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A Syrian refugee reflected in a mirror teaching Arabic via Skype © UNHCR/Diego Ibarra Sanchez
A Syrian refugee teaches Arabic through NaTakallam via Skype from Beirut

Michaelmas term seminar series convened by Professor Matthew Gibney, Professor Cathryn Costello, and Professor Tom Scott-Smith.


Seminars take place on Wednesdays from 5.00-6.30pm in Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB.

No registration is required except for the Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture, which takes place on Wednesday 30 October at St Anne’s College.

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Refreshments will be served after each seminar.


Michaelmas term seminars

16 October

The political economy of refugee self-reliance

Professor Alexander Betts, Refugee Studies Centre


23 October

Postcolonial boundaries, self-determination and the Rohingya refugee crisis

Dr Mohammad Shahabuddin, University of Birmingham


30 October

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2019

The Map is Not the Territory: Story-making, Place and Performance

Dame Marina Warner

Registration is required for this lecture – online at


6 November

A human right to international freedom of movement

Dr Sarah Fine, King’s College London


13 November

Humanitarian wearables and digital bodies: problems of gifts and labour

Professor Kristin Sandvik, University of Oslo


20 November

Continuums of exploitation – the legal framework on trafficking in persons

Professor Siobhan Mullally, National University of Ireland, Galway


27 November

Digital refugee livelihoods: vulnerability as an opportunity in the future of work

Dr Andreas Hackl, University of Edinburgh


4 December

Third World Approaches to International Law: A retrospective with some implications for refugee and migration law

Professor Antony Anghie, University of Utah