Dialogue in Migration and Refugee Studies, 2021-22

Colleagues from different departments around the University have collaborated to create this exciting programme of online lectures, allowing you to experience the theme of Migration and Refugee studies from different disciplinary angles and perspectives. By the end of the series, you will have gained a holistic learning experience on this very important theme of pressing interest.

All lectures are held online on Wednesdays at 5pm. They are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Public Lecture Programme

Date Event Staff / Organisation
29 September 2021


Border Criminology: The intersection of migration and criminal justice

Border criminology is the examination of the intersection of border control and criminal justice. In this lecture, we will provide participants with an overview of the key issues related to globalisation, punishment and migration that are the focus of Border Criminologists. In this session we will introduce participants to the fundamental areas of investigation within this sub-field of criminology, notably citizenship, identity and belonging, placing them within the historical and evolving context of globalisation and migration.

Dr Alice Gerlach, Lecturer in Criminology
13 October 2021

Refugee Studies

Refugees in cities

The majority of the world's refugees live outside of camps, in towns and cities across the world. Their presence in urban locations is increasingly recognised by governments, UN agencies, humanitarian organisations, and civil society. However, there are still considerable challenges in understanding urban refugees' experiences of displacement and the role of humanitarians in such contexts. In this introductory lecture we will consider some of the key aspects of urban displacement, and what living in cities means for how refugees make their lives in displacement.

Dr Zoe Jordan, Senior Lecturer at CENDEP
27 October 2021

Sports Science

Sporting 'ethnoscapes': migrant flows in sport

In this lecture we will explore the reasons for increasing migration in sport, linked to the increasingly globalised nature of the international sporting system. We critically examine the potential impact of increased 'migrant flows' on the nature of contemporary sport for 'host' nations, and how these tensions within the domain of sport resonate with broader political attitudes towards immigration. Furthermore, we will also consider the role sport plays in relation to the assimilation and acclimatisation of migrants into the new 'host' nation, before examining how sport offers an opportunity to connect with the notion of 'home' in a cultural sense. Finally, we will consider contrasting theoretical models of sports migration, including figurational sociology and world-systems theory.

Dr Stuart Whigham,Senior Lecturer in Sport, Coaching and Physical Education
10 November 2021


How anthropologists study mobile people in today's world

Digital connectivity is interwoven into all aspects of the migration journey, with social media enabling real-time exchanges of information that migrants use on their journeys. Migrants also use technology to form communities and e-diasporas in current and other host and transit countries and stay connected to their families in their countries of origin. Technology further empowers refugees as they can use social media as a platform for activism to campaign for refugee rights. This lecture is divided into two parts. In the first part we will explore how anthropologists study the role of technology in migration, by focusing specifically on the methods they use to carry out their research, as well as the ethical and data protection challenges, they face.

Since anthropologists increasingly work in multidisciplinary teams, in the second part of the lecture we will examine the findings from two current, transnational migration projects MIICT and Perceptions which show in detail how migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees use digital technology to aid their migration journeys. In this part of the talk we will also explore the barriers that migrants themselves face when using technology, namely the digital divide and fears of digital surveillance.

Dr Karen Hough, Sheffield Hallam University
24 November 2021


Migration and Refugee Studies in Practice

This lecture will focus on a national and international perspective about fieldwork implemented by NGOs supporting migrants (refugees and asylum seekers). We will analyse multiple projects aimed to aid protection and integration with a focus on the lecturer’s experience with unaccompanied minors, young women, adults and survivors of trafficking. The presentation will show examples on fieldwork in the UK, Italy and other European countries, and will provide an insight on practical considerations including challenges and good practice.

Kairos Europe
26 January 2022

Business Studies

Migration, enterprise and value creation

Migrants and refugees often struggle to access labour markets, especially during the early stages of their settlement. Consequently, they pursue alternative entrepreneurial routes to facilitate their adjustment. Within these realms of enterprise and employment, cultural heritage, food, crafts skills, etc. become valued resources in two ways. First, they provide migrants opportunities to maintain and celebrate their distinct heritage and identities, allowing them to become socially, economically and politically ‘present’ (or visible) in ‘host’ societies. Second, migrants’ cultural resources become enrolled in wider leisure and tourism economies, generating different forms of value for migrants and other actors embedded in places, including for example local residents and business owners. This session explores: a) how diverse migrants engage in enterprises, with particular reference to the ways in which they mobilise various forms of cultural resources; b) how their business and organisational practices intersect with ‘identity work’; and c) how other they and stakeholders are embroiled in practices of value creation.

Professor Peter Lugosi, Deputy Director of the Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges
9 February 2022

Film Studies

Migration in Film and Television: Representations, Practices and Modes of Circulation

In this lecture we will offer an overview on the role of media in migration, using the cinema as a prism to understand the intersections of people’s movements with the politics of representation and production. In the first part, we will briefly focus on how, since its birth, the cinema has fostered cultural hybridity, exchange and people’s circulation. In the second part, we will analyse recent examples of documentary and fiction films that aim to counteract the sensationalist tropes of crisis and othering that prevail in mainstream media.

Dr Dalila Missero, Research Fellow in Film and Media Studies
23 February 2022


Status of Immigrants in Britain: A Historical Perspective

In this lecture we will reflect on the rich history of immigration to Britain in the late medieval and early modern periods. The term ‘refugee’ dates from the sixteenth century, referring to those who sought refuge in the country. While some immigrants were welcomed in the country, there were others that received a more hostile reception. We will also reflect on the restrictions imposed on early modern immigrants in Britain, which included restrictions on property rights, higher levels of taxation etc., as well as how they were regarded by the host population.

Professor Andrew Spicer, Professor of Early Modern European History
9 March 2022


The role of the state in international labour migration

In this session, we will focus on the role played by the state in labour migration. We examine both the sending or labour-supply country and the receiving or destination country. Here, we will develop a clearer and more critical understanding of why and how countries export their citizens as workers and how these workers are incorporated and treated in destination states. We will specifically look at the cases of the Philippines and Singapore.

Dr Roderick Galam, Senior Lecturer in Sociology
23 March 2022

Economics of Mutuality

Mobile ethnography, migrants and contradictions

Siamack Salari, Senior Fellow, Qualitative Research Expert
30 March 2022

CENDEP - Centre for Development and Emergency Practice

Living with never-ending displacement. Why the international community has failed refugees

Traditionally, there have been three so-called durable solutions for refugees: return, resettlement and local integration. Yet these solutions are out of reach for most people displaced by conflict. In this lecture I address the experience of an increasing number of people forcibly displaced by conflict who cannot access a solution to their displacement. I focus in particular on the temporal injustice that people face when exile feels like a long waiting game with no end in sight. I show how the international community has failed the forced migrants through the dialectic between geopolitics of fear and geoeconomics of hope.

Professor Cathrine Brun, Director of CENDEP
27 April 2022

Computer Science

Big data and cloud for migration/refugees data

Big data and cloud computing technologies have been used in various applications/domains such as business, finance, healthcare, and social media among others. In this session we will introduce participants to the basic concepts and characteristics of big data and cloud computing. It will give an overview of the big data and cloud technologies in relation to the migration and refugees data.

Dr Mohammed Younas, Reader in Computer Science

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