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Second Generation Research Dialogues in Berlin

Call for Papers for two day workshop in Berlin:

*Second Generation Research Dialogues: Comparative Perspectives on Children of Immigrants

*Berlin, 16|17 January 2009

Within integration debates across Europe, focus has shifted from the first to the so called second generation of immigrants in recent years. Their performance in educational systems and on the job markets is tied to success or failure of integration policies and scrutinized with concern, as is their cultural, social and religious orientation. In many places a very contested group, the second generation symbolizes permanency of migration and growing diversity while raising questions about the concept and mechanisms of “integration” today.

In this workshop, current work on second generation immigrants will be discussed along two main themes:

  • the second generation and the city
  • the second generation in school

Central questions and concerns include

  • the impact of cities on processes of second generation identity construction, self representation and negotiation between cultural spheres
  • its role as arena for political participation, claim making and social positioning
  • its role as living and working environment and space of opportunity or restraint
  • as social space and place of belonging
  • the educational participation of second generation immigrants in comparative perspective
  • inequalities within educational systems
  • linkages between educational settings, policies and attainment
  • the role of teachers, friends, families and other factors impacting educational careers 

The workshop offers internationally comparative perspectives on second generation research in Europe and the US, featuring keynote presentations by:

*Philip Kasinitz*, chair of Dept. of Sociology at CUNY, NYC, USA on the New Second Generation in metropolitan New York; *Jens Schneider*, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), Amsterdam introducing the EU- research project TIES on the European second generation covering fifteen cities in eight European countries

Workshop format:

The workshop aims at facilitating intense dialogue and exchange among doctoral students and junior researchers involved in work on second generation immigrants. This will be reflected in the amount of time in the program allocated for discussion in a constructive, supportive setting.

We invite papers presenting theoretical and/or empirical contributions from a variety of methodological perspectives and different disciplines on second generation immigrants, regarding one of the central themes:

  • the second generation and the city
  • the second generation in school

Papers should not exceed length of 7,000 words and include an abstract (no more than 700 words). It is expected that collected papers will be published in some form after the workshop.


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Seminar: ‘Distant Voices’

Culture East Midlands & ‘Making the Connections’ present


Migrant workers, representation & the arts


Wednesday 17 October 2007
Trinity Arts Centre, Grantham

11am – 4pm

These days, everyone seems to be talking about migrant workers. But while the views of politicians, academics, researchers and campaigners fill the airwaves, the voices of those most concerned are rarely heard. What are their needs and motives? How do they see their situations and this country’s response?

Art and culture are important spaces in which migrant workers can be heard and seen – directly and indirectly, and with all the complexity of artistic expression.

This regional seminar will present some recent experiences of this work, from within and beyond the East Midlands, in the context of EMDA’s research into the contribution of migrant workers to the regional economy. It has a particular bearing on rural issues, where migrant workers are now an important part of the workforce. It will be of interest to policy makers, planners, artists, creative entrepreneurs and anyone working in cultural services, economic development or rural affairs.

Speakers include EMDA, Rural Media Company, New Perspectives Theatre Company, National Institute for Continuing Adult Education (NIACE) and others; there will be exhibitions by Heather Connelly and Roaming Pictures and a short theatre performance.

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‘Borders’ Exhibit in Barcelona

Sent in by photographer Lauren Hermele, an exhibit at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

“The examination of boundaries we propose in this exhibition is an exploration of borderline territories which somehow express the contradictions of a world that moves between hypercommunication and deep schism. The closer we move together, the more labyrinthine the world becomes.”

From 4 May to 30 September 2007.


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Catastrophic Space: an interactive tour of Beirut

Laurie King-Irani posted on her blog a link to this interactive map of one of Beirut’s neighborhoods.

Can we consider ‘war’ as a kind of environmental migratory force?

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Intersections Summer Call for Papers: Migration and Environmental Change

For two whole months, until 10 September, we invite submissions to Intersections on the topic of Migration and Environmental Change. Inspired by his efforts, we have invited François Gemenne of the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM, of the University of Liège and the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI, at Sciences Po Paris, to contribute to this Summer Special CFP:

As natural disasters and climate change frequently make headlines in the media, their consequences on human settlements raise increasing concerns from policy-makers and scholars alike. In particular, the possible population movements that would be triggered by climate change have attracted widespread attention, some predicting that up to 200 million people could be displaced by 2050.

Despite these concerns, the intricate and complex linkages between environment and migration remain poorly understood and under-researched. The academic debate revolves around those contending that large refugee flows will be triggered by environmental change in a near future, and those who question the direct causality between environmental change and forced migration, insisting on the multiple, intertwined factors leading to migration. While the term ‘environmental refugees’ is gaining currency, the need to better understand the nexus environment-migration has never been more pressing, especially from an empirical point of view. How do environmental factors interact with other factors in the migration decision? How are these migrants dealt with by states and governments? What kind of assistance do they need? Will an increase in environmental changes lead to an increase of forced migrants? What kind of environmental changes trigger migration?

As usual, we welcome all kinds of audio, visual and written production, as well as commentary and debate, to be sent to

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Children and Migration: identities, mobilities and belonging(s)

9-11th April 2008
Venue: University College Cork, Ireland

Abstracts are invited for this international and interdisciplinary conference exploring childhood and migration.

While a wealth of research exists in the broad area of migration and childhood from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds, there are few opportunities to bring this together in an integrated forum. This conference aims to provide such a forum by focusing on the intersection of these research and policy areas, focusing on children’s own experiences and perspectives of migration, diaspora and transnationalism. One of the aims of the event is to facilitate a dialogue between academic, practitioner and policy-maker perspectives. It is hoped the conference will also be an opportunity to bring together related but distinct areas of research/policy, for example national dynamics of integration with transnational processes, and, children’s experiences of migration with the experiences of children and youth in ethnic minorities.
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Life and Death in Exile: Kensal Green Cemetary, 19 June


We hope you will join us on 19 June, at a small free seminar at Kensal Green Cemetery, followed by packed lunch then guided tours of the graves of exiles and immigrants. This event is part of Refugee Week, but is a very unusual gathering. Issues around what death means for those in exile, and the role of cemeteries, are rarely addressed, yet cemeteries are places of tolerance, where lives and achievements can be celebrated. KGC is a wonderful setting, a large and beautiful Victorian cemetery still used by local communities. Marc Brunel, refugee father of Isambard Kingdome Brunel, is buried there, plus Erich Fried.
Come for the morning talks only (10am) or afternoon walk (1.30pm). Bring a packed lunch. To find out more, phone Ruth Wilson on 0113 266 9123 or go to
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