CARFMS Working Paper Series

11 November, 2015

The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies invites submissions for its new Working Paper Series.

This series is intended to help realize the promotion and the support of excellence in research and the dissemination of refugee and forced migration knowledge.

Papers will only be considered if they have not been published previously and preference will be given to papers that take creative and innovative approaches to the contemporary issues and concerns in the field of refugee and forced migrations studies.

Please visit their webpage for further information and details on the submission process.


Symposium – Islamophobia: Race, Religion, Liberalism

Organised by the Institut national de la recherche scientifique
29 October, 2015

From October 29 to November 1, 2015, Denise Helly (INRS), Michael Nafi (John Abbott College), Valérie Amiraux et Patrice Brodeur (Université de Montréal) invite you to join them for an international symposium on islamophobia.

The symposium will be inaugurated on October 29 at 7:00 pm with a keynote presentation by the renowned French journalist, documentary-maker and activist Ms. Rokhaya Diallo, in room 1120 of the Pavillon de la Faculté de l’Aménagement, Université de Montréal, 2940 Côte-Ste-Catherine road.

Within a particularly tense climate on this issue in Quebec, this interdisciplinary conference will probe the nature and foundations of islamophobia. What is islamophobia precisely? Is it a rejection of immigrants from Arab countries, the expression of anti-Muslim sentiment, a form of essentialism, a cultural racism echoing 19th-century antisemitism, or a new manifestation of Western racism? Is it the hatred of religion, faith dogma or a broad animosity towards pious subjects whose continued presence in Western democracies challenges the postulates of modernity and political liberalism? Does islamophobia stem from misconceptions of social and political conflicts in Muslim countries, misconceptions that are sustained by pseudo-academic orientalism and inadequate media coverage?

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Book Launch: Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity

Cross-National Perspectives in Classifications and Identity Politics
16 October, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015
Seminar – 2PM; Cocktail – 3PM
At the QICSS office – Université de Montréal (3535, Queen-Mary road, room 420)

The QICSS and the Département de démographie of Université de Montréal with the collaboration of Ceetum and the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, are pleased to invite you to a seminar and launch of a book resulting from a QICSS International Conference: Social Statistics and Ethnics: Cross-National Perspectives in Classifications and Identity.

The book will be presented by Patrick Simon, socio-demographer at Institut national d’études démographiques de Paris, et Victor Piché, retired professor from the Département de démographie de l’UdeM and research associate of the Oppenheimer Chair.


CARFMS16: Call for Papers

Freedom of Movement: Exploring a Path from Armed Conflict, Persecution, and Forced Migration to Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, and Development
12 July, 2015

9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Hosted by the Conflict Resolution Studies Department of Menno Simons College, a College of the Canadian Mennonite University located at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA – 12–14 May 2016

Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state; and, (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his or her own, and to return to his or her country. Unfortunately, people in situations of persecution, armed conflict, and displacement are prevented from exercising their right to freedom of movement. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates in the 2014 Global Trends Report that war, conflict, and persecution have displaced some 60 million people worldwide, resulting in the highest level since records have been kept. Of these people, 20 million are displaced across borders, with more than half of this refugee population comprised of children. Since its inception in 2011, the Syrian crisis has produced a total of 11 million internally displaced people and refugees. New waves of “boat people,” displaced by violence, are crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and entire oceans to seek asylum, safety, and freedom. Many perish on their dangerous journeys, and others who arrive at their destinations are refused entry or detained.

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