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A Question of Trust

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
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Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Call for Papers: Forced Migration - Global Perspectives & Practices

19 March 2013

Student Conference, 12th June 2013, University College London (UCL).

As we turn further into the twenty-first century, our ways of making sense of the world are becoming increasingly compromised. Shifting causes and patterns of human movement are encouraging a reassessment of perspectives and practices towards migration. In terms of forced migration studies, factors such as climate change, food security and the economic crisis, as well as the continuation of existing pressures, like protracted refugee situations and internal displacement, have dramatically altered the field. If people are not forced by the violent or persecutory actions of others to seek protection but feel compelled to leave their home due to natural disasters or poverty, to what extent can they be considered forced migrants?

In the face of this changing context, there is a clear importance in widening our analytical vision beyond Western Europe, fostering a global perspective in order to develop new practices and policies on a global, regional and local scale. Are we now starting to push the boundaries and interpretation of terminologies? Is it time for a whole new theoretical and practical vocabulary to take migration studies into the future?

‘Forced Migration: Global Perspectives and Practices’ is a student conference organised in collaboration with the Migration Research Unit at UCL in order to encourage students from different disciplines to share their current research in this area. This conference seeks perspectives from across the world, including current and historical approaches, on issues and experiences in relation to forced migration. The event aims to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and knowledge between students working on these issues.

We invite all postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level) to submit short abstracts (500 words) of their research by the 15th April 2013 to mrustudentconference@gmail.com. Presentations during the conference will be roughly 20 minutes for each speaker. We encourage students from any academic discipline to contribute, and papers with an interdisciplinary perspective are especially welcome.

Suggested themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Accountability, Rights and Responsibility: State, Society and the Individual
  • Agency and Victimhood
  • Integration, Citizenship and Belonging
  • Blurring of Borders and Boundaries: Concepts, Terminologies and Forms of Movement
  • Protracted Refugee Situations, Refugee Camps and Durable Solutions
  • International Protection, Regional Responses and Local Policy
  • Overcoming Barriers: Advocacy, Activism and Civil and Political Rights
  • Social and Economic Rights of Forced Migrants

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Please note that speakers will be expected to contribute £5 towards the cost of the conference.

We also encourage postgraduate students who do not wish to present the paper to attend the conference. If you are interested in attending please email: mrustudentconference@gmail.com