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Newsletter - Nov 2020




The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement


Newsletter – November 2020










Dear All,

I am writing with a brief update about the Centre for Global Human Movement team structure. As indicated when the Centre was founded in 2018, it was always anticipated that we would think about succession planning in relation to governance arrangements for the Centre. I will therefore be relinquishing my role as Centre Director.

I am delighted to announce that Dr Tugba Basaran has agreed to take on the role of Executive Director of the Centre, with Dr Jenny Mander and Dr Yongcan Liu becoming the Centre’s new Co-Directors.

My long association with the Centre, from its inception as CAMMIGRES and more recent iteration as the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement is not coming to an end however, as I have agreed to set up and Chair an Advisory Committee to support the Centre looking forwards. I look forward to the next phase of development for the Centre.

I am sure that you will join me in wishing Tugba, Jenny and Yongcan all the best as they take on their new roles.

With all good wishes,

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe




Congratulations to Jennifer W George, PhD Researcher, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge and Centre Forum Member on being accepted as a participant at the third Migration Youth Forum, organized by the UNMGCY, in partnership with UNICEF and IOM, and taking place in January 2021. The Youth Forum is officially linked to the XIII Summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). Jennifer was one of only 75 young people invited from over 1000 applicants and has been selected to be part of the round table on Leveraging Technology to Empower Migrants.



Congratulations also to Dr Mark E Breeze and Dr Tom Scott-Smith. Their research film ‘Shelter Without Shelter’ has just been named RIFA Best Research Film of 2020 by The Arts and Humanities Research Council.  RIFA are the only film awards dedicated to celebrating and recognising arts and humanities research through film.

SHELTER WITHOUT SHELTER emerges from the Architectures of Displacement research project at the University of Oxford. It is a collaboration between Associate Professor Tom Scott-Smith and Emmy-nominated filmmaker, architect and current Centre Visiting Scholar Dr Mark E Breeze. Film details:






17-20 November 2020


Kaldor Centre Virtual Conference 2020

New Frontiers of Refugee Law in a Closed World

A virus has laid bare our interconnectedness – for better or worse. While we have seen acts of solidarity and compassion around the world, we have also seen borders slam shut and reasoned debate give way to fear and rage. Under the cover of COVID-19, laws and norms have started to shift away from long-held principles. UNSW’s Kaldor Centre Conference 2020 brings together leading thinkers from around the world with diverse perspectives to explore what the post-pandemic world will look like for refugees and other forced migrants.

Full details:

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23 November 2020 - 27 November 2020




Queer Migrations: Transnational Sexualities in Theory and Practice (online)

Critical debates in migration and diaspora studies have long ignored issues of sexuality and queerness. The figures of the migrant and the refugee have become normalised as cis-gender and heterosexual through cultural, political and media narratives, as well as in academic discourse. Mainstream references to LGBTQ+ migrants are exceptional and tend towards placing these subjects within a problematic Western-centric narrative of global mobility as ‘the movement from repression to freedom’ (Grewal and Kaplan 2001). The objective of this conference is twofold: firstly, to restore visibility to the queer migrant in cultural, sociological, political, theoretical and methodological debates on globality and migration; and secondly, to challenge the socio-political and racialised narrativisation of the queer migrant experience as a journey from the ‘backward’ global South to the ‘progressive’ global North. In so doing, this interdisciplinary conference will itself perform a kind of ‘queering’, rupturing stable, linear and Western conceptions of migration, and rethinking the ways in which queer bodies are perceived, represented and choose to move and travel through space. 

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Nov 27, 2020 2pm - 3pm

Ordering the commercial world: Foreign merchants, chambers of commerce and the global trade system in late 19th century China.

Presented by Jiaxin Jiang, PhD Candidate, History Faculty, Sun Yat-sen University and Visiting Student, University of Cambridge

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Nov 27, 2020 3pm - 4pm



Handbook “UN Global Compact on Migration as an Interpretative Tool for Legal Practitioners”

In Conversation with:

  • Prof. Elspeth Guild, Professor of Law, Queen Mary University London
  • Kathryn Allinson, Queen Mary University London
  • Adrian Berry, ILPA and Garden Court Chambers

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Dec 11, 2020 2pm - 3pm


Studying socialisation among small- and medium-N cohorts: The example of Frontex and EASO officials in Lesvos

Presented by Gil Thompson, PhD Candidate, Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies,

Free University of Berlin

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Dec 11, 2020 3pm - 4pm


IN CONVERSATION: “Capitalism on the Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia”

In conversation with authors:

  • Dr Albena Azmanova, Reader of Political and Social Thought, University of Kent
  • Prof James Galbraith,  Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

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Research for Health in Conflict (RH4C)

R4HC-MENA Research Associate, Dr. Mona Jebril, has produced a variety of new public engagement resources on the health sector in Gaza. 



Global Human Movement Blog

Our blog is an open forum that encourages contributors and readers from all disciplines and affiliations to present and analyse ideas regarding pressing issues of migration in an accessible format. Some of our recent articles include:

The likely effects of the pandemic on employment for immigrants and, in turn, on remittances for a group of select emerging markets with significant migrant populations in south-eastern Europe and Russia.

Rogenhofer makes the case for including irregular migrants, members of their host communities and civil society groups that engage with migrants in the political deliberation and law-making processes that affect their conditions.

In India’s villages, some desperate parents see child marriage as a means to survive the pandemic.

If you are interested in contributing, please visit our submission guidelines at 



Some interesting blog posts from the EU Migrant Worker Project team ( published via the UK in a Changing Europe site (







The Call for Applications 2020 is open till January 15, 2021 and focuses on “Borders, Democracy and Security”.


BEYOND BORDERS supports research about borders and boundaries in past and present times. It promotes interdisciplinary exchange in the social sciences and humanities. The Call for Applications 2020 is open till January 15, 2021 and focuses on “Borders, Democracy and Security”.

 The ZEIT-Stiftung offers three types of Ph.D. scholarships: Start Up Scholarships for research project development, Ph.D. Scholarships for up to 3 years and Dissertation Completion Scholarships. We invite applications from Ph.D. students worldwide studying borders and bordering phenomena in different regions of the world. Both empirical research based on extensive fieldwork and projects centered on theoretical reflection are eligible for support. Innovative and challenging research questions as well as comparative approaches are highly welcome. Further information about the programme and application requirements can be found under

Focus 2020 - Borders, Democracy and Security

The unprecedented travel bans and closures of national borders during this time of COVID-19 make borders more visible than ever before. However, the ad-hoc restrictions introduced in spring 2020 were selective: Citizens, permanent residents, migrant workers judged “essential” for health care, social welfare and public services could still enter “sealed” national territories. Other travelers such as temporary residents, visitors, circular migrant workers or refugees were excluded. The numerous images of extensive controls and closed doors, and at the same time, new forms of cross-border political, economic, cultural life that emerged in response, made clear how regionally and globally interdependent we have become.

How does globalization influence the dismantling and the resurrection of borders worldwide, be they political, economic, cultural or intellectual? Which borders and boundaries are shifting and why? What kinds of new pathways of connections and cooperation are emerging in response? What kinds of historical processes have led to the transformation of borders and border regimes? How do these challenge longstanding power hierarchies? To what extent might cultural revolutions transform or pull apart borders and boundaries? Can democracy function beyond national borders? How are the relationships between citizens and state changing with respect to rights and social protection, and how does that differ in different regions of the world? 

Questions concerning borders, state transformation, democracy, social welfare, and security are the focus of the current call for applications for Ph.D. scholarships.

We encourage applications for projects concentrating on following aspects, although other topics will also be considered:

  • the conceptual construction of borders,
  • the changing nature and functionality of national borders and its effect on regionalization,
  • materiality and symbolism of borders, 
  • transformation of border and regional regimes,
  • supra- and sub-national integration,
  • citizenship and belonging,
  • security and securitization,
  • transnational social protection,
  • cultural borders and their manifestation in arts and cultural production.



Cetin. E (with G. Özerim) "The interplay between migration and women: The case of Syrians in Turkey", in O. B. Çelik and M. İnce Yılmaz (eds.), Women's Economic Empowerment in Turkey (Routledge), 2019.

Cetin. E “Turkey Country Report: Legal & Policy Framework of Migration Governance”

(co-authored with Neva Övünç Öztürk, N. Ela Gökalp Aras, Zeynep Şahin Mencütek), as part of the EU funded Horizon2020 project RESPOND- Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond, available at, 2018.

Perraton, H. (2020) International students 1860-2010: Policy and practice round the world, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Edited by Breeze, M and Scott-Smith, T  (2020) Forced Migration - Volume 39, Structures of Protection? Rethinking Refugee Shelter

Usman, M. Maslova, S. and Burgess, G (2020) Urban informality in the Global North: (il)legal status and housing strategies of Ghanaian migrants in New York City, International Journal of Housing Policy, DOI: 10.1080/19491247.2020.1814189

We encourage our University of Cambridge members to share their latest publications relating to human movement, migration and mobility. For inclusion in our next newsletter and on our website, please send details to us here.



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