June 4th, 2012 E-Digest of the New Scholars Network (NSN)

Dear New Scholars Network,

Summer greetings!

We’re excited to announce you that will be holding New Scholars Network elections soon, so if you want to get involved in our initiative, now it’s a great opportunity to jump in!
We’re also happy to let you know about a new initiative that has just been launched, namely The Refugee Law Initiative Cluster at the University of London (UK), especially dedicated to the doctoral students with a research interest in refugee and forced migration studies. Don’t forget to check it out in our list of current opportunities!
As it relates to some of the approaching deadlines, we would like to highlight that the deadline for the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) Annual Conference, to be held in January in Calcutta, has been extended to 15th of June http://www.iasfmconference.org/index.php?conference=iasfm14&schedConf=iasfm14&page=schedConf&op=cfp
At the same time, we’re happy to announce you that the very lovely city of Halifax was chosen as the setting of the 2013 Canadian Association for the Study of Forced Migration (CARFM) Annual Conference so be ready to send submissions soon.
If you have any relevant work on the issue of social movements and the politics of refugee forced migration, don’t forget about our Call for Papers for the 1st Issue of the journal The Refugee Review: https://espminetwork.wordpress.com/refugee-review/
Also, don’t forget to frequently visit the general RRN website for further interesting projects and initiatives: http://www.refugeeresearch.net/.
If you have any questions about the RRN, the NSN or anything we can assist you with in your work, please do reach out to us: https://espminetwork.wordpress.com/get-involved/.


The NSN team

Jobs & Internships:
**Please note that some of the links may need to be refreshed or re-traced via Google, as they are active searches and sometimes expire. Nonetheless, all links have been checked at the time of this email.**



The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is Canada’s largest independent administrative tribunal. It is responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law.

As an interpreter, you provide interpretation services as an independent contractor as and when needed by the IRB. Your task as an interpreter is to interpret orally all dialogue and, in some cases, short documents submitted before, during or after the proceedings. You will have to interpret both from the language of the person who is subject of the proceedings into English or French and vice-versa, using consecutive interpretation.


*Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and indicate your status on your resume
*Have very good spoken and written knowledge of French and/or English AND another language or dialect
*Be available during IRB office hours from 8:30 to 4:30

Please make sure to indicate all spoken languages and dialects and a valid email address on your resume.  An exam will be administered and a security check is required.  The hourly rate is 24$.


We are only looking for these following languages and dialects:


For more information, please check: http://www.irb.gc.ca/Eng/tribunal/form/Pages/index_interpreters.aspx

2) UNODC job: Chief, Global Report on Trafficking in Persons Unit – Economic and Social Development, Social Sciences, Vienna
More info: http://unjoblist.org/vacancy/?266045

3) Pan African University Deputy Coordinator (Research, Development and Cooperation), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
More info: http://www.codesria.org/spip.php?article1615&lang=en

Research Paid Positions

1. Visiting Research Scholar Fellowship 2013-2014
,The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan)

Opening for a foreign scholar to reside at the 
Center and participate during the Japanese academic year 2013-2014 in the 
following team research project:
History and Culture of Japanese Immigration in the New Continent.
: This group research aims at studying the history and culture of Japanese immigrants and their descendents in South and North Americas. Its 
principal purpose is filling the gap between the experts of North American 
and South American immigration by way of discussing the case studies 
available for each area. We will also consider, when possible, the 
research on Japanese immigration to other areas. Also, other immigrant 
communities to the New Continent and the so-called return migratio of Japanese immigrants back to Japan from South America will help focus the 
examination of our subject in a wider perspective
Questions regarding the details of the research project may be sent to 
Professor Shuhei HOSOKAWA at the Center address, by e-mail at 
2. Eligibility
(1) Display evidence of prior research and publications directly related 
to the above research project.
(2) Have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and an academic position by the time of 
(3) Not more than 65 years old when the research period begins.
 For this fellowship, we especially welcome applications from younger 
scholars. The position is open with regard to discipline, and applicants 
need not be specialists of Japan; indeed, those able to offer comparative 
perspectives are especially welcome. However, discussions and 
presentations will be in Japanese, so knowledge of the language would be 
distinctly preferable. 
3. Research Period
: The scholar is expected to arrive in Kyoto someday between April 1 and 
October 3l, 2013; the fellowship runs from your arrival until March 31, 
4. Terms of the scholar
(1) The Visiting Research Scholar’s salary will be determined on the basis 
of salary regulations and will reflect the Visiting Research Scholar’s 
seniority. It will be paid on the appointed day each month. 
(2) Roundtrip travel expenses will be paid according to a rate stipulated 
in the regulations.
(3) A research allowance (including a domestic research travel expense 
allowance) will be disbursed to each Visiting Research Scholar. For more info: 
Research Support Section
Research Cooperation Division
International Research Center for Japanese Studies
3-2 Oeyama-cho, Goryo
Kyoto 610-1192, JAPAN
Tel : +81-75-335-2044
Fax : +81-75-335-2092
e-mail: kyoudou@nichibun.ac.jp
The deadline for applications is June 30, 2012
7. Result: 
All applicants will be notified of the results by the beginning of August, 

2. Visiting Research Fellows 
The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken, Japan)

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) makes 
use of several programs offered by Japanese and international 
organizations, such as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science or 
the Japan Foundation, that support research by providing foreign scholars 
with opportunities to conduct research at academic institutions in Japan. 
This Center receives foreign scholars as Visiting Research Fellows in the 
following categories: 
I. JSPS Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers)
1. Contents:
Purpose, Targeted Academic Specializations, Criteria for Eligibility, and 
Duration of Research:
Please refer to the JSPS’s website, where you can also download the 
application forms: 
(in Japanese) http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-fellow/main.htm
(in English) http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-fellow/fellow.html
2. Terms and Conditions at Nichibunken: 
(1) The Center’s library, computers, and other facilities including office 
space to be shared with other researchers will be made available for the 
use of the JSPS Research Fellow, in the same way as for a staff researcher 
at the Center.
(2) Housing accommodations will be available on the site of the Center. 
(There are charges for the use of these facilities.)
3. Application Procedure:
Applicants must submit the designated application form of JSPS, the 
necessary certificates and a letter of request to a specific host 
professor whom you wish to look for guidance.
4. Application Deadline for Nichibunken: 
For those who arrive Japan between April 1 and September 30: August 1 of 
the previous year of the research year
For those who arrive Japan between September 1 and November 30: April 1 of 
the research year

5. Other Information: 
Nichibunken will apply for assistance from JSPS after selecting several 
candidates from among all those who applied to Nichibunken 
6. For details, please contact: 
International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Research Coopearation Division
3-2 Goryo Oeyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192
Phone: +81(0)75-335-2046 Fax: +81(0)75-335-2043
Email: t.yuki@nichibun.ac.jp
II. JF Research Fellow, Visiting Research Fellow (fellow of other 
supporting organizations, or researcher supported by a foreign government) 

1. Purpose:
To provide opportunities for highly qualified foreign researchers to 
conduct research at Nichibunken, allowing them to advance their own 
research while participating in at least one of the Center’s team research 
projects. Please refer to the JF’s website, where you can also download 
the application forms:
(in Japanese) http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/program/intel.html
(in English) http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/program/index.html

3. Launching of New Projects, University of London, UK, Refugee Law Initiative Doctoral Affiliates (DA) network

The RLI website is http://www.sas.ac.uk/hrc/projects/refugee-law-initiative and a brochure with details of the DA network and how to join can be found here – http://www.sas.ac.uk/sites/default/files/files/RLI/Doctoral_affiliates.pdf.
The DA network would be very welcoming of more members so please do feel free to circulate this to anyone you think may be interested.

 The DA network is organising a Refugee Law Doctoral Workshop to be held in London in December this year. We are currently soliciting expressions of interest from existing DA network members and anticipate circulating a broader call for papers next month

4. Online discussion on the book Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities (Cambridge, 2011)

Join a based on a recently published book co-authored by Pablo Bose, Peter Penz and Jay Drydyk, Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities (Cambridge, 2011) which argues that people facing risks associated with being displaced by development have moral rights, and it calls for developers, governments, institutions, and others to realize those rights. For publisher information on the book, click here. To go to the blog, click here. You can register there for updates.

Each week a lead comment will be posted, to which readers can respond to and add their own comments. Lead comments will be given by Anthony Oliver-Smith, Lori Keleher, Chris de Wet, Ted Downing, and Kai Schmidt-Soltau. The discussion is open to all; those who leave comments will be prompted to register (an easy one-step process) when posting their first comment.

5. Links to other job posting engines:

Indeed jobs under keyword “Refugee”

American Refugee Committee open positions (various countries)

Charity Village open positions (refugee focus)

World Relief open positions

Charity Village open positions (immigration focus)

Idealist Jobs under the key-word “Refugee”

Idealist Jobs under the key-word “Migration”

UNHCR open positions

ReliefWeb open positions

UN open positions

Alertnet open positions

International Development Jobs and Consulting Opportunities

For more opportunities, consult this list of refugee organizations for current openings
Link: http://www.rcusa.org/index.php?page=jobs

Educational and Professional Opportunities:

1) Conference: Understanding Global Refugee Policy
Date: 09:00am, Thursday, December 06, 2012 – 05:00pm, Friday, December 07, 2012 Presenter/Convenor: Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University
Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to Heidi El-Megrisi by 1 July 2012. You can email your abstract to rsc-conference@qeh.ox.ac.uk

2) Call for Papers: Contested Spaces and Cartographic Challenges, 14th Conference of the International Association for Studies in Forced Migration (IASFM), Kolkata, India, January 6-9, 2013, Deadline June 15th, 2012, http://www.iasfmconference.orgiasfm14@iasfm.org

3) Women Leading Change in Transitioning Societies Workshop Talk ,  June 5th U.S. Institute of Peace Headquarters
Washington, D.C
More info: http://www.usip.org/events/women-leading-change-in-transitioning-societies

4) CFP: States of Suspension (University of Chicago, 15-16 Nov 12)
Call For Papers – Graduate Conference
States of Suspension: Politics and Histories, Aesthetics and Affects
Deadline: August 1, 2012 / statesofsuspension@gmail.com
“….the state of being suspended, a looking or listening so rapt that it is an exemption from ordinary conditions, that it becomes a suspended temporality, a hovering out of time…It implies the possibility of a fixation, of holding something in wonder or contemplation, in which the attentive subject is both immobile and ungrounded. But at the same a suspension is also a cancellation or an interruption, and I wanted here to indicate a disturbance, even a negation of perception itself…” – Jonathan Crary, Suspensions of Perception
“We need to live in a state of suspended animation like a work of art, in a state of enchantment. We have to succeed in loving so greatly that we live outside of time, detached.” – Steiner inLa Dolce Vita, Fellini
Suspension is a state of exception, anticipation, or absorption. It hovers, pauses, interrupts, creating a liminal space often outside historical time and physical place. In political terms, suspension indexes the revocation of legal protections or rights of citizenship, the dissolution of recognized forms of governance, and the adoption of emergency measures during times of crisis. Since the 18th century, aesthetic encounters have been conceived of as a suspension of one’s understanding before the sensible experience of the artwork—a convention retained in the institution of the museum or gallery. While theatrical performances bracket reality for the duration of their staging, the photograph, like the ekphrastic moment in a text, enacts a suspension of time by isolating an image from its historical text.
This conference, to be held on November 15 – 16, 2012 at the University of Chicago, aims to query suspension in all its valences. We welcome submissions from disciplines across the humanities that treat states of suspension located in any time, place, or medium of study. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to statesofsuspension@gmail.com by August 1, 2012. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes in length (8-10 double-spaced pages).

5) PhD Scholarships in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Leicester, UK

The Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies – the oldest Holocaust research centre in the UK –  is pleased to offer a scholarship for October 2012 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. The scholarship will pay full-time University UK/EU tuition fees for three years (pro-rata for part-time study).
Research Areas and Supervision
The successful applicant’s research project will be supervised by a member of staff in the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, part of the University’s School of Historical Studies.
We welcome applications from those looking to work in areas that relate to ongoing research at the Centre. The research interests of the Centre and its staff include the history of the Holocaust in Europe, other cases of mass violence in 20th Century Europe (especially central and eastern Europe) and its colonies, as well as memory in post-violence societies including Holocaust representation.
More info: http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/funding/stanley-burton

6) 2 x European Research Council PhD Studentships in Politics, University of Leicester, UK

The Department of Politics and International Relations is pleased to offer two funded studentships for October 2012 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. Each studentship is worth up to £18,600 annually for three years – with the possibility of an extension for an additional thesis writing-up period (subject to availability of funding).
The studentships are fully funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant Democratic Responsiveness in Comparative Perspective: How Do Democratic Governments Respond to Different Expressions of Public Opinion? (RESPONSIVEGOV).
The studentships comprise an annual stipend of £17,800 as well as a budget of up to £800 each year to undertake fieldwork and/or attend international workshops, conferences, and summer schools.
More info: http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/funding/responsive-governmenthttp://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/funding/responsive-government

7) Studentship : ‘The Impact of Different Forms of International Student Mobility on Learning and Transitions to Employment’ Based at the University of Surrey, UK

Over recent years, various new initiatives have emerged, to encourage UK students to spend some of their degree programme overseas – for example, through ‘dual degree’ programmes, exchanges, short visits, and work placements. Nevertheless, we know little about their strengths and weaknesses in preparing young adults for employment when they leave university, or about their impact on student learning. The Higher Education Academy-funded project is intended to address this gap in our knowledge and generate new and important data on the impact of different types of programmes to encourage student mobility.  The studentship is open to candidates with: a master’s level degree in sociology, education, human geography or a related subject; experience of using qualitative research methods (particularly interviewing); and excellent oral and written communication skills. For further information, see: https://jobs.surrey.ac.uk/index.html (Ref. 8771) Informal enquires can be made to Rachel Brooks (r.brooks@surrey.ac.uk).
Closing date: 9am Monday, 25th June 2012

7) PhD Course on Social Policy, Life Course and Gender, Oslo, Norway
Scholarship / Financial aid: the accommodation costs covered and travel support offered
Date: 21–25 September 2012
Deadline: 1 August 2012
Open to: PhD students
The course starts with an overview of how Nordic countries have been viewed in recent debates over welfare regimes, with a special emphasis on family and gender. A second overview will present key assumptions and core concepts in a life course perspective. In part two, we turn to recent empirical evidence on ”her and his adulthood”. In the third and final part, students’ research will be discussed in the context of the course themes. Each day will have two thematic sessions (morning and afternoon). The sessions will have an introductory overview of key issues and central literature, followed by discussions.

Venue: Kringler Hotel (http://kringler.no/ ) (15 min. drive from the Oslo Gardermoen Airport)

Costs: The Nordic Centre of Excellence REASSESS will cover the accommodation costs of participants. It is also possible to apply for travel support. Participants are required to submit a paper after the course. With an accepted paper the course participant will qualify for 10 credit points.
If you want to participate, send a brief CV and short statement of research interests to gohagestad@gmail.com
by 1 August 2012, (with copy to bjorn.hvinden@nova.no).
Those selected will be notified by 15 August 2012. Please indicate if stipend covering travel expenses is needed.
Website: http://www.reassess.no/id/14497
Email: gohagestad@gmail.com


“Nam, Zambia start refugee repatriation”, The Southern Times, http://www.southerntimesafrica.com/news_article.php?id=7117&title=Nam,%20Zambia%20start%20refugee%20repatriation&type=83

“Angola: Over 500 People Return From DR Congo”, All Africa http://allafrica.com/stories/201205270196.html

“Refugees will die if health care cuts go ahead Ontario nurses say”, Toronto Star, Richard J. Brennan

“Why cutting health care for asylum-seekers makes no sense”
ANDRÉ PICARD, Globe and Mail

“Doctors demand changes to proposed refugee health policy”, CBC News

UN official says refugee bill inconsistent with international law
Furio De Angelis takes aim at detention provisions: “Surely UNHCR would not support a rush to the lowest common denominator.” Embassy Magazine

Bill C-31: Past wrongs and present-day injustices, Toronto Star