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Newsletter - March 2019



The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement



March 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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It is International Women’s Day today, with a theme of “Better the balance, better the world.” I do hope that you join us in celebrating all of the inspirational women that you know.





One of the trustees of Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign has started a parliamentary petition to tackle a problem which some of our resettling refugees are experiencing regarding Driving Licences. Read all about it and then sign the petition here:




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Cambridge Welcome Group – Sat 9th March, 1pm – 3pm, Burleigh St. Cambridge

TROUBLED BY THE IMMIGRATION BILL and the HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT? A number of Cambridge groups under the umbrella "Cambridge Welcome" are organising a stall on Burleigh Street tomorrow, against various aspects of the Immigration Bill. Amongst those involved are Global Justice Cambridge, City of Sanctuary, and Migrants Organise as well as many others on an individual basis. There's a lot to challenge in the Bill's restriction of movement and rights.  If you're concerned, go along and add your name to those making this challenge.




Cambridge Archaeology as part of the Cambridge Science Festival – Mon 11th March, 4.30pm – 6.30pm,

Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street, CB2 1QH



This year marks the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the earth led by Fernão de Magalhães (Magellan) and Juan Sebastián Elcano, as well as the conquest of the Aztec capital by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. It is also the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Cook in Tahiti and the beginning of his prolific Pacific voyages.


Since public and private organisations are celebrating these anniversaries and, more generally, the era of (colonial) discoveries this year, this interdisciplinary panel digs deeper into the idea of ‘discovery’. Were America, Africa, Asia or Oceania ‘discovered’? Is it possible to discover a region that was already inhabited? What can different sciences tell us about these ‘discoveries’ and their local and global implications?




Southern Urbanism(s): Locating Cities in Research on the Global South - 14 March 2019, 3 – 5 pm. Alison Richard Building, West Rd. Cambridge

Discussions on Southern Urbanism(s) are fast gaining track within academia and development trends, as cities across the Global South are among the most rapidly urbanising in the world. This seminar invites Cambridge-based scholars to think with cities. For example: how does the urban condition affect and shape the production of knowledge and scholarly critiques? How do urban changes affect multidisciplinary research taking place in cities of the Global South? How are research questions transformed when we consider an urban perspective? Do cities play a particular role in ongoing social, political, cultural, and epistemological transformations? What does it mean to study the Urban South from the perspective of a polarised and unequal city like Cambridge?


Details: Please see attached poster




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


Join Professor Catherine Barnard as she discusses her EU Migrant Worker Project.

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. They hope 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. They hope 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

Stay tuned for further details on this event coming up in the Easter term.  










Papers due 21 March 2019


Conference - Sep 2019, University of Stirling

Conference: 'Narratives of Forced Migration in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries'

This conference seeks to bring together and create a dialogue among scholars working on diverse geographical and historical instances of forced migration from a range of disciplinary perspectives in order to illuminate the processes of movement, integration and commemoration which characterise them.


Call details:


Papers due 30th March 2019


Conference - Oct 2019, University of Cambridge

Unpacking the Challenges and Possibilities for Migration Governance

Mass migration entails multifaceted economic, political, social, and legal challenges and brings together a diversity of actors (e.g. state institutions, international and transnational organizations, non-governmental organisations, host communities and migrants) with unequal power and divergent priorities and interests.


This conference is part of a Horizon 2020 project, RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond, which aims to study the governance of recent mass migration and its implications for the EU, its Member States and third countries at macro (transnational, national), meso (subnational/local) and micro-levels (refugees/migrants). The conference focuses on the five thematic fields RESPOND is studying: (1) Border management and security, (2) Refugee protection regimes, (3) Reception policies, (4) Integration policies, and (5) Conflicting Europeanization and externalisation. These themes are chosen because of their centrality for understanding migration policies, impacts and responses.

Call details:



Papers due 31 March 2019


Conference - Sep 2019, University of Cambridge

“Governing migration outside ‘Fortress Europe’”

This conference will explore dynamics of migration politics and governance across three regions that have seen rapid and diverging migration policy developments in recent years: North Africa, West Africa and the Middle East.

It invites abstracts that make an original empirical and/or theoretical contribution to discussions on the politics and practice of immigration and emigration governance outside European contexts. We welcome submissions from various academic disciplines and particularly accounts that go beyond usual Euro-centric explanations of migration policymaking and focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • Dynamics of preference formation among domestic, regional and/or international actors and how these inform decision-making;
  • Competition between domestic actors in migration policy-making, within as well as among state and civil society actors;
  • The role of migration policy-making in shaping foreign policy: its relation to state reputation-building, international norms and broader discourses and patterns of "democratization";
  • Relations between governments and civil society actors on the one hand and the international community (donors, NGOs, IOs) on the other.

Call details and application form:




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