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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:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/history-from-elsewhere-symposium-the-use-of-archives-and-recollection-of-memory-tickets-17707886766

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.

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: http://shop.brighton.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&prodid=457&catid=74 (£40/£20 including lunch and refreshments)

Conference webpage: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/c21/events/events-calendar2/migration-and-marginalities-c21-routes
Twitter: https://twitter.com/C21Centre21
Join the conversation #C21Migrations

We look forward to seeing you there!

**Apologies for any cross-posting; please circulate to your networks**

The FULL SCHEDULE is now available to view.


Events: Symposium – Biographies of Belonging Amsterdam

Symposium: Biographies of Belonging Amsterdam

by Marlou Schrover

Biographies of Belonging – VU University

Date: 10-11 March 2015

Place: VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: €100 (€50 for students and Phd candidates)

We are proud to announce a two-day international symposium, to be held at the VU University in Amsterdam, organized by the research group Identities, Diversity, and Inclusion of the Sociology Department, in collaboration with the Research Committee 38 ‘Biography & Society’ of the International Sociological Association. The focus of the symposium is on the experience and narratives of belonging and what it means in people’s lives. Where and when do they feel ‘at home’ and how has this experience changed in the course of their lives? What kinds of ‘spaces’ (e.g. cultural, geographical, imaginary) engender a sense of belonging and which do not? What are the features of contexts which are conducive to the people feeling that they ‘belong’? What stories do they tell about feeling ‘at home’ or ‘not at home’ and how can these stories help us to understand the social parameters of conditions of inclusion and exclusion? Which niches for social change can be found in people’s everyday experiences of belonging and not belonging?
We are also particularly interested in addressing methodological questions which arise in studying biographies of belonging: for example, how can we investigate belonging as an embodied, sensual, affective experience? What does belonging (or not belonging) actually ‘feel’ like? What kinds of interactional practices produce, facilitate or undermine an experience of belonging? What do people do in order to ‘include’ or ‘exclude’ others in a particular setting? How do individuals make sense of processes of inclusion or exclusion? What kinds of discourses and cultural narratives are available for talking about exclusion and inclusion?

Topics for possible sessions (not exhaustive):
Spaces and places of belonging
Imagined belonging
Exclusion and inclusion in organizational/institutional settings
Transversal connections; virtual communities
Unexpected sources of belonging
Histories of belonging and othering
Mobility and belonging
Belonging and everyday life
Belonging and civic engagement

Deadline: We invite those interested in presenting a paper to submit a short abstract (150 words) and bio (50 words) before 1 December, 2014 to:
Ewa Szepietowska ‎ [ewa.karolina@gmail.com]

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam: Halleh Ghorashi, Kathy Davis, Peer Smets, Melanie Eijberts, Ewa Karolina Szepietowska (organizing committee)

UEL Symposium – Young people: Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

The Centre for Social Justice and Change, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London, is pleased to announce the symposium:

Young People, Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking


Professor Jenny Pearce Director of the International Centre Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, University of Bedfordshire
‘Young people, child sexual exploitation and trafficking: critical issues from research and practice’

Katriona Ogilvy-Webb Team Manager, Barnardo’s London Service for Sexually Exploited, Missing and Trafficked Children
‘Exploring the influences that impact on children’s and young people’s perceived normalization of Child Sexual Exploitation.’

Wednesday 30th April, 4-6pm
University of East London
University Square, I Salway Road, Stratford, E15 1NF
Room G20

Please find the detailed programme in attachment and feel free to circulate.
You are all warmly invited to attend.
If you have any enquiry please contact: Anna Marsden (marsden2@uel.ac.uk<mailto:marsden2@uel.ac.uk>)


Symposium: 21st Century London Outcasts Austerity and its Impact on Refugee Families Living in London (5 Feb. 2014)

Centre for Social Justice and Change
MA in Refugee Studies
School of Law and Social Sciences
University of East London
are pleased to announce the symposium

21st Century London Outcasts
Austerity and its Impact on Refugee Families Living in London

The symposium is organized in collaboration with: Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh Department of Sociology, University of Leicester

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 2:30 – 5:15 pm
University of East London
Docklands Campus East Building,
Ground Floor Room EB.G16
[Downloadable Version:   21st century outcasts – UEL symposium]

In light of the findings of recent research project ‘Welfare Reforms and Their Impacts on Refugee Families Living in London’, this symposium will bring together academics, policy makers, practitioners and local activists to explore and debate the ways in which the current economic crisis and austerity measures are impacting on new refugee families in the United Kingdom. Recent changes to the welfare system have made welfare more inaccessible and exclusionary, leaving many refugee families without sufficient support to meet their basic living needs. Presenters will explore welfare reform’s implications for refugee families and examine grassroots efforts to mitigate the effects of austerity on migrant groups. Participants will be invited to consider what role third sector organisations can play in responding to austerity and how these agencies can be supported in their work with refugees and their families.
14.00 Registration

14.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr Maja Korac-Sanderson
Co-Director Centre for Social Justice and Change
Co-Leader MA in Refugee Studies

Plenary talks Chair:
Professor Hilary Sommerlad, University of Birmingham

14.45 Report on Findings from the Welfare Reforms and Their Impacts on Refugee Families Living in London research project
Ms Indira Kartallozi, Director, Chrysalis Family Futures

15.15 Austerity and Social Justice: A Critical Analysis
Dr. Akwugo Emejulu, University of Edinburgh and Dr. Leah Bassel, University of Leicester

15.30 Plenary Discussion
Chair: Professor Hilary Sommerlad, University of Birmingham 16.00 Coffee Break

16.15 Looking to the Future for Refugee Families: The Third Sector in Uncertain Times
Facilitator: Professor Hilary Sommerlad, University of Birmingham

17.00 Closing remarks
Professor Hilary Sommerlad, University of Birmingham Ms Indira Kartallozi, Director, Chrysalis Family Futures

17:15 Close

Please note spaces are limited. To book a place and for further information contact: Julia Layzell (j.layzell@uel.ac.uk)


Dr. Leah Bassel is a New Blood Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. Her research interests include the political sociology of gender, migration, race and citizenship and intersectionality. She is the author of ‘Refugee Women: Beyond Gender versus Culture’ (2012) and her work has also been published in journals including Politics & Gender, Ethnicities, Government and Opposition, French Politics. She is an Assistant Editor of the journal of Citizenship Studies.

Dr. Akwugo Emejulu is a Lecturer at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh and a Co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland. Her primary research interests are in two areas: investigating racial and gender inequalities in a comparative perspective and exploring the dynamics of social welfare political mobilisations in Europe and America. Her monograph, ‘Community Development as Micropolitics: Comparing Theories, Policies and Politics in America and Britain’ will be published by Policy Press in 2015.

Ms Indira Kartallozi is Director of Chrysalis Family Futures, a social enterprise working in collaboration with charities and agencies to provide intensive support services to vulnerable families and children. Indira has 15 years experience as a senior advice worker on welfare rights, housing and immigration for homeless families, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. In 2012-13 Indira did a MA in Refugee Studies at the School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London. The ‘Welfare Reforms and Their Impacts on Refugee Families Living in London’ project was her MA Dissertation research, which she successfully completed in September 2013. Originally from Kosova, Indira arrived as a refugee in the UK in 1992.

Dr. Hilary Sommerlad is Professor of Law, Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) at the University of Birmingham. She is Articles Editor of Legal Ethics, serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Law and Society and the International Journal of the Legal Profession, and is a member of several international research groups. She practised as a legal aid lawyer, and this experience is reflected in her research interests; these include the cultural practices of the professional workplace, diversity in the legal profession, and legal aid and access to justice. She has published widely on these issues; her most recent papers on legal aid are (with Sanderson, P) ‘Colonising Law for the poor: reconfiguring legal advice in the new regulatory state’ in V. Bryson & P. Fisher (eds) Redefining Social Justice: New Labour Rhetoric and Reality (Manchester, Manchester University Press 2011), and ‘Access to justice and the Big Society: rising need, individual responsibilization and the commercialisation of the voluntary sector’ Journal of Social Work and Family Law (forthcoming).


CMRB and the Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS) Event: Gender, Fundamentalism and Nationalism

CMRB and the Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS) are delighted to announce the following symposium:


The symposium will take place 14.00-17.00 , Saturday 16th November in SOAS (room G51). http://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/maps/#RussellSquareCampusMap


Gender NationalismThe University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) and SOAS’ Centre for Gender Studies are pleased to announce the following seminar:


This seminar will take place at SOAS, Room G51 http://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/maps/#RussellSquareCampusMap

Saturday 16th November 2013, 2–5pm

Kumud Rana, Erasmus University – Discourses of Gender, Ethnicity and Hindu Nationalism in a Constitutional Debate over Citizenship through Naturalization in Nepal (2008-2012)

Dr. Nayia Kamenou, University of Cyprus – Institutionalized Religion and the Construction of Sexuality and Gender in the Case of Cyprus

Dr. Rashmi Varma, Warwick University – UnModifying India: New Challenges for Feminism and Nationalism

Dr. Maja Korac, University of East London – Ethnicisation of Nation-State Building and Gender Relations: The Break-Up of Yugoslavia and Its Aftermath

Click here to Download Flyer.

The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at http://genderfundamentalismnationalism.eventbrite.co.uk

For more info on CMRB: uel.ac.uk/cmrb and facebook.com/CMRBuel

For more info on Centre for Gender Studies: http://www.soas.ac.uk/genderstudies/

Events: 4th Annual International Symposium on Preventing Human Trafficking

4th Annual International Symposium on Preventing Human Trafficking: Working Towards a Victim-Centred Response

The Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels
Wednesday 13th November 2013

Human trafficking is an increasingly disturbing phenomenon in Europe with terrible consequences for victims, the majority of whom are forced into prostitution, street crime, domestic servitude and other forms of labour exploitation.

In order to encourage greater political will, facilitate policy discussion and explore comprehensive and integrated solutions to properly recognise and meet the needs of all victims of human trafficking, Public Policy Exchange is proud to host this annual Symposium and welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. The Symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.

For further details, please refer to the event webpage: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/DK13-PPE2.php. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online (https://book.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/book.php?event=DK13-PPE2) at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).