WORKSHOP: Peace Processes and Durable Solutions to Displacement

17 April 2015 00:00 to 00:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Ankara Tahran Caddesi 24, 06700

A BIAA Workshop organized by Dr. Marc Herzog

The event brought together academics and practitioners to discuss comparative cases of forced displacement and strategies to support victim groups in protracted conflicts aiming to challenge conventional assumptions as to the irreversibility of displacement and/or the absence of solutions to protracted conflicts. 

Workshop organised at the BIAA in partnership with the University of Kent and Saint Mary’s University. 

Key note speaker: Dr Meera Seethi, the Chief of Mission of the International Organisation for Migration in Turkey

The event aims to bring together academics and practitioners to discuss comparative cases of forced displacement and strategies to support victim groups in protracted conflicts. It will take place at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) and will include both an academic as well as an applied policy component focusing on theoretical and methodological innovations in the comparative study of displacement based on new qualitative, interpretive and survey work. It will include contributions aiming to challenge conventional assumptions as to the irreversibility of displacement and/or the absence of solutions to protracted conflicts. The keynote speaker, Dr Meera Seethi is Chief of Mission of the International Organisation for Migration in Turkey. She has previously served as the Senior Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa with the External Relations Department at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Geneva.

The event will also include presentations from participants representing key international organisations in the area including the  Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Displacement Monitoring Centre and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada as well as academics from around the world including the Balkans and the Middle East.

The event is funded by two external grants awarded to the organisers by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada  (Dr. Stefanovic, Saint Mary’s University and Dr Loizides, connection grant) and the British Academy (Dr Loizides Mid-Career Fellowship Scheme) and as well as internal grants awarded by the University of Kent. For the draft agenda click here or contact n.loizides@kent.ac.uk.

For more information, visit the project's website at:

http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/polir-news/2015/04/16/304/

Programme:

Keynote Addresses:  Friday, April 17th   (5:00-7:00 pm, venue TBC) 

Meera Sethi, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration

Harmonie Toros, University of Kent (Chair)

Saturday, April 18th

Venue: British Institute at Ankara Tahran Cad. No:24, Kavaklıdere.

09:30 – 10.00              Welcome, Opening, and Registration

Welcome address by BIAA Director Dr Lutgarde Vandeput

Morning and early afternoon sessions: Presentations

The morning and early afternoon sessions will consist of 9 short academic or policy presentations (15 mins) each followed by a nominated spokesperson (e.g. a member of a policy group, public or private sector organization or an academic) who will comment on the speaker’s presentation from the perspective of their own work or responsibility as well as lead the Q&A session (10 mins).

10.00 – 10:25              Renaud Detalle (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)          

Bringing the Pinheiro Principles to the MENA Region

Commentary: Jonathan Hall, Upsalla University

10:25 – 10:50              Nadine Walicki and Wesli Turner (Internal Displacement  Monitoring Centre)

Integration through Participation? Assessing Electoral Participation of Internally Displaced Persons in Kosovo and Ukraine 

Commentary:  Leonidas Karakatsanis, BIAA

10:50 – 11:10              Coffee Break

11:10 – 11.35              Djordje Stevanovic (Saint Mary’s University) and Neophytos Loizides (University of Kent)

The Way Home: Refugee Returns after the 1993-1995 War in Bosnia

Commentary: Renaud Detalle, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

11:35 – 12:00              Deniz Şenol Sert (Özyeğin University)

Turkey’s Struggle with IDP Properties: A Comparative Case of Kurdish and Cyprus Issues

Commentary: Ioannis Grigoriadis, Bilkent University

12:00 – 13:30              Lunch

13:30 – 13:55              Harmonie Toros and Lucas Van-Milders (University of Kent)

Displacing Divides: Hierarchies in Global and Local Knowledge on International Migration

Commentary: Emily Bauman, Department of Citizenship and Immigration, Canada

13:55 – 14:20              Gizem Sucuoglu (United Nations Peacekeeping Support Office and University of Kent)

Adding ‘Urgency’ to Protracted Conflicts: Perspectives from the UN

Commentary: Ayşe Betül Çelik, Sabanci University

14:20 – 14:45              David Karp (UNHCR)

Commentary: Deniz Şenol Sert, Özyeğin University

15:10 – 15:35              Emily Bauman (Department of Citizenship and Immigration, Canada)

What’s Changed? A Survey of the new Landscape of Refugee Protection and Resettlement in a post-2011 World

Commentary: Djordje Stefanovic, Saint Mary’s University

14:45 – 15:10              Jonathan Hall (Upsalla University), Iosif Kovras (Queen’s University Belfast), Djordje Stefanovic (Saint Mary’s University) and Neophytos Loizides (University of Kent)

Victim Groups and Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Surveying Attitudes in Post-Dayton Bosnia

Commentary: Selma Porobic, University of Sarajevo

15:10 – 15:30              Coffee Break

Late Afternoon Session: Panel Discussion 15:30- 17:00

In this panel discussion, the speakers will comment on the benefits and challenges of collaborative research between academics and policy organisations/NGOs promoting durable solutions to displacement as well as identify outstanding questions that need to be targeted by researchers.

Chair: Djordje Stefanovic (Saint Mary’s University)

Ayşe Betül Çelik (Sabanci University)

Meera Sethi,  (International Organization for Migration)

Selma Porobic (University of Sarajevo)

Sunday, April 19th

9:35-10:00                   Julian De Medeiros (University of Kent)

Preventing Internal Displacement in Turkey and Brazil: Development-Induced Displacement in Global Swing States

Commentary: Marc Herzog, BIAA

10.00 – 10:25              Selma Porobic (University of Sarajevo)

The (Un)Wanted Returnees – Trapped between Implementation of the International Rights-based Return Policies and Social Rejection and Marginalization in a post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina

Commentary: Gizem Sucuoglu, United Nations Peacekeeping Support Office and University of Kent

10:25 – 10:50              Ayşe Betül Çelik (Sabanci University)

Kurdish IDP Women’s Understanding of the Gendered Aspects of Conflict and Post-Conflict Processes

Commentary: Amberin Zaman, The Economist TBC

10:50 – 11:10              Coffee Break

11:10 – 11.35              Işık Kuşçu (Middle East Technical University)

Nation-Building through Ethnic Migration in the Former Soviet Space: the Case of Kazakhstan

Commentary: Wesli Turner, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

11:35 – 12:00              Muzaffer Kutlay (USAK/University of Kent)

Turks of Bulgaria: An 'Outlier Case' of Forced Migration and Voluntary Return                           

Commentary:  Birgül Demirtaş, TOBB University

12:00 – 13:30              Lunch

13:30 – 13:55              Saime Özçürümez Bölükbasi (Bilkent University)

Refugees and Irregular Migration in Greece, Spain and Turkey

Commentary: Neophytos Loizides, University of Kent

13:55 – 14:20              Clemens Hoffmann (Bilkent University)

From Climate Conflicts to Climate Refugees? A Critical Reassessment

Commentary: Nina Maqami, International Organization for Migration TBC

14:20- 14:45                Leonidas Karakatsanis (BIAA)

Can Success be Copied? Comparative Reflections on Displacement, Memory and the Turkish-Greek/Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Process  

Commentary: Burcu Gultekin-Punsmann, Ankara Policy Centre/Save the Children

14:45 – 15:35              Neophytos Loizides (University of Kent) and Djordje Stefanovic (Saint Mary’s University)

Successfully Integrated, But Determined to Return: Forced Displacement and Voluntary Return Intentions in Cyprus

Commentary: Nadine Walicki, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

15:35-16:00                 Coffee Break

Late Afternoon Session 16:00-17:00

Panel Discussion:

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Rethinking Humanitarian Emergencies   

Chair: Amberin Zaman, The Economist (TBC)

Burcu Gultekin-Punsmann (Save the Children/Ankara Policy Centre)

Renaud Detalle (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Emily Bauman (Department of Citizenship and Immigration, Canada)

17.00                           Closing remarks and future research directions

Djordje Stefanovic (Saint Mary’s University) and Neophytos Loizides (University of Kent)

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