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Refugee Council Archive at UEL Event: “Different Pasts: Shared Futures”: Showcasing UEL Initiatives Supporting Refugees

UEL and the Refugee Council Archive for Refugee Week Event:

“Different Pasts: Shared Futures”: Showcasing UEL Initiatives Supporting Refugees

Wednesday, 22nd June: 10.30am – 7pm
University of East London, Docklands Campus.
Refugee Council Archive (Ground Floor, Library) and Room DL.3.04

RWlogo ColourWe warmly welcome you to attend our UEL “Different Pasts: Shared Futures” event for Refugee Week 2016. We have organised a mix of sessions to help showcase the initiatives currently being undertaken by staff and students here at the University of East London to help support migrants and refugees and to showcase new projects and research to help promote and celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Our Timetable of Events for the day will include:
10.30am – 11am:  Registration and Networking

11am-12.30pm: Living Narratives in the Calais Jungle. 
With confirmed Speakers: Dr. Aura Lounasmaa (UEL), Dr. Cigdem Esin (UEL) ,Dr Tahir Zaman, (SOAS/UEL) and Marie Godin, (International Migration Institute, University of Oxford).

1pm Onwards: Refugee Council Archive Open Afternoon and Exhibition. Location: Archive

1pm – 2pm: Film Screening: Performing the Archive: Living Narratives and the Politics of Performance.
A showcase of a recent civic engagement project with our second-year theatre studies students.

2pm-3pm: Archiving Living Histories of the Migration Experience: Living Refugee Archive (JPG) RedOral History, Archives and the Hidden Narratives of Migration.
Dr. Rumana Hashem and Paul Dudman, Archivist at UEL.

3pm – 4.30pm: Workshop: How can we engage with refugee communities and help document and preserve their life histories and enable their stories to be told?

Showcasing our latest civic engagement projects including the Living Refugee Archive and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Online Portal and introducing the IASFM Working Group and Oral History Society Migration SIG and the Migration and Asylum Network.  Led by Dr. Rumana Hashem and Paul Dudman.

4.30pm – 4.45pm: Break

4.45pm – 6pm: Brexit and the Migration Crisis: Redefining refugee, migration and conflict studies in a fragmented Europe?”

Roundtable discussion including past and present UEL Staff and Students on people-centred understandings of conflict and refugee movements and responses to global and refugee inactivates in light of current events. Chair: Professor Giorgia Dona.

6pm: Refreshments and Networking. Location: Ground Floor Library Foyer and Refugee Council Archive.

Organised in Conjunction with the Refugee Council Archive at UEL; the Centre for Narrative Research, Centres for Migration, Refugees and Belonging and Centres for Social Justice and Change at UEL.

Programme Information:

UEL is at the forefront of research and teaching within the fields of refugee, forced migration and conflict studies. Specialist postgraduate masters courses exist in Refugee Studies and Conflict Displacement and Human Security. If you would like to explore the issues discussed during today in further depth, we welcome enquiries in relation to the courses that we have on offer.
MA in Refugee Studies

A distinctive feature of this course is that it considers the perspective and experiences of the people forced to flee conflict, generalised violence, and human rights violations. It highlights social, cultural and community responses to people in search of sanctuary in the contexts of restrictive border practices. It encourages informed understanding about contemporary conflicts, forced displacement and human security.
Link: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Courses/MA-Refugee-Studies
MA in Conflict Displacement and Human Security

The key aspects of your learning will be the focus on conflict and displacement. We value a people-centred approach and an emphasis on human security which combines both human rights and human development.

The course approaches development as an important security strategy and considers displacement a measure of human security. We will encourage you to adopt an independent critical approach to contemporary theories of conflict, human rights and human security.

Both of these courses are situated within the field of Global Studies at UEL and work in close contact with our research centres including the Centre for Migration Refugees and Belonging; the Centre for Narrative Research; and the Centre for Social Change and Justice. UEL is also the home of the Refugee Council Archive, hosted within the Docklands Library as part of a wider Archives provision, the Archive represents one of the largest collections of material documenting the history and development of refugee and forced migration issues with the UK.

CMRB AGM 2015 + Lesvos, the European island in the crossroads of two major humanitarian crises, Erene Kaptani

CMRB (The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is delighted to invite you to:

CMRB Annual General Meeting 2015

Date: Monday 28th September 2015
Time: 15.00-16.15
Place: EB.G.07, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR


The  CMRB AGM 2015 Agenda is available for download.

After the AGM, CMRB will be hosting:

Lesvos, the European island in the crossroads of two major humanitarian crises, by Erene Kaptani

Date: Monday 28th September 2014
Place: EB.3.07, Docklands Campus, University of East London

On Lesvos, both the survival of the ‘locals’ and ‘refugees’ depends on decisions made in European Institutions. Refugees are currently arriving on the island at a time when an unprecedented process of underdevelopment is occurs in at the hands of these institutions.

In this presentation, the speaker, who has been involved since 2009 with refugees arriving to her hometown, reflects on the way refugee arrivals are managed by the different statutory and non statutory European bodies. This presentation envisages creating an understanding and a discussion on what the social and political changes between Greece and Europe have been in the past five months and how these continue to affect the management and monitoring of refugees. It aims to encourage a discussion of the trends formed, by both European institutions and society, regarding their humanitarian and social welfare responses.

Details included on attached flyer. Please circulate widely.

Please RSVP to j.hakim@uel.ac.uk<mailto:j.hakim@uel.ac.uk> for both the AGM and Erene Kaptani’s presentation

Best regards
Jamie Hakim


UEL International Development Undergraduate Conference

We are delighted to inform you of an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students and those who have recently graduated.

We have extended the deadline for abstracts.

Is Sustainable Development Possible ?  Economic, Social and Environmental Frictions.

 7th November 2015

Students at University of East London (UEL), in partnership with the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) are pleased to invite you to the fifth student-led undergraduate conference for development at UEL.

The conference gives students a unique opportunity to debate their work in a public forum, receive feedback from academic scholars, meet students from a range of international universities and network with potential employers.

Past student presenters have described the event as “a high-value learning experience” and “a great place to take the first step of presenting at conferences”.

We are confident in the fantastic opportunity this conference offers and encourage you to cascade the call for papers and information of the conference to students and recent graduates. You are most welcome to attend yourself and we urge you to inspire students to attend and participate in the conference as we feel that it will be an invaluable experience for all.

Further information is available at: http://www.uel-undergraduate-conference.co.uk/ Alternatively, we can be contacted directly at organization@uel-undergraduate-conference.co.uk

CMRB Event: ‘Beyond the Beast of Austerity: Inequality and the lives we hope to lead’, Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya

CMRB Event:

‘Beyond the Beast of Austerity: Inequality and the lives we hope to lead’, Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya

CMRB is delighted to announce the following seminar:

‘Beyond the Beast of Austerity: Inequality and the lives we hope to lead’, Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya (UEL)

This seminar will take place 4-6pm, Monday 12th January 2014 in EB G.06, Docklands Campus, UEL, E16 2RD (http://www.uel.ac.uk/about/campuses/docklands/)

The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at beyondthebeastofausterity.eventbrite.co.uk

Full details can be found on the attached flyer. Please circulate widely.

Queries should be directed to: j.hakim@uel.ac.uk

The University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is pleased to announce the following seminar:

Beyond the Beast of Austerity:
Inequality and the lives we hope to lead

This seminar will take place in EB G.06, Docklands Campus, UEL, E16 2RD

Monday 12th January 2014, 4–6pm

The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at

Abstract: The language, logic and practices of austerity seem to have saturated everyday life. In the process, we have lived through a concerted attack on ideas of entitlement and equality. This paper tries to understand the manner and nature of the shift in popular discourse and institutional practices brought about through austerity measures. The paper argues that (i) austerity is not and has never been designed as a short-term measure (ii) austerity represents an attempt to reshape the political terrain in a manner that dismantles many of the partial gains of the twentieth century (iii) this dismantling goes far beyond a cutting of service provision and threatens to corrode social connections and confound the articulation of entitlement, solidarity or conviviality. As always, the question is how we think beyond the constraints of this unhappy moment.

Bio: Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London. She has written extensively in the area of ‘race’ and racisms, sexuality, global cultures and the ‘war on terror’. She is completing a book with Palgrave Macmillan on equality and justice in a post-austerity world.

For more info on CMRB: uel.ac.uk/cmrb