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Call for Participation: Borders, Racisms and Harms: A Symposium @ Birkbeck (2–3 May 2018)

The current socio-political context is characterised by Brexit and Europe’s shoring up of borders in response to irregular migration via the Mediterranean, hyper-criminalisation of migrants, growth of corporate involvement in the management of migration, travel bans, rise of right-wing populism, racisms and xenophobic sentiments across much of the West, and rapid erosion of rights. At the same time, there are constantly new modes of solidarity and resistance emerging, which are also subject to state responses and controls.

This event aims to bring together scholars at various stages of their careers, third sector workers, and people with direct experience of immigration controls and borders to examine the theme of border harms from different substantive angles and theoretical perspectives. The idea of border harms encompasses the variety of ways that bordering practices produce harm and are interconnected with race and racisms. The symposium organisers therefore invite proposals on any of the following broad areas:

  • The policing of migration
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Border deaths
  • Migration and state violence
  • Resistance, solidarity, protest, and advocacy
  • Immigration detention
  • Deportation
  • Foreign national prisoners
  • The criminalisation of solidarity
  • The politics of reform and advocacy
  • Everyday borders and bordering practices
  • Racialisation, securitisation, criminalisation, and surveillance
  • Brexit and the ‘hostile environment’
  • Populism, nationalism, and citizenship practices
  • Empire, colonialism, and state racisms

In addition to academic papers, proposals are welcome for other types of participation, including workshops, performances, and art. Participants are strongly encouraged to consider issues of race, gender, and other social factors in their contributions.

This event is interdisciplinary and will be of interest to scholars from criminology, sociology, social policy, law, human geography, anthropology, and psychology, as well as people with lived experience of border harms and NGO workers involved in practice, advocacy, policy, and research. Attendance will be free.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University), author of ‘Illegal’ Traveller: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders (Palgrave, 2010) and editor of After Deportation: Ethnographic Perspectives (Palgrave, 2018), and Dr Alpa Parmar (University of Oxford), Associate Director of Border Criminologies and co-editor of Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control: Enforcing the Boundaries of Belonging (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Please email your proposal (250 words maximum) to the symposium organisers, Monish Bhatia, Gemma Lousley, and Sarah Turnbull (Birkbeck, University of London), by 5:00pm on Friday, 6 April 2018 at A publication is being planned based on a selection of work presented at the symposium. If you are interested in putting your work forward for consideration in this publication, please so indicate in your proposal. Thank you!

Sun 04 Feb 2018, 21:00 | Tags: Conference, border, call for papers, harm, racism

SLSA Annual Conference Call for Papers and Posters - 'Socio-legal in culture: the culture of socio-legal'

The 2015 SLSA Annual Conference will be hosted by Warwick School of Law, 31 March - 2 April 2015.

The call for papers for the 2015 SLSA annual conference is now open. Abstracts for papers are invited for the streams and themes listed on the conference website, including (but not limited to!) Criminal Law and Criminal Justice; International Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice; Renewing Critique in Criminal Justice; Sentencing and Punishment. Poster ideas are also welcomed.

Abstracts should be submitted via the submission system ‘EasyChair’. Instructions about how to submit to EasyChair and further details of the calls within each stream and theme are available on the conference website

The deadline for submission is Monday 19 January 2015.

Mon 01 Dec 2014, 09:27 | Tags: call for papers

Call for papers - Border Criminologies

Open Call for Contributions to Border Criminologies
Based at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, Border Criminologies brings together academics, practitioners and those who have experienced border control from around the world. Showcasing original research from a range of perspectives, they hope to better understand the effect of border control and to explore alternatives. Ana Aliverti is a regular contributor.
They have an open call for guest posts that:
· Profile interesting and innovative projects that challenge ideas about border control, identity, and belonging
· Bring news from those currently in the field, (they run a series of mini-posts entitled From The Field)
· Discuss policy developments or current events
· Provide personal perspectives of migrants, detainees, refugees, and others experiencing border control
· Review books, reports and other resources recently launched
· Report on workshops, seminars and other events
The blog entries are usually between 500 and 1500 words and they like to include photos whenever possible, as well as link to other resources as appropriate (e.g., news stories, project websites, etc.). Submissions are reviewed by the editorial team. More on how to contribute at
Please contact with any questions.
Wed 24 Sep 2014, 09:22 | Tags: call for papers

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