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Refugee Week 2019

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UEL marks Refugee Week 2019 with events

Refugee Week runs from 17 to 23 June.  An annual national event, this is a platform for educational, artistic and cultural events across the UK.  The aim of the programme is to improve understanding of the situations of refugees, increase understanding between communities and celebrate the contribution made by refugees in the UK. 

The University of East London is holding its own events in Refugee Week to mark the occasion. This is an important part of the University’s activities in acting as a global gateway, a local anchor in a borough filled with a diverse population. 

The theme of Refugee Week 2019 is ’You, me and those who came before’, an exploration and celebration of the lives of refugees throughout the generations.  

During the week there will be an exhibition in the Refugee Archive room in the Docklands Campus Library (University Way, London E16 2RD).  Materials from the archives will be showcased including the 'Voices of Kosovo in Manchester' oral history project and the 'Gujarati Yatra' oral history project.

UEL has been home to the Refugee Council Archive for over 16 years and the collection is becoming one of the largest collections in the UK centred on refugee and migration experiences. It is also gaining an increasing focus on the role of oral history. 

On 20 June from 1 to 2 pm there will be a book discussion and Q and A with author Dina Nayeri, chaired by Professor Giorgia Dona, co-director of UEL's Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging. ‘Words and Experiences: “The ungrateful refugee” is organised by Paul Dudman and the Refugee Council Archive. Dina’s book ‘The Ungrateful Refugee’ examines her own experiences as a refugee and those of other asylum seekers in leaving home and starting their lives in new cultures. The venue will be the East Building, EB.G.10 at UEL's Docklands campus. 

A roundtable on the 'Importance of Oral History for Documenting Life Story Narratives of the Migration Experience' takes place on 20 June.  This is a re-launch of the UK Oral History Society Migration Special Interest Group, and will take place at the University of East London’s Archives in room DL.G.02 in the Library from 4 to 7 pm. 

The event is open to anyone with an interest in oral history and the stories of refugees. Attendees can hear from speakers who have worked on oral history projects on migration and refugee issues. There will also be an opportunity to view selected archival materials. Speakers will include Paul Dudman, Dr Rumana Hashem, Marella Hoffman, Rolf Killius, Judith Garfield and Dr Annabelle Wilkins. For more information contact Paul Dudman on 020 8223 7676 or go to Twitter @OHSMigrationSIG.  Book here for tickets

On 21 June OLIve, the University of East London’s Open Learning Initiative which helps refugees and asylum seekers to access higher education, is holding an event from 3 to 6 pm. The award-winning Erasmus+ education project will be running its own Refugee Week event at University Square, Stratford, 1 Salway Road, Stratford, London E15 1NF.  For more information contact Dr Aura Lounasmaa.

Also on 21 June at the Docklands campus in the archive room in G.02 there will be a special poetry session from 4 to 6 pm. Refugee voices: reading poems from members of the refugee community is organised by the Newham Poetry Group, UEL Archives and the UEL Centre for Narrative Research. The event will be facilitated by Sonia Quintero, UEL student and published poet and include a surprise special guest. Attendance is free and you can book here.

Also on 21 June, Student Action for Refugees (STAR) will be joining the UEL Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, the UEL Centre for Social Justice and Change and students from the MA Refugee Studies course for an event taking place from 6 to 8.30 pm at University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, Stratford, London E15 1NF. This is 'Humanitarianism: Theory and Practice in Dialogue: Connecting Activism and Academia', and it will focus on how activism and academia can meaningfully connect.  

Events outside the UEL campus which include UEL staff and students include Festival of النسوية (Womanhood): Through Palestinian Eyes. Amnesty International on Sunday 16 June at Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA from 10 am to 7 pm. Dr Afaf Jabiri, senior lecturer in social sciences at UEL is one of the key speakers. She will be talking about women in nationalist narratives covering topics including identity, symbolism and expectations. The festival is a day of workshops, panel discussions, film screenings and performances focused on what it means to be a woman in a conflict zone. 

‘Refugees in the UK: integration and employment’ will be delivered in partnership with the Arup Group at their offices in central London (8 to 13 Fitzroy Street, W1T 4BQ). This takes place on 19 June, and will explore the employment of immigrants. Arup are very active in providing training and employment for refugees. This lunchtime event runs from 12 to 1 pm and will be introduced by Jessica Oddy, a UEL PhD student and the panel will include M O Aka Dream, a UEL student and Majid Adin, a graduate from the University.  

On 20 June there will be a critical discussion with Dr Georgie Wemyss, co-director of the Centre for Refugees, Migration and Belonging at the University of East London, and Darren Chetty about the legacy of the Mayflower voyage. Debating the Mayflower: London Bubble will take place at London Bubble, London SE16 4JD at 6.30 pm. 

Monday, 17 June 2019 to Friday, 21 June 2019 0:00