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RSC Public Seminar Series, Trinity term 2021

‘Localising’ Refugee Research and Practice

This public seminar series aims to examine research on refugees and forced migration within the broader localisation agenda, as well as methodological attempts to ‘localise’ refugee research through co-creating and co-conducting research with refugees and local hosts. Through a blend of practically-, methodologically-, and theoretically-focused seminars, this series aims to present current research designs and methodologies involving refugee and local researchers, and the challenges and opportunities that lie therein, as well as theoretical work reflecting on issues of ethics and power. Concomitant with these discussions will be ongoing examinations of the relationship between advocacy and scholarship, and the extent to which both can and should be met together.

Convener: Dr Evan Easton-Calabria

Series poster (A4)

Time and location

Seminars take place on Wednesdays from 5.00-6.00pm UK time on Zoom, except for the Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture on 12 May which will take place at 3:00-4:30pm, and the seminar on 19 May which will take place at 1.00-2.00pm UK.

Registration links are provided for each seminar below.

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Trinity term seminars

5 May, 5:00-6:00pm

The rise of the refugee research industry: some reflections

Dr Mayssoun Sukarieh (Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, King’s College London)



12 May, 3:00-4:30pm

The Afterlives of Return and the Limits of Refugee Protection | Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2021

Professor Heath Cabot (Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh)



19 May, 1:00-2:00pm

With, for, or by refugees? Practical and ethical challenges of participatory research

Dr Kate Pincock (Overseas Development Institute) and William Bakunzi (Independent researcher)



26 May, 5:00-6:00pm

Critical localism: reflections on the localisation of humanitarian action in theory and (research) practice

Dr Kristina Roepstorff (IFHV, Ruhr University Bochum)



2 June, 5:00-6:00pm

Digital methodologies in forced migration and refugee research: rethinking voices, representation and power 

Professor Giorgia Donà (Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London)



9 June, 5:00-6:00pm

Syrian refugees and local assistance in Berlin

Yahya Alaous (Founder, Zusammenwachsen NGO; Journalist, Die Suddeutsche Zeitung)



16 June, 1:00-2:00pm

Co-producing research between academics, NGOs, and communities in humanitarian response

Dr Michelle Lokot and Dr Caitlin Wake (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), and Gang Karume (Rebuild Hope for Africa)