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UCL Migration Research Unit (MRU) Student Conference: Moving Beyond Borders: Comparative Perspectives on Refuge

Moving Beyond Borders: Comparative Perspectives on Refuge

We invite you to join us at this year’s UCL Migration Research Unit (MRU) Student Conference which offers a forum for discussing the reception and integration of refugees in a number of different contexts.

Students from across the UK and Europe will present their research to initiate an interdisciplinary debate on refugee agency, non-conventional responses to the current migration ‘crisis’ and representational discourses. Attendees will be given a chance to reflect on how research involving refugees presents methodological and ethical challenges through a number of exciting panel discussions.

Have you ever reflected on how the media’s use of language and images influences our perception of refugees? Have you ever thought about how the architecture of reception centres influences refugees’ experiences? Are you interested in hearing about the situation in the Calais Camps from researchers on the ground?

Join us in discussing these and many more questions and think beyond borders.

Read the full conference programme here.

About the Migration Research Unit (MRU)

The Migration Research Unit is a critical nexus for research on migration across UCL and includes as members researchers from the department of geography and from across the social sciences and humanities at UCL. MRU members’ ongoing research contributes to key debates pertaining to diasporas and transnationalism, asylum and refugees, national and international migration policies, theorising movement and (im)mobilities, development and migration, and measuring and mapping migration. The MRU was established by Professor John Salt in 1988, and currently brings together academics whose research also directly informs their teaching and supervision of research students, including students taking the MSc in Global Migration. The MRU hosts an annural student conference, and regularly organises seminars and conferences to engage with and advance understandings of experiences and processes of and responses to different forms of migration. The MRU is co-directed by Professor John Salt, Dr Claire Dwyer and Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh.

Keynote Address: Maurice Wren

Maurice Wren joined the Refugee Council as Chief Executive in March 2013, having previously been the Director of Asylum Aid (2002 – 2013). Prior to Asylum Aid, Maurice held senior positions in the homelessness field at Shelter and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT).  Maurice was a co-founder of the Independent Asylum Commission (2007-09) and of Detention Forum (2009-present). He is presently co-Chair of the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum at the Home Office and Chair of the Refugee Week Steering Group. Maurice is a Trustee of Migrant Voice; Every Casualty Worldwide; and the European Network on Statelessness; and was recently appointed a Patron of Action Foundation.


Friday, 3 June 2016 from 09:00 to 18:00 (BST) Add to Calendar
University College London – Gower Street Pearson Building, London, WC1E 6BT – View Map

Event: Research for Action and Influence conference

‘Research for Action & Influence’ Conference

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The Evelyn Oldfield Unit is holding a half day conference presenting brand new evidence on the experiences of migrant and refugee communities in London.

The conference will conclude a 9 month accredited Research for Action & Influence course run by the Evelyn Oldfield Unit. This capacity building course for members of refugee and migrant community organisations develops their skills and trains them to become community researchers. Each of these researchers has been conducting research on issues affecting refugees and migrants living in London.

This year’s research topics include unaccompanied minors transitioning into adulthood, Latin American and Filipino grassroots campaigning, language as a barrier to accessing healthcare, health needs of Greek and Greek Cypriot women in north London, the role of churches in refugee integration, impact of domestic violence on children, secondary torture survivors, Somali youth crime, and trafficking and modern slavery among Bangladeshis in east London.

This event will feature the results of these studies as well as guest speakers from the refugee and migrant sector. A detailed programme of the conference will be announced nearer the time.

Guest speakers include:

Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust

Yuliana Topazly, Migrant Entrepreneurs Network

Umut Erel, The Open University, and Tracey Reynolds, University of Greenwich

Don Flynn, Migrants Rights Network

Elena Vacchelli, Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University

Lisa Doyle, Refugee Council

Michelline Safi Ngongo, Islington Councilor

+ Students presentations

The conference will take place at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA from 1.30-5.00pm.

Please book your free tickets on Eventbrite.

For any queries contact Andreja Mesaric at or 020 7697 4102.

When Thursday, 2 June 2016 from 13:30 to 17:00 (BST) – Add to Calendar Where Resource for London – 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA – View Map


Event: Search and rescue at sea: a legal obligation?


Search and rescue at sea: a legal obligation?
Humanitarian and legal perspectives on the ‘Refugee Crisis’

Wednesday 8 June 2016, Middlesex University (London)

An event co-organised by Middlesex University, AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), University of Palermo and CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani)

Between January and May 2016, over 150,000 migrants crossed the Aegean sea to reach Europe, mostly escaping the war in Syria. In the same period, nearly 30,000 people reached the Italian shores through the central Mediterranean route. The majority of them flee their countries because of war, conflict or persecutions. Many of the migrants, who, risking their lives, undertook an extremely dangerous journey to look for a better life in Europe or to get international protection, died because they were not rescued in time.

The current debates on the issue offer lengthy press releases, shocking photographs and estimates of the number of people drowning in an attempt to reach safety. Tearful press obituaries and background policy analysis as to the reasons why this situation is occurring complete the picture. However, what is not heard enough is the voice of the Law: what are the obligations of the EU, its member states, and other neighbouring countries towards the migrants attempting this risky journey? Are there any legal steps that can be taken in order to help eliminate deaths in the Mediterranean?

Middlesex University (London), the Italian legal clinic CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani) and the UK legal organisation AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) are working together to take forward this debate by holding a roundtable on the positive legal obligations of EU member states under international maritime law, EU law and national law towards migrants, asylum seekers and persons in distress at sea. The roundtable will take place in London, at Middlesex University, on 8 June 2016, bringing together European experts on the subject.

For further information and to book a place visit:


Event: SCMR-JEMS 3rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE March 16th, 2016 migration and diversity: a dialogue across disciplines

migration and diversity: a dialogue across disciplines
host: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
@ Chichester 1 lecture theatre,
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK


Welcome lunch 11.50-12.50

Paul Statham, director SCMR & Editor JEMS, Introduction 1–1.10

Roger Waldinger, UCLA, California. A cross border perspective on migration. Beyond the transnationalism / assimilation debate. 1.10-1.55

Jørgen Carling, PRIO, Oslo. Comment on Roger Waldinger. 1.55-2.05

Public Q&A 2.05-2.45

 Coffee Break 2.45-3

Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore. Reflections on Diversity in SE Asia. 3-3.40

Magdalena Nowicka, Humboldt University, Berlin. Migrant spaces, shared values and negotiated meanings. 3.40-4.20

Alexander Betts, University of Oxford, Refugees Studies Centre. Reflections on the refugee ‘crisis’. 4.20-5.00

Elaine Chase, UCL, London. The shifting contours of ‘precarity’. The wellbeing of former unaccompanied migrant children in UK   5-5.40

Drinks Reception to close and celebrate Sussex Mahidol Migration Partnership between SCMR and Institute of Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand 5.40-6.30

All Welcome, Attendance free, but for catering purposes please register at

Event: Gendering the ‘Refugee Crisis’

Gendering the ‘Refugee Crisis’

The Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration, Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (Open University), and Kathryn Medien (University of Warwick)
Friday, 11 December 2015 from 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom

Online Booking via Eventbrite at:

This half-day conference offers a pressing critical reflection on the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe. In light of recent heated debates and widespread coverage of Europe’s border controls and the flow of refugees, the event offers a space to critically think through the gendered politics of refugee and forced migration, and its intersections with nationalism, geopolitics, and global patterns of inequality. In exploring the gendered dimensions of refugee and migrant life, and the differential experiences of women migrants, this event aims to facilitate a pertinent conversation between feminist activism and refugee struggles transnationally, while highlighting the existence and experiences of refugees outside of Europe. This event is free but places are limited. Please book your ticket in advance.

This event is co-hosted and co-sponsored by the Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration, the Research Programme Migration and Belongings, Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (Open University), and Kathryn Medien (University of Warwick).

10:30 – 11:00 Registration (Tea and Coffee provided).

11:00 – 11:20 Nasma: A Syrian Refugee Story (translated by Nof Nasser Eddin).

11:20 – 12.20 Panel I: Dr. Umut Erel (Open University) Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL).

12:20 – 13:30 Lunch (provided).

13:30 – 14:00 CTDC Refugees Outside Europe: A Gendered Perspective.

14:00 – 15:00 Panel II: Dr. Heaven Crawley (Coventry University) Dr. Ruba Salih (SOAS).

15.00-16.00 Screening: Women Asylum Seekers in the UK.

This short film is about the experiences of women asylum seekers in the UK, it is based on interviews with women asylum seekers, academics and practitioners. The documentary does not only address the question of why women had to leave their country of origin, but it also explores the difficulties women face whilst waiting for a decision regarding their status in the UK.

Conferences: Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity • 13-15 June • New Yor

Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity
Fordham University
13 – 15 June 2016

5th joint conference, organized by:
Human Rights Section, International Studies Association (ISA)
Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association (APSA)
Human Rights Research Committee, International Political Science Association (IPSA)
Standing Group on Human Rights and Transitional Justice, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

In association with:
Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)

We are pleased to announce the fifth joint international conference on human rights, on the theme Human Rights in an Age of Ambiguity, to take place from 13 to 15 June 2016 at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, located in New York City. The conference will be held immediately prior to the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (16 – 18 June), also being hosted at Fordham University.

The global political, economic, normative, structural and ideational landscape has undergone significant change in recent decades, with no signs of abating. There are new – or newly important – players, both state and non-state-based, which affect global political power asymmetries and inject competing ideas, interests, and priorities into the global political scene. New and evolving institutions and authority structures raise deep and profound questions about global (and regional and national) governance. These questions lead to an ambiguous global situation as norms, institutions and power structures are called into question and challenged on multiple levels.

Nowhere has this ambiguity been more acute and clear than in the area of human rights. A human rights regime which, while far from perfect, appeared to rest on a global consensus and seemed impervious to change, has undergone rapid and deep transformation – in ways which appear to both support and undermine the protection of human rights.

Challenges from emerging non-Western powers highlight a lack of consensus on fundamental priorities and approaches to the relationship between people and power, the governed and the governors, freedom and order. Terrorism and other security challenges pose seemingly imponderable conundrums for civilian and basic human rights protection. Climate change raises questions of intergenerational justice and poses corollary rights threats resulting in forced migration, food insecurity, and humanitarian crises.

The global refugee regime, a core set of ideas and institutions dating from the end of the Second World War, now faces unprecedented challenges and been put to tests never imagined by its creators – challenges and tests that states and international institutions have failed to adequately meet. International criminal justice mechanisms have been created with high hopes that those who commit mass atrocities will be punished and justice will be done, only to be undone by lack of adequate global support and political will. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P), which heralded a new recognition that human rights are a core part of states’ claim to legitimacy – has frequently failed to gain decisive advantage over traditional notions of sovereignty and state interest.
This combination of new players, political power asymmetries, institutions, along with deep material challenges to the contemporary global order, raises profound questions about the future of human rights norms and institutions, as well as the actual enjoyment of human rights across the globe.

We welcome paper and panel proposals on the general theme of the conference from researchers and policymakers from academia, think tanks, IOs and NGOs featuring both traditional and innovative  scholarship which address the unsettled state of human rights norms and institutions. Papers might address, among others, the following questions:

·       What challenges do shifting global power structures pose to human rights?
·       Are traditional state supporters of human rights still supporting human rights?
·       Are emerging global and regional powers supporting or challenging human rights?
·       Has the global consensus on human rights changed? Was there ever a consensus in the first place?
·       Is universality under serious threat?
·       Are there regional or other political divides on human rights?
·       How will new(er) global threats (e.g. climate change, terrorism) affect the realization of human rights in the future?
·       How can resiliency in human rights be better cultivated and practiced?
·       Have the Human Rights Council and other human rights institutions lived up to their promise?
·       Do our global institutions need to be revived/renewed/reimagined in order to properly realize human rights?
·       What are the implications of ambiguity across different generations of rights (e.g. civil/political vs. economic/social/cultural)?
·       What are the implications of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and elsewhere?

Consideration will be given to publishing an edited volume with a select range of papers presented at the conference.

Please note that proposals must relate to the conference theme to receive full consideration. You may submit either an individual paper or a panel proposal. Each full panel proposal should include exactly 4 papers plus a chair and discussant.

The submission site will open later in October 2015. Please upload your paper or panel abstracts (no longer than 200 words) and all other necessary details as required through the site. Further conference information will be made available later in 2015. Check back at for information on submission.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm EST on Monday, 30 November 2015.

Notification of acceptances will be sent by e-mail on Monday, 21 December 2015.

Registration fees for the conference are as follows:

General registration: $225
Student registration: $125

All individuals accepted on to the program will be expected to register for the conference by Monday, 1 February 2016.

For more information please contact:

Please Note: This conference is being held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, which will have as its theme Meeting the Challenges of Development and Dignity. Individuals registering for one conference will be eligible for a 20% discount on registration for the other conference. More information will be provided.

Follow us on Twitter @HRjc2016 for updates.

Conference Co-Chairs:

Melissa Labonte (Fordham University)
Kurt Mills (University of Glasgow)

We look forward to welcoming you to Fordham University in June 2016!

Events: Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious or Exploitative Work

Events: Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious or Exploitative Work

Register this week for this super cheap event with an amazing line-up of speakers!

Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious or Exploitative Work

Monday 2 November 2015, 09:45-16:45
Moot Court, School of Law, Bartolome House, Winter Street, Sheffield, S3 7ND

Key note address: Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford
‘Good workers, poor slaves, and the politics of locomotion’

Paul Blomfield MP
‘Targeting those who exploit, not the exploited’

Don Flynn, Migrants Rights Network
‘Strategies to empower the exploited to act on their own behalf’

Nicola Phillips, University of Sheffield
‘Migration and Forced Labour: Where are the Connections?’

Louise Waite, University of Leeds, & Hannah Lewis, University of Sheffield
‘The Precarity Trap: Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Forced Labour in the UK’

Genevieve Le Baron, University of Sheffield
‘Comparing the Business of Forced Labour Across UK-based Labour Supply Chains’

Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham
‘Everyday statelessness: Camps, practices and belonging in Italy’

Sonia McKay & Alice Bloch, University of Manchester
‘Raids on businesses and employer sanctions: the impact on undocumented migrants and migrant employers’

More info:


Event: Conference on Migration Discourses, University of Birmingham

International Conference

Intersecting Discourses on Migration in the UK, Germany and Russia

Thursday, 5th November 2015 (09:00-18:00)

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

G39 Education Building

(R19 on the Edgbaston Campus map)

This ESRC-funded conference explores immigration and migrant integration discourses and their influences on policy-making. The focus will be on three countries: the UK, Germany and Russia. All three countries are important destination countries attracting large numbers of migrants and refugees. At the same time there are distinct differences in migration trajectories and responses across them. The conference thereby intends to bring the different contexts of these three countries together, and to gain new insights into a topic of great relevance to society, particularly in the context of the current refugee and migration crisis. The conference is organised by PhD studentsSzymon Parzniewski and Anja Benedikt and supported by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and the Institute for German Studies (IGS) at the University of Birmingham.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Christian Joppke (University of Bern) “‘Citizenship Lite’ Revisited”

Professor Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University) “The discursive construction of ‘strangers’”

Plenary speakers:

  • Dr. John Round (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Sergey Ryazantsev (Russian Academy of Science)
  • Prof. Dr. Sybille Münch (Leuphana University Lüneburg)
  • Dr. Riem Spielhaus (University of Nürnberg-Erlangen)
  • Dr. Bastian Vollmer  (University of Oxford)
  • Dr. Galina Yemelianova (University of Birmingham)

The conference includes three panel sessions: Labour Migration and Linguistic Integration Discourse in Russia; Discourses on Border Security and Diversity; Immigration and Discourses surrounding Muslims.

For more information, please visit our webpage.

The conference is free but there are limited places. To register please complete the online form:

For further information you can also contact the organisers Szymon and Anja


Conference: ‘Protection elsewhere, but where? National, regional and global perspectives on refugee law’ – Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

National, Regional and Global Perspectives on Refugee Law

20 November 2015, 9.00am-5.00pm

The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney will hold its annual conference on 20 November 2015, on the theme ‘Protection elsewhere, but where? National, regional and global perspectives on refugee law’.

The keynote address will be given by Erika Feller, Former Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne.

The conference sessions will include:

–   Reflection on key developments in Australian refugee law and policy in a global perspective.
–   Analysis of the prospects and possibilities for regional cooperation on refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific region.
–   Discussion of the operation and implications of Australia’s policies of turning back boats and offshore processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
–   An examination of Australian law and practice compared to approaches elsewhere.
–   A Q&A discussion with panellists from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, providing local perspectives on refugee protection in the region.

Program and speaker biographies now available

Early bird registration closes 19 October. Register here:

This is an approved OMARA CPD Activity (CN50) and 3 CPD points can be awarded for attendance.

Date:  20 November 2015, 9-5pm
Location:  Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor, Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
(F8 on Campus Map)

Conference Fees:

‘Early bird’ fee (by 19 October 2015)
Standard Registration      $120
Student Registration        $80

Regular Fee (after 19 October 2015)
Standard Registration     $150
Student Registration       $100

For more information, contact


REGISTRATION OPEN – Borderscapes: Borders and Bordering in Contemporary Europe (EUBORDERSCAPES Policy & Impact Conference)

EUBorderscapes_CMRBCMRB (The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) at the University of East London is delighted to announce:

Borderscapes: Borders and Bordering in  Contemporary Europe (EUBORDERSCAPES Policy & Impact Conference)

The conference will take place:

Date: 10th–12th November 2015
Location: Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR (

The conference is free but registration is compulsory at:

If you would like to attend the conference dinner (the evening of Tuesday 10th November) please purchase a ticket in addition to the free conference ticket. The cost of the dinner is £30 + administration fee.

On the evening before the conference (Monday 9th November), Prof. Saskia Sassen will be delivering a public lecture as part of the University of East London’s ‘Scholarship and the Social Sciences in a Global Era’ conference to celebrate the launch of UEL’s School of Social Sciences. The event is free and open to the public. Any queries regarding Prof. Sassen’s lecture should be directed to:

Full details for the Borderscapes conference can be found on the attached flyer. Conference outline below. A full programme will be announced shortly.

Conference Outline

Plenary Panels

Plenary 1: Reporting Research Findings
Prof. James Scott (University of Eastern Finland), Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London/Umea University), Dr. Elena Nikiforova (Centre for Independent Research, St Petersburg)’ Dr. Christophe Sohn (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research)

Plenary 2: EU and UK Policy Makers and Activists Discussing Borderings and Borderscapes in Europe
Keith Vaz MP (Chair of Home Affairs Committee), Don Flynn (Migrants’ Rights Network), Maria Giovanna Manieri (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants), Paolo Salieri (Directorate General for Migration, Home Affairs, European Commission)

Plenary 3: Locations and Dislocations of Borders: theoretical discussion
Dr. Chiara Brambilla (University Of Bergamo), Dr. Kathryn Cassidy (University of East London), Dr. Cathal McCall (Queen’s University, Belfast) Prof. Henk van Houtum (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

Plenary 4: Social and Political Impacts of Contemporary European Bordering
Rita Chadha (Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London) Lucy Jones (Doctors of the World, UK), Dr. Georgie Wemyss (University of East London), Mirjam Karoly (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights)

Parallel Sessions

Panel 1 – Post-Soviet Borders: Shifting concepts and competing rhetorical strategies
Panel 2 – Re-Bordering of Post-Socialist space
Panel 3 – Europeanisation versus Euroscepticism
Panel 4 – The Global Border-Drama of the European Union
Panel 5 – EU Borders and Geopolitics of Neighbourhood
Panel 6 – European Union Cross-Border Peace-Building In Crisis?
Panel 7 – Unpacking the Benevolence of Cross-Border Cooperation and Integration
Panel 8 – Roma and Bordering
Panel 9 – Schengen/ Non Schengen Borders
Panel 10 – Everyday Bordering in the Metropolitan City 1
Panel 11 – Everyday Bordering in the Metropolitan City 2
Panel 12 – Migrant Writing and Popular Culture
Panel 13 – Art and Cultural Representation Across Borders
Panel 14 – Theatre Workshop

Film Festival (produced by EUBORDERSCAPES partners)
‘Houdoud Al Bahr/The Mediterranean Frontiers’ (University of Bergamo)
‘The Invisible Enemy Across the Wall: Israeli and Palestinian Children’s Perspective of the “Other”’ (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
‘Everyday Borders’ (UEL)
‘The Colour of the Sea: A filmic border experience in Ceuta’ (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

‘Growing up on the 73 Bus – A tale of Three Synagogues’ Prof. David Newman (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
‘Bordering the Docks’ Dr.Georgie Wemyss (University of East London)

Places Still Available: History From Elsewhere Symposium – The use of Archives and Recollection of Memory (Friday 18 September)

Places are still available for the History from Elsewhere Symposium to be held at London Metropolitan Archives tomorrow (Friday 18th September).  We are very pleased to be presenting a paper on our civic engagement project associated with the  Refugee Archives at UEL and the the launch of our Living Refugee Archive.

Full conference details:

History From Elsewhere Symposium | The use of Archives and Recollection of Memory

Venue | London Metropolitan Archives | 10am – 4.30pm
Refreshments Provided | Bring a picnic

Online Booking:

LMALondon Metropolitan Archives (LMA) will be holding a symposium to provide a platform to heritage practitioners who follow the ‘history from below’ approach in recollecting cultural memory.  In the past three decades there has been a debate between the postmodern cultural theorists and the heritage sector over the power held by archives as institutions. Archives are seen as not only being able to wield power over the shape and direction of historical scholarship, collective memory, and national identity but also over how we know ourselves as individuals, groups and societies. The post-colonial heritage theory suggests that individuals belonging to a national community have different experiences to the same past and do not share an identical memory related to the same spaces, places and events and therefore conceive their heritage through multiple frames of reference. The symposium therefore aims to explore the way archives are accommodating the multiple frames of conception of the past and also discuss the challenges in making archives more accessible and inclusive.

Download PDF Programme.

Programme and Spreakers

‘Constructing Social History through the Preservation of “Moving Memories”:

Civic Engagement with Refugees and Migrants in London’

Paul Dudman, Archivist and Dr Rumana Hashem, University of East London, Refugee Council Archive

Paul Dudman is the Archivist at the University of East London which include the Refugee Council Archive, Refugee Action, and the Council for Assisting At-Risk Academics.  Additional collections include the British Olympic Association and Hackney Empire theatre. Professional activities include the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives.

Rumana Hashem is a Bangladeshi-born activist-sociologist and at Post-doctoral researcher, affiliated with the Centre for Migration Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. Rumana completed her PhD on Gendered Relations in the ethnically constructed armed conflict in south-east Bangladesh. She actively contributes to the Phulbari Solidarity Group as a Coordinator, and at Nari Diganta as a key organising member, and London Roots Collective as a Facilitator and Trainer.

‘Disabled peoples voices tell the hidden history of buildings’

Esther Fox, Accentuate Heritage

Since June 2009 I have led the ground breaking Accentuate Programme, which challenges perceptions of disability by providing life changing opportunities for Deaf and disabled people to participate and lead within the cultural sector.  In May 2015 we received £858,500 from HLF to deliver Accentuate History of Place; a nationally significant social history programme which will chart disabled people’s lives from the middle ages until the late 20th Century in relation to built heritage.

‘Gloves Off: Writing History from Below from Local History Society Archives’

Dr Fiona Cosson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Fiona Cosson is a Research Associate at the Manchester Centre for Regional History at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research interests focus on Oral History; Local, Community and Public History; and the History of Community and Neighbourhoods. She is a co-founder/convenor of the Unofficial Histories conference, Trustee for the Oral History Society, and Public History Editor for the Oral History Journal.

An Outreach Project: Diverse communities and the First World War

Iqbal Husain, The National Archives

Iqbal Husain has over 20 years’ experience in managing projects that engage communities in cultural activities. He has completed a related programme of studies, including a Masters in Public Administration with a particular focus on arts and cultural engagement. Iqbal Husain is also the  director of a not for profit arts organisation, Shared Heritage, that conducts work with diverse and marginalised communities.

“Embodied Genealogies: Marginal histories, uncovered archives and their impact on Black

queer consciousness”

Artists | Raju Rage, Evan Ifekoya, Raisa Kabir, and Rudy Loewe  Collective Creativity

Raju rage is a multi-disciplinary artist and community organiser who is proactive about creating space, self-representation and self-empowerment using art and activism to forge creative survival.

Evan Ifekoya is an Artist and Educator with an interdisciplinary practice, based in performance and video, exploring the politicisation of culture, society and aesthetics.

Raisa Kabir is an artist, writer and cultural activist, currently occupied in translating theory based ideas, to visually conceptualise the interrelated politics of the body, racialised labour and space.

Rudy Loewe is a visual artist and educator predominantly using comics, zines, and research in archives, to explore narratives concerning race, gender, sexuality, and disability

Gathering and Making Accessible Testimony of the Holocaust and Genocide:

A Wiener Library Mission from the 1930s to the Present

Jessica Green, Digital Curator

Jessica Green has been working at the Wiener Library since October 2013, first as a Library Intern and most recently as Digital Curator. Before moving to the UK, she completed her MS in Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, MA, and gained work experience at the Harvard Theatre Collection and the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.

An island without a nation? The archive of Ascension Island

Kat Petersen, Archivist

Kat Petersen has been an archivist since 2003 and is currently working at the German Historical Institute London after posts at the Freud Museum and the British Library. She completed her MA in Archives and Records Management at UCL in 2015. Her research interests include archives in post/neo-colonial contexts, the role of archivists in society, and perceptions of archives and archivists.

In My Footsteps an interaction between people and place, combining local history and heritage with communal culture and personal identity

Marion Vargaftig, Creative Producer

Marion Vargaftig is a creative producer/consultant in UK/Europe. She devises innovative initiatives associating media and culture to promote social change. Marion co-founded Manifesta, an organisation that develops and delivers projects and productions with mixed age groups – in marginalised urban locations, on issues related to cultural diversity, antiracism and social exclusion, looking at the social archaeology of neighbourhoods.

The Last Days of Limehouse –  Searching for London’s Original Chinatown

Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director

Kumiko Mendl has worked as an actress, teacher, storyteller and director for stage, TV and Radio and has been Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre since 2011. Last year she conceived and co -directed  The Last Days of Limehouse a promenade piece about the original Chinatown in London staged in Limehouse Old Town Hall. Currently she is working on a new play inspired by the little known story of the Chinese Labour Corps, the 96,000 men who came from China to work for the allies during the First World War.

Events: Chimes of Freedom: Life and liberty in London from Magna Carta to today 25 Sept, 2 Oct

Very pleased to announce that we will be presenting a paper on the Refugee Archives at the following event:

Book now: Chimes of Freedom: Life and liberty in London from Magna Carta to today 25 Sept, 2 Oct

General booking is now open for the 2015 Archives for London conference.To celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the AfL conference will explore the challenges to and the protection of freedom and liberty in London since Magna Carta guaranteed the Capital’s ‘ancient liberty and customs’ in 1215.

25 September – London Metropolitan Archives, 1:30-5:00pm

with speakers including Caterina Loriggio and David Prior from the Parliamentary Archives on Parliament in the making, oral historian Clare Summerskill on recording voices of LGBTQ Londoners, and Paul Dudman with Dr Rumana Hashem of University of East London on refugee narratives in archives.

The City’s 1297 Magna Carta will be on display.

2 October – Society of Antiquaries, 1:30-5:00pm

with speakers such as Prof Justin Fisher on Magna Carta’s relevance today, Simon Carter on St Paul’s Cathedral and civil rights, Prof Michael Macmillan on what art and heritage tells us about Black British cultural identities.


London Metropolitan Archives,
40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB, and

Society of Antiquaries
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE


AfL member
one conference £8, both conferences £10

one conference £10, both conferences £15

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Last Chance to Book: Migration & Marginalities 10 September 2015 | University of Brighton

Migration & Marginalities
10 September 2015 | University of Brighton

Confirmed Plenary speakers:
Iain Chambers (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”)
Maja Malus (MKC Maribor; Bulkan Curtains)

This one day, interdisciplinary symposium will bring together scholars, postgraduate students, practitioners and activists, to explore current discourses of migration in Britain and Europe. Across Europe, the public discourses of migration continue to trade on anxiety and fear. Much of this debate seems wearying familiar: populist politicians rehearse familiar anti-immigration rhetoric, while EU states co-operate to target so-called “irregular” migrants and the figure of Sangatte resurfaces in the popular press like some reanimated pop-cultural remake. At the same time, European migration appears to display new contours and patterns that such repetitions seem unable to record. Figures suggest that 2014 has seen a dramatic spike in Mediterranean fatalities as ever-greater numbers of African migrants attempt the perilous passage to Europe. Migration within Europe has also changed, as the EU expansion has combined with the calamitous collapse of finance capital.

Is it possible to reconcile these continuities with the seeming novelty of Europe’s migration? Does the apparent familiarity of these debates reveal or mask the shifting realities of migration in contemporary Europe? Furthermore, what differences or similarities can we trace from state to state? And are the discourses surrounding migration in Europe particular to the continent or simply evidence of a planetary trend?

Registration: (£40/£20 including lunch and refreshments)

Conference webpage:
Join the conversation #C21Migrations

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The FULL SCHEDULE is now available to view.


Registration now open: Humanitarian Innovation Conference 2015

Humanitarian Innovation Conference 2015: Facilitating Innovation
17-18 July
Keble College, Oxford

Registration now open:

The Humanitarian Innovation Project is delighted to announce the 2015 Humanitarian Innovation Conference, in partnership with the World Humanitarian Summit. Hosted in Oxford on 17 & 18 July 2015, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘facilitating innovation’. As interest and dialogue around humanitarian innovation continues to expand, conference participants are invited to explore the challenges of creating an enabling environment for humanitarian innovation.

In the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit, a key focus of the conference will explore how we enable innovation by and for affected communities. What does it mean to take a human-centred approach seriously, and to engage in co-creation with affected populations? It will also seek to examine what facilitation means across the wider humanitarian ecosystem, and how we can better convene the collective talents of people within and across traditional and non-traditional humanitarian actors.

New 2015 conference video:

Watch Professor Alexander Betts discuss the conference and the themes it will address this year. Professor Betts is Director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

Conference fees include full access to all conference facilities and events, buffet lunch on both days, and formal dinner in Keble College hall on 17 July. The standard conference fee is £425, with a reduced rate for participants from academic or non-profit institutions (£325) and students (£275).

[Note: Registration does not include accommodation; participants will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation]

Visit the #HIP2015 conference page to register, where you can also find out more ways to get involved.


For all enquiries, please contact