Sussex Centre for Migration Research


Latest research seminar series

SCMR Migration Seminar Series - Autumn 2021

This term's seminar series is co-hosted with Geography department and the Sussex Africa Centre.

Thursdays 12-1pm, in the Global Studies Resource Centre (unless stated otherwise)

 Zoom meeting ID: 996 2504 5079 | Password: geogscmr

Wk3: 14th Oct


Social and Meal, from 5:30pm @ Dhaba Café, Arts C. Welcoming new students, staff and PG researchers to the SCMR community

Wk4: 20th Oct


Yasmin Fedda (Queen Mary University of London): Documentary film-making and mass displacement in West Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean, Arts  A A05 (1pm-3pm).

Wk4: 21st Oct

JoAnn McGregor et al (speakers tbc) (Sussex) Making African connections: decolonial futures for colonial collections

Wk5: 28th Oct

Nassim Majidi (Witwatersrand; Tufts; Samuel Hall Social Enterprise) Before the chaos: lessons learned from June 2021 in Afghanistan

To be followed at 1pm with a careers Q&A with Nassim, on managing academic research with donor and policy-maker demands (aimed at postgrad students but open to all)

Wk7: 11th Nov

Andrew Baldwin (Durham) The other of climate change: racial futurism, migration, humanism

Wk8: 17th Nov


SCMR-JEMS International Conference 2021Bramber House Conference Centre

9.30-4.30pm (All welcome! Eventbrite tickets and registration info to be circulated).

Speakers & topics: Adrian Favell (Leeds) on “critical integration”; Ceri Oeppen (SCMR) & Marta Bivand Erdal (PRIO) on voluntariness in return migration; Jonathan Rigg (Bristol) on migration & development; Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL) on refugees;

& Miri Song (Kent) on whitening & race.

Wk8: 18th Nov

Marta Bivand Erdal (PRIO) & Furrukh Khan (LUMS) Understanding the ‘denkey’ (journey): Migration narratives in the heartland of Punjab

Wk9: 25th Nov

Chanda Mfula (Sussex) Media, citizenship and democracy in the digital era in postcolonial Africa

Wk10: 2nd Dec

Amanda Hammar (Copenhagen) Regimes of classification, certification and identification of citizens in Uganda and Ghana

Wk11: 8th Dec

1pm Online GenSeM migration dialogue on high-skilled migrant women from the Baltic countries in the UK, with Maja Cederberg (Gothenburg U) and Louise Ryan (London Met. U)

Wk11: 9th Dec

Moushumi Bhowmik (singer-songwriter, writer and researcher) Sonic topographies in an archive of archives: journeying through Bengal and the diaspora as a listener and song-collector




Migration Seminar Series - Spring 2020

This term's seminar series is co-hosted with Department of Geography.

29 January – Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries (Kings College London): ‘Politics of Exhaustion: struggles over (non-)movement in borderland Europe.’

05 February – Dr Ruth Cheung Judge (UCL): ‘The Best of Both Worlds: Lagos private schools and return within the Nigerian diaspora.’ (Joint with Sussex Africa Centre - SAC)

19 February – Tasnima Uddin (Restless Beings): ‘Citizenship crisis in Assam and the displacement of Rohingya.’ (Joint with Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies)

03 March – Prof Bob Lucas (Boston University): ‘Re-examining the Perceptions of Migration between Rural and Urban Areas: Evidence from Seventy-Five Developing Countries.’ (NOTE: DAY, TIME, AND LOCATION: 3:30-5:00 on Tuesday 3rd March in Jubilee Building G30)

04 March – Prof Corinne Squire, Dr. Aura Lounasmaa and Mohammed Omar Abdulhafedh (UEL): ‘Supporting forced migrants' pathways in(to) universities.’

18 March – Prof Amanda Hammar (University of Copenhagen): ‘Certifications of citizenship in Africa: a relational approach to regimes of identification and validation.’ (Joint with SAC)

29 April – Dr Amy Clarke (University of Sussex): ‘Hierarchies, scale and privilege: Unpicking white middle-class constructions of belonging in northeast London.’

13 May – Dr Nicole Ostrand (University of Sussex): ‘Hidden in plain sight: the UK's extraterritorial management of immigration’.

27 May – Dr Jennifer Elrick (McGill University): ‘Making Middle-Class Multiculturalism: Immigration Bureaucrats and Policymaking in Postwar Canada.’

Migration Seminar Series - Spring 2018

7/2 Michaela Benson, Goldsmith University. Brexit and the politics of belonging among the British resident in the EU27: formations of privilege, migration and identity. **NOTE ROOM: FUL-201** 

21/2 Jolanda van Der Noll, FernUniversität in Hagen. Differentiated Stereotypes of Muslims in Germany Based on Gender and Sexual Orientation

8/3 (Thursday) Tahir Zaman, University of Sussex. The right of neighbourliness and the limits of hospitality: Islamic readings of displacement * NOTE DAY & ROOM: GSRC, Arts C*

21/3 Domna Michail, University of Western Macedonia. The Typology of Eastern European women's migration to Greece: Post-socialist narratives of gender and agency **NOTE ROOM: FULTON, FUL203**

18/4 Deirdre McKay, Keele University. Assembling 'modern slavery': why Filipino migrants seek domestic work in Britain

25/4 Maya Unithan and Ben Kasstan, University of Sussex. Culture, rights and mobilities: contested views on sex selective abortion in the UK.

2/5 Sine Plambech, Danish Institute for International Studies and Barnard College – Columbia University. Showing of documentary ‘Love on delivery’, on Thai/Danish marriage migration. Followed by clips from the latest documentary 'Between two worlds' and Q&A with anthropologist and director Sine Plambech. **ROOM A103**

Migration Seminar Series - Autumn 2017

26/9 Sirijit Sunanta, Mahidol University. Globalizing the Thai ‘high-touch’ industry:  Exports of care and body work and gendered mobilities to and from Thailand.

10/10 Sundari Anitha, University of Lincoln. Striking women: Struggles and strategies of South Asian women workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet

17/10 Gurminder Bhambra, University of Sussex. Citizenship and Migration in the Context of Brexit: Challenging the National Conceptual Frame

20/10, 12.30-2pm. Giovanna dell’Orto, University of Minnesota. Journalism and Refugees: Reporting practices, media coverage and public discourses about refugees’ flows and integration in the EU and the US **NOTE DAY & TIME**

24/10 Dora Sampaio, University of Sussex. A place to grow older… alone?  Living and ageing as a single older lifestyle migrant in the Azores

7/11 Itaru Nagasaka, Hiroshima University. Migratory experiences, transnational ties and self-making of young Filipinos in Italy

14/11 Anne-Line Rodriguez, SOAS. European Attempts to Discipline African Youths by Raising Awareness of the Risks of Migration: Ethnography of an Encounter

19/11 Migrant Lives Matter: All day celebration of global migration ACCA and Global Arts C

21/11 Jon Fox, University of Bristol. Pathological integration, or, how East Europeans use racism to become British

29/11 5th SCMR-JEMS International Conference
Professor Nancy Foner, CUNY; Dr Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham; Professor Eric Fong, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Dr Michaela Benson, Goldsmith University; Professor Karen O’Reilly, Loughborough University; Professor Naika Foroutan, Humboldt University; Professor Ronald Skeldon, University of Sussex.

Migration Seminar Series - Spring 2017

March 8th Marie-Dominique Aguillon, Aix-Marseille University. Hindering migrants’ departures and promoting returns: The new credo of the Euro-African Migration management approach?

March 15th Professor Mike Collyer, University of Sussex. Constructing Mosques: architecture, imagination, belonging

March 22nd Professor Russell King, University of Sussex.  ‘And Then Came Brexit’: Reactions and Future Plans of Young EU Migrants in London

April 5th Jon Sward, University of Sussex. Migration, land and livelihoods: Exploring the impact of changing land tenure norms on migrant livelihoods at rural migration destinations in Ghana

May 3rd Dr Robert Nurick, University of Sussex. The role of research in generating impact: the case of undocumented migration from Cambodia to Thailand

 May 10th Dr Vicky Johnson with Anannia Asmasu, Milki Getachue and Shubhendera Manshresthra, University of Brighton. Understanding uncertainty in migration in Ethiopia and Nepal

Migration Seminar Series – Autumn 2016

 Sept. 28 Professor Kaoru Aoyama, Research Centre for Promoting Intercultural Studies (Promis), Kobe University. The Fine Lines: Migration, Trafficking, Care and Sex Work

 Oct. 5 Dr Roy Huijsmans, International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Being Youth, Becoming Mobile: Lao village youth, households and everyday cross-borderland mobilities

Oct. 12 Dr James Esson, Department of Geography, Loughborough University. Title tbc

 Oct. 15 ‘Migration Day Global Studies Event’ at Attenborough Centre and on Campus (separate programme)  

 Oct. 19 Dr Ruben Andersson, Oxford Department of International Development. The politics and perils of impact: an auto-ethnography of outreach amid the 'refugee crisis'

 Nov. 2 Professor Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Title tbc

Nov. 9 Dr Thomas Chambers, Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex. Inside/Outside: Imagination and Migration in India and the Gulf

 Nov. 16 Dr Lucy Mayblin, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. Title tbc

 Nov. 23 Dr Paolo Boccagni, Universita’ degli Studi di Trento. Title tbc

 Nov. 30 4th SCMR-JEMS International Conference (Separate programme)

Confirmed Speakers:

Keynote: Professor Irene Bloemraad, UC Berkeley Sociology with commentary by Professor Marc Helbling, WZB Berlin Social Science Center; Professor Heaven Crawley, Chair in International Migration, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University; Professor Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna, Department of Political Science; Professor Patrick Simon, The French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED); Professor Susanne Choi Department of Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor Alan Winters, CEO of the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium.


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