PUCL Bulletin, July 2003

Winter course on forced migration

Applications are invited for a 15-day residential course in Kolkata, India (1-15 December 2003) in critical studies on forced displacement. The short-term winter course, to be organised by the Mananirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG), is intended for younger academics, refugee activists and other working in the field of human rights and humanitarian assistance for victims of forced displacement.

The course will be preceded by a two-month long programme of distant education. The curriculum will deal with themes of nationalism, ethnicity, partition, and partition-refuges, national and international regimes of protection, political issues relating to regional trends in migration in South Asia, internal displacement, the gendered nature of forced migration and protection framework, and resource politics, environmental degradation and forced migration. The course will emphasise on experiences of displacement, creative writings on refugee life, critical legal and policy analysis, and analysis of notions of vulnerability, care, risk, protection, and settlement.

Application must have (a) 3 years experience in the work of protection of the victims of forced displacement, or hold post-graduate degree in Social Sciences or Liberal Arts, and (b) proficiency in English. Besides giving all necessary particulars, application must be accompanied by an appropriate recommendation letter and a 500-1000 word write-up on how the programme is relevant to the applicant's work and may benefit the applicant. Selected candidates will have to pay Rs. 2000/- each as registration fee. MCRG will bear accommodation and other course expenses for all particulars, and will offer limited number of travel grants.

Applications, addressed to the course coordinator, can be sent by e-mail or post, and must reach the following address by 30 June 2003 - Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, 5 B, Mahanirban Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700 029, E-mail: mcrg@cal.vsnl.net.in



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