Inaugural meeting of Study Group on the social science of refugee issues

December 20, 2016

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The Academy’s new pilot Study Group – on Refugee Issues –held a panel discussion of social science issues around Refugees, Belonging and Society, at the University of East London on 12 December, which was well attended by a mix of academics, students and local practitioners.

A panel discussion, chaired by Corinne Squire FAcSS (University of East London), heard from Nando Sigona (Birmingham University) on The EU’s Refugee Crisis and the Production of illegality and Vulnerability among refugees; Jenny Phillimore FAcSS (Birmingham University) talked on Integration in times of crisis; and Nira Yuval-Davis FAcSS (University of East London) on The refugee crisis ‘everyday bordering’ and autochthonic politics of Belonging. Eleanore Kofman (Middlesex University) also stepped in to talk about the gendering of contemporary refugee issues as Heaven Crawley FAcSS was unable to attend at the last minute owing to transport problems. The discussion was then opened to lively discussion with the floor.

The event was kindly hosted with The Centre for Narrative Research, UEL and The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, UEL.

The Group comprises:

  • Professor Corinne Squire FAcSS (University of East London)
  • Professor Nira Yuval Davis FAcSS (University of East London)
  • Professor Avtar Brah FAcSS (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Professor Heaven Crawley FAcSS (Coventry University)

Corinne Squire and Nira Yuval-Davis are happy to hear from anyone interested in the Group’s work.

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