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Public Seminar Series, Hilary term 2021

Refugee Histories in the Global South

How does forced migration look different if we examine it through a historical perspective? How have refugees been historical actors, as well as victims? This series examines a range of topics that illuminate these questions, by examining the historical entanglements between migration, im/mobility, colonialism, race, and borders.

Series convener: Dr Anne Irfan, Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration

About the speaker

Sarah-Jane (Saje) Mathieu is Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota and a former Faculty Fellow at Harvard University’s Warren Center for Studies in American History. Professor Mathieu earned a joint PhD in History and African American Studies at Yale University and specializes in 20th century American and African American history with an emphasis on immigration, war, race, globalization, social movements, and political resistance. Her first book North of the Color Line examines the social, cultural, legal, and political impact of African American and West Indian sleeping car porters in Canada. She is currently working on her next book, The Glory of Their Deeds: A Global History of Black Soldiers and the Great War Era. This book examines the experiences of Black soldiers and civilians during World War One, both in Allies and Central Powers nations. The book explores how race shaped the politics of enlistment and engagement in the British, Canadian, African, Caribbean, French, American, and German armies. It also discusses how Blacks, whether combatants or intellectual-activists, challenged prevailing racialist ideas and practices during the Great War era. 

Professor Mathieu has earned several international awards and is a former fellow at the University of Heidelberg’s Center for American Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. She is also the recipient of a number of awards for teaching excellence.

Registration

This seminar will be held via Zoom. Register online here 

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

 

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.

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.

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Forthcoming events

Gender and humanitarian representations of Syrian refugees during displacement

Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 5.30pm to 6.30pm @ Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

Refugeedom’s subjects and subjectivities

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 5.30pm to 6.30pm @ Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

Refugee entrepreneurship and gender paradoxes

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 5.30pm to 6.30pm @ Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

A refugee-led study on refugee-led organisations

Wednesday, 03 November 2021, 5.30pm to 6.30pm @ via Zoom

African migration, human rights and literature

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 5.30pm to 6.30pm @ Location TBC