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Public Seminar Series, Hilary term 2024

Series convened by Dr Catherine Briddick

About the book

Becoming Adult on the Move: Migration Journeys, Encounters and Life Transitions (Elaine Chase, Nando Sigona and Dawn Chatty, eds)

This edited collection situates the migration of children and young people into Europe within a global framework of analysis and provides a holistic perspective that encompasses cultural media, ethnographic research and policy analysis. Drawing on a unique study of young unaccompanied migrants who subsequently became ‘adult’ within the UK and Italy, it examines their different trajectories and how they were impacted by their ability to secure legal status. Divided into three interlinked sections, it begins by examining the cultural repertoires about migration and adulthood to which migrants are sensitized in their countries of origin from a young age. This forms the contexts within which their direct experiences of turning 18 in a different country are explored. These combined insights are framed by an analysis of related policies which bureaucratically and institutionally shape these migratory experiences. This interdisciplinary volume will appeal to scholars and students in the fields of migration studies, international development, geography, sociology, anthropology, youth studies, law, education, health and wellbeing, social care and cultural studies.


Elaine Chase (UCL): Becoming Adult on the Move – the project  

Dawn Chatty (RSC, University of Oxford): Becoming Adult on the Move - cultural perspectives 

Ouzra Karimi (University of Birmingham): Young Afghans negotiating adulthood through marriage in the UK  

Tamsin Barber (Oxford Brookes University): Insights from Vietnam

Migena Lala (Peer Researcher) and Elaine Chase: Becoming Adult on the Move – Insights from Albania 

Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham): Becoming Adult on the Move – policy perspectives 


The seminar will be followed by drinks in the Hall.

Registration not required.

All enquiries should be directed to

Download the seminar series poster for Hilary term 2024.  

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

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

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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Forthcoming events

A celebration of the life of David Turton

Saturday, 20 July 2024, 2pm to 3pm @ The Crypt Cafe, St Peters Church, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA