Seeking proposed panel members: Changing intra- and inter-generational relationshps in migration for CARFMS 2010

From the H-CHILDHOOD@H-NET.MSU.EDU listserv: Proposed panel on changing intra- and inter-generational relationships in migration contexts for CAFRMS 2010:

“I am interested in proposing a panel on intra- and inter-generational relationships in migration contexts for the third annual conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), hosted by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on May 6-8, 2010. The conference theme is Forced Migration: Challenges and Change.

“Within this context, I am soliciting expressions of interest from colleagues working on age, generation and family relations to participate in a proposed panel on dynamic intra- and inter-generational relationships within contexts of migration. I believe that this could be an opportunity for researchers and practitioners working with migrants (interpreted broadly to include asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced people,at different phases of the life cycle from infancy to old age to come together around the common theme of dynamic generational relationships. The panel would seek to address the overarching conference theme of challenges and change. Papers addressing conceptual, theoretical, empirical and/or methodological issues are welcome.

“Please submit a 250 word abstract and short (one paragraph) bibliography by January 5th, 2010 to: The panel proposal will then be submitted to the conference organizers, who will take the final decision on whether or not the panel will be accepted”.

Christina Clark-Kazak, DPhil
Assistant Professor, International Studies, Glendon College, York University
2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M6
Tel: 416.736.2100 ext 88106

Related post: Call for papers: Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

For more information on the CARFMS conference, contact Heather Johnson –, or visit the conference website.

Call for papers: Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

The Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario will host the 3rd annual conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) from May 6-8, 2010.

From the call, as posted on the forced migration discussion listserv*:

“In recent years, the idea of change has charged political debate in countries around the world and has, in some cases, catalyzed the election of new governments and the creation of innovative programs and policies. This period has also been one of significant change for the field of forced migration.  New policies and increasingly securitized perceptions of forced migration have created new practices such as interdiction, detention and expedited deportation that have changed the protection landscape in both the global North and South. At the same time as scholars have questioned the labelling and bureaucratic categorization of forced migrants, the United Nations has piloted new approaches to improve the protection and assistance available to members of traditionally marginalized categories, particularly internally displaced persons. Massive displacement in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone Nargis raised the profile of environmental refugees as an issue predicted to grow in importance as the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident. In Canada, the government has recently announced that it is preparing a package of changes to the refugee determination system, including the fast-tracking of claims from countries that are generally considered safe. As a precursor to more sweeping anticipated changes, the government has already imposed visa requirements on Mexico and the Czech Republic in an attempt to stem the flow of refugee claimants from those countries.

“The 2010 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, displaced persons and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss the changes and challenges faced in the field of forced migration. We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives to explore the practical, experiential, policy-oriented, legal and theoretical questions raised by different processes of change affecting forced migrants at the local, national, regional and international levels.

“Proposals are being sought from the following broad sub-themes:

  • Asylum, protection and durable solutions: Needs, current practices and prospects for reform
  • Theorizing the changing field of forced migration
  • Experiencing displacement: Changes and challenges”.

250-word abstracts for proposed conference papers and panels are due by January 29, 2010 and must be submitted via the conference website. For more information, contact Heather Johnson –

* The Forced Migration Discussion List is moderated by the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the RSC or the university.

Deportation as immigration policy: A call for papers

Deportation and the Development of Citizenship is the name of the conference being co-sponsored by the Centre on Policy, Migration and Society (COMPAS). The conference will be held Dec 11-12/09 in Oxford.

Papers are sought that address several themes, including: Who are the main subjects of deportation power and how have they changed over time as a result of political and social concerns? In what ways does subjection to deportation power map on to patterns of race, gender, and age?

Deadline for abstracts of 300 words, and a short biographical outline or CV are due by Sept 20/09 and should be sent to Dr Emanuela Paoletti, at Prospective paper givers will be informed if their paper has been accepted by 30 September 2009.

Related link: Forced Migration Online.

Call for papers: FRP Canada journal

The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada) publishes an occasional journal entitled Perspectives in Family Support. FRP has issued a call for papers for its third volume of Perspectives, to be released in March 2010. Vol 3 will address issues relating to the family support sector welcoming and supporting newcomer families. The volume hopes to increase the knowledge of practitioners and others who work with newcomer families.

Contributions are invited from family support practitioners, researchers, academics and others with an interest and expertise in this topic. Proposals from graduate students are encouraged. Articles should be a maximum of 3000 words in length, but may be shorter depending on the topic. Interested? Contact Kim Hetherington: by September 11, 2009.

Final papers due October 31, 2009.

Call for papers: Southern Alberta Child & Youth Health Network conference

The Southern Alberta Child & Youth Health Network has issued a call for proposals (and other conference related items/events) for their 2010 conference “Transcultural Health Conference“.

The conference will be held May 2-4, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta and the theme this year is “Multiple Voices for Enhancing Health Equity through Research, Policy, Education and Clinical Practice”. From the call:

The first national conference held in Montreal in 2007 drew a multidisciplinary group of over 200 participants in health care, education, community work and policy. It served to identify effective models of health care and strategies for clients from diverse ethnoracial and Aboriginal backgrounds. The second national conference will expand on these themes and for each of these categories provide attendees with the opportunity to consider and explore areas such as collaborative professional practice, issues of cultural knowledge and advocacy, the development of cultural competence, and the experience of clients, practitioners and policy makers from the perspective of diversity.

For more information, see the conference web-pages and/or contact: Linda Kongnetiman
Email:, tel: 403-955-7742.

Call for chapters: South Asian mothering

The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) has posted a call for chapters for an edited collection by Demeter Press. The editor is Jasjit Kaur Sangha and the book is expected to be published in 2011. An excerpt from the call:

South Asian culture reveres mothers for being selfless, nurturing, and devoted to their family. This reverence predicates that women will find fulfillment in mothering, and that mothering will occur in the context of a heterosexual family. This edited collection seeks to unravel the complexity of South Asian mothering by asking: What does it mean to be a South Asian mother? How do embedded cultural values influence South Asian mothering practices? How are South Asian mothers affected by the process of migration?

The aim of this collection is to initiate dialogue on the paradoxical experience of South Asian mothering. Theoretical, narrative and arts-informed creative submissions are welcome.

Topics can include (but are not limited to) South Asian mothering and: Religion and spirituality; Migration; Activism and resistance; Sexuality; Queer mothering; Feminism; Oppression; Interracial/Intercultural relationships; Language; Extended families; Arranged marriage; Sharam and izzat.

Submission guidelines: 250 abstract deadline Nov 1/09. Deadline for final papers, March 7/10.

For more information and to submit proposals to Jasjit Kaur Sangha