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Newsletter - Sept 2019



The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement



September 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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New appointments at the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

We are delighted to announce several new appointments at the Centre. Dr Tugba Basaran is our new Deputy Director, and Dr Jenny Mander

Dr Yongcan Liu join us as Associate Directors.





There are a lot of events coming up in the next few months - keep up to date on our website



2019/2020 Centre Research Seminar Series - Michaelhouse, Trinity St. Cambridge CB2 1SU

Speakers list to follow but placeholder dates for your diaries are:


Michaelmas Term

October 30, 4-6.30pm

November 13, 4-6.30pm

November 27, 4-6.30pm

Lent Term

January 22 Jan, 4-6.30pm

February 05, 4-6.30pm

February 19, 4-6.30pm



Please note our new location Michaelhouse, Trinity St. Cambridge CB2 1SU




Migrant Knowledge, 15 September - Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 16 and 17 September - Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


Convened by Dr Subha Mukherji as part of the ERC-funded project “Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the place of literature,” this three-day public event brings together academics, artists, and activists to explore alternative ways of thinking and knowing about migration – of people, things, and ideas – rooted in the urgency of contemporary experience. 


The event will be free to attend – please register for this event via the event page:


More information about this event…





Governing migration outside ‘Fortress Europe’ 16 - 17 September, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DT

is a 1.5 day interdisciplinary conference. The 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.


Keynote speaker is Professor Ferruccio Pastore (FIERI, Italy) who will present: 'The International Relations of Fear: Intrinsic Paradoxes and Problematic Outcomes of European External Migration Governance.' Full conference programme can be found here.


Please note that they have a limited number of tickets available for observers/auditors to attend the conference. Tickets are £50 and can be purchased online here


Proudly supported 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.


Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Alexander Aleinikoff, Director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility The New School in New York City , United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (2010-2015)

Sir Stephen O’Brien, Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Professor  Dawn Chatty, Emeritus Professor Anthropology and forced Migration, University of Oxford

Professor Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor of Law Queen Mary University of London; Partner at Kingsley Napley

Dr Akihiro Seita, Director of the Health Programme and WHO Special Representative, UNRWA, Amman

Philippe Leclerc, Representative of UNHCR in Greece


Sign up now as places are limited! 

Full-price tickets:



Full details:  


Proudly supported by the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement






The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement and the Cambridge Emergency and Displacement Group present:

'Finding Shelter, Defining Shelter' 16 October, 4.30-6.00pm Jesus College, Frankopan Hall, Jesus Lane , CB5 8BJ


What is 'appropriate' shelter for refugees? What ultimately is shelter?

One of the most vital concerns for migrants when they first leave their homes is where to find a safe & stable space in which to rest, eat, socialise & sleep. Tents and camps dominate media images of forced displacement, but forced migrants find shelter in many other ways, making use of abandoned buildings, staying on the floors of friends and relatives, finding rest in self-built shelters, sleeping in the natural environment, and being housed in specially created spaces, such as 'villages' made-up of stacked shipping containers, prefabricated shelters, or government-run detention centres.


Through an exclusive preview of the forthcoming feature-length documentary 'Shelter Without Shelter', and discussion with its Director and Producer our interdisciplinary panel will discuss some of the latest research and issues in refugee shelter to create a more nuanced & detailed understanding of refugee sheltering, helping us understand the impact of shelter policies on the lives on refugees. The panel will explore the roles of architecture, engineering, anthropology and more to not only improve refugee shelter, but question the very nature of shelter itself.


Panel and Audience discussion with:

Dr Mark E Breeze (Architect + Director of Studies in Architecture, St.John's College, Cambridge)

Dr Tom Scott-Smith (Associate Professor of Forced Migration, Oxford University Refugee Studies Centre)

Dr Georgia Cole (Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies, Newnham College, University of Cambridge)

Jenny George (Doctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge)

Dunya Habash (Research Officer, The Woolf Institute, Cambridge)


Bookings open on Monday 23rd September via








Unpacking the Challenges and Possibilities for Migration Governance. 17 - 19 October 2019, Newnham College

Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DF, UK
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 Europeanisation and externalisation.


Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Professor Dawn Chatty (Emerita Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration, Former director of the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre).

Professor Halina Grzymała-Moszczyńska (Profesor in Psychology of Religion, Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Professor Mario Savino (Professor of Administrative Law, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy)

Professor Peter Scholten (Professor Public Administration specialised in the Dynamics of Migration and Diversity Policies, at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam)

Event link:


The Conference organisers invite University of Cambridge researchers the opportunity to exhibit their research posters on migration related topics during the conference. If you are interested then please contact Naures Atto







Margaret Fingerhut 'Far From the Home I Love' concert performance. 22 October 2019, 7.30 – 10pm Pembroke College

Pembroke St. Cambridge CB2 1RF


In 2019, acclaimed international pianist Margaret Fingerhut is touring the UK with a special concert called 'Far From the Home I Love'. The concert series will raise awareness of refugee needs as well as collect funds for local City of Sanctuary groups.


This is the only Cambridge performance, taking place in the Pembroke College Old Library.


Tickets via:






 Call for artists for the upcoming art exhibition “DISPLACED BODIES AND HEARTS” – 30 October 2019

The RESPOND project welcomes applications for a digital art exhibition, which will be organised in Sweden, Germany and the UK. ‘Displaced Bodies and Hearts” aims to exhibit work dealing with the sufferings and hopes of people on the move due to forced displacement.

We as researchers working on different aspects of migration believe that migration is one of the most salient social phenomena of our times and that it needs to be understood from many different angles. Historically, art has always given powerful messages that might otherwise be overlooked. We therefore call on refugee and migrant artists to submit their artwork about forced displacement of people due to wars and violence in the broadest sense. Artwork may focus on any dimension of migration experiences, including border crossings, settlement, new lives elsewhere, challenges, or hopes and dreams.

With this exhibition, we aim to foster humanitarian values, social inclusion and empathy in our societies.  Most importantly we want to provide an opportunity to look at migration experiences from the perspective of refugee and migrant artists.

The exhibition will have a digital format; the artwork will be displayed in Sweden, Germany, and the UK from mid-2020. We also have the ambition to organise the exhibition in other countries (e.g. Turkey, Greece, Poland, Italy, Iraq and Lebanon).

Full details: Applications due: 30 October 2019






Volunteers needed for an upcoming conference: Unpacking the Challenges and Possibilities for Migration Governance. 17 - 19 October 2019, Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DF, UK

Volunteers needed Naure’s event I will add a note to our next newsletter about volunteers for your RESPOND conference. What kind of things will you be asking for assistance with? That will make it easier to craft a short text.

The RESPOND team are looking for volunteers to assist with their registration desk, provide directions/marshal attendees, and other conference related activities. Training provided.


Please contact Naures Atto

if you would be interested in assisting during any of the conference sessions.




We are looking for volunteers for our upcoming Festival of Ideas event. 16 Oct, Volunteers would be required from 3.30pm-6.30pm at Jesus College, Frankopan Hall, Jesus Lane , CB5 8BJ


We are asking for assistance to man our registration desk, marshal attendees and who are also able to assist during question time with microphones. T-shirts and training provided


Please contact Di Kennedy on  

if you would be interested in assisting .




Please contact Di Kennedy on if you have a position to advertise


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