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Overcrowded train transferring refugees during the partition of India, 1947

Public Seminar Series, Trinity term 2023

Refugee History

Series convened by Dr Uttara Shahani

About the series

This term’s public seminar series focuses on Refugee History. The speakers will cover a range of themes: the global history of India’s ideas and practices surrounding the refugee, how British church leaderships responded to refugee ‘crises’ in the early twentieth century, the history and politics of UNRWA’s interactions with Palestinian communities, and the history of Uyghur displacement through a communication and media lens. The seminar series will offer critical insights into the background of issues concerning refugees today.

Time and location

All seminars will take place on Tuesdays at 1-2pm in Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB. Please check the date of each seminar.

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Trinity term seminars

Tuesday 16 May, 1-2pm

The British churches, refugee ‘crises’ and anti-migrant sentiment 1903-1918

Dr Daniel Renshaw (University of Reading)


Tuesday 23 May, 1-2pm

Making refugees in India

Dr Ria Kapoor (Queen Mary University of London)


Tuesday 30 May, 1-2pm  

Refuge and resistance: Palestinians and the global refugee regime

Dr Anne Irfan (University College London)


Tuesday 6 June, 1-2pm    

Migration and the politics of transgression: a historical perspective

Associate Professor Saskia Witteborn (Chinese University of Hong Kong)