Dear Citizenship and Immigration CRN Members:
It was great to see many of you at the 2012 Law & Society Association conference in Honolulu. We want to offer an especially warm welcome to new members of our Immigration and Citizenship CRN. Our group continues to grow!
As a first order of business, we would like to announce a change in CRN leadership. Leila Kawar, Marie Provine, and Jeff Handmaker, who have worked tirelessly and made many important contributions that have resulted in a vibrant and productive CRN, will be stepping down as organizers. It is with great honor that Marjorie Zatz (Arizona State University/NSF), Jamie Longazel (University of Dayton), and Maartje van der Woude (Leiden Law School) will take their place. We would sincerely like to thank our predecessors for their many accomplishments—the CRN is in great shape, thanks to them!
We also want to thank everyone who organized CRN02 panels on immigration and citizenship issues. In all, our CRN hosted eight panels at the meetings. The sessions were well-attended and informative. This was especially the case in our annual “Immigration and Communities” session, which featured Marla Asis from Scalabrini Migration Center in the Phillipines and Martha Rojas from ECOSUR in Chiapas, Mexico. Special thanks again to Leila Kawar and Marie Provine for successfully applying for the LSA/NSF travel grant that made this possible.
The CRN business meeting, held on Thursday, June 7th from 8:15-10:00 a.m., was also well attended, with 24 members participating. Those attending provided updates on books recently published and research projects underway, and had an opportunity to connect with colleagues engaging in related studies. We also took the opportunity to thank Marie, Leila, and Jeff for their hard work on our behalf.
We hope to continue the tradition of bringing in local immigration advocates to dialogue with law and society scholars. To that end, if anyone is interested in helping to organize the Immigration and Communities session at the 2013 meetings in Boston, please let us know.
There are also plans in the works to develop proposals for 1-3 special journal issues on immigration and citizenship topics—namely, immigration policy and vulnerable populations, race and immigration, and law and migration in the Asian and Pacific context. If anyone is interested in potentially submitting a paper on any one of these three topics, please send a title and brief description to Marjorie, Jamie, or Maartje by August 1, 2012. After gauging interest, we will decide how to proceed.
We also want to kindly ask each of you to update (or create) your profiles as they appear on the CRN website (https://crn2.wordpress.com/member-profiles/). Please, in doing so, try to have the information you include coincide with the categories that currently appear on the site (i.e., Name, Institutional Affiliation, Country Base, Current Position, Teaching Interests, Research Interests, Selected Publications, Other Affiliations, Email). For those of you with existing profiles, the easiest way to do this is to copy and paste your dated profile into a document and send the corrected version to Maartje (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will now be the official contact person for Web updates. You’ll notice the homepage of the website also features relevant news and information. Please keep us abreast of new books, events, or other milestones you would like to see displayed here. And of course, additional comments / feedback will always be welcome!
The 2013 Law & Society Association Annual Meeting will take place in Boston from May 30 – June 2. In the fall of 2012, when the call for papers is issued, we will solicit panel ideas.
Best wishes for the 2012-2013 academic year, and we look forward to seeing you in Boston!
Marjorie, Jamie, and Maartje
Citizenship and Immigration CRN02 Organizers