[URBANTH-L]CFP: Irregular Migration in Asia

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Tue Mar 28 21:01:33 EST 2006

[forwarded from H-MIGRATION at H-NET.MSU.EDU]

Dear Colleagues,

The Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong will be organisng 
a workshop on contemporary irregular migration in Asia in December 2006. The 
detailed announcement is as follows.

Please direct any queries to Ms Louise Mak at: lypmak at hku.hk

With warm regards,

James K. Chin

Dr James K. Chin
Centre of Asian Studies
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong


Irregular Migration in Asia

The Centre of Asian Studies (CAS), at the University of Hong Kong, is 
convening a new phase of workshops focused on Asian regionalism. These 
workshops build on the highly successful China-ASEAN and China-India 
Roundtables that have been running since 1998 and 2001, respectively; with 
the overall objective of fostering and enhancing regional academic dialogue 
and policy exchanges. The first workshop was held in Hong Kong in December 
2005 on the topic of Governance and Regionalism in Asia.  The second 
workshop will be held on the 7th and 8th of December 2006 in partnership 
with the Asian Center, University of the Philippines.

The second workshop in this series aims to explore the emerging forms and 
modalities of contemporary irregular migration in Asia, with a focus on the 
patterns and substance of illegal migration, people smuggling and human 
trafficking.  As the East Asian region has integrated for the greater good 
of its peoples, markets and states new challenges have emerged.  The 
increased intra-regional movement of people for work or pleasure is one 
manifestation of closer ties between the countries of Asia.  But just as the 
1997 Asian financial crisis was a negative manifestation of closer economic 
ties between regional states, so too the illegal movement of peoples across 
national borders is a challenge arising from the closer links between 
regional peoples and societies.

We are now calling for paper abstracts for this workshop.  Papers should be 
interdisciplinary in nature and could explore (but are not limited to):

-      Theoretical and Historical Perspectives on Irregular Human Flows in 

-      Comparative Domestic Approaches to Illegal Migration

-      Case studies of Northeast, Southeast and South Asian Patterns

-     Extra-regional Flows

-   Role of Regional Institutions and International Organisations

More information on these topics and what subthemes are being sought can be 
found at: http://www.hku.hk/cas/imia/imia.html.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the Workshop to be 
held in Manila. Dependent on final confirmation of funding, travel and 
accommodation expenses will be covered by the organisers. It is intended 
that the papers will be published either as a special issue of a major 
academic journal or an edited volume and so will be expected to be in the 
order 7-9,000 words.

The co-organisers invite the submission of Paper Proposals on the above 
themes. Proposals should not exceed 1500 words. A one-page CV, including a 
list of recent relevant publications, should also be submitted at the same 
time. The closing date is 15 April 2006.   E-mail applications are 

Please send paper proposals and CV to:

Asian Regionalism Project
 Centre of Asian Studies
The University of Hong Kong,

Pokfulam Rd, Hong Kong SAR
E-mail: Ms Louise Mak lypmak at hku.hk Web Site:  www.hku.hk/cas/ 

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