Guest Blog: Transit as a Political Place

By Louisa Brain|August 1, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Ángela Iranzo Dosdad. Ángela is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Deusto and a visiting scholar at SOAS University of London. ‘Europe was not my destination; neither was it mine…’ Europeans construct their own myths; conservatives and even progressives feed the idea of Europe as the desired destination of clandestine Sub-Saharan migrants. However, the apparent common wisdom lacks much empirical support. This widespread assumption is, in fact, an

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Guest Blog: Challenging The Hostile Environment Through Welcoming Acts

By Jenny Allsopp|June 17, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Giovanna Gini and Janina Pescinski. Giovanna Gini and Janina Pescinski are Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholars at Queen Mary University of London. Giovanna is looking into processes of identity negotiation and cultural transformation under climate change and human mobility in ‘traditional’ communities of Brazil. Janina’s research examines how people are performing citizenship by assisting migrant noncitizens, how the state criminalizes such actions, and how citizenship transforms as a consequence.

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Guest Blog: Wider Contexts Behind Filming SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships: Carolyn and Michelle’s Story

By Louisa Brain|May 30, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Anna Sowa. Anna is a documentary film producer and PhD by practice candidate at the London Film School/ University of Exeter. She launched Chouette Films as a green film production company on a mission to produce films for social change with the smallest possible environmental footprint. Based at SOAS, University of London, Chouette Films fuses the worlds of academia and creativity. By harnessing the powerful and expressive language

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Guest Blog: Intimate Traces: Three Palestinian Embroidered Dresses

By Louisa Brain|May 23, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Rachel Dedman. Rachel Dedman is an independent curator and writer based between Beirut and London. Current and recent work include projects for Ashkal Alwan (for Home Works 8) and Sursock Museum, Beirut Art Fair, and Nadim Karam, all Lebanon; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; the Tricycle Theatre, London; and the Jerusalem Show IX. For five years, Rachel was curator at the Palestinian Museum, Ramallah, where she developed three exhibitions and

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Guest Blog: London, Glasgow, Beirut: Three Political Realities, Three Diverging Migration Conversations

By Jenny Allsopp|April 15, 2019|Uncategorized|1 comments

Guest blog by Miriam Nabarro. Miriam Nabarro is a London based visual artist and scenographer, whose practice is predominately socially and politically engaged. She is Artist in Residence in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS and visiting lecturer in Creativity, Development and Conflict. She is a creative associate with 20 Stories High Theatre Company in Liverpool, a team member for Art Refuge UK, facilitating creative psychosocial programmes alongside Médecins du

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Guest Blog: Stories Behind the Statistics in Glasgow: The Role of MILK

By Louisa Brain|March 26, 2019|Uncategorized|1 comments

Guest blog by Gabby Cluness from MILK. MILK is a social enterprise set up to empower and support refugee and migrant women living in Glasgow. MILK runs a small cafe in the Southside of the city providing a safe and welcoming environment. Visit MILK at 452 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8YU. Government and media discussions focusing on refugees and migrants usually revolve around costs and quotas: what will these refugees

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Guest Blog: The Private Sector and Refugee Protection: Beyond the Photo Ops, It’s Time for Checks and Balances

By Jenny Allsopp|March 6, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Suzy Nelson-Pollard. Suzy Nelson-Pollard is a researcher working with the Norwegian Refugee Council based in Panama. She is currently leading a research project on the humanitarian needs of displaced people in the North of Central America, providing bi-monthly situation and response reports to the Regional Protection Group. She has an MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration from the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London, and

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Guest Blog: Lessons for Brexit Britain: A Short History of Irish Migration Controversies 

By Jenny Allsopp|February 1, 2019|Uncategorized|1 comments

Guest blog by Professor Louise Ryan. Professor Louise Ryan is Co-Director of the Migration Research Group at the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She has published extensively on migration across Europe including on highly skilled migrants. Louise is also interested in social network analysis and visualisation methods. Her books include Gendering Migration (2008) with Wendy Webster and Migrant Capital (2015) with Umut Erel and Alessio D’Angelo. ‘Immigration menace’ ‘These immigrants account for

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Guest Blog: Migrants’ Timeless Tales: A Visit to Bremerhaven’s German Emigration Centre

By Jenny Allsopp|January 3, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Dr Hamza Safouane. Dr Hamza Safouane obtained a PhD in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech in 2018. His dissertation was on forced migrants’ journey narratives and was based on semi-structured interviews with refugees and asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as field observations in several reception centers in Hamburg, Germany. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Helmut Schmidt University

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Guest Blog: Becoming Better ‘Border Crossers’? Collaborations and Transformations across the Arts and Social Sciences

By Jenny Allsopp|January 3, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Saša Rajšić. Saša Rajšić is an independent artist and researcher from Karlovac, Croatia. Like thousands of fellow Serbs from Croatia, he fled his country during the war in Yugoslavia and lived as a refugee in Serbia before immigrating to Canada in 2005. Rajšić studied at OCAD University in Toronto and the University of the Arts Helsinki. Recently, he presented his work at Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre in

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