May 16th, 2012 E-Digest of the New Scholars Network (NSN)

Dear New Scholars Network,

Welcome to summer and the latest edition of the E-Digest for the New Scholars Network (NSN). We’ve received emails from many of you asking how you can help and be an active part of the NSN, which is run entirely on a voluntary basis. We are working towards facilitating scholarly exchanges on a global level, and are particularly keen on increasing our membership to encompass practitioners and scholars all over the world. We encourage you to spread the word about NSN; for example, at relevant courses and conferences in your area. Please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering for the NSN in this capacity.
We also ask you to take a special look at the CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for the inaugural edition of our journal, The Refugee Review. We’re in the process of reviewing submissions and welcome your contributions, especially notes from the field from practitioners and contributions from those who are new to the field of Refugee Studies.
For the full call, visit our new website: ( you like to weigh in on how it feels to be a new scholar, practitioner, policymaker or worker in the field of forced migration? Visit here and answer a few questions, and your responses may be published in the first edition of our journal. (
The NSN Executive 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.**

Urban Displaced Youth Livelihoods intern, Women’s Refugee Commission: Part Time Internship, NYC

Administrator, Refugee Studies Centre

Grade 6: £26,004 – £31,020 p.a.
Vacancy ID: 102911
Closing Date: 6 June 2012

The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) is currently seeking an Administrator to provide support to the Director particularly in the areas of finance, fundraising and research management, and to be responsible for managing the day-to-day running of the RSC.
This challenging role will be responsible for a variety of tasks including maintaining an overview of the RSC’s overall financial position; advising and assisting the Director in setting up a fundraising strategy; planning, developing and implementing an innovative and commercially attractive graduate student career promotion for the MSc degree; acting as initial point of contact for the RSC and overseeing the RSC’s administrative procedures and structures; and providing support to the Communications and Information Officer as approved by the Director.

To learn more and find out how to apply for this position, view our current vacancies at

UNHCR London, External Relations (Fundraising) Internship

As part of a small office team, this will be an excellent opportunity for someone with a commitment to refugee issues who wishes to gain considerable first-hand experience in fundraising. The internship is full-time and will last for six months.

Regular responsibilities will include:
– Processing donations and maintaining the donor database
– Organising newsletter mailouts (procurement and editing)
– Drafting thank you letters
– Assisting in organising appeals e.g. newspaper adverts
– Researching trust and corporate donors

The ideal candidate will have:
– Superior written and oral communication skills
– Excellent research skills- Database experience
– An ability to prioritise their workload and meet deadlines
– A pro-active approach to work

Start date: 2 July 2012
Deadline for applications: 8 June 2012
Interview date: w/c 18 June 2012
Interested applicants should return their CV, completed application form and covering letter to the relevant unit in the London office. Applications may be submitted by email or by post. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For more information on how to apply go to

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


Educational and Professional Opportunities:

Call for Submissions: Refugee Review: Social Movements and the Politics of Forced Migration, Deadline: June 1st, 2012. Contact:
For more information:

IASFM 14 Proposed Panel on Home-making in Protracted Refugee Situations

Anita Fábos, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, Clark University
Dear all,
I am proposing a panel for the IASFM 14 conference in Kolkata in January, 2013 entitled, ‘Home-making in Limbo: Domestic practices and the meaning of home for refugees in protracted situations”. Selected papers will appear in a special issue of the journal Home Cultures. Please send me an abstract and a short bio by June 8 if you are interested in participating!

Panel Abstract: This panel addresses the tension between the longing for ‘home’ and desires for home-making, and the oft-noted “permanence of temporariness” for refugees in protracted circumstances of displacement, both in refugee camps and urban environments in places where meaningful integration is not an option. Much of the work on “protracted refugee situations” (PRS) as the “new normal” has focused upon policy challenges, including protection, human rights, and humanitarian assistance, or on refugees’ own livelihoods, ‘coping strategies’ and community development initiatives as they “wait”. While policy assumptions behind repatriation as the ideal ‘durable solution’ have been challenged both by the circumstances of extended conflicts and by refugees who do not seek to return ‘home’, the meaning of home and practices of home-making are nevertheless ongoing, often with creative or surprising results. Tapping into the long theoretical engagement with home and the practices of home-making in diaspora studies, this panel contributes conceptual insights to the contemporary circumstances that define ‘waiting’ for encamped or urban forced migrants.
Dr. Anita Fábos,  Associate Professor, Clark University –

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
The RSC’s 30th Anniversary Conference aims to examine and theorise the policy-making processes relating to refugees and forced migration at the global level. Critical reflection upon the processes through which global public policy on refugees, internally displaced persons, statelessness, human trafficking, and other areas of forced migration is made, is intended to offer new and valuable insights for scholars, policy makers and practitioners.
This conference therefore provides a forum for a critical discussion on ‘Understanding Global Refugee Policy’ by bringing together academics, policy makers, practitioners, advocates and displaced people to engage in a debate on how we might begin to make sense of and conceptualise the global refugee policy process. It seeks to explore the nature, content and implications of ‘global refugee policy’ with questions such as: What is ‘global refugee policy’? How can we theorise global refugee policy? What factors explain variation both in the motivations for policies, and in outcomes? To what extent do the diverse interests and priorities of key stakeholders shape global refugee policy, and to what effect?

Call for papers

The conference invites contributions that explore any aspect of the policy-making process: emergence, negotiation, development, implementation, and outcomes, examining global policy at the multilateral, regional, bilateral, or transnational levels. It invites reflections from politics, law, history, anthropology, and sociology, and seeks to involve contributors with case specific studies in addition to those with a broad focus on regional, bilateral, international and global policy-making processes. Papers might fall within one or more of the following categories:
1) Reflections
In order to lay the foundations for a critical academic understanding of global refugee policy processes, the conference invites reflection pieces on the experience of working on or within regional, bilateral, international and global refugee policy. Such reflections may explore the intersection between and across these different levels of policy making and implementation.
2) Case Studies
Papers might revisit important ‘moments’ or processes in which attempts to develop global refugee or forced migration policies have emerged, such as in relation to the Global Consultations, CIREFCA, the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, Australia’s “Pacific Solution”, the EU Asylum Qualification Directive, or the role of international actors in influencing national refugee legislation, for example.
3) Theories of Process
Papers might focus on conceptualising, theorising and critiquing aspects of the policy process in particular areas of refugee or forced migration policy. They may seek to explain variation in outcomes or they may aim to conceptualise how power, interests and ideas shape policy and its relationship to practice, or to examine how particular actors play particular roles in different stages of the policy process.
Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to Heidi El-Megrisi by 1 July 2012 at the latest.
Submit your abstract online
Alternatively, you can email your abstract to

Call for Youth Participation: PLURAL+ 2012 Youth Video Festival on Migration and Social Inclusion, The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations ( UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Deadline: July 1st, 2012 (early submissions encouraged)
For more information and description: and

Call for Papers/Proposals/Conference: Double Jeopardy 2012
July 4-6, 2012 on global causes of forced migration and the experiences of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.
For more information, please contact:

Call for Papers, North Africa and Displacement

Call for Papers: Children and War: Past and Present
Salzburg, Austria, July 2013, Deadline April 2013

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 April 30, 2012,,



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