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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 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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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