Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) Annual Conference


Established in November 2007, the mandate of the Association is to foster an independent community of scholars dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of Canadian refugee and forced migration research, establishing active partnerships and collaborations among researchers, teachers, practitioners, policy makers and advocates, and supporting publications, conferences, and other fora that contribute to open and inclusive communication and networking around issues relating to refugee and forced migration studies in Canada and elsewhere.

CARFMS 2013: Spaces of Refuge

The 2013 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, displaced persons and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss spaces of refuge for forced migrants in the context of a changing global geopolitical context. We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives to explore the practical, experiential, policy-oriented, legal and theoretical questions raised by situations of forced migration as a result of conflict, development, climate change, and natural disaster. We also invite studies of short and long-term options for, challenges of, and success with respect to, integration, settlement, resettlement and voluntary return. In studies of both migration and settlement, we are particularly interested in studies that address threats to humanitarian space, and recommendations to counter such threats and build solidarity with those who seek refuge. The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field, and we welcome proposals for individual posters, papers, organized panels and roundtables structured around various broad subthemes.

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CARFMS12: Restructuring Refuge and Settlement

CARFMS12: RESTRUCTURING REFUGE AND SETTLEMENT: RESPONDING TO THE GLOBAL DYNAMICS OF DISPLACEMENT

May 16-18, 2012

York University, Toronto, Canada

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CARFMS 2011: Human Rights Challenges

The 2011 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, displaced persons and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss the human rights of migrants in the context of national and international security policies. We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives to explore the practical, experiential, policy-oriented, legal and theoretical questions raised by security regimes at the local, national, regional and international levels. The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field, and we welcome proposals for individual papers and organized panels structured around the following broad subthemes:

Current trends and challenges in human rights protection of forced migrants

Human rights and durable solutions to forced migration

New approaches and theories in forced migration studies

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CARFMS 2010: Forced Migration: Challenges and Change

The 2010 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, displaced persons and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss the changes and challenges faced in the field of forced migration.  We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives to explore the practical, experiential, policy-oriented, legal and theoretical questions raised by different processes of change affecting forced migrants at the local, national, regional and international levels.  The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field, as well as presentations of  individual papers and organized panels structured around various sub-themes.

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CARFMS 2009: Forced Migration and Shifting Borders

This conference brings together academics, activists, NGOs, policy makers, government representatives, and forced migrants themselves from a wide array of disciplinary and regional backgrounds in order to discuss diverse issues related to forced migration within and across borders. We invite participants from a range of perspectives to engage in a series of interdisciplinary dialogues in order to explore, debate and understand the varied aspects of forced migration.

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