EMiGR The Newsletter

Dear friends,


Welcome to EMiGR! I want to thank all of you for your interest in my proposal. I know that I did not give you much more than just an idea of what this network could be, so double thanks for your willingness to be part of a quite basic project, at least for now.

I want to let you know about what you can find in the website now:


1. Cfps (https://migration-environment.webnode.com/cfps/):
In the website there are several cfps for international conferences where I think that members of EMiGR network might propose panels.
While the majority of these calls are not for conferences specifically dedicated to migration and the environment, there is one which is exactly for an International Symposium on the environmental history of migration.


2. Working papers (https://migration-environment.webnode.com/working-papers/):
Marco Armiero, Elsewhere. Italians in frontiers, Agrarian Studies Colloquium,Yale University, published online in the Program in Agrarian Studies Website.
Marco Armiero, The world in a tin. Stories of migrants, nature, and the making of ethnic landscape, Paper presented at the American Society for Environmental History, Boise, Idaho March 13th, 2008
Vikram Espen O. Kolmannskog, Climate change-related displacement and the European response” Paper presented at SID Vijverberg Session on Climate Change and Migration, 20 January 2009, The Hague
Gunvor Jonsson, The environmental factor in migration dynamics – a review of African case studies IMI working papers 2008:10

3) Members profiles (https://migration-environment.webnode.com/members/):
You can find short bios and research interests of our members (currently 23)


4) Events (https://migration-environment.webnode.com/events-calendar/):
Here you can find two events:
Migrants in the Landscape. Ethnic Groups in New Environments, panel at the Anglo-American Conference, London 1-2 July, 2010
Terre Promesse: Excursions Towards Italian Topographies April 23–24, 2010
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute


Now, what’s next?

EmiGR – The newsletter: Lori D Barcliff Baptista and I are working on this. We are looking for other people who want to join the board of the newsletter; of course, we also encourage everybody to send us articles, cfps, reviews, interviews, or any other idea that can be included in the newsletter.


EMiGR – the website: please send me cfps, working papers, events, or any other material you want to post in the webiste. Hopefully, in the next future we will be able to have a board of the network; anybody interested?

Obviously, it is really important that everybody spreads the news of EMiGR among colleagues, friends, students, and institutions.


Finally, let me say that I am very glad that you accepted to join this project. I a very grateful to each of you for this.



April 2010


Dear EmiGR members,

Some news from the website https://migration-environment.webnode.com/ :

1) cfps:
It is my pleasure to forward you the message we received from our friends of the Migration Studies Center:
The Migration Studies Center (Espacio de Estudios Migratorios, in Spanish) is a research group focused on the various issues included in population movements around the world.
In occasion of the First World Conference of the World Originary People about Climate Change and Rights of the Mother Earth (www.cmpcc.com) to be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, between the 19th and 22nd of April 2010, we are organizing an activity. It will include a documentary and a later debate and discussion on the relations between migration and climate change.
We are proud to present through the EMiGR network this calling, that has to main points:
- Invite other organisations related to the issues to participate jointly with the EEM in the activity. We are a young institute with very few resources, so it's impossible for us to help with the transport, but we could manage to help with the "sleeping there" issue. We offer to co-participate the initiative with the interested, and put efforts together to make a very complete event. We count already with the support of some third sector organizations from Bolivia (we are radicated, for instance, in Argentina, although our world-wide view and work)
- Ask among the network about titles of documentaries about this two variables, migrations and climate change. We know of 2050, how soon is now?, and "climate refugees", but have no idea about how to contact their directors. If anyone for instance has a work in the field, we would be please to offer the chance of showing it at the Conference, with the appropriate presentation.
Inviting you to visit us at www.estudiosmigratorios.com.ar, and to keep connected to this growing network in which we are very proud to be considered in, thanks, and keep the effort.
Sergio Prieto
Espacio de Estudios Migratorios-EEM



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International Conference
Local Diversity and Global Challenges
Religions and Migrations in Southern Europe
30 September – 1 October, 2010 | Faculty of Arts
of the University of Porto, Portugal
Since the second half of the 20th century, Western societies have become culturally,
religiously and ethnically more diverse. This growing diversity has also paved the way for Southern European countries to gradually turn into global societies. Immigrants bring with them the cultural features of their countries of origin. Some of these cultural features are rooted in ethnicity and religion. As a rule, immigrants’ religious identities are different from their host country’s mainstream religion. Traditionally Roman Catholic, Southern Europe is watching today to the proliferation of other religious groups, among them, Islamic, Eastern Christian, and neo-Pentecostal groups from Africa and Brazil. Having become plural spaces, our societies tend to underestimate the effects of
diversity. They are far more concerned with the issue of social integration rather than with that of social identities reconstruction in society as a whole, often ignoring that today religion manifests itself as a plurality of religions.
Call for Papers:

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The first workshop on Climate Induced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa
Deadline: April 19, 2010
The first workshop on Climate Induced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa is organised by the World Bank and the Agence Française de Développement, in partnership with the United Nations University EHS and the International Organisation for Migration. It will take place on 15-16 June 2010 at the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) in Marseille, France.
The workshop will share knowledge of current research on climate induced migration and displacement carried out in and on the region, creating networks of researchers on these themes, and defining the agenda for future research.
Workshop Themes
The workshop will focus on different dimensions of internal and international climate-induced migration. Papers on internal (within country) migration and migration trends from Sub-Saharan Africa to MENA are particularly welcome, as are papers and contributions based on multi-disciplinary approaches and methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, and spatial). Papers should be focused on the themes addressed by the workshop.
- The methodological challenge: data, methods and approaches
- Quantifying past and future impacts of climate events on migration trends
- The role of migration in facilitating adaptation in sending communities
- The challenges of climate induced rural-urban migration for MENA Cities
- Rapid onset climate events and displacement: quantifying impacts, identifying consequences, managing risks
- Gender-related aspects of climate induced migration
- Implications of expected climate future migration on rural and urban development, with specific reference to infrastructure investments
Call for Papers
Researchers, academics and practitioners interested in presenting their work should submit a 300 words abstract by April 19, 2010 to aliverani@worldbank.org. Proposed papers should address the themes above, and be directly related to the region as a whole or to one or more countries in the region. Papers and presentation should be original contributions. Selected participants will be invited to present at the conference and reimbursed (travel, lodging and per diem).
For questions and additional information, please contact: Aditi Banerjee (abanerjee4@worldbank.org); Sarah Lahmani (LAHMANIS@afd.fr); and Andrea Liverani (aliverani@worldbank.org).



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Please consider that there are also other cfps in the website I have already sent in the last message:
Florianópolis SC, Brazil - September 13, 14 and 15, 2010

Power & Knowledge The 2nd International Conference, Tampere, September 6-8, 2010


National Immigration Conference entitled Immigration and Social Policy: The Changing Face of America


European Environmental History Conference 2011


Health, Disease, and Physical Culture Call For Papers, Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference Boston October 23, 2010


Ethnicity, Governance and Social justice: Linking Canada to the World


ASEH Annual Conference Phoenix, Arizona, April 12-16, 2011
“History and Sustainability: Stories of Progress, Hubris, Decline, and Resilience”


Home, Migration and the City: New Narratives, New Methodologies
Deadline for abstracts: 16 April 2010

2) events:
Research Colloquium SS 2010
Transnationalisation and Development Research Centre
Convenors: Thomas Faist, Jeanette Schade (COMCAD)
Summer term 2010
University of Bielefeld - Fakultät für Soziologie: TDRC
Aushang-Foko_CC-and-Mig_SS2010[1].pdf (31,5 kB)
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3) working papers:
There is a new working paper by Roanne Van Voorst: “I work all the time - He just waits for the animals to come back” Social impacts of climate changes: A Greenlandic case study, inJAMBA: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, Vol. 2, No.3, December 2009

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Now, what’s next?


EmiGR – the newsletter. Lori D Barcliff Baptista, François Gemenne, Sabrina Perić, Rémy Tremblay, Katherine Foxhall and myself are working on this issue as an editorial collective. We encourage everybody to send us short articles, cfps, reviews, interviews, or any other idea that can be included in the newsletter.


EMiGR – the website: please send me cfps, working papers, events, or any other material you want to post in the webiste. Hopefully, in the next future we will be able to have a board of the network; anybody interested?

Obviously, it is really important that everybody spreads the news of EMiGR among colleagues, friends, students, and institutions.


remember to visit also homepage2 (from the page About us). You will find the links and the newsletter https://migration-environment.webnode.com/about-us/