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Monday 6 March 2017, 6 – 8pm (Refreshments provided), UEL Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.44
The ‘trafficking’ of children and young people into, within and out of the UK
Dr Patricia Hynes, University of Bedfordshire
This is a collaborative event between CSJC and the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB)
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. 

Wednesday 29 March 2017, 4.30 - 6pm, UEL Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.40

Community Security Practices: Whose responsibility is it? How is community security experienced in deprived communities with mixed ethnicities?

Speaker: Omattie Madray, Managing Director, ChildLinK Inc, Georgetown, Guyana

All welcome!

Community Security is a human rights concern thus, placing the responsibility on the state in both the developed and developing worlds.  The significance of community security practices which do exist in many communities is that the concept has a distinct emphasis on context and places great importance on the main threats and the community capacity needed for prevention of harm and solidifying positive outcomes. Therefore community security strategies should enforce protection of ethnic groups, community identity and protection from oppressive traditional practices.  However, some states’ tactic is seemingly ‘a little something for a little something’. This approach fundamentally places greater responsibility on perhaps the population with the least resources.  This talk reflects on the question ‘whose responsibility is it?’ in the wider context of ‘is community security possible’ and considers the example of Winsor Park, Beckton, London with a focus on highlighting emerging issues and the prerequisites of community security practices.

Omattie Madray is an activist for children’s rights, development and protection and is the Managing Director of ChildLinK Inc – a local not for profit entity in Georgetown, Guyana.  She won the prestigious Chevening Award in 2015 and completed her MA in Conflict, Displacement and Human Security at the University of East London in September 2016, pass with distinction.  Her dissertation addressed community security practices in a mixed migrant community. Omattie Madray’s current work is pivotal in building stronger community networks that advance the protection of children at the grassroots.  In her role as Trustee of Family for Every Child, a UK based global alliance, her contributions will advance safer families, communities, care options, and therapeutic approaches, support national democratic processes and increase global knowledge exchange of national perspectives. 

Chair: Maja Korac-Sanderson, Co-Director, Centre for Social Justice and Change

Discussant: Alice Sampson, Co-Director, Centre for Social Justice and Change

Wednesday 19th November 2016, 6 – 7.30pm, UEL Docklands Campus (EB.1.62)

Hope for the Middle East - The impact and significance of the Christian presence in Syria and Iraq: Past, present and future

Speaker: Dr Kathryn Kraft, School of Social Sciences, UEL

This is part of the MA Conflict, Displacement, and Human Security Seminar & Lecture Series.


In this talk, Kathryn Kraft will present findings of her most recent research focusing on the Christian communities of Syria and Iraq. The ongoing violence in the region has dramatically accelerated the flight of Christians from their home countries. It is now estimated that between 50 and 80 per cent have fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and beyond, many with no hope or expectation of return. Many have become Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), taking refuge within violence ridden Iraq or Syria, the two countries with the highest number of IDPs in the world (UNHCR 2016). 

This research is based upon and informed by extensive consultations with Christian leaders and church members in Syria and Iraq, who are facing danger and crisis with courage and hope. It also summarises the key findings of three extensive research reports covering the past, present and future roles of the church in Syria and Iraq. Its findings are presented in the report entitled: Hope for the Middle East - The impact and significance of the Christian presence in Syria and Iraq: Past, present and future. The report is the result of a collaboration between Open Doors, Middle East Concern, Served and the Centre for Social Justice and Change, University of East London.


Tackling sustainability & social injustice issues: Debating contributions of social scientists

Wednesday 24th February 2016, 2 - 4pm, Docklands Campus (EB.1.105)

This participative seminar will start with an interactive presentation between the co-directors with the intention of stimulating a discussion on how social scientists can address social injustices, with a focus on sustainability or living sustainability. Our presentation will be structured around our Centre’s Beckton initiative about sustainable living as one key study to get us to problematise our role as social scientists. The presentation will include an account of inequalities related to environmental, economic and social sustainable living and a brief history of the construction of community gardens in Beckton and our related civic engagement activities. This is one of the research/civic engagement fields our centre is engaging in and we propose it  only as a locus from where our collective problematisation could depart. Issues to discuss could be:
  • How a locally-based social sciences-led action research initiative might look like? How would it integrate/distinguish from disciplines such as education, psychology, health and other professions which run high profile and internationally leading projects?
  • In view of the huge social, economic and environmental problems behind the call for "sustainability", is the problematisation of the "local" sufficient ground without a correspondent conceptualisation of the global? And how would the connection of the two affects our local positioning in research/civil engagement as social scientists?
  • Considering how, as a new School, we might conceptualise and give meaning to the term ‘civic engagement’ and how initiatives might be linked to student learning and critical thinking, and how participants in civic engagement projects might be involved in School activities as equal partners?
These are only three of the possible issues we could discuss. We hope our meeting will identify other issues which we could begin to reflect on. Participants will also have the opportunity for debate and discussion in small groups over tea and coffee. We will come together before wine is served to discuss ‘burning issues’ and to suggest ideas for social justice and possibilities for social improvement.

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