The Hilary term seminar series is convened by Dr Naohiko Omata.
This term’s public seminar series consists of two separate themes: 1) Refugees in the United Kingdom and 2) Urban Refugees. Speakers come from diverse backgrounds, including both practitioners and academics, to consolidate existing empirical and theoretical knowledge of the proposed themes.
Refugees in the United Kingdom
At the end of 2016, the United Kingdom hosted nearly 120,000 refugees from a range of countries. While the available literature on this population has been growing, many areas of refugees’ post-resettlement/asylum lives remain under-explored. This seminar series will offer insights into the ways in which refugees in the UK have adapted to their new lives, with a focus on understanding the lived experiences of their economic and socio-cultural integration – or lack thereof.
Currently, more than half of the world’s refugees live outside of designated refugee camps or settlements, surviving with varying degrees of independence and success, and often living under the radar of aid organisations. This seminar series will enable audiences to cultivate a better understanding of the day-to-day lives of ‘self-settled’ refugees around the world, particularly in the Global South.
Time and location
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.
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Hilary term seminars
Transnationalism, return visits, home and belonging: second generation from refugee backgrounds
Professor Alice Bloch, University of Manchester
Refugees and the UK labour market
Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva and Dr Isabel Ruiz, University of Oxford
Building inclusive cities: emerging learning from a knowledge exchange with UK cities
Jacqueline Broadhead, University of Oxford
From pledges to implementation: exploring local government responses for urban refugees in Ethiopia
Dr Annabel Mwangi, UNHCR Ethiopia
Urban refugee economies in Ethiopia
Professor Alison Brown and Dr Peter Mackie, Cardiff University
The accidental city of Kakuma, Kenya: humanitarian urbanism and the development of the refugee camp environment
Dr Bram J Jansen, Wageningen University
Sudanese constellations of home: refugee NGOs, social networks and urban homemaking in Cairo
Dr Anita Fabos, Clark University
Exploring gendered ‘vulnerability’: Syrian refugee men and humanitarianism in urban Jordan
Dr Lewis Turner, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute