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The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement


Centre of Islamic Studies Public Talks

In conjunction with The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement and Cambridge Migration Society




Melissa Gatter (Sussex)

Lorena Gazzotti (CRASSH)

Farhana Rahman (POLIS)


Time, Power, and Aid: Book talk and discussion on displacement in Jordan, Morocco, and Bangladesh


Thursday, April 27, 2023, 17:00 – 18:45


Room 10, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

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Dr Melissa Gatter will present the core ideas from her recent book, Time and Power in Azraq Refugee Camp (American University in Cairo Press, 2023), which investigates the relationship between time and power in Jordan’s Azraq camp, asking how a politics of time shapes, limits, or enables everyday life for the displaced and for aid workers. Following this, she and discussants Dr Lorena Gazzotti and Dr Farhana Rahman will explore the themes that connect their research on displacement, time and space, and care and control in cities and camps. Dr Gazzotti’s work has covered aid and migration control in the Canary Islands and the Spanish enclaves of Morocco, and Dr Rahman examines gender and displacement in cities and camps for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.


Melissa Gatter is a lecturer in International Development at the University of Sussex,researching forced migration, aid, and time in the Middle East, and she received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2020. She has also worked for leading aid agencies in Jordan, including Save the Children. She lives in the UK.


Thursday, 27 April, 2023 - 17:00
Event location: 
FAMES and on-line