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April 2022

The Role of Housing in the Integration and Resettlement of Refugees and Migrants in the UK

Wednesday 13 April at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The ACH/MMB webinar series continues with a focus on the role of housing in integration and resettlement for refugee and migrant communities in the UK. The event aims to bridge the gap between housing research, policy development and delivery around migration issues, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders from the housing sector and beyond. Access to safe and secure housing is one of the first steps towards leading a self-sufficient and ambitious life for refugees and migrants in the…

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MMB Reading Group: ‘Justice, Migration, and Mercy’ by Michael Blake

Wednesday 27 April at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

In April we will meet to discuss Justice, Migration, and Mercy by Michael Blake (Oxford University Press, 2020). Justice, Migration, and Mercy provides a vision of how we can understand the political morality of migration. It offers a novel, and plausible, account of the right to exclude on which that right is grounded on a more fundamental right to avoid unwanted forms of political relationship. Far from simply justifying exclusion, however, Blake examines the best justifications for exclusion in an…

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May 2022

MMB/BPI Funding Workshop: Applying to Research Councils – Top Tips and Your Questions Answered!

Tuesday 10 May at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Online meeting

A recording of this workshop can be viewed here. Join us for an informative, trouble-shooting session to help you improve your UKRI applications! This session is open to University of Bristol researchers at all levels. Hosted by Migration Mobilities Bristol (MMB) and the Bristol Poverty Institute (BPI), the one-hour online session will be delivered by our fantastic colleagues in the Research and Enterprise Division (RED) who have expert knowledge on the UKRI grant application processes, guidelines and secrets for success. Register here. Navigating the…

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June 2022

Divisive Solidarities: An MMB Workshop

Monday 20 June at 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
University of Bristol Micro-campus,
Wellspring Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill
Bristol, BS50AX United Kingdom
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How do we respond to government policy and media coverage that presents some people's lives as more important than others? All those fleeing violence should be granted safe passage and welcome, but some lives are given more value than others by governments and the media. This can further inequalities and place people in hierarchies of deservingness. In this workshop for UoB staff and students, we will discuss how to counteract divisive solidarities and improve understandings and responses to all those…

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‘Dear Home Office’: short film + Q&A

Wednesday 22 June at 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Watershed Cinema,
1 Canons Road, Harbourside
Bristol, Bristol BS15TX United Kingdom
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Dear Home Office is a short film produced as part of Subject to Scrutiny, a collaborative project between Migration Mobilities Bristol, University of Bristol and Bristol Refugee Rights. Structured in the form of a letter, the film combines views and experiences of the asylum system expressed by asylum seekers and refugees who participated in the project. The film was produced through a series of workshops and conversations with asylum seekers and refugees during the first lockdown in 2020. These conversations were developed…

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Are Immigration Controls Racist? Lessons from History

Wednesday 29 June at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
G.10 Lecture Theatre, Fry Building,
Woodland Road
Bristol , BS8 1UG United Kingdom
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A public lecture by Professor Nandita Sharma on racism, nationalist ideologies and the creation of controls over cross-border movement. Following the Second World War imperial states were largely replaced by nation states, leading to a proliferation of immigration and border controls around the globe. Nationalist ideologies became not only legitimate but practically mandatory in politics, resulting in a widely accepted distinction between ‘Natives’ and ‘Migrants’. At the same time, there was a wide-scale effort to delegitimise racist ideologies – associated with…

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Working Up a Large Grant Idea: An MMB Workshop

Thursday 30 June at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
1 Priory Road,
Bristol , BS8 1TX
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This workshop will be a face-to-face session for UoB staff interested in discussing migration and mobilities bid ideas (at any stage). Refreshments and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in coming along please complete this form by Thursday 16th June. We hope to see you there! This follows on from our recent, very useful event co-organised with Bristol Poverty Institute - Applying to the UK Research Councils for funding. This online session was delivered by our fantastic colleagues in…

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July 2022

‘Decolonising and Mobility’: A Seminar with Nandita Sharma

Monday 4 July at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Professor Nandita Sharma gives a SPAIS departmental seminar about decentring the 'foreign' and liberating movement. This seminar for UoB staff and students will explore how class relations are sidelined when anti-colonial struggles come to be seen as largely about the achievement of national territorial sovereignty. By making ‘home rule’ the accepted vehicle for decolonisation, the problem of colonisation is presented as a problem of foreign rule. Consequently, people’s ongoing struggle against expropriation of land, exploitation of labour, and oppression of…

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‘How not to think like a state: non-exclusion as the basis of political community’ – An MMB PGR workshop with Nandita Sharma

Tuesday 12 July at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Verdon Smith Room,
Royal Fort House
Bristol, Bristol BS8 1UH United Kingdom
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Ten places are available for this exclusive workshop with activist scholar Professor Nandita Sharma, hosted by MMB during her Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship. Postgraduates at all stages of their PhD are invited to explore and debate ways of thinking outside the nation state with Nandita, whose work addresses the production of categories of Native and Migrant, the national form of state power, ideologies of racism, and nationalism and autochthony. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own…

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‘African Apocalypse’ (2020) – Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Saturday 16 July at 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
16 Narrow Quay
Bristol, BS1 4QA United Kingdom
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A film by Rob Lemkin, featuring Femi Nylander. Music by Tunde Jegede and Sunara Begum. UK Premiere of the Hausa dub (with English subtitles).   ‘A people’s history of colonialism in the form of an epic journey.’   British Nigerian activist Femi Nylander brings attention to the forgotten victims of colonial atrocity in a new film, ‘African Apocalypse’, from award-winning director Rob Lemkin. Armed with a copy of Joseph Conrad’s controversial classic Heart of Darkness (1899), Nylander goes in search…

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