Many MMB organised and co-organised events are now online so we are recording them and posting the videos here.
Children as Subjects of Control: Interventions in Children’s Mobilities
18th June 2021
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. The three papers presented at this seminar – by Michael Boampong, Esther Bott and Sam Okyere – addressed different kinds of interventions currently being made into children’s mobility by different actors, opening up questions about how and why lines between legitimate/illegitimate and benign/harmful are drawn in popular, policy, and academic discourse on children’s movement.
Policy, Politics and Research on Migration: A Critical Discussion
15th June 2021
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 were the questions we thought through with our panel, including both academics and practitioners in the field of migration politics and policy. We had Don Flynn speaking about whether academic research helps the defence of migrants’ rights; Leah Bassel on why researchers should learn to listen; and Ann Singleton on whether research can improve policy. Their presentations were followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration by Natasha Carver: book launch
25th May 2021
We were delighted to host the book launch of Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration: Spousal Relationships among Somali Muslims in the UK (Rutgers University Press, 2021) by Dr Natasha Carver, University of Bristol. A lyrical and genre-defying ethnography, the book provides wide-ranging insights into the lives and relationships of UK-Somali migrants. The event included comments by Professor Katharine Charsley, poems read by Kaltun Duale and Huda Jama and an extensive Q&A with Natasha herself. The launch was chaired by Professor Bridget Anderson, Director of MMB.
Remember and Respond: Child Migrants and the Lives Behind the Data
28th April 2021
This webinar opened the MMB series ‘Childhood on the Move’ by drawing attention to the reality of children’s experience of border crossings and controls. It reflected on the innumerable tragic deaths and disappearances of children travelling illegally around the globe, and the far-reaching, agonising consequences for their families. It considered the gaps in the evidence used to create policies towards child migrants in Europe, and how these gaps perpetuate their dehumanisation. And it focused on cases in the UK where treatment of undocumented minors is becoming harsher once more under the current Home Office regime.
Beyond Integration: Bringing Together Research, Policy and Delivery on Integration
19th April 2021
‘Integration’ can be a controversial concept. This event challenged past approaches and looked ‘beyond integration’ to explore how we can ensure that people fulfil their potential and attain their aspirations within the labour market and wider community. The ESRC-funded Everyday Integration project is working to develop an inclusive, bottom-up and local approach to integration in the city. ACH has developed new tools such as Integrass, which assesses ‘integration’ from a bottom up, individually tailored viewpoint. This ACH/MMB webinar – the second in the series on ‘Bridging the Gap’ between research, policy development and delivery – discussed how these new approaches can overcome the limitations of previous policies by focussing on the whole community.
Queer Liberalisms and Marginal Mobility
9th April 2021
This webinar addressed queer migration through the intersectional lens of queer liberalisms, authoritarianism, and marginal mobilities. Globally, LGBTIQ+ rights form an inherent part of human rights discourse and politics. At the same time, this very human rights language is increasingly used by nation-states to defend their borders, control migration flows, and intensify discrimination and prejudice against the ‘other’.
This event is one of four in a speaker series during April 2021 that used a socio-legal lens to examine the interconnectedness of queer mobilities across and within different geographical, social and political contexts. It features contributors to the special issue ‘Queer Liberalisms and Marginal Mobility’ to be published by Ethnic and Racial Studies in Spring 2022.
(Click on the image to play the recording for this webinar and the three others in the series.)
MMB Latin America Dialogue
Protecting Venezuelans in Colombia: Reflections from Across the Region
31st March 2021
The Colombian government announced in February 2021 the launching of a programme to grant 10-year complementary protection and legal status to the approximately 1.7 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the country. This decision was considered ‘historical’ by the United Nations and received worldwide attention – it represents a clear shift in how the South American region is managing Venezuelan migratory flows. Bringing together four specialists from around the region, this webinar considered the contextual and technical aspects of this new policy, contrasting it with the practices of other South American countries.
MMB Latin America Dialogue
The UN Convention on Migrant Workers: Assessing its Positive Impacts
25th February 2021
On the 30th anniversary of the Convention, MMB brought together three leading specialists on migration law and Latin America to discuss its impact. In conversation with Diego Acosta – MMB’s International Strategic Lead – Pablo Ceriani and Alvaro Botero discussed the reasons for the Convention’s low ratification, its value as a living instrument, the importance of academics (sometimes negative), civil society and courts, its procedure, the trade-offs with states and examples of all of the above.
Justice and Labour Migration
10th December 2020
What might a just labour migration policy look like? Is there a trade-off between numbers and rights? Is it possible to have a system of labour migration founded on ideals of justice in an unequal world? Can labour migration move us towards a more just world?
MMB brought together philosopher Chris Bertram and political economist Martin Ruhs to present their differing visions of a fair labour migration system. Chaired by Manoj Dias-Abey from the Bristol Law School, this online debate will interrogated the key principles that Chris and Martin believe should underpin such a system.