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Wednesday 21st June 2017, 2 - 6pm, followed by a reception, University Square Stratford Campus

This event is being held in conjunction with Refugee Week 2017 and the 20th Anniversary of the MA in Refugee Studies Programme at the University of East London.

Full details of the programme are now available. The event is free, however for catering purposes we kindly ask you to register via the Eventbrite link below.

We will be also be collecting items of clothing that can be donated to Asylum Seeker and Refugees living locally; clean, undamaged, clothes and shoes, sportswear & trainers can be dropped off with us on DATE (mens for local distribution, ladies will be sent to Syria).  We can also accept financial donations that will be used to keep medics volunteering in Calais, and to launch a housing support initiative in Dagenham.

Refugee Support is a Charity under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund (number 1099682) - It was formed in 2015 to put healthcare into the refugee camps in Northern France and has since expanded to support newly arrived Asylum Seekers in the UK - mainly in the East London and Essex area.  It was founded and run by Liz Hulse, a current MA Refugee Studies student at UEL.
Step by Step 5 is a seminar that will focus on themes of migration, cities, public space and performance, bringing together the Afghan artist Kubra Khademi, with writer and journalist Anna Minton, and writer, artist and producer Mary Paterson. The seminar builds on themes that have emerged from the WALKING WOMEN project, started in 2016 by Clare Qualmann and Amy Sharrocks and is co-hosted by UEL’s Centre for Performing Arts Research (CPAD), the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB), and the Walking Artists Network. 

Kubra Khademi is an Afghan artist and feminist. She studied at Kabul University and Beaconhouse National University, Pakistan where she began to create public performance. Returning to Kabul her work actively responded to a society dominated by extreme patriarchal politics. After performing her piece Armor in 2015, Khademi was forced to flee Afghanistan. She currently lives and works in Paris, France. In 2016 she was awarded an MFA Scholarship at Pantheon Sorbonne University and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the Ministry of French Culture.

Anna Minton is a writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture. She is programme leader of UEL's MRes Architecture: Reading the Neoliberal City. Her research interests include cities, democracy and public space. As well as contributing regularly to The Guardian, Minton’s publications include Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City, (Penguin 2009, 2012) and the forthcoming Big Capital: Who’s London For? (Penguin, 2017).

Mary Paterson is a writer, artist and producer working between critical writing, poetry and live art. She is currently Bristol Writer in Residence for the Art Writer's Programme, hosted by the Art Writers Group, Spike Island and Arnolfini, funded by Arts Council England. Here, she is continuing her research into the politics of movement and the etiquettes of public space, through a series of interviews, critical texts and public walking workshops. 

The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging brings together the interdisciplinary work carried out within the School, in the related areas of migration and refugee studies, diasporas and social cohesion, racism, nationalism and political religions, as well as intersectional citizenship, identity and belonging. 

The Centre for Performing Arts Research is focused on developing original and innovative research in Performing Arts including Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, Music, Dance and Creative Writing with a particular emphasis on socially engaged practices, performance philosophy and cultures, practice-based research, digital and interdisciplinary research.

The Walking Artists Network is for everyone who defines themselves as a walking artist, and everyone who is interested in walking as a mode of creative practice, in fields including (but not limited to) architecture, archaeology, anthropology, cultural geography, history, spatial design, urban design and planning. 

Monday 3rd April 20174 – 5.30pm

University of East London (UEL), University Square Stratford (USS) Campus, Room US2.40

Dr. David M. Malone is Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. He is also Chairman for 2017 of the Global Migration Group (GMG), the International Organization inter-agency grouping focusing on migration issues. A diplomat and scholar, Dr. Malone was previously the Canadian High Commissioner to India and concurrently Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal, and the President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the President of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute) in New York. He was previously Canada’s representative to the UN Economic and Social Council and Ambassador to the United Nations. He is currently a Senior Fellow at New York University’s School of Law. 

Dr. Malone will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities the United Nations faces in the current context of negotiating inter-state agreements regarding migration. The GMG acts as the lead for 21 international and regional organizations dealing with these issues, and while the difficulties are significant in the current global climate, the incoming UN Secretary-General is an advocate on these issues. 

This event is part of the 10th anniversary of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, and is co-sponsored by the University of East London’s Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging.

Monday 6th March 2017, 4 – 6pm, University of East London (UEL), Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.44

The trafficking of children and young people has become an increasingly debated issue in the UK and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 now contains an enabling clause for future roll-out of Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTAs) across England and Wales for all children who have experienced ‘trafficking’. This talk will outline the findings of two studies related to this ‘trafficking’ of children and the use of ICTAs in a UK context - the first study between the NSPCC and the University of Bedfordshire and the second an independent evaluation of a pilot of ICTAs conducted for the UK Home Office.

Dr Patricia Hynes is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire. Prior to this she has worked in a range of roles within refugee camps across Southeast Asia. Her research interests include forced migration in all its forms, including trafficking, refugees and asylum; human rights; and child abuse.  Her publications include papers for UNHCR, the Journal of Refugee Studies, International Migration and International Journal of Human Rights.

This event is FREE, however for catering purposes we ask you to register your place(s):

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 4 – 6pm (Refreshments provided)

University of East London (UEL), Docklands Campus*, Room EB.2.44

This is a collaborative event between the Centre for Migration on Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) and the Centre for Cultural Studies Research (CCSR). This is also a CMRB School Seminar, as part of the School’s Seminar Series. 


Gary Younge, Editor-at-large, The Guardian

Avtar Brah, Emeritus Professor, Birkbeck, University of London

Phil Cohen, Emeritus Professor, UEL, Director, Living Maps Network

Ashwani Sharma, Principle Lecturer, CCSR, UEL

Chaired by Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, Director, CMRB, UEL

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*Docklands Campus is located at University Way, London E16 2RD.

An international two-day conference on the histories and futures of anti-racism

As part of the ESRC series ‘Racism and Political Mobilisation’

 19 - 20th January 2017, 10am – 6pm, UEL, University Square Stratford (USS)*

Racism has come to infect the politics of many places. Far from entering the promised post-racial era, we are living through times when all manner of disputes and divisions can become racialised, sometimes with little warning. We have seen the rise of racist, populist parties across the whole of Europe; popular racism against refugees, migrants and Muslims, including discrimination and violence; increased evidence of police racism and violence against African-Americans; the emergence of new forms of racism across the globe and the racialisation of terror across the West. And this is happening in a moment of economic depression and implementation of austerity which has disproportionately impacted on racialised minorities and migrants and has been accompanied by a ‘divide and rule’ between them and the so-called ‘white’ working class. That said, we have also witnessed the emergence of new and significant progressive movements such as Black Lives Matter, Rhodes Must Fall, various decolonial initiatives and the formation of refugee support networks and others. While these, like the particular forms of racism to which they respond, are new they must be understood both sociologically and historically in terms of the historical precedents, legacies and projects they reference or are implicated in or cut off from.

This conference brings together scholars, students and activists to discuss the changing map of racism in our time and to consider the lessons that can be drawn from historical and transnational studies of racisms and anti-racisms. We hope to learn from the diversity of approaches to mobilising against racism and to reach a more open and inclusive way of thinking about the place of anti-racism in different social movements.

Keynote speakers include:

Marcelle Dawson (University of Otago)

Xolela Mangcu (University of Cape Town)

Avtar Brah (Birkbeck)

Sivamohan Valluvan (University of Manchester)

Gavan Titley (University of Maynooth)

John Solomos (Warwick University)

Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL)

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Early bird ticket prices: One Day £6; Two Day £10 (available until Sunday 15th December 2016)

Standard ticket prices: One Day £10; Two Day £15 (available from Monday 16th December 2016 - Sunday 15th January 2017)

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*University Square Stratford is located at 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF. For a map and directions please follow the link.

CMRB with CNR present, on behalf of the Academy of Social Sciences Study Group on Refugee Issues the AcSS Refugee Issues Special Interest Group Inaugural Event

Monday 12th December 2016, 5 – 7pm, Venue TBC

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Wednesday 30th November 2016, 4 – 6pm, Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.04

Seminar to be hosted by CMRB Visiting Fellows

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This is a collaborative event with the Centre for Narrative Research (CNR)

Wednesday 30th November 2016, 1 – 2pm, Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.40

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Thursday 24th November 2016, 2 - 3.30pm, Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.08

Speaker: Innocent Magambi

8th - 16th October 2016

CMRB to present:

Migration Plan and its Influence on Integration Strategic among Bangladeshi Migrants in Italy: A first glance at the data

Tuesday 11th October 2016, 6.30 - 8.30pm, Lab 1, Idea Store Whitechapel

By Valeria Giannuzzi, CMRB Visiting Fellow

Popular East India Company Dockside walk

Saturday 15th October 2016, 11am - 1pm

By Dr Georgie Wemyss, CMRB Co-Director


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A CMRB seminar with opening remarks by CMRB Directors: Professor Nira Yuval-Davis, Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya, Professor Giorgia Dona and Dr. Georgie Wemyss

Monday 10th October 2016, 5.15 – 6.30pm (refreshment served at 5pm), University of East London, Docklands Campus, Room EB.G.06

The seminar will focus on the implications of Brexit in the (re)constructions of national boundaries, identity and belonging in the UK. The panel will make links between the underlying racialisation discourses of Brexit, everyday bordering as the British government technology of control of diversity and discourses of diversity, and autochthonic populist political discourses. Brexit will also be examined in the context of wider developments in Europe and globally.

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Monday 10th October 2016, 4 – 5pm (followed by refreshment), University of East London, Docklands Campus, Room EB.G.06

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