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York University (Toronto) annual summer course on refugee and forced migration studies

This year’s Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues by the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University will be held May 8-16/10 at the Keele Campus. Fee is $975 Cdn, if you register before Feb 26/10 (fee goes up to $1100 after that date).
For more information, visit the conference course website , email and refer back to previous postings at

International Migration Studies at Georgetown University

Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies in Washington DC announces a certificate in International Migration Studies. The certificate program includes courses in:

Canadians are welcome to register. For more information, visit the Georgetown University website.

Managing migration in the 21st Century: North America and the internationalization of public policy

The International Migration Research Centre at WIlfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario is holding a policy makers roundtable on “Managing Migration in the 21st Century: North America and the Internationalization of Public Policy”.
A description of the event:

International migration is a prominent issue both within and between western industrialised states, and it has generated a growing recognition that effective national policies require significant international policy coordination. In the North American context, however, the increase and expansion of joint efforts to manage this policy area have been (in comparison with the European Union) so rapid and relatively uncoordinated that neither their extent nor their implications have been adequately outlined, never mind understood. The sheer scope of these developments can be seen in the fact that they touch on all forms of international migration to and within the region – legal and illegal, permanent and temporary, family and labour, tourist and refugee. The need to examine the practical features of such policy change is underlined further by the fact that they raise vital questions about state sovereignty and public accountability, for example, at both conceptual and political levels in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

The event will take place April 17, 2009. Location still TBD. For more info, contact Dr. Jenna L. Hennebry,, 519.884.0170 ext 4489.

Transnationalism and beyond: Canadian Comparative Literature Association

Call for Papers from The Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis in association with the Canadian Comparative Literature Association and the Association des professeur des universites et colleges canadiens .

From the call: “Transnationalism, transculturation, diaspora, migrancy, postcoloniality, ethnicity, mestizaje, multiculturalism, creolization, these are only some of the rubrics that literary critics employ as a corrective to the national paradigm of literary study and to call into question singular cultural, national and linguistic allegiances. Such terms are variously evoked in discussions of immigration, mobility, temporary and permanent forms of displacement, and other forms of cultural and geographic flow. Indeed, closely related phenomena connected to globalization are being analysed through divergent theoretical frameworks and the vocabularies that attend these frameworks. This panel will explore the root causes of these divergences in terminology. More specifically, we will ask:

·       “Do these terminological divergences point to different methods of literary analysis that offer distinct advantages or disadvantages?

·       “How much overlap or mutual influence exists among these models? Should there be more dialogue between them?

·       “To what extent do these critical vocabularies reflect divergences among disciplinary traditions or among national, linguistic and regional traditions of literary practice and study?

·       “Are there tensions created by the movement across fields and disciplines of vocabularies that have specific, local origins?

·       “What do these terms tell us about particular historical, geopolitical and ideological considerations and their impact on critical discourse?”

Proposals of 300-400 words to one of the following by January 15, 2009: 

Sarah Casteel,

Pascal Gin,

Call for papers: The economics of integration – children of immigrants and temporary migration

The Economics of Immigration: Children of Immigrants and Temporary Migration will be held May 11-12, 2009 in Vancouver BC.

The conference is intended to provide a forum for discussing innovative theoretical and empirical research on two important topics in migration research: economic issues related to the children of immigrants, and temporary migration. Possible topics (of interest to readers) include:

  • economic conditions faced by the children of immigrants
  • intergenerational integration
  • racial/ethnic stratification, segregation, and attitudes
  • social capital of immigrants and their children

Those interested in participating should submit a complete paper, in PDF format, to the program committee by January 1, 2009. Submissions must be made via e-mail to:

All presenters will be provided with hotel accommodations for 3 nights plus all meals for the 2 days of the conference. Funds may become available for air transportation …Major funding for this event is provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Metropolis British Columbia. Institutional support is provided by Metropolis British Columbia, CReAM, and Simon Fraser University.

Source: CERIS November 2008 Newsletter.

Research papers on is dedicated to raising the importance of home language (L1) retention as a tool to support the development of English in newcomer children. The site, developed by Dr. Roma Chumak-Horbatsch of Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Education has recently been updated and two new research studies by Dr. Chumak-Horbatsch have been added:

Early bilingualism: Children of immigrants in an English-language childcare center. (2008). Psychology of Language and Communication. Vol 12, No. 1.
Mmmmm…I like English: Linguistic behaviors of Ukranian-English bilingual children. (2006). Psychology of Language and Communication. Vol 10, No. 2. 

Visit to download both papers.

Harvard study on immigrant children in the US

The Harvard Graduate School of Education has released results of a 5 year study on immigrant children in the United States. Among the findings: immigrant girls tend to fare better than immigrant boys. A Newsweek article, reporting on the study, quotes researcher Marcelo Suarez-Orozco: “girls are able to retain some of the protective features of their native culture because they’re kept closer to the hearth while they maximize their acquisition of skills in the new culture by helping their parents navigate it“.
Related link: Immigration Studies @ NYU, devoted to the study of immigration with a focus on children, youth and families.

Call for proposals: Canadian studies as a field of interdisciplinary inquiry

The Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University invites proposals for its 3rd Alternatives conference.
The Centre is seeking proposals that “explore the current state and future trajectories of Canadian Studies as a field of interdisciplinary inquiry” and that “explore different approaches to Canadian Studies”.
Among other topics, and of interest to the Canadian Coalition for Immigrant Children and Youth, the Centre is interested in receiving proposals that address transnationalism, transculturalism and Canadian Studies and the cultural politics of diversity.
For more information, see the Centre website or contact Dr. Andrew Nurse at or 506.364.2350.
Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2008.

Call for proposals: Expanding literacy studies (US conference)

An international, interdisciplinary graduate student conference on literacy studies will be held at Ohio State University April 3-5/09. Proposals will begin being reviewed as of September 1/08 and will be accepted until October 15/08.
From the conference website: The theme Expanding Literacy Studies “draws from the larger conversation on literacy and literacy studies, the many myths of literacy and the growing number of new and emergent literacies”.
9 other US universities are involved. Let’s get some Canadian scholars in immigrant children studies participating and ensure L1 issues and solutions are part of this conference.

Multicultural to intercultural: Libraries connecting communities

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) is holding a satellite meeting Aug 5-7/08 in Vancouver BC (prior to their 2008 Conference and Congress, Libraries Without Borders, in Quebec City).
The satellite meeting theme is Multicultural to Intercultural: Libraries Connecting Communities. See the site also for a call for papers.
Visit the IFLANET site to learn about how libraries and other institutions come together to meet the needs of culturally diverse populations. Here you’ll find strategic plans, work schedules, publications and more.