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The Gendered Refugee Experience

Call for Papers: The Gendered Refugee Experience

Abstracts due: July 29, 2012
Papers due: November 16, 2012
Maximum length of articles: 6000 words
The 1951 Convention for the Protection of Refugees calls for the protection of individuals who reach countries of asylum. Who manages to flee, who is left behind, and who travels on to secondary and tertiary countries of asylum, however, differs, often along gendered lines. Not only does sheer number of refugees quantitatively differ along gender lines, but gender may also play a key role in mediating individual and collective experiences of flight, perceived and actual risks of migration for refugees, and societal reactions to newcomers. This is true even in circumstances where gender was not the primary reason for flight.
St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) is a peer-reviewed journal of international affairs based at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. For this themed issue, we invite both qualitative and quantitative analyses of gendered refugee experiences, encompassing both theoretical and policy-oriented proposals. Priority will be given to articles that focus on gendered post-flight refugee experiences, rather than those which emphasize gender as a primary cause of initial persecution. STAIR therefore invites academics and policy-makers to submit paper proposals focusing on one or more of the following questions, or related topics:
- Differing experiences and opportunities of men and women in refugee and/or Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps;
- Gender-based discrimination perpetrated by host governments in welfare provision;
- Gendered factors relevant to refugee status determination, and other legal decisions;
- Gender influences and components of livelihood strategies in refugee and IDP camps;
- Changes in family structures, family planning, and the role of women following flight or during displacement;
- Gender differences in advocacy and activism within diaspora refugee populations;
- Gendered experience of vulnerability due to a lack of status and statelessness;
- Risks of sexual violence for refugees;
- Differing risks between refugee women and men with respect to long-distance travel to developed countries, border-crossings, and subsequent resettlement;
- Women’s access to durable solutions, in particular resettlement and voluntary repatriation;
- The role of UNHCR and international NGOs in addressing (and potentially creating) gender-related refugee difficulties.
STAIR welcomes abstracts of up to 500 words in length. In addition we seek to publish book reviews of works related to this theme. Please send abstracts and review proposals to stair.refugee@gmail.com
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