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Public Seminar Series, Trinity term 2018

Series convenor: Dr Ali Ali

About the speaker

Dr Sophia Hoffmann is a political scientist focused on the international relations of the Middle East. Her current research project "Learning Intelligence: the Exchange of Secret Service Knowledge between Germany and the Arab Middle East" focuses on the role that intelligence agencies play for modern statehood. Previously, she spent ten years studying migration and humanitarian aid in Syria and its neighbouring states. Her book Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis before the Storm, published in 2016 by Syracuse University Press, draws on several years of ethnographic research in Damascus.

Sophia holds a PhD from SOAS, London and previous degrees from the LSE and the University of Sussex.

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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Public Seminar Series

Each term the RSC holds a series of public seminars, held on Wednesday evenings at Queen Elizabeth House. Click here for details of forthcoming seminars.

Forthcoming events

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Forthcoming events

Externalization and the erosion of refugee protection: an initial enquiry

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Access to SGBV protection services for Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

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