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Public Seminar Series Michaelmas term 2022

Convened by Professor Alexander Betts (Director, Refugee Studies Centre)

This year the RSC Public Seminar Series will take place through fortnightly seminars, on Tuesday lunchtimes from 1-2pm. This term, the seminars will cover a wide range of themes, including social cohesion, humanitarian energy, refugee education, and statelessness. 

About the speakers

Cory Rodgers is an anthropologist exploring the influence of humanitarian and development policies on communal identity and inter-group relations. His current research in Kenya and Lebanon looks at humanitarian strategies to promote social cohesion between refugees and local communities living in contexts of protracted displacement. Since 2015, he has worked primarily in Turkana County in northwestern Kenya, the site of the decades-old Kakuma refugee camp, where he has documented the politicisation of a ‘host community’ identity among Kenyans living in the vicinity of the camp. His doctoral project was an ethnography of the ways that urban development in Turkana have given rise to intra-ethnic schisms between the growing town-based populations and the rural majority of mobile pastoralists.

Watfa Najdi is an architect, urban planner, and researcher. Her work focuses on the intersection between urban and refugee studies, in particular refugee mobility, livelihoods, and socioeconomic integration in urban areas. Watfa is the Lebanon Research Coordinator for the Refugee-Led Organizations Project at the Centre for Lebanese Studies and the project coordinator at the Refugee Research and Policy Program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (AUB). She has conducted and contributed to research projects on social cohesion and communal relations between refugees and host communities, refugee shelter programs and HLP rights, as well as refugee entrepreneurship and digital livelihoods.

Registration

This seminar will be held in person. No registration required. 

Please direct enquiries to rsc-outreach@qeh.ox.ac.uk

Public Seminar Series Michaelmas term 2022 poster (pdf)

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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.

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

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Forthcoming events

Palestine Refugees and International Law

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

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