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Newsletter - May 2019



The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement



May 2019









Welcome to the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement aims to build on strong institutional engagement by the University with one of the greatest societal challenges of the 21st Century, that of human movement, dispersal, mobility, and migration.


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Yale University Press has offered our newsletter subscribers discounts on two of their recently published books.


-  The Road Before Me Weeps: On the Refugee Route Through Europe by Nick Thorpe. Discount code is Y1916


-   Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires by Tim Mackintosh-Smith. Discount code is Y1915


These codes offer a 30% discount and are valid until 31st May 2019






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Cambridge Migration Society: Patients or Passports?: The NHS and the hostile environment with Peter Gough (Doctors of the World) and Jessica Potter (Docs Not Cops). 7 PM TONIGHT | Ross Street Community Centre [map]


We will be joined by two local NHS doctors who are fighting the hostile environment affecting migrants' access to healthcare. Docs Not Cops is a campaign group of NHS professionals and patients who believe health is a right and not a privilege. Doctors of the World is an independent humanitarian movement working at home and abroad to empower excluded people to access healthcare.


Read more about the NHS and the hostile environment here







Cambridge Migration Society: Graduate Migration Research Seminar, Beyond the 'Jungle': Exploring the ephemerality of encampment in Calais. 15th May 2019, 12pm – 1pm


Speaker: Maria Hagan, PhD candidate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Discussant: Dr Irit Katz, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge


Since the demolition of the notorious Calais ‘Jungle’ in October 2016, the French state has hardened its policies against informal encampments. A complex institutional system of official processing centres has been established, marking a shift towards greater securitisation and the violent policing of those living beyond the system. This is most visible in post-camp Calais, where several hundred displaced people have continued to settle at the border zone in scattered encampments which authorities systematically seek to destroy. Maria will discuss the implications of this new form of governance and will reveal how the displaced have altered their survival strategies in response to the hostile reality, laying claim to border spaces by tirelessly rebuilding shelter and weaving protective social relations and practices with one another and the humanitarians who assist them.





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Centre Research Seminar Series - EU Migrant Worker Project with Professor Catherine Barnard. 15th May 2019, 4pm – 6pm, Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DA


This project team has been exploring the experiences of people who come to work in the UK from other EU Member States. Their aim has been to gather robust empirical evidence about EU migrants' experiences of finding work and being in employment in the UK, as well as exploring EU migrant workers’ use of social security, particularly in situations where work cannot be found or where pay is sufficiently low that it needs to be supplemented.

The project hopes to shed new light on the big question of how we adequately regulate migration within a socio-economically diverse EU and a post-financial crisis context. It is hoped that this research project will help to inform public debate as we reconceive and renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU.

Project Website:

Event Details:






Cambridge Migration Society – an Art Exhibition featuring Syrian Artist, Diala Brisly

This art exhibition is on display in the Institute of Criminology until the 30th May 2019.


Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge CB3 9DA

Map to the Institute here






Critical Approaches to Vulnerability in Empirical Research (CAVER): Events for Easter term 2019

CAVER aims to problematize the construction of some research participants as “vulnerable”. We aim to explore and develop research practices that both make provisions for the struggles, challenges and disadvantages experienced by many participants in research about social issues, and which also acknowledge participants’ agency and seek to create a meaningful and collaborative experience throughout every stage of the research process. 


We have an exciting programme of events planned for this term, and hope to see many of you there. Events are open to all and are held at the Institute of Criminology in Room 1.8 from 12-1pm. 


Monday 27th May 2019: 'Writing Against Othering': We will be discussing Michal Krumer-Nevo's strategies for producing academic writing that resists dynamics of othering, and exploring how we can apply these in our own work. No reading for this week, instead please watch Michal's talk from the 2011 International Congress on Qualitative Enquiry. Part one here and part two here. (Opens a YouTube link)


Monday 10th June 2019: Research Dissemination Workshop with 'On Road Media': On Road Media is a fantastic charity that tackles social problems by improving media coverage of misrepresented groups and issues. Their founder Nathalie McDermott is coming to talk to us about how we can communicate our research effectively to the public, and how we can support and engage with research participants through the dissemination process. This event is kindly sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement. 






No place like home? New perspectives on displacement and the modern refugee regime – Policy Workshop.

Clare Hall, Cambridge CB3 9AL, 20 September 2019


This interdisciplinary workshop brings together scholars, policy-makers, and representatives from the UN and NGOs to examine the limits of the current refugee regime and explore alternative solutions. More specifically, this event will be a starting point for a discussion on the suitability and durability of current solutions to refugee crises, and will help bridge the divide between those who formulate international policies, those who implement them, and the refugees who are ultimately affected.


Full details:

Application deadline: 8 June 2019











DUE May 15 & May 30 2019: The ASAA’s 3rd Biennial Conference 2019: African and Africana Knowledges: Past Representations, Current Discourses, Future Communities. Nairobi, Kenya

The aim of this year’s conference is to invite and initiate a scholarly stocktaking of the knowledge produced by Africans in Africa and the Diaspora in various forms—from scholarly work to artistic expressions—and to examine representations and current African realities and emerging futures with African knowledges. In other words, by stocktaking accomplishments and challenges facing African peoples globally, we hope to address the ideological basis of the current disproportions in the distribution of worth, power and wellbeing affecting Africans and diasporic Africans.

Call for papers/panels - abstracts are due in May 15 and May 30, 2019 More information about this event…


The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) is a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary professional association on the continent dedicated to the study of Africa. The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) was established (in 2013) to promote Africa’s own specific contributions to the advancement of knowledge about the peoples and cultures of Africa and the Diaspora.










Please note the following job opportunity (six month) with Cambridge Assessment, Research Division:


The Research Division conducts and publishes authoritative research in order to improve and develop Cambridge Assessment’s products and services, and to influence thinking and policy on education, curriculum and assessment. They research a wide range of issues working with colleagues across the Group and in partnerships, particularly with Cambridge University Press, to provide a sound evidence base for education products and services.

They are currently looking for a Research Officer for approximately 6 months starting as soon as possible. The vacancy has arisen as a colleague will be on secondment.

The role involves working on research projects relating to education, qualifications and curriculum.




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