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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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Free poetry writing workshops for refugees and exiles

Exiled Writers Ink invites you to participate in:


Tuesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th October, 11.00 am to 1.00 pm

Where do you come from, what is your identity?

If you are interested in writing poems about your life experiences and what it is like to be exiled in a new country, do come along and be encouraged to find a way into writing. All welcome. Poetry Writing Workshops with poet and workshop facilitator Lynette Craig who holds an MPhil in Writing; she mentors exiled writers and leads workshops for both beginners and more experienced writers. Her own writing reflects her interest in the dispossessed, the persecution and exile.  

Finsbury Library

245 St.John Street


Close to corner of St John Street and Skinner Street

Tube: Angel, Northern Line

Buses: 153

Wheelchair access. Disabled toilet.


Exiled Writers Ink thanks Islington Libraries for providing the workshop venue.

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Free IT Courses for Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Update

Community Media Design have a few places left on their course ‘Introduction to Using Computers’.

This is a FREE COURSE specially designed for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Suitable for absolute beginners to intermediate users the course covers Word Processing, File Management, Spreadsheets, Computer Management, Emails, Using the Internet, and Computer Security.  

13 weeks, 2 flexible afternoon workshops a week. This is the final round  for this course with few places left so you are urged to contact us asap. 

Enrolment & Registration: 10 – 25 Sept 2007.
Community Media Design, 220 Farmers Road, Camberwell, SE5 0TW. Tel. 020 7193 2239.  

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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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CFP: Media and Migration

Call for papers

Media and Migration Workshop
at the 14 Nordic Migration Researchers Conference in Bergen Norway, hosted
by IMER/UiB, the International Migration and Ethnic Relations Research Unit
at the University of Bergen 14-16. Nov 2007.

Submission of abstract: 15 September
Submission of paper: 15 October
Registration : 25 October

Mediated communication plays an influential role in demographically and
culturally changing societies. It is crucial in all types and phases of
international migration. Mass mediated images of different locations and
transnational communication among migrants, would be migrants and diasporic
groups contribute to the mobility of people. Mass mediated framings of
immigrants and minorities influence on the attitudes of host societies and
on integration and immigration policies. In addition, in mediated societies
media forms a crucial part of everyone’s integration, identity and belonging. Continue reading

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The Transnational Viewing Experience

One-day symposium ‘The Transnational Viewing Experience’ at the University of Reading, Department of Film, Theatre and Television, on Friday, 7 September 2007.
The symposium is a one-day event that will give researchers the opportunity to debate how foreign television dramas have been incorporated into different national contexts and how viewers make sense of foreign product.

Further information (including the registration form and, in the near future, abstracts of the papers) can be found at:

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Colloquium on community media

Finding and Funding Voices: the inner city experience. A one-day international colloquium on community media

The Graduate Centre, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB.
9.00 am – 5.30 pm, Monday September 17th, 2007.

Community media can provide opportunities for social groups excluded or misrepresented in the mainstream to come in from the margins and give voice to their cultures and concerns. In inner cities across Europe there are many examples of young people, migrants, minority ethnic communities (for example), using media which they own and control, and of local authorities including media in their plans for urban regeneration: ‘giving a voice to the voiceless’ requires supportive policies and funding from a range of departments in central and local government, not just ministries of media or culture. At EU level the community radio sector is not even recognised and it has taken the European Parliament to launch a study on community radio which will be completed by September.
In the
UK the community media sector is at a critical moment as plans for the digital switch-over threaten to exclude community TV and the expanding community radio sector has to make do with an inadequate central fund.
In some UK regions and nations the sector’s needs are recognised with complementary funding, but London lacks any overall plan.This colloquium will bring together community media practitioners and academics from the UK and abroad, London-based funders and policy-makers, and representatives of London communities to examine local issues.The event marks the launch of London Metropolitan University‘s Community Media Research Unit, based in the Department of Applied Social Sciences which has recently appointed two lecturers with special responsibility for developing community media courses within the university and in the North and East Londoncommunities where the university is located.For further details see or contact the organisers: Peter Lewis and Salvatore Scifo

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