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May 2021

‘Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration’ by Natasha Carver: book launch

Tuesday 25 May at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Online webinar

MMB is very pleased to announce the publication of Natasha Carver’s fantastic book Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration: Spousal Relationships among Somali Muslims in the UK (Rutgers University Press, 2021). We are privileged to host the online launch of this lyrical and insightful ethnography of the lives and relationships of UK-Somali migrants. Natasha will introduce the book and reflect on her experience of researching this topic before responding to questions from MMB Director, Bridget Anderson. We will also hear from Katharine Charsley, Professor of Migration…

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June 2021

Policy, Politics and Research on Migration: A Critical Discussion

Tuesday 15 June at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

What is the relation between migration research, policy and politics? Is there a role for academics in policy making? Is academic research on migration political, or should it stay away from politics? These are the questions we will be thinking through with our panel, including both academics and practitioners in the field of migration politics and policy. We will have Don Flynn speaking about whether academic research helps the defence of migrants' rights; Leah Bassel on why researchers should learn…

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Protest and Violence: The View from the Colombian Community in England

Wednesday 16 June at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Three members of the Colombian community in England will talk about how they have experienced the wave of social protest and state violence in Colombia that began with the National Strike on 28 April 2021. Tatiana Suarez, Martha Torres and Elizabeth Santander will each speak for 15 minutes, followed by a discussion. They will be addressing questions such as:   How was the immigration process to England and why did they leave Colombia? How does news from Colombia reach England?…

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Children as Subjects of Control: Interventions in Children’s Mobilities

Friday 18 June at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The prevailing global north construction of childhood as a period of innocence and dependence means that the independent mobility of those deemed to be children (whether in search of pleasure, earning opportunities, or even safety) is imagined as fraught with danger. It is frequently discussed under the rubric of ‘trafficking’, whether or not movement was organised by an adult, whether or not it was actively chosen by the child, and whether or not it led to harmful outcomes. Likewise, moral…

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(de)Bordering: Building New Thinking on Nation and Movement

Monday 28 June at 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The (de)Bordering team, co-led by MMB Director Bridget Anderson and funded by the Brigstow Institute, are building a unique meeting place and we need help. If you have been around Royal Fort Gardens in the past couple of weeks you will have noticed new planting and an intriguing new construction. Do you want to be a part of our exciting project? Come and join us for a day of building and stories. The UK is determined to become a hostile…

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‘Discrimination and Delegation’ by Lamis Elmy Abdelaaty: book launch

Tuesday 29 June at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online webinar

Please join us for a book launch and debate of Discrimination and Delegation: Explaining State Responses to Refugees (OUP, 2021) by Lamis Elmy Abdelaaty. This timely new book includes an in-depth analysis of asylum policies in three developing countries - Egypt, Turkey and Kenya - and sheds light on asylum policymaking in the global South, where the majority of the world's refugees live. Lamis will talk about her book with Zeynep Sahin Mencütek and then the floor will be open for questions…

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MMB Reading Group – ‘Drawing the Global Colour Line’ by Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds

Wednesday 30 June at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

*** Please note this event has been rescheduled to 30th June*** This month the MMB Reading Group discusses Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men’s Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality by Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds (Cambridge University Press, 2012). In 1900 W. E. B. DuBois prophesied that the colour line would be the key problem of the twentieth century and he later identified one of its principal dynamics: the new religion of whiteness that was sweeping the world.…

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September 2021

MMB Reading Group – ‘Immigration and Freedom’ by Chandran Kukathas

Wednesday 8 September at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The reading group will meet over the summer to discuss the new book by Chandran Kukathas, Immigration and Freedom (Princeton University Press, 2021). To register for the meeting, please fill in this form.   More about the book: Immigration is often seen as a danger to western liberal democracies because it threatens to undermine their fundamental values, most notably freedom and national self-determination. In this book, however, Chandran Kukathas argues that the greater threat comes not from immigration but from…

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Presence and Movement: A Walk along the Severn Estuary

Saturday 11 September at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

After so long meeting only on screen we are very excited to be able to see each other face to face in 3D! Please join MMB and the Centre for Environmental Humanities in a 'Celebration of Presence and Movement'. Leave behind your laptops, forget Zoom, junk Teams and come for a walk with us along the Severn Estuary. The views are enormous, the bird life impressive and the spaces wide and open! Catch the train from Bristol Temple Meads to…

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UK Nationality and Borders Bill: an evaluation with Colin Yeo

Tuesday 21 September at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A webinar with a leading immigration lawyer to discuss the key points of the new bill. . This summer the UK Nationality and Borders Bill passed its second reading. What is new? What is unworkable? What will change? Come to MMB’s online seminar with barrister, founder and editor of the Free Movement website Colin Yeo, to learn more.   To register, please visit the Eventbrite page. A Zoom link will be sent to attendees the evening before the event.   Everyone is welcome.…

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