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March 2008

Migration Studies in Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

Date: March 26-28, 2008
Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
Registration Details:
Conference Registration Deadline: 20 March
During the past five years a growing number of postgraduate students have been developing inquiry into the area of migration studies across the Humanities and Social Sciences. This welcome development is occurring cross-institutionally, north and south, and traverses the fields of sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, linguistics, geography, education, social policy, lens-based practice, film and media studies, race, ethnicity and gender studies, among others.

This timely and inaugural conference on Migration Studies in Ireland will occur annually and rotate location between the following convening partner institutions: University College Dublin (UCD); National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM); University College, Cork (UCC); Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT); University of Limerick (UL); Dublin City University (DCU); Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

Wednesday Evening: 26 March, Film Screening
6:30 pm Robert Emmet Theatre, TCD
‘Here To Stay’ (2006, 72 min, Ireland), directed by Alan Grossman and àine O’Brien, narrates the story of a Filipino nurse and the expression of his migrant labour activism, in dialogue with civil society representatives, probing and challenging the inadequacies and market-driven characteristics of immigration policy in Ireland. Capturing the evolution of political process over time, alongside the performance of everyday transcultural relations, the film provides insight into how trade unionism develops in a rapidly expanding multiracial society.

The film has been screened nationally and internationally at numerous documentary, human rights and gay film festivals, winning the 2007 Multicultural Media Broadcast Award (MAMA). ‘Here To Stay’ will be screened on RTE in April.

Dr Alan Grossman, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, DIT, will introduce the film and be present for a Q&A following the screening.

Thursday 27 March:
9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Coffee
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome Address - Dr Ronit Lentin, TCD

10:00 – 11:30 Panel I
Housing, Health and Education: Meeting Needs and Assessing Challenges
John Laior: How Does the Irish Education System Accommodate the New Realities and Challenges Presented by a Culturally Diverse Population? DCU
Brian Portley: Meeting Accommodation Needs: The Choices and Constraints Experienced by Minority Ethnic Households Living in Urban, Suburban and Rural Locations in Ireland, UCD
Esther Murphy: Bridging the Gap Between Migration Studies and Disability Studies: The Case of the Blind Immigrant in Ireland, DCU
Fiona Kelly: Psychosocial and Mental Health Needs and Outcomes Among Help-Seeking Migrants in Ireland, UCD

11:45 – 1:15 Panel II
Labour Markets, Governance and Comparative Capitalisms
Camilla Devitt: The Causes of Immigration Variety: A Focus on Institutional Factors in Receiving Countries, EUI, Florence
Justyna Salamonska: Migrant (Im)mobility on the Irish Labour Market –Hospitality Sector Case Study, TCD
Sally Daly: 'Farm to Fork: Sustainibility and the Food Supply Chain', DIT
Alicja Bobek: Polish High-Skilled Workers in Ireland and their Migrant Networks,TCD

1:15 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Panel III
Media Practices and Public Spheres
Katie Moylan: In the Name of Multiculturalism: Radio Programming and New Migrant Communities in Dublin, DIT
A.M. Kirwan: Irish Museums in the Construction of a Diverse and Inclusive Society,
University of Leicester
Darcy Alexandra: Narrating Migration through Digital Storytelling: Migrant Made Media, Irregular Migration and Communities of Learners, DIT
Izquierdo Iranzo:How is the Immigration Phenomenon Depicted in the Spanish Media? Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid

3:45 – 4:45 Panel IV
Human Rights, Public Policy and NGOs
Niamh McCrea: Managing Migrant Rights: NGOs, Philanthropy and Public Policy in Ireland, UCD
Delia Rambaldini Gooding: The Trafficking of Women into Ireland: Developing a Model of Best Practices for Servic Provision, UCD

4:45-5:00 Tea/Coffee/Snacks

5:00 – 6:30 Panel V
Hybridity, Identificiation and Diasporas
Theo Ejorh: The African Imagined Diaspora in Dublin: Identity, Identification and Experience, UCD
Katalin Palmai Banki: The Cross-Cultural Adaptation of the Hungarian Community Living in Ireland Since WWII, DCU
Diane Sabenacio Nititham: On Hyphenation and Hybridity: Interrogating Filipinas in Ireland and Diaspora Space, UCD
Kit Nicholls: The Union (of the Atlantic and the Pacific)NYU, New York

6:45 – 9:00 Adjourn at the Market Bar (Fade St., Dublin 2)

Friday 28 March:
9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:30–11:00 Panel VI
Transnationalism: Urban and Rural Social Practices
Aine Ryan , Understanding the Importance of Urban Spaces and Places in a Culturally Diverse Society, DIT
Garrett Maher: Defining Transnationalism: A Geographical Perspective, NUI Galway
Veronica Vierin: Imagining the Cityscape of Turin: ‘Ilegal Citizens’ and Urban Social Practices, DIT
Carmen Adriana Frese: Trust & Community Bonding Between Romanians in Ireland, UCD

11:15–12:45 Panel VII
Newcomer Children, Language Policies and Practices
Romana K and Niamh Nestor: Is Home Always Where the Heart Is? A Study of Polish Migrant Children’s Attitudes Toward Their Languages and Countries, TCD, UCD
Ms. Stergiani Kostopoulou: Meeting the Language Needs of Immigrant Students in Post Primary Ireland, TCD
Emer Nowlan: Researching Asian Students in Irish Schools,UCD
Anna Dillon: An Examination of the Language Education Policies and Practices in Place for Newcomer Children in Irish Primary Schools, DIT

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Panel VIII
Emigration, Immigration, Return Migration: Responses, Attitudes and Public Opinion
Irial Glynn: From Out-Migration to In-Migration: Irish and Italian Attitudes Compared, EUI, Florence
Deirdre Lynch: Framing the Phenomenon of Return: The Re-settlement of Elderly Irish Emigrants,DIT
Antje Roeder: Immigrant attitudes to Migration, TCD
Rozalia Ligus: Living on the Edges: Either a Polish or Irish Dream, University of Lower Silecia

3:00 – 3:15 Tea/Coffee/Snacks

3:15 – 4:45 Panel IX
Integration, Civic Participation and Migrant Entrepreneurship
Fidele Mutwarasibo: Migrants’ Integration in the Irish Public Sphere: Migrant Political Entrepreneurs, the Attributes and Strategies, UCD
Lucia Laurincikova: What is the Role of Tailored Enterprise Programmes in Realising the Entrepreneurial Intentions of Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs? DIT
Aine O’Neil: The Business of Being Irish in America: Ethnic Entrepreneurs and Transnational Commuters, NUIM
Gina Iordan: Romanian Integration in Ireland: The Consequences of Employment Restrictions After Romania’s Accession to the EU, UCC

5:00 – 5:30 Closing Plenary: Dr Alice Feldman, UCD

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