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Artistic installation in Mexico City for International Women’s Day 2018 © UN Women/Dzilam Mendez (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Artistic installation in Mexico City for International Women’s Day 2018

Feminism, Categorisation and Forced Migration

This interdisciplinary series will explore a range of topics in refugee law, politics and history with particular attention being paid to feminist and/or gendered approaches to displacement and mobility and the categorisation(s) of people as ‘refugees’, ‘citizens’, ‘settlers’ or ‘migrants’.

Series convenor: Catherine Briddick, Martin James Departmental Lecturer in Gender and Forced Migration

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, except for the seminar on 5 February which will take place at 3:00-4:30pm in Seminar Room 3.

No registration is required. If you would like to receive updates about our public seminars and lectures, please visit our Connect With Us page and subscribe to our email alerts.

Download the series poster here

Hilary term seminars 

22 January

Kurdish women’s knowledge of the state: from the guerrilla to the refugee camp 

Dilar Dirik, Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford


29 January

No seminar - seminar by Menaal Munshey now moved to 11 March


5 February

Degradation by design: corrosive control in the lives of women seeking asylum in bordered Britain

Victoria Canning, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Bristol

 ** Please note change of time and venue: this seminar will run from 3:00-4:30pm in Seminar Room 3 ** 


12 February

Colonial mobilities and global inequality: why European settlers ought not to be regarded as migrants

Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex


19 February

Forced migration in the United Kingdom: women’s journeys to escape domestic violence

Janet Bowstead, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London


26 February 

SEMINAR CANCELLEDAn intersectional approach to policy and decision making on SOGI asylum claims in Europe

Nuno Ferreira, Professor of Law, University of Sussex


4 March 


Georgie Wemyss, Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader for the Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Co-Director at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London, and Nira Yuval-Davis, Professor Emeritus, Honorary Director of the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London


11 March 

SEMINAR CANCELLED | Access to SGBV protection services for Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon 

Menaal Munshey, PhD Candidate in Criminology, University of Cambridge