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Migration and Society – Advances in Researc Setembro 6, 2018

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Berghahn just announce the launch of an exciting new journal in 2018, Migration and Society: Advances in Research! The first volume will be published this fall. View the Introduction for the forthcoming volume.

Migration and Society  – Advances in Research

Mette Louise Berg, University College London
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London

Migration is at the heart of the transformation of societies and communities and touches the lives of people across the globe. Migration and Society is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal advancing debate about emergent trends in all types of migration. We invite work that situates migration in a wider historical and societal context, including attention to experiences and representations of migration, critical theoretical perspectives on migration, and the social, cultural, and legal embeddedness of migration. Global in its scope, we particularly encourage scholarship from and about the global South as well as the North.

Migration and Society addresses both dynamics and drivers of migration; processes of settlement and integration; and transnational practices and diaspora formation. We publish theoretically informed and empirically based articles of the highest quality, especially encouraging work that interrogates and transcends the boundaries between the social sciences and the arts and humanities.

We also welcome articles that reflect on the complexities of both studying and teaching migration, as well as pieces that focus on the relationship between scholarship and the policies and politics of migration.

(cfp) Contested Borderscapes – Transnational Geographies vis-à-vis Fortress Europe Janeiro 26, 2017

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Call for Papers

Contested Borderscapes

Transnational Geographies vis-à-vis Fortress Europe

September 28 – October 1, 2017

International Conference

Mytilene, Lesvos (Greece)

Urban Geography and Planning Laboratory,

“Invisible Cities” research team & Population Movements Laboratory

Department of Geography, University of the Aegean





European member states are signatories to the Geneva Convention Related to the Status of Refugees.

Human rights and dignity are respected in detention centres across Europe.

An electrified fence was built to protect the nation-state from illegal intruders.

Traffickers are responsible for deaths by drowning in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

Deportations are voluntary returns.

Turkey is a safe country.

War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength.


In 2016, Oxford English Dictionary declared “post-truth” the word of the year. In this Orwellian moment, the movement of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants across the increasingly militarised borders of Europe have instigated a socio-spatial debate about the limits of human rights, national sovereignties, continental values, precipitating and contributing to the ongoing condition of European crises. Although in the era of globalisation borders constitute porous passages for capital and commodities, at the same time they have hardened and ossified as “new enclosures” seeking to immobilise migrant and refugee populations. Fortress Europe emerges as a complex of new state control mechanisms, freshly erected border fences, newly built detention centres and improvised refugee camps; together, these technologies of migration management aim at the criminalisation, classification, stigmatisation, and biopolitical control of moving populations, fomented by xenophobic politics, and managed by humanitarian subcontractors. In this hostile climate, people on the move contest European border regimes, peripheries, and cityscapes by claiming spatial justice and political visibility while creating a nexus of emerging common spaces. They are joined by activists defending their right to movement, who are engaged in efforts to “welcome refugees” into a shrinking and contested public sphere, into alternative and self-organised social spaces, responding to the humanitarian crises wrought by militarism, violence, and structural adjustment with solidarity, stemming from a larger vision of sharing in each other’s struggles for survival and social transformation.

The island of Lesvos is a space of multiple histories of refugee passage, now reinvented as a “hot spot” in the contemporary European regime of migration management, but also reimagined by people who live there as a space of social solidarity with migrant struggles. It thus constitutes one epicentre, or “contested borderscape” of Fortress Europe, and a place where we might learn from local struggles and movements against its murderous politics. If, over the past year, the shores and seaways of Lesvos (“Lesbos”) gained international visibility as the backdrop to untold human suffering, loss, and survival, the purpose of gathering here is not to consume it as a spectacle; instead, we seek to learn from how people here have responded to, and organised in the urgency of what has became mediatised as “the refugee crisis.” The main aim of this international conference is to create a space of critical reflection in which academics, artists, and activists from different disciplines, backgrounds, and locations, can strategise, organise, and analyse the social landscapes of border-spaces such as this, and their reverberations for anti-border politics elsewhere.

We welcome proposals for various kinds of interventions, including, but not limited to: presentations of formal academic papers falling under one of the following five themes; brief provocations leading to open discussions; performance lectures; installations; exhibitions or screenings of visual work (e.g., film, photography, etc.); workshops (sharing practical knowledge, working through a particular idea or problem, teaching a methodology, approach, or framework). We wish to emphasise multidirectional discussion and open debate of contested—rather than “settled”—issues, as opposed to unidirectional knowledge transmission by institutionally acknowledged academic experts. As such, the conference will open with a plenary of local activists, and will culminate in a general assembly of all participants, mapping possibilities for future collaboration and exchange across and beyond Fortress Europe.



Track 1: The notion of the border

  • Borderlands, borderscapes, borderlines, border regimes
  • Borders and nomadism, diaspora, travel, heterotopias, and otherness
  • In-between spaces, hybrid spaces, and threshold spaces vis-à-vis border fortification, militarisation, enclaves, ghettos, walling urbanism, state territories
  • Bridging political, social, national, gender, religion and identity borders, boundaries and communities
  • No borders, open borders, and border-crossing struggles, movements, and activism


Track 2: Migrants’ commoning practices

  • Autonomy of migration and transnationalism
  • Mobile common space; strategies and practices for survival, struggle, solidarity, networking, communication, mutual aid of the moving populations.
  • Collective and sharing practices in migrants’ informal settlements and camps
  • Social solidarity, connections between the social struggles of the locals and the migrants; social philanthropy, humanitarianism, volunteering and NGO’s industry
  • Migrants’ social centres, squatted buildings, and self-organised housing projects


Track 3: New intersectional enclosures

  • New enclosure policies, forced displacement, dispossession and grabbing of the means of production and reproduction, permanence of so-called primitive accumulation
  • Class aspects of immigration, cheap workforce, surplus reserved army of unemployment
  • Emergence of nationalistic-racist-fascist rhetoric and practice, (for instance, racist locals’ committees, the role of church and media)
  • Gendered aspects of immigration (women, lgbtq+, sexism, gendered violence, pregnancy)
  • Age aspects of immigration (children and elderly people)
  • Disability and immigration
  • Cultural re-appropriation of moving populations
  • Slavery, trafficking, human organs’ trafficking


Track 4: State and Hyperstate migrant policies

  • Fortress Europe, detention centers, hot spots, relocation policies, new border fences
  • Law geographies, divisions between refugees and immigrants, criminalization and illegalization of border crossing, the right to citizenship and asylum
  • Fear policies, xenophobia and biopolitics
  • Health geographies, biosecurity and border controls
  • Neocolonialism, geopolitics and war


Track 5: Representations and communication

  • Cultural representations of the Other
  • Landscape and representations of the Other
  • Newcomers – new ideas – new cultural relations
  • Art and multicultural representations
  • Newcomers and e-books, e-sharing, horizontal e-actions
  • Other history, other museum, oral history of newcomers


Submission Procedure

We welcome proposals for various kinds of interventions, including, but not limited to: presentations of formal academic papers; brief provocations leading to open discussions; performance lectures; installations; exhibitions or screenings of visual work (e.g., film, photography, etc.); workshops (sharing practical knowledge, working through a particular idea or problem, teaching a methodology, approach, or framework).


Interested contributors are invited to submit by 1 March 2017 an abstract of maximum 500 words. Abstracts should include: title, keywords, track name, name of the author(s), name of the presenter, affiliation and full contact details (please fill the submission form, link). Authors will be notified by March 20, 2016, about the status of their proposals. There are no fees but we do not have funds to cover travel expenses. The organisers expect an edited volume to result from the gathering. Questions can be directed to contestborders@gmail.com.


Important Dates

Abstracts Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: March 20, 2017

Conference: Mytilene, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, September 28 – October 1, 2017



Inquiries may be directed to: contestborders@gmail.com


em torno do asilo e da orientação sexual Janeiro 13, 2015

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An asylum seeker from Uganda

No jornal Público temos hoje uma notícia sobre os pedidos de asilo em Portugal em 2014, com uma referência específica em torno das questões da orientação sexual como razão do mesmo pedido. 2014 foi um ano especial em torno deste tema, pois o Supremo Tribunal da União Europeia declarou que os refugiados que fazem pedido de asilo, alegando que eles homossexuais, não podem ser submetidos a testes para provar essa situação.

O jornal Público dedica umas 5 linhas ao tema, na notícia em questão, adendando pouco sobre o tema para além do aumento do número de pedidos suscitados por questões de orientação sexual. Mas estranhamente resolve publicar meia página com uma entrevista (sem ser clara a sua origem) com um residente da Serra Leoa em torno da sua sexualidade e da sua orientação sexual. A entrevista é uma peça triste e sem nenhum interesse jornalístico.

As questões da mobilidade da população LGBT têm vindo a me interessar em termos de reflexão e investigação. Em 2011 publiquei um texto na revista “ex aequo”, da Associação Portuguesa de Estudos sobre as Mulheres – APEM, intitulado “Mobilidades, Migrações e Orientações Sexuais. Percursos em torno das fronteiras reais e imaginárias(pode ser lido aqui).

Nessa altura e sobre a problemática do asilo escrevi o seguinte:

Apesar de uma tendência generalizada de reconhecimento da população LGBT no acesso facilitado à possibilidade de pedido de asilo existem resistências institucionais fortes, bem como dificuldades diversas na persecução real dos pedidos de asilo para esta população. Luibhéid problematiza claramente o modo como a questão da orientação sexual tem sido colocada no debate sobre asilo político salientando a construção de normatividades legais e processuais criadoras de modelos de inclusão e exclusão aquando da resolução destes pedidos(Luibhéid, 2005).

Exemplificando com o caso do Reino Unido, que reconhece a orientação sexual como uma razão plausível para o pedido de asilo, aconteceu no final de 2009 um debate sobre o tema surgido da publicação de um relatório pela organização LGBT Stonewall intitulado «No Going Back – Lesbian and Gay People and theAsylum System» da autoria de Nathanael Miles. Na origem do referido relatórioestão as resistências institucionais aos pedidos de asilo com base na orientação sexual, pois como refere:

Pessoas que enfrentam a ameaça deste tipo de perseguição pode buscar refúgio no Reino Unido, mas muitos não recebem protecção por causa de erros fundamentais de julgamento e presunções feitas pela UK Border Agency (UKBA) por funcionários e juízes sobre orientação sexual. Consequentemente, pessoas, lésbicas e gays, que procuram asilo experienciam desvantagens significativas e específicas como consequência directa de sua orientação sexual (Miles, 2009: 3).

Efectivamente este relatório expressa bem as dificuldades sentidas pelos requerentes de pedido de asilo, bem como, as dificuldades reais e simbólicas de cruzar a fronteira internacional para entrar no Reino Unido e de ter a sua condição de exilado político reconhecida. O documento analisa as práticas dos técnicos da United Kingdom Border Agency, bem como a sua estruturaorganizacional que, como refere ao caracterizar o centro de apoio ao asilo, «this is a busy and hectic public environment that some applicants find intimidating and lacking in privacy» (Miles. 2009: 10), o que se torna particularmente importante se tivermos em consideração a dificuldade que para muitos dos requerentes é falar da sua orientação sexual, pois é sentida por muitos como um «segredo bem aguardado» que terá sido a origem de muitas discriminação e violência. Efectivamente, o tempo e o modo no qual o requerente refere a sua orientação sexual é um dos elementos de análise no processo que provoca dificuldades no processo, tal como é referido neste relatório numa das citações de requerentes que demonstram o modo como os serviços não têm procedimentos adequadas ao tratamento deste tipo de situações:

Este lugar não tem privacidade. Fui chamado para uma janela. A pessoa na porta ao lado podia ouvir o que eu estava a dizer, bem como as pessoas atrás de mim. (…). A coisa que eu achei foi tão difícil, como um homem gay proveniente de um país onde não se fala sobre sexo, o primeiro contacto que eu tive, a entrevistadora era uma senhora asiática idosa, alguém que eu consideraria como a minha mãe. Ela perguntou por que você está procurando asilo? Foi a coisa mais difícil de dizer a ela. Eu dizia porque eu gosto de homens. O que quer dizer? Foi muito difícil de explicar queeu sou gay. (…) Foi tão desconfortável. (Johnson, Uganda requerente de asilo)(Miles, 2009: 11).

Este relatório reforça ainda a dificuldade de um entendimento intercultural das sexualidades contemporâneas, fruto de um processo de globalização das identidades lésbicas e gays que tem sido alvo de uma crítica apurada por alguns dos investigadores e que complexifica estes processos de pedido de asilo.


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7th May 2013 – 14.30 – 18.00h

IGOT-University of Lisbon; IGOT Building; Room 1, Lisbon

Chair: Prof. Jorge Malheiros


Session 1 (14.30-15.30)

• O quadro normativo das migrações no Mercosul e na UE: impactos nos principais destinos urbanos (João Carlos Jarochisnki Silva – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo)

• Strategies and Routes in Brazilian migration to Portugal and The Netherlands: the differential roles of social networks (Sónia Pereira – IGOT-University of Lisbon and Masja van Meeteren, Erasmus University-Rotterdam)


Session 2 (15.30-16.30)

• Migration, Social-Fragmentation, and the Building of Social Cohesion through Community Festivals: the Case of St. Patrick Catholic Church’s ‘Festival of All Nations’ in Rosettenville, Johannesburg (Peter Kakonde – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

• Alterización y desigualdad en Buenos Aires: identificaciones y fronteras en la inserción urbana de los hijos de inmigrantes bolivianos y paraguayos (Natália Gavazzo – Instituto de Estúdios Sociales de la Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Buenos Aires (IDAES-UNSAM)


Break – 16.45-17.00


Session 3 (16.45-17.45)

• Procesos de proletarización étnica: los migrantes paraguayos en la industria de la construcción de Buenos Aires (Álvaro del Águila – Instituto de Estúdios Sociales de la Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Buenos Aires (IDAES-UNSAM)

• Passing Time – Geographies and Temporalities of Migrant Men in Johannesburg, South Africa (Alex Wafer – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)