[URBANTH-L]CFP: Refuge, Canada's Periodical on Refugees

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Sat Mar 21 11:32:38 EDT 2009


Refuge, Canada's Periodical on Refugees

No Borders: A Practical Response to State Controls On People's Migration

Guest Editors:

Bridget Anderson (Oxford University), Nandita Sharma (University of  

& Cynthia Wright (York University)

As nation states across the world enact ever-more restrictive  
immigration policies, there exists, simultaneously, a large and  
growing international movement of people. This paradox has led to a  
growing recognition of the ideological character of border controls:  
what is restricted is not migration per se but the rights and  
protections available to those who move across and into nationalized  
spaces. Such a situation calls into question the purposes served by  
the entire array of contemporary migration controls - the totality of  
which has made many migrants more vulnerable and their lives and  
livelihoods more precarious. One important and under-examined response  
to this situation is the emergence of calls for No Borders, appeals  
made on the basis of inter-related ethical, political, social and  
economic grounds. An explicit challenge to states' claimed right to  
control people's mobility, these appeals signal a new sort of  
liberatory project, one with new ideas of society and aimed at  
creating new social actors not identified with nationalist projects  
(projects deeply racialized, gendered, classed, and sexualized). As a  
practical, political project develops against borders, its relevance  
to other political projects grows, often challenging them in profound  
ways. There is a mounting need, therefore, to open an intellectual and  
political environment in which arguments for No Borders are further  
debated. To do so, Refuge invites submissions on: the historical  
context for the emergence of No Border politics; critical examinations  
of specific or comparative No Borders/Open Borders arguments, projects  
and movements; the relationship of No Borders to other ideas and  
movements and; how arguments for No Borders take up issues of:  
colonization, identity and 'belonging', political community, labour  
organizing, and processes of capitalist globalization. Contributions  
must be received by May 31, 2009.

As always, Refuge is willing to consider submissions outside the scope  
of this particular theme which relate to forced migration and  
refugees. Refuge also encourages submissions relating to, critical of  
or in dialogue with material previously published in Refuge.  
Submissions may take a variety of forms. Papers, not exceeding 30  
pages or 7500 words, should be typed, double-spaced and referenced  
using Chicago Manual of Style endnotes (see style sheet for details.)  
Shorter papers on issues related to forced migration, photography  
(black and white), book reviews and case comments are also welcome. A  
brief abstract (100-150 words) and a two sentence institutional  
identification of the author must be provided. All submissions must be  
word processed and sent by email attachment. Nous acceptons aussi des  
articles en français.  Le style doit être conforme aux normes exigées  
pour les articles rédigés en anglais.

Deadline: May 31, 2009

For further information, please contact:

Sharryn J. Aiken, Editor-in-Chief, Faculty of Law, Queen's University
c/o Centre for Refugee Studies, Suite 325, York Lanes, York University

4700 Keele Street, North York, Ontario, Canada  M3J 1P3; refuge at yorku.ca

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