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Celebrating Sanctuary London 2011

Sunday, 19 June 2011, 2 - 7pm

Bernie Spain Gardens, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 (adjacent to OxoTower Wharf), train/tube: Blackfriars, Southwark, Waterloo

Celebrating the Art of Refugee Communities in the UK

Media partner: fRoots Magazine

Celebrating Sanctuary – Defending Rights

It’s 60 years since the Geneva Convention firmly established commitments to asylum and protection of refugees. Today the British government, like most European states, does more to exclude refugees than to welcome them.

What’s happened to asylum and to ideals of sanctuary? Why are refugees made unwelcome? Why are so many detained and deported? What’s behind the media assault on forced migrants?

The Refugee Studies team at the University of East London invites you to start Refugee Week by joining a discussion and workshop on how we celebrate sanctuary and defend refugee rights.

MA Refugee Studies programme, University of East London

Refugee poster

Last updated 15/6/11


A New Series on Migration & Health published by PLoS Medicine

PLoS Medicine Migration and Health Series Overview: If internal and international migrants comprised a nation, it would be the third most populous country in the world, just after China and India. Thus, there can be little doubt that population mobility is among the leading policy issues of the 21st century. Policies to protect migrants and to promote global health priorities have suffered from inadequate policy attention and poor coordination between nations.

A new series on migration and health will be published PLoS Medicine (www.plosmedicine.org), launching on 24 May with subsequent articles published weekly until 21 June, leading up to World Refugee Week. LSHTM Director Peter Piot will introduce the launch of this series, followed by a discussion of a new framework for health and migration by Cathy Zimmerman. Cally Roper will present an overview of topics that she and her co-authors discussed on transit and malarial vectors. Maria Teresa De Gasperis will discuss the practical and legislative measures that influence the health of refugees and asylum seekers in the EU.

For more details about the series, please contact press@plos.org


2 PhD Studentships, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of East London

The School is pleased to invite applications for 2 PhD Studentships in Humanities and Social Sciences SCHSS2011. This is a major award, for a period of THREE years, for UK and EU students, covering the full cost of fees, plus a living allowance of £13,590 per year.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the largest schools of its kind in London and contains ten internationally renowned research centres and one research institute. Much of its research has been classified by the 2008 RAE as either 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

The School is one of the leading centres of postgraduate education in London, offering supervision across both traditional and emergent areas of Humanities, Media, Performing Arts and Social Sciences research. For further information on the School's research profile, please visit www.uel.ac.uk/hss/research.

To obtain application information, contact the research office - Tel: +44 208 223 4125/2743


Podcasts from the conference and seminar series now available here.

Joint RSC and CMRB Seminar Series Announced

CMRB is pleased to announce the schedule for 'Conceptual Problems in Forced Migration' series. jointly organised with Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), Oxford.


Khalid Koser Seminar Cancelled

Due to adverse weather conditions in London and Geneva, have had to cancel Khalid Koser's seminar on Wednesday 1 December.

We plan to rearrange the event for February 2011. Most details to follow.


“Muslim Women and Marriage in Trans-jurisdictional Contexts”

Audio available here

Speaker: Prakash Shah, Queen Mary, University of London

Wednesday 24 November:     2-5pm in room EB.G.10


Imaging Migrants Seminar Start Time Changed

Speaker: Agnieszka Piotrowska

Time changed from 4.00 to 4.30pm

Monday 29 November 4.30-6.00 pm, Matrix East Research Lab, EB.1.37

Agnieszka Piotrowska is a BBC trained, award winning and highly acclaimed documentary maker, nominated three times for an EMMY as well as for BAFTA for her film about domestic violence (2000). She has been the winner of the Fred Wiseman Master Class Award in Dublin (2005 for her film The Bigamist) as well as receiving distinctions and prizes at other festivals. Her film last summer The Best Job in the World  (BBC1 2009) was the highest rating programme for the whole week across all channels. Her CUTTING EDGE for Channel 4 about domestic violence (2000) has been called a definitive piece on the subject and was nominated for BAFTA. Her recent work includes a highly acclaimed documentary about a co-dependent relationship between anorexic female twins: Trapped by Mytwin (A Cutting Edge for
 Channel 4) and a film about women who fall in love with objects and not people: Married to the Eiffel Tower (2008) which has become a cult documentary all over the world. She will show us clips of her films and talk about migrating both internal and external


Seminar Room Announced

"Blaming the victims - Sarkozy and the plight of the Roma".

Speaker: Dr Jim Wolfreys, Kings College London.

Wednesday 17 November: 2-5pm, EB.G.11

‘Commentators and activists have reacted with growing fury to the French government’s expulsion of hundreds of Roma, or Gypsies, to Bulgaria and Romania. Many critics liken these expulsions - as well as the threat to strip lawbreakers of their French citizenship  - to the deportations of Jews organised by France’s Vichy regime during the second world war...

‘In present day Romania, the Roma population has a poverty rate three times higher than the national average, with low life expectancy, low rates of literacy and 100% unemployment in some areas...  actions of the French government are undermining the already frail attempts at implementing policies that would target Roma discrimination.’

Le Monde 3 September 2010

Jim Wolfreys is Director of European Studies at Kings College London. He has published widely on contemporary European politics; he is the author, with Peter Fysh, of The Politics of Racism in France (Palgrave-Macmillan 2003)


Imaging Migrants schedule changes

"Digitizing Palestinian refugee narratives"

Speaker: John Nassari

Date Changed 6 December to 15 Novemeber

Monday 15 Novemeber 4.00-530pm, Martix East Research Lab, EB.1.37

This session will explore the role of multi-media interactive technologies in the representation of Palestinian life and history in refugee camps in Lebanon. The session will examine work I produced in 2007-2008 that presents refugee camps in 360-degree QuickTime panoramas. The viewer navigates from alleyways to alleyways to homes where three generations of Palestinian refugees tell their life histories. The session will explore methodological challenges of representing refugee lives.

"Journeys of Identity and Place"

Speaker: Jill Daniels

Date Changed from 15 November to 6 December

Monday 6 December : 4.00-5.30pm, Matrix East Research Lab, EB.1.37

I will explore the representation of identity and place in exile and loss in my documentary films Next Year in Lerin (2000) and Lost in Gainesville (2005). The subjects in Next Year in Lerin are Macedonians, who as children were taken without their mothers from northern Greece by the Greek Communist Party during the Greek civil war (1943-1948) and are not allowed by the Greek State to return to Greece. In Lost in Gainesville subjects from the Mexican diaspora located in a small town in Georgia in the south of the US face racist hostility, leading to the geographical division of place. I will also reflect on the way film may be used in the debate around minoritarian discourse through the way Next Year in Lerin has been taken up by the Macedonian diaspora and Greek nationalists as a tool for political debate on YouTube.


CMRB Autumn Seminar Series Announced

CMRB are pleased to announce the seminar schedule for autumn 2010.

We have also continued our collaboration with Matrix East Research Lab in organising the Imaging Migrants seminar series.


CMRB Annual Report 2009/10 Published

You are now able to download a review of last years events here.

CMRB Annual Report Cpver 2009/10



Book Launch Room Announced

Migrant Women Transforming Citizenship - Life Stories From Britain and Germany

Umut Erel (The Open University) and Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex University) discuss Umut Erel's book - Details here pdf here
Tuesday 11 May in room EB 1.04
Umet Erel Book Launch

The Invisible Empire - White Discourse, Tolerance and Belonging

Georgie Wemyss (Goldsmiths College) and Vron Ware (The Open University) discuss Georgie Wemyss's book - Details here pdf here
Tuesday 18 May in room EB 1.04
Georgie Wemyss Book Launch

Seminar Date Change

Two Theses on the Afghan Woman: Samira and Hana Makhmalbaf Filming Agheleh Farahmand - Haim Bresheeth

DATE CHANGED - now Thursday 13th May, 6-8pm in Room EB.1.37 Matrix

Simone Weil's The Need for Roots and the Soul of Migration - Dr Anat Pick


This seminar will be rescheduled for later in the year.

The Council for Assisting Academics (CARA)

'Academic Freedom in the 21st Century'

15th April , 5:30-6:30pm
University of East London, Docklands campus, East Building G08

A panel discussion of three academic refugees, chaired by Mark Stephens,
Index on Censorship.

Wherever there is a dictatorship or totalitarian regime, its first quarrel is
with those who oppose. They are often found in universities, places where
teaching and research should flourish. Around the world, university lecturers
and researchers can face persecution, imprisonment and torture for
challenging those in power. The three speakers will discuss the personal
threats and difficulties in carrying out their academic work in Rwanda,
Cameroon and Iraq.

We hope to see you there,

For further questions please email adi.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

Far From Freedom

Far From Freedom

You may wish to view this online documentary, released on Tuesday 16th February by ABC of
Australia, in which Geraldine Chatelard, Phil Marfleet and others (including the
UNCHR head in Amman) discuss aspects of the Iraqi refugees' situation here.

Seminar Dates Changed

Two Theses on the Afghan Woman: Samira and Hana Makhmalbaf Filming Agheleh Farahmand - Haim Bresheeth

This seminar has now moved from 8th April to Thursday 22nd April.

Journeys of Identity and Place - Jill Daniels




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