New issue of Migration Studies with symposium on the impacts of irregular status

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The new issue 2(3) of Migration Studies is out. It contains a short symposium on the impacts of irregular status with contributions by Elzbieta Gozdziak, Janina Sohn, Daniela Borodak and Ariene Tichit. Using ethnographic methods, Gozdziak examines how irregular immigration status affects the educational opportunities of children in the US, concluding that ‘the kind of assistance and support Latino students need will not come solely from immigration reform and policy changes, but rather paradigm shifts in our attitudes toward and programs for Latino children and their families as well as policies aimed at alleviating poverty of immigrant families’ (Gozdziak, 2014, pp. 392–414). The nexus immigration status and educational attainments is the focus also of Söhn’s article (2014). Borodak and Tichit explore the impact of status on migration projects and conclude that, while ‘the total duration of migration to a foreign country is the…

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On the Consumption of Protest Art in Real Time

Dart-Throwing Chimp

Today’s New York Times carries a story describing efforts by “preservationists, historians and art lovers” to capture and share art produced by the ongoing occupations in Hong Kong:

Because most of the art is still on the streets, the archiving is largely digital. Some digital renditions and objects are already running alongside the “Disobedient Objects” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The Umbrella Movement Visual Archives and Research Collective, led partly by academics, is creating open-data platforms and Google maps to mark the locations of art pieces.

A new group—Umbrella Movement Art Preservation, or UMAP—has “rescue team members” on the ground, armed with cellphones and ready to mobilize volunteers to evacuate art on short notice. They have received offers of help from sympathetic truck drivers and about a dozen private galleries…

“It is all installation art,” said Mr. Wong of UMAP.

This process strikes me as unavoidably exploitative. The…

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CMRB Event: On The Making of a National Tragedy: The Transformation of the Meaning of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada

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The University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is pleased to announce the following seminar:

On The Making of a National Tragedy: The Transformation of the Meaning of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada

This seminar will take place in EB 1.04, Docklands Campus, UEL, E16 2RD

Monday 27th October 2014, 4–6pm

The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at

Abstract: The Indian residential school system has become the pre-eminent symbol of the historic maltreatment of Aboriginal peoples of Canada, triggering, among other measures, numerous official apologies from political and religious leaders, the largest compensation payment in Canadian history, and the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. However, the current representation of the school system as a terrible tragedy is in sharp contrast from the way in which it was formerly represented by its…

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An Uncomfortable Look in the Mirror: Canada in the World, Before and After the Ottawa Shootings

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Ottawa. (Photo: Creative Commons / Endlisnis) Ottawa. (Photo: Creative Commons / Endlisnis)

Amongst many Canadians, a popular response to the shootings in Ottawa that claimed the life of Nathan Cirillo earlier this week has been: “This doesn’t happen here… This is Canada.” And that’s true enough. Political violence of the sort we witnessed this week rarely touches Canadian lives. Ottawa is one of those curiously apolitically political cities – a place where the majority of the workforce works directly or indirectly for the government but a community where global politics rarely penetrates every day life. But the Ottawa shootings should bring into relief the need for the Canadian government and Canadians at large to look themselves in the mirror and ask a simple yet tough question: why did this happen?

The easiest answer, and one that has already been proffered by a host of observers, is that a single, crazed lunatic who hated Canadian values went on…

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The Constitution of Madina: The Beginning of Muslim-Jewish Relations

Hamid Mahmood

The City of Madinah - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)'s final resting place and where the 'Constitution of Madinah' was written. The City of Madinah – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s final resting place and where the ‘Constitution of Madinah’ was written.

By Hamid Mahmood

The Constitution of Madina:  The Beginning of Muslim-Jewish Relations

ھذا کتاب من محمد النبی [رسول اللٰہ] ۔ انھم امۃ واحدۃ من دون الناس ۔[1]

This is a prescript (kitāb) of Muḥammad [2]…. Verily they constitute an ‘ummah’ (political unit) as distinct from all the people (of the world).[3]

و ان یھود بنی عوف امۃ مع المومنین ۔ للیھود دینھم و للمسلمین دینھم۔۔۔[4]

And verily the Jews of Banū ’Auf shall be considered as an ummah (community) along with the Believers, for the Jews being their religion and for the Muslims their religion…[5]



In contemporary society one is bewildered and bemused at the arguments and sources presented by Islamists and puritans in order to justify their hate for the ‘other’.  I always believe…

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A conference call for papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel


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A conference call for papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

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A conference call for papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

This conference seeks to explore the multiple, complex and inter-related ways that anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are being constructed in relation to the question of Palestine/Israel. In particular it seeks to examine how the histories of Zionist settlement, anti-colonial and nation-building struggles and 20th century warfare in the Middle East region are being transformed in the current historical conjuncture. Of particular importance in this context will be ideological and political alliances that have emerged locally, regionally and globally around notions such as the ‘New Antisemitism’, ‘Islamophobia’ and how these relate to racialised discourses against Jews and Muslims. Drawing on the expertise of scholars and activists from a variety of backgrounds, the aim of the conference will be to serve…

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The Fragility of a Deteriorating Arabic?

Arabic Literature (in English)

Let’s set aside whether Arabic(s) is/are really deteriorating — or whether they’re in a process of change — and focus on novelist Iman Humaydan’s other arguments, about schooling, censorship, and how many students don’t believe that “their mother tongue is capable of reflecting their inner selves”:

_548896_i0Humaydan, an award-winning novelist whose beautiful novel Other Lives was recently published in translation by Michelle Hartman, recently taught a seminar in Arabic at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program for teens, Between the Lines.

The Lebanese novelist told the Daily Star that, “The Arabic tongue is deteriorating, not only because of globalization and the mainstream English language, but because the educational system in the Arab World is connecting the language to social values that are no longer convenient for the youth.”

If we walk around the first argument — since it would take a great deal yet to really show…

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Beleaguered gay Indian women start new support group


A crowd of women in IndiaIndia: Gay women in have started a new network to support the LGBT community in marginalized northeastern India.

A group of young women July 12 announced the formation of ‘Sukia’ in northeastern Indian state of Assam, according to adding that this is the state’s first collective organization working to support the region’s LGBT community.

The group is organizing a three-day national event in the state capital of Guwahati August 8-10 next to create awareness about the rights of same-sex relations in India.

“We want to reach out to the people at the grass root level. There is too much social stigma attached to homosexuality, and gay people fear to disclose them due to this,” Meenakshi Bujorbaruah, one of the founders of Sukia told

In February, the young women, along with some volunteers, had organized the first gay pride parade in northeastern India.

The northeastern region, bordering Bangladesh, Bhutan…

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