MMB Insights and Sounds

MMB Insights and Sounds is a series of videos recorded on Zoom in which MMB members interview colleagues around the world on areas related to their research. The first series in 2021 was recorded by MMB Director Bridget Anderson in response to the COVID-19 pandemic when it was impossible to meet colleagues in person. It included a special section on ‘De-exceptionalising Displacement.’ For the 2022 series we will be posting interviews bi-weekly over the coming months.


When do migrants head South and how do they integrate?

Rose Jaji talks to Sarah Kunz about her book Deviant Destinations: Zimbabwe and North to South Migration (Lexington Books, 2019). She explains the origins of the research project and why it focuses on migrants’ motivations for moving. Working with those from the global North living in Zimbabwe she found that their motivations directly challenged normalised categories within migration studies.

Rose Jaji is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Zimbabwe, and Senior Researcher at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability, Bonn. To read more about Rose’s work on migrants from the global North see her MMB blogpost.

Why does being a lesbian mother make asylum-seeking harder?

Mengia Tschalaer talks to Natasha Carver about her research on the difficulties of being a lesbian asylum-seeking parent, whose circumstances often mean they have to leave their children behind. Their identity as a ‘mother’ is seen by authorities as incompatible with an asylum claim based on being a ‘lesbian’.

Mengia Tschalaer is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Bristol, Research Fellow at Brunel Law School and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Political Science, City University of New York. She is a legal and social anthropologist who examines how Westernised conceptions of human rights affect the access to justice of minority groups.

How do colonialism and empire shape migration today?

Ranabir Samaddar talks to Sarah Kunz about his recent book The Postcolonial Age of Migration (Routledge, 2020). He explains how a postcolonial perspective adds to our understanding of migration and how imperial genealogies contribute to border-making practices today. He discusses why the migrant is characterised as ‘the abnormal’, and in what ways migrants and refugees are made both visible and invisible in the economic and political spheres. He also considers how COVID-19 has impacted on his thinking, which led to his latest book, A Pandemic and the Politics of Life (2021).

Ranabir Samaddar is Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies at the Calcutta Research Group. He has pioneered peace studies programmes in South Asia and worked extensively on issues of justice and rights in the region.

What’s the difference between ‘migrant time’ and ‘citizen time’?

Vicky Canning and Monish Bhatia talk with MMB Director Bridget Anderson about their co-edited volume, Stealing Time: Migration, Temporalities and State Violence (2021). They discuss the ideas that led to the book, their diverse contributors from around the globe and how ‘migrant time’ differs from ‘citizen time’.

Vicky Canning is Associate Professor of Criminology in the School for Policy Studies and Head of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice, University of Bristol. Monish Bhatia is a Lecturer in Criminology at the Birkbeck, University of London and coordinator of the Race Matters Network (part of the British Society of Criminology). They are both Associate Directors at the University of Oxford’s Border Criminologies.