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Three years ago, Tom Scott-Smith (Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration) and Mark E Breeze (Director of Studies in Architecture, St. John's College, Cambridge) set out to make a documentary film to communicate the findings of their project on Architectures of Displacement. This looked at how governments and humanitarian agencies in six different countries provided basic shelter to refugees from Syria following the ‘summer of migration’ in 2015.

Now complete, Shelter without Shelter relates a story of great hopes, profound challenges, and varying strategies for sheltering forced migrants. Filmed across Europe and the Middle East, this feature length documentary takes you behind the scenes to hear from the people who created these shelters and the migrants who have to live in them. From mega-camps, city squats, and occupied airports, to informal settlements, requisitioned buildings, and flat-pack solutions, Shelter without Shelter gives you unique insights into one of the greatest challenges of our times. We all need shelter, but what is it?

This event will show extracts from the film followed by discussion with Tom Scott-Smith and Mark E Breeze.

The film will be released in 2020. Find out more and watch the trailer at: www.shelterwithoutshelter.com

Refreshments will be provided after the discussion.

 Shelter without Shelter

RSC Conference 2017: 'Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies'

The RSC hosted this international conference on 16-17 March 2017.

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Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

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Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

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Forthcoming events

Degradation by design: corrosive control in the lives of women seeking asylum in bordered Britain

Wednesday, 05 February 2020, 3pm to 4.30pm @ Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Book launch - Palestinian Refugees in International Law | Middle East Centre and RSC event

Friday, 07 February 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Investcorp Auditorium, Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, 62 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6JF

Colonial mobilities and global inequality: why European settlers ought not to be regarded as migrants

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Forced migration in the United Kingdom: women’s journeys to escape domestic violence

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Multilocality and refugee-nomad interchange in northern Mauritania

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, OX1 3TB

An intersectional approach to policy and decision making on SOGI asylum claims in Europe

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB