November 8 – 10 2012: “Environmental Justice and Human Rights: Investigating the Tensions, Exploring the Possibilities”
Can indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, women and people living in poverty mobilize human rights in a positive way to combat environmental problems that affect their health and their physical, psychological and material well-being? How does the human rights system increase the capacity of marginalized groups to defend and protect themselves in decision-making processes that could jeopardize their interests in relation to the environment?
Program , registration info and call for volunteers here: via Environmental Justice and Human Rights: Investigating the Tensions, Exploring the Possibilities | Human Rights Research and Education Center/Le Centre de recherche et d’enseignement sur les droits de la personne.
h/t osgoode’s own Dayna Scott, who is on the program to talk pipelines.
Race, Migration, Citizenship: Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives (December 14, 2012) Theme: Race, Migration, Citizenship: Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives Type: International Conference Institution: Department of Sociology, University of Warwick Birmingham and Midland Institute Location: Birmingham (United Kingdom) Date: 4.–5.7.2012 Deadline: 14.12.2012 Against the backdrop of decolonisation, a global economic boom was accompanied by tightened border controls, ever more punitive asylum regimes and limited access to citizenship. Immigration from former colonies to former metropoles has been limited in the postcolonial period as racialised discourses have set the West in opposition to an alien ‘rest’. Now, in this ‘age of austerity’, the strength of the old powers is weakening as other parts of the world, the so called ‘BRICs’, grow in strength. Yet the old racial hierarchies appear stubbornly resonant within Europe and the white settler colonies and other hierarchies, for example around caste, are increasingly coming to the fore in other countries. Foregrounding postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, this conference will provide a forum in which to discuss the context for emerging patterns of exclusion, for asking what the conditions for political equality might be, and for posing the question “what has ‘race’ got to do with migration and citizenship?” among many others.
Abstracts of no more than 200 words are welcomed from across the social scences and humanities on the following themes: 1. Race, Racism, and Prejudice 2. Racial and Colonial Institutional Orders 3. Modernity/Coloniality and Global (In)justice 4. Asylum after Empire 5. Cosmopolitan Citizens and Multicultural Societies: The New Crisis of Europe 6. Europe and Africa. Citizenship and the Legacies of Colonialism 7. Diaspora, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Send your abstracts to email@example.com Deadline for abstracts: 14th December 2012 Contact: Gurminder K. Bhambra and Lucy Mayblin Phone: +44 121 236-3591 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://rmcconference.wordpress.com