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CMRB: New Research on the Middle East, Monday 14th December 2015, 4 – 6pm, Docklands Campus

Please find below details regarding the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging’s next event.

New Research on the Middle East
Monday 14th December 2015, 4 – 6pm
Docklands Campus, UEL (Room EB.G.06)

Giulia Daniele, CMRB, UEL

Women, Reconciliation and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Road Not Yet Taken

Sharri Plonski, SOAS

New Borders – Carving a Palestinian Space into the Mixed City of Jaffa-Tel Aviv

Eylem Atakav, UEA

‘Until Every Child is Safe’: Representing ‘Legitimised’ Abuse and Child Brides on Screen

The event is free but space is limited so please book a place(s) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-research-on-the-middle-east-tickets-19618716108


Women, Reconciliation and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Road Not Yet Taken, Giulia Daniele

My talk is founded on the theoretical analysis and the fieldwork evaluation reported on in my Ph.D. dissertation, which has been published by Routledge in the form of a book entitled Women,Reconciliation and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Road Not Yet Taken. One of the main objectives of my research has been to analyse the most significant Palestinian and Israeli women’s political initiatives that have been influenced by and, in the majority of cases, prevented by obstacles associated with the Israeli military occupation in the last decade.

Despite the majority of women’s political proposals and actions have been relegated to the margins of the mainstream arena, a few of them have succeeded in finding alternative politics and approaches that have assisted them in their commitment to the struggle to end the Israeli military occupation. In such a framework, the academic salience of my study is the provision of an additional contribution to the current debate on the process of making Palestinian and Israeli women activists more visible, and the importance of this process as being one of the most meaningful ways in which to open up areas of enquiry around relevant prospects for a fair resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Giulia Daniele is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centro de Estudos Internacionais (CEI) of the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) of the University of East London (UEL).

After obtaining her Bachelor Degree in International Studies (2005) and Master’s Degree in International Relations and Human Rights (2007) at the University of Torino, she completed her Ph.D. in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability under a co-tutelle agreement between the University of Exeter and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in April 2012.

Since 2005 she has conducted fieldwork researches in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Israel and Tunisia. She also acquired useful experience with her involvement in the International Election Observation Mission for the Palestinian elections in January 2006, in the international cooperation project called EPIC (European, Palestinian and Israeli Cities for Health and Social Partnership) sponsored by the World Health Organization in December 2006, and when she was a research intern at the Office of the Vice President of the European Parliament in Brussels in Autumn 2008.

Her main research interests broadly cover the following fields: Middle East politics (focusing on Palestine/Israel), women’s political activism in the Middle East and North Africa, social movements, gender and feminist studies, conflict resolution and ethno-national narratives.

Her first book is entitled Women, Reconciliation and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Road Not Yet Taken (Routledge, 2014).

 New Borders – Carving a Palestinian Space into the Mixed City of Jaffa-Tel Aviv, Sharri Plonski

Acts of subversive cartography have become a common practice of Palestinian-citizen resistances inside Israel. Intertwined as part of the dialectic, if asymmetrical, relationship that exists between ‘power’ and ‘resistance’, they act as a window both into the apparatuses employed to colonise Palestinian space inside Israel and the insurgent practices different communities have articulated in response. This encounter – between Zionist erasures and the struggle to root and re-entrench Palestinian space – produces the particular story, the particular space, in which both are housed, the lines and borders of which are articulated and disrupted through unique spatial relations. In this talk, we will explore the everyday and catalytic resistances that re-map, re-sign and reclaim Palestinian space in Jaffa-Tel Aviv. Through an exploration of a spectrum of practices, we investigate how power is activated, disarticulated and reshaped through struggle that is both present and absent from Israeli-Zionist productions of space; and how struggle is articulated and mediated by the same conditions.

Dr. Sharri Plonski earned her PhD from the Department of Development Studies, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she is currently a postdoctoral associate. She also works as an associate lecturer at Brunel University, where she teaches a courseon the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her thesis will be published in 2016 as part of the new SOAS Palestine Studies Book Series with I.B. Taurus as the Struggle for Space: Ordinary and Extraordinary Resistances by Palestinian citizens of an Israeli-Jewish State.

‘Until Every Child is Safe’: Representing ‘Legitimised’ Abuse and Child Brides on Screen

According to the UNICEF report entitled ‘Ending Child Marriage: Progress and Prospects’ (2013), there are 700 million women who were married as children, and 280 million girls are at risk of becoming child brides. In Turkey, according to the reports written by feminist organisations 1 in 3 marriages there is a child. These figures are alarming and signal the need for further and urgent research in the field. Working on a documentary film on ‘child brides’ in Turkey is my first exposure to filmmaking, therefore it poses challenges to me as an academic, who focuses on theories around feminism and media rather than filmmaking practice.

In this paper, I will critically reflect upon and share the findings of my research into the representation of child brides in the media, with the aim of answering a key question: what kind of a visual language is used in the Turkish media in the depiction of girls as brides? I argue that on screen portrayals of married girls are presented as individualised stories of victims, and they reinforce a focus on tradition and religion rather than identify issues inherent in the law, politics and society. In linking theory and practice, I will also present an account of the methodological issues around representation in the production of my documentary on ‘child brides’ in Turkey. The film explores what happens after child marriage by focusing on the stories of four women and making their experiences visible, in an attempt to contribute to and advance debates around this significant, complex and emotionally charged human rights issue which has often been discursively silenced.

Eylem Atakav is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on women and film; women, Islam and media; and Middle Eastern cinemas. She is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation (Routledge, 2012) and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Turkey (Intellect, 2013).  Her academic interests are on Middle Eastern film and television; representation of ‘honour’ crimes in the media, and transnational women’s cinema.

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


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


Reminder: Event: Refugee Council Archive at UEL – Archives Open Day, Tuesday 16 June 2015

As part of Refugee Week 2015, we are pleased to announce a:

UEL Archives and Special Collections Open Day

When: Tuesday, 16 June 2015
11am – 6pm.

Where: University of East London, Docklands Campus Library Archive: Room DL.G.02

FB-JoinAre you interested in archives, history or refugee and migration issues? Are you a student undertaking research for a dissertation, an NGO-worker focusing on policy; an archivist interested in learning about “refuge archives”; a historian of population movements; an activist or community-group member actively working in the field to support your local community group or organisation? If so, then you may be interested in attending our Archives Open Day?

We would very much like the opportunity to welcome you to a showcase of material from our unique and diverse archival collections and we are also very keen to use this day to discuss hoe are archival collections can be best utilised to encourage greater usage and accessibility beyond the confines of academia. We are very keen to make our Archives more interactive and engaging and we are hoping to take a step towards achieving this through a civic engagement and outreach project that we are currently running.

The aim of this day will be to:

  • Showcase materials for the Archive Collections at UEL, especially FB-example-6the Refugee Council Archive and associated collections.
  • To encourage new groups and communities to attend this open day to discuss our latest civic engagement project which hopes to pilot a new Living Refugee Archive website developed through external engagement beyond the Archive and the collection of oral histories.
  • To promote the UEL Archives to a wider audience beyond academia and to try and encourage new outreach and partnership opportunities.
  • To consider the relevance of “Refugee Archives” in the 21st Century and to reflect on the collection development and management of such collections.

The Archivist, Paul Dudman, will be on hand all day to provide advice on how to care for your personal archive collection including photographs and documents. You can also discover how to access the Archives at UEL for your own research projects and further study. If you are interested in using the archives for your research; to Improve your research quality and potential; or if you would like to discuss ways we can utilise the archives for your teaching; or even if you would like to discuss the possibility of forming a new partnership or helping with outreach or civic engagement activities? Or maybe you are just curious about UEL’s fascinating collection of archives and special collections? Please do get in touch and try to come to our Open Day!

FB-example-4This is a free event and there are no charges associated with attending. If you require a car parking space, please do let us know and we can make the arrangements accordingly.

If you are interested in attending, please sign up for a free ticket via our Eventbrite page in order that we can get an idea of the number of people who are interested in attending. Please sign-up here: http://uelarchivesopnday.eventbrite.co.uk

Further details are also available on the Refugee Archives Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/RefugeeCouncilArchive

Details of how to find the UEL Docklands Campus can be found here: http://www.uel.ac.uk/about/campuses/docklands/

Background Information on the UEL Archives

The University of East London is currently the home of several high profile archival collections including the British Olympic Association Archive and Library; the Hackney Empire Theatre Archive; the Eastside Community Heritage oral history collection and the Refugee Council Archive and associated collections.

Further details of these collections can be found on our website at: https://uelarchivesportal.wordpress.com/

Organised By

Paul Dudman, Archivist, in conjunction with the Library and Learning Services at the University of East London.

Contact Details:

Contact E-mail: p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8223 7676
Twitter: @refugeearchives
Refugee Archives Blog: https://refugeearchives.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/679985885480139/

CMRB Event: Borders, Boundaries and Beyond: A Feminist Exploration of the Making of Borders, Boundaries and Identities in Post-colonial Bangladesh – Rumana Hashem and Zobaida Nasreen


CMRB (The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging)

at the University of East London is pleased to announce as part of its

Borders and Bordering Seminar Series:

Borders, Boundaries and Beyond: A Feminist Exploration of the Making of Borders, Boundaries and Identities in Post-colonial Bangladesh

Rumana Hashem and Zobaida Nasreen

(University of East London and Durham University)

This seminar will take place in

EB.G.06, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR


4-6pm, Monday 9th March 2015

The event is free but spaces are limited so please reserve a place by following the below link


Abstract: This presentation draws on two PhD studies and seeks to critically discuss the making of borders, boundaries and identities, especially how borders and boundaries are drawn, contested and redrawn in particular historical and socio-political location, in this case South-east Bangladesh. With a reference to our empirical studies about the post-colonial Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), we explore how the borders of Bangladesh and the redrawn boundaries of the CHT affect groups/collectivities with regard to gender, ethnicity, religion, and socio-economic status within the nation-state. The presentation relies on the concept of situated and contextual narratives to provide a multi-level, intersectional and discursive analysis of the creation of Bangladesh’s border. Accordingly, we adopt a translocational social-field framework for grasping the making of boundaries of different groups of women. We demonstrate, going beyond a structural assessment, that while the contested and redrawn borders of the nation-state of Bangladesh have enabled spheres for identity politics and hegemony of Bengali nation over ‘other nations/collectivities’, the redrawing of territorial borders has enabled the construction of identities of certain groups and individuals who form identities through cultural belonging, whose boundaries are regularly shifting and contested in relation to their gender, religion, culture, language and nationality. The discussion is interdisciplinary in nature and it draws on political-sociological and political-anthropological scholarship in particular.

Rumana Hashem is a Bangladeshi-born activist-sociologist and a post-doctoral associate affiliated with the CMRB. Originally a rights-activist and journalist, Rumana holds a PhD in gendered relations in the armed conflict in south-east Bangladesh, obtained from the University of East London. She completed a Bachelors and Masters from Dhaka University. Her MA dissertation explored state-violence against sex-workers in Bangladesh, and has led to the achievement of two awards, namely, a DAAD Fellowship (2000) at International Women’s University and a two-year DFG Post-colonial Studies Fellowship (2001-2003) at University of Munich. At UEL, she co-coordinates a research project ‘Democratic Access or Privileged Exclusion: Civic Engagement through the Preservation and Access to Refugee Archives’ that is aimed at developing an oral history of different refugee communities in London. She serves the Sociology journal as an associate reviewer combined with serving the London Roots Collective as a Trainer, the Phulbari Solidarity Group as the Co-ordinator, and Nari Diganta a secular Bengali women’s organisation in East London as an organising member. Rumana taught Sociological modules at the University of Leicester, University of East London and at BRAC University. She published in the Sage Research Cases Methodologies, Feminism & Psychology, DIEGESIS, The Journal of Social Science and other peer-reviewed journals. Contact on twitter @rumanahashem

Zobaida Nasreen is a Commonwealth Fellow and a PhD Candidate in Political Anthropology at Durham University. Her research title is, ‘State violence, Forced Displacement and the Indigenous Women’s Narratives in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh’. She is a faculty member (on Sabbatical) in the department of Anthropology at Dhaka University, and she taught on undergraduate courses at the Independence University in Bangladesh. Originally a left feminist- activist, Zobaida serves the East London’s Bengali women’s organisation Nari Diganta as a Movement and Advocacy Secretary.

www.euborderscapes.eu for more information on the EU Borderscapes project, www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/borderscapes for details of the UEL Borderscapes team and www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb for information on CMRB


Refugee Council Archive: Christmas and New Year Opening

Christmas and New Year Opening

The Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London will be closed from today (Froday 19 December, 2014) for the Christmas and New Year periods.  The Archive will re-open on Monday 4 January, 2015.

Full details of the UEL Libraries’ Opening Hours during the Christmas and New Year period, please visit the UEL Library website at:


Seasons Greeting and our very best wishes for the New Year!

Paul Dudman

UEL Course: Femicide across Europe: Italy and United Kingdom, 20 October, UEL Docklands Campus, 2-4pm

Femicide across Europe:
Italy and United Kingdom

Sabrina Brutto and Giorgia Doná
Lumsa University, Italy and University of East London


20 October 2014

University of East London, Docklands Campus, East Building, room: EB. G.07


The seminar will introduce the activities of the Femicide Across Europe Network of which the University of East London is a partner, and discuss current data and interventions in two European countries.

Femicide is a leading cause of premature death for women globally, distinct from homicide and other forms of gender violence. In Europe, research on femicide is in its infancy and uncoordinated. The network established the first pan-European coalition on femicide in order to advance research clarity, agree on definitions, improve the efficacy of policies for femicide prevention, and publish guidelines for the use of national policy-makers. The seminar will offer a comparative analysis of femicide representations, policies and interventions in Italy and the United Kingdom.

Sabrina Brutto, Department of Humanities, University of Lumsa, Italy, has many years of experience in applied research and project management on juvenile justice and victim-offender mediation. She is member of the research team at LUMSA University that examines Femicide across Europe, where she is also doing her Doctorate focussing on male perpetrators of gender-based violence. She is visiting the University of East London under COST Short Scientific Missions.

Giorgia Doná is Professor of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research focuses on violence and society, forced migration, culture and well-being. She has held positions at the Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Programme, the Child Studies Unit of University College Cork, Ireland, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Giorgia is member of the Management Committee of the European funded Cooperation for Science and Technology Action 1206 “Femicide Across Europe’ (2013-2017)

Admission free. No booking required.
Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD
Nearest tube: Cyprus DLR (http://www.uel.ac.uk/campuses/docklands/)

Feminist Research Group

School of Social Sciences

The event is organized by the Feminist Research Group, School of Social Sciences, University of East London.

It is sponsored by European COST Action IS1206 (http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/isch/Actions/IS1206)


Opening Hours for the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London

This post provides details of the Archive opening hours for the Library and Learning Service: Archives at the University of East London.  The Refugee Archive and the British Olympic Association Archive are currently located on our Docklands Campus Library whilst the Hackney Empire Archive is currently located in our Stratford Campus Library.

The opening hours for both Docklands and Stratford Archives are as follows:

Docklands Archive                                Stratford Archive

Mondays:  1pm – 6pm*                               By Prior Appointment Only

Tuesdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Wednesdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Thursdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Fridays: 1pm – 6pm*

Sat/Sun:  Both Archives Closed

* Morning appointments between 10am and 12pm are available by prior appointment.  The Archive will be closed between 12pm and 1pm for lunch.

We would recommend that, especially for external users, that you contact us in advance of your trip in order to make an appointment to use the Archives.  This enables us to ensure that a member of staff will be on hand to assist you.

To make an appointment, please click on the link to our Make an Appointment page on our new UEL Archives Portal website..

Further information can also be found on all of our archival collections by contacting the Archivist, Paul Dudman, on 020 8223 7676 or by emailing: library-archives@uel.ac.uk.

CMRB Event: Challenging Racism and State Violence

CMRB Event:


Challenging Racism and State Violence:
A conversation about the impact of immigration control, police violence and anti-terrorism laws on communities

Wednesday 26th March, 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Room CC.G.05, Stratford Campus, University of East London

 This event brings together scholars and activists to discuss the connections between state violences against migrants and Muslim, black and other minority communities. What can we learn by considering the links between these processes and the overlapping techniques of intimidation and repression that are employed? How do communities resist such incursions and what tactics could be shared?

Speakers include:

Bridget Anderson (COMPAS)

Nandita Sharma (University of Hawaii)

Anthony Gunter (UEL)

Frances Webber (Institute of Race Relations)

SOAS Detainee Support Group

This is an informal event for students, activists, researchers and anyone interested in resistance to state racism. There is no charge to attend, but places are limited. Please email g.bhattacharyya@uel.ac.uk to confirm attendance.

Hosted by the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London

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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).


Event Reminder: CMRB AGM and EUBorderscapes Project Introduction

Event Reminder: CMRB AGM and EUBorderscapes Project Introduction

CMRB AGMJust a reminder that CMRB’s AGM is taking place next Monday (14th October), 4-5pm in EB.G.18, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, (nearest tube: Cyprus DLR).

All are welcome and refreshments will be served. Please find the AGM agenda attached.

The AGM will be followed by the presentation, ‘EUBORDERSCAPES: Borders, intersectionality and the everyday – a project introduction’ by CMRB Senior Research Fellows Dr Kathryn Cassidy and Dr. Georgie Wemyss. The presentation will take place between 5-6pm in the same room as the AGM.

More details for both events can be found on the .

CMRB (The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging)

is delighted to invite you to:


CMRB Annual General Meeting

Date & Time: Monday 14th October 2013, 16.00-17.00

Place: EB.G.18, Docklands Campus, University of East London,

E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR




After the AGM, CMRB will be hosting:

EUBORDERSCAPES: Borders, intersectionality and the everyday – a project introduction

Kathryn Cassidy and Georgie Wemyss

Date & Time: Monday 14th October 2013, 17.00-18.00

Place: EB.G.18, Docklands Campus, University of East London

In this presentation, Senior Research Fellows Kathryn Cassidy and Georgie Wemyss will be introducing CMRB’s role in EUBORDERSCAPES. Financed though the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, EUBORDERSCAPES is a new international research project that tracks and interprets conceptual change in the study of borders. It is a large-scale project that includes 22 partner institutions from 17 different states. The project is studying conceptual change in relation to social, economic, cultural and geopolitical transformations that have taken place in the past decades. CMRB’s Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis is coordinating work package 9 of the project – Borders, Intersectionality and the Everyday. The central objective of the work package is to promote hitherto neglected areas of border research agendas that address lived, experienced and intersectional (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity) aspects of state borders. The bordering perspective will thus be developed in terms of discursive, practical and interpretational categories that reflect issues of citizenship, identity and transnational migration. The comparative perspective will encompass in-depth case studies that involve internal Schengen borders (eg UK/France) and external EU borders (eg Finland/Russia). The work package will also explore bordering experiences in European metropolitan cities such as London, Barcelona and St Petersburg.

See www.euborderscapes.eu for more information on the EU Borderscapes project, www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/borderscapes for details of the UEL Borderscapes team and www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb for information on CMRB


Call for Papers: UEL third International Development Undergraduate Conference on 9th November

Call for Papers: UEL third International Development Undergraduate Conference on 9th November

We are delighted to announce that the University of East London will be holding the third International Development Undergraduate Conference on 9th November.

The title of this years conference shall be; Development in an unequal world: Is there a path to equality?

It would be great if you would be able to attend this event and information on registering for this free event will be available shortly. We are now busy trying to spread the word about our call for papers so if you would be able to circulate the call for papers flyer attached it would be much appreciated.

Download Call for Papers

If you are a undergraduate student or have recently graduated, we would like to invite you to submit a paper to present at the conference this is a great opportunity to get academic feedback on your paper and gain experience presenting your work. (The requirements are outlined in the flyer attached).

If you have any further inquiries please feel free to get in touch; organization@uel-undergraduate-conference.co.uk.

Yours Faithfully,

Anna Klawe & Eleanor McGill

UEL International Development Undergraduate Conference
Web: www.uel-undergraduate-conference.co.uk
Email: organization@uel-undergraduate-conference.co.uk

Courses: Refugee related Master Programmes at University of East London (UEL)

Refugee related Master Programmes at University of East London (UEL)

MA in Refugee Studies at UEL

About the programme:

UEL LogoThe MA in Refugee Studies Programme has developed in the context of increasing concern about forced migration. It recognises the importance of

(forced) migration at the global level and of the multiple factors associated with refugee crises – the interplay of economic, political, social, cultural, and environment pressures which stimulate the search for asylum. The MA in Refugee Studies enables students to examine forced migration as a global phenomenon. It familiarises students with the relevant theories in the fields of (forced) migration studies, law, sociology, anthropology, psycho-social and cultural studies. The course equips students with advanced skills in interdisciplinary analysis and research, and enhances their career prospects and development.

The programme acknowledges that forced migrants confront major obstacles in their attempt to find sanctuary. Although the majority of refugees are in countries of the developing world, structures of exclusion are most fully developed in the post-industrial societies, notably within Europe. The programme highlights problems associated with limitations of asylum rights in the European states and the climate of hostility towards refugees from countries outside Western Europe. The programme considers alternative, positive, approaches to asylum rights.

MA Refugee Studies and Community Development at UEL About the programme

UEL’s innovative new MA in Refugee Studies and Community Development focuses on the increasingly important and highly relevant area of social care and refugees, and the communities to which they belong. Drawing on elements of our successful programmes in Refugee Studies and International Social Work, the MA offers a unique programme that builds on UEL’s expertise in this important field. The programme examines key issues in the field of refugee studies and the communities in which refugees live.

Our unique programme in Refugee Studies and Community Development uses a multi-disciplinary approach, with insights from politics, international relations, development studies, sociology, anthropology, social policy, psychology, and cultural and legal theory. It examines key issues concerning forced migration, as well as social, cultural, political, legal and psycho-social aspects of settlement and community development, with special reference to refugee communities in East London, as an important historic place of settlement.

Special features of the programmes

Refugee-Centred approach

A distinguishing feature of the programmes is their emphasis upon the lived experience of refugees and of refugee communities. It aims to develop a fuller appreciation of refugee experiences, achievements and needs, by approaching refugees as gender social actors. As such, the programmes will interest those who wish to undertake further research in the fields of

(forced) migration and diasporic studies; ethnicity; social, psycho-social and cultural theory; legal studies; and social policy. The programmes will also interest those professionally concerned with human rights; legal representation of refugees; counselling; education; social and community issues; and refugee welfare. They will assist those who wish to enter employment in these fields.

The Refugee Council Archive at UEL

The Refugee Council Archive at the UEL is one of the largest collections of materials on refugees and forced migration. It is a source of information and analysis on displacement, flight and exile; on legal, political and social issues; and on refugee community life. The Archive contains materials on refugees in all parts of the world, with special emphasis on Britain. For over 30 years it was housed at the Refugee Council, the lead organisation in Britain on refugee issues. In 2002 the Archive was moved to the UEL’s Docklands Campus, where it is maintained and developed by the two MA Programmes. It serves students, academics, researchers, policy makers, agencies and community groups, and in particular refugees, for whom access to dedicated materials on forced migration is often difficult.

Internship Opportunities

In addition to having well established links with universities and research centres in Britain and abroad, the two MA Programmes have close relations with numerous national and local agencies and refugee organisations, based on which they operates an internship programme with a range of organisations.

These provide an excellent opportunity for students to acquire hands-on work experience in their field of studies, and enhance their employment prospects.


The two MA Programmes attracts students of diverse origins and experiences, including refugees, from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South-East Asia, the Americas, Western and Eastern Europe. They bring together academics and those who work professionally in the refugee field, including teachers, counsellors, welfare workers, legal advisers and community workers. Such diversity encourages productive exchange of ideas and enhances the learning environment.

Among sponsors of students on the programme are leading human rights organisations, refugee support bodies, overseas development organisations, academic study centres, law firms, local authorities, colleges and schools, race equality and equal opportunities committees, charities and aid groups, as well as refugee community organisations.

Programmes structure

Core modules: Introduction to Forced Migration, Introduction to International Social Work and Community Development and Research Methods

Option modules include specialist options on social, cultural, political, legal and psychosocial aspects of refugee studies and community development.

Students begin the Dissertation during summer semester and submit in September

Career opportunities

The two MA Programmes develop general conceptual and analytical abilities, as well as research skills. They enhance generic skills which are appropriate to both further academic research and professional employment.

The MA in Refugee Studies Programme provides a theoretical and practical grounding for those who wish to advance academic work and progress to doctoral research in the fields of migration; diasporic and ethnic studies; legal studies; as well as in social and cultural theory. It also prepares students for employment in areas related to refugee and migration issues, notably in the fields of immigration and asylum law, advocacy, education, health and employment, as well as local government..

The MA in Refugee Studies and Community Development will appeal to professionals and practitioners interested in refugees and community development, both locally and internationally. Graduates could expect to work in non-governmental organisations, social service departments, and local and international charities.

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or contact Diane Ball, Programmes’ Administrator, D.M.Ball@uel.ac.uk or +44(0)20 8223 2770.

About University of East London (UEL)

UEL rated in the top five of the modern universities for research by the Guardian, is a dynamic and vibrant university offering a wide range of courses and programme to over 19, 000 students. Our diverse and innovative learning environment has seen UEL become one of the most multicultural and forward thinking universities in London.

UEL’s School of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) offers a wide range of interdisciplinary programmes covering a wide range of research interests, including Refugee Studies and related fields. Drawing upon the law and social sciences it creates a vibrant academic and intellectual environment. The School is based at the University of East London’s new Stratford and Docklands Campuses – one of the greatest metropolitan areas of Europe.