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Public Seminar Series, Trinity term 2020

#ByRefugees: Strengthening refugee-led humanitarian response during the Covid-19 pandemic

This seminar series focuses on refugee-led assistance and protection in the context of Covid-19. It features panels of individuals whose work is shaping how we understand and support refugee-led responses during crisis. Their accomplishments – whether as practitioners, policy influencers, funders, or community responders – challenge conventional top-down approaches to humanitarian assistance. These approaches are increasingly important in the current context, in which traditional humanitarian capacity has been stretched and forced to adapt. Refugee-led organisations are on the frontline of the response, in both refugee camps and cities.

The series will explore how refugees are responding to the current crisis, reflect on how they can be supported by external actors, and consider the prospects for creating lasting forms of participatory humanitarian governance. The majority of panelists are refugees.

All seminars will take place over Zoom and will allow time for Q&A sessions with the panelists. The series will also be livestreamed on Youtube and recorded. 

Register online here 

Series Conveners: Alexander Betts and Andonis Marden (Refugee Studies Centre) and Shaza Al Rihawi, Anila Noor, Najeeba Wazefadost and Mustafa Alio (Global Refugee-Led Network)

Enquiries to Annelies Lawson (annelies.lawson@qeh.ox.ac.uk) 

Please note, all times listed are in BST (British Summer Time)

Seminar 2 

Without recognition, without assistance: Refugee-led responses in urban contexts

Bahati Ghislain – Executive Director, Kintsugi (Nairobi)

Robert Hakiza – Executive Director, Young African Refugees for Integral Development (Kampala)

Janemary Ruhundwa – Executive Director, Dignity Kwanza (Dar es Salaam)

What is distinct about urban-based refugee-led responses to humanitarian crises? And how are grassroots organisations in cities mobilising to address vulnerabilities associated with Covid-19? In this panel, three speakers in East Africa will share what they and their organisations are doing to support refugees in Kampala, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam. Conversation will explore "what has worked" and "what hasn't" in each of these settings, with a focus on identifying how other actors can use their authority, resources, and networks to support local efforts. The seminar will last approximately 90 minutes, with half the time allocated to Q&A.

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

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