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Sally Hayden's new book "My Fourth Time, We Drowned" explores the human side of state efforts to control and contain mobility. Beyond a condemnation of NGOs and the United Nations, the book is an intimate portrait of the life of people on the move who become captives during their journeys. The book highlights the resilience of humans: how refugees and migrants locked up for years fall in love, support each other through the hardest times, and carry out small acts of resistance in order to survive in a system that wants them to be silent and disappear.

Sally Hayden will present her work to a virtual audience on 26 April at 2-4 pm (UK) in this online event. This will lead to a discussion of the book’s implications across multiple regions and themes. 

Our panellists include:

Amera Markous, Humanitarian researcher

Dr Marthe Achtnich, Senior Demy at Magdalen College, University of Oxford

Dr Jeff Crisp, Research Associate, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford


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Please note this event is now online only.

The event is a collaboration between the Mobility Governance Lab and the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

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.

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

What Justice for Famine Crimes? | Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2022

Thursday, 10 November 2022, 5pm to 6.30pm @ The Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU

Palestine Refugees and International Law

Friday, 10 March 2023 to Saturday, 11 March 2023 @ University of Macedonia, Egnatia 156, Thessaloniki 546 36, Greece

Recognising Refugees | RSC Conference 2023

Monday, 20 March 2023 to Tuesday, 21 March 2023 @ Keble College, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PG