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Digital Education Storytelling Exhibition Launch @ Living Refugee Archive, Tuesday 23rd June, 5pm

The Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) is delighted to invite you to a talk where we will explore the Living Refugee Archive (LRA) digital archives and findings from our recent digital storytelling research project on the educational experiences of refugees in the Middle East. The event will feature talks from Paul Dudman, Prof. Giorgia Dona and Jessica Oddy.

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Refugee Week 2020: Asylum & Protection in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Thursday 18th June, 17:00 - 19:00

To mark Refugee Week 2020, CMRB are co-hosting an online public event alongside United Against Inhumanity (UAI in the UK) and the International Centre for Eritrean Refugees and Asylum Seekers (ICERAS). 

The talk will feature a keynote speech from prominent refugee campaigner Lord Alf Dubs. 

The event will also commemorate the legacy and commitment to refugees of Mona Mahmoud, student in the CMRB affiliated Master in Conflict, Displacement and Human Security programme.

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Asif Shakoor: My story of researching BAME Seafarers, Friday 26 June 3 - 4pm

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, join CMRB co-director Georgie Wemyss in conversation with Asif Shakoor on his seafaring heritage spanning Europe and Pakistan. The conversation will take place over Zoom to mark Newham Heritage Month and is free to attend.

Equality, governability and belonging at the time of pandemic by Professor Nira Yuval-Davis

Hosted by Fundació Catalunya Europa.

Those who tuned in on the 8th June were unable to hear the English language version. The English version that Nira did the following day can viewed here.

New Facebook group

Join our group on Facebook and stay up to date with CMRB. Here we share recent publications, migration-related articles as well as our latest news and events. We also encourage group members to contribute to the group.

Grey zones in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic

Georgie Wemyss and Nira Yuval-Davis' discuss how the current global pandemic has exposed racism and inequality.

Webinar, 1 June 2020,  5pm - 8pm, Migrant Rights? From policies to politics in a post-Covid eraSocial Sciences against the hostile environment

A panel consisting of Don Flynn, Adam Hanieh, Heaven Crawley and Eleonore Kofman and co-chaired by Nira Yuval-Davis and Rachel Humphris will consider the following and other questions:

  • What lessons are to be learnt from the earlier failure to advance a rights-base for immigration policy?
  • How will the current economic crisis impact on the rights of migrants? What might emerge for the rights agenda from the confused haze of Brexit and the Covid virus?
  • Has public reaction to the hostile environment scandal opened up space for an intersectional mobilisation in support of the rights of migrants?

For more information and to register, please go to the Eventbrite page. The webinar will be hosted online and joining instructions will be sent to registered attendees.

The webinar is organised by Scientists Against the Hostile Environment of which CMRB is a member.

Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship
Congratulations to CMRB Co-director Emeritus Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, who has been awarded the Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship to examine "Climate Change and the Politics of Belonging".
This research explores how the growing concern over the extreme effects of climate changes affects governments and people’s everyday politics. At a time of global increase in nativist movements and anti-immigration sentiments, there is also a recognition that these issues cannot be solved on a national basis and that climate change has become a major new driver of human displacement and migration. The research examines media and policy debates as well as grass roots activism on these issues in two countries where issues of migration and security of borders have been central – the UK and Israel.
The research project is due to start on 1 November 2020 and will last for 24 months.

Access to higher education for asylum seekers and refugees
CMRB co-director Giorgia Dona' discusses how the Covid-19 crisis affects access to higher education for asylum seekers and refugees at at SonaTalks LIVE series.

Mosaik +UEL: University Partnerships Providing Tools for Student-Led Learning
Learn more about the "Mosaik +UEL: University Partnerships Providing Tools for Student-Led Learning" that offers insights into the co-creation of digital e-learning platforms that apply Life Stories as a research and pedagogical tool for and with refugees.

Coronavirus and the banality of evil
Catherine Rottenberg and Nira Yuval-Davis write that "The UK government's failure to respond swiftly and effectively to the pandemic can and should be considered evil".

The impacts of Covid-19 on the camp in Hitsats, Ethiopia
Dr. Natalia Paszkiewics, a graduate of the CMRB affiliated Master in Refugee Studies, examines the impacts of Covid-19 on the refugee camp in Hitsats, Ethiopia, titled ‘Down with Issayas! Down with Abiy!’ by Nizar Manek and Natalia Paszkiewicz

How Media and Conflicts Make Migrants
CMRB co-director Gargi Bhattacharyya new co-authored book "How Media and Conflicts Make Migrants" explores how we understand global conflicts as they relate to the "European refugee crisis", and draws on a range of empirical fieldwork carried out in the UK and Italy. By Kirsten Forkert, Federico Oliveri, Gargi Bhattacharyya and Janna Graham.

Bordering under the Coronavirus Pandemic
Georgie Wemyss and Nira Yuval-Davis reflect on everyday bordering under the coronavirus pandemic

Europe’s Refugee Crisis amidst Covid-19
Giorgia Donà talks on the Indus News talk show Scope with Waqar Rizvi, Dr Liza Schuster and journalist Catherine Guilyardi (De Facto) on the impacts of coronavirus on migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Starting 18:06 minutes into the programme. 

New CMRB sponsored report on How Social Scientists can Inform Debates on Migration, Racism and the Hostile Environment
CMRB members are among the co-authors of the 2020 report Migration, Racism and the Hostile Environment: Making the Case for Social Sciences, led by Social Scientists Against The Hostile Environment (SSAHE), a project of the Special Interest Group on Refugees, Migration and Settlement established by some Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).

Prize-Winning study highlights how borders and migration affect everyone
The book Bordering, together with a related paper that has won the 2019 Sage Sociology Prize for Innovation and Excellence, was compiled by the University of East London’s Co-Directors of the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB), Professor Nira Yuval-Davis (Honorary) and Dr Georgie Wemyss, together with former colleague Dr Kathryn Cassidy from Northumbria. 

Paper on Fortress Europe wins award
“Reversing the Gaze on Fortress Europe: Visual Interferences Produced by Migrants in Transit at the France-UK Border”, jointly written by CMRB member Marie Godin and co-director Giorgia Donà with photographer Crispin Hughes, has won the Best Paper Award Senior Scholar. The award was presented at the conference “Digital Fortress Europe: Exploring Boundaries between Media, Migration and Technology” held in Brussels October 30-31, 2019 by the European Communication Research and Education Association, Diaspora, Migration and the Media Section, and sponsored by Sage Publishing & Intellect Books. The paper uses visual photographic narratives created by migrants and refugees to create visual interferences that problematise the border and Fortress Europe from their perspective.