several issues. First, enable a scholarly and policy interrogation of the relationship between forced displacement and other forms of migration (Mixed migration flows). Secondly, assess and analyse new knowledge and developments in migration policies and management in Africa. Third, discuss how these mixed migrations flows influence and are in turn influenced by the political economy of international migration. In discussing these broad dynamics, the conference aims to help in shaping future directions of the forced displacement discourse, interventions and policy in the Horn and East Africa . This is also important in identifying potential avenues for collaboration between policy makers, researchers, international institutions, practitioners and governments in their pursuit to address issues related to forced migration. This is done with the objective of broadening the discussion in order to come up with much longer-term and multifaceted approaches to addressing issues of forced migration.

Themes

The themes that will be addressed in the conference will include the following:
• The economics of forced displacement
•The effects of displacement on the displaced and host communities
• Legal regimes governing displacement
• Negotiating institutional responses to displacement
• Humanitarian space and spaces of protection
• What is a human being worth? Human trafficking today
•Protracted urban displacement: the minefield of needs and interests
• Security and displacement
• What next? The dynamics of evolving protection space
• Durable solutions to displacement
• South-South Vs South-North forced migration
• Local, National, Regional and Global perspectives on the rights of forced migrants
• Development Induced Displacement and Resettlement
• Refugee health and Psychosocial issues

Format

The conference will have two keynote addresses, presentation of papers and round-table discussions.

Submission, Review Process and Announcement of Acceptance

All papers will be subject to a review process. Papers submitted will be categorized into working papers and full papers.

Important Deadlines

July 10, 2018: Submission of Abstracts
July 20, 2018: Acceptance Notification
September 10, 2018: Submission of full papers

Contact Information

Michael Omondi Owiso, PhD,
School of Development and Strategic Studies
Maseno University–Kenya
P. O. Box Private Bag/Maseno
Kenya
Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt
Associate Professor
Aalborg University

CALL FOR PAPERS ECAS7 – « Urban Africa – Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban »

ECAS7

The Centre for African Studies Basel and the Swiss Society for African Studies welcome you to the 7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS 2017 with the theme: Urban Africa – Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban, which they organise on behalf of the Research Network of African Studies Centres in Europe AEGIS.

The scholarly community in response to our call published in June 2016 submitted 347 panel proposals out of which the Scientific Committee with the support of the Programme Committee selected 223. The call for papers is now open and scholars in African Studies are invited to propose papers to the panel(s) of their choice. Please refer to the call for papers page.

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CALL FOR PAPERS – Conference « Appropriating Space in Colonial and Imperial contexts », June 12-14th 2017

An  international conference on appropriating  space  in colonial and  imperial contexts will be held at  the Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de  l’homme  (MMSH), Aix-en-Provence, France, on 12-14 June 2017.

Please find the call for papers: in French and in English.

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CALL FOR PAPERS – International conference “Borders and territorial reconfigurations in the Middle East and the Sahel”, Aswan – January 30th-31st, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

International conference: “Borders and territorial reconfigurations in the Middle East and the Sahel”

Aswan, January 30th-31st, 2017

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Poster for the South Sudan referendum in 2011

« This Middle East forged in the clash of arms and disdain of its peoples is now crumbling before our eyes. This historic disruption is not the result of the contestation of borders, though they are unfair, but the consequence oftheir fate being reclaimed by the peoples concerned”.

Jean Pierre Filiu, « Les Arabes, leur destin et le nôtre » (The Arabs: theirDestiny and Ours), p.23, La Découverte, Paris, 2015.

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