Events

N.B. For University of Bristol staff these events are listed in the MMB shared Outlook calendar. Open ‘Shared Calendar’ while on the UoB network and search for ‘migration’.

The University and College Union (UCU) is currently taking Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) in defence of a fair pension, pay and conditions. ASOS includes working to contract and not undertaking voluntary duties. MMB events and activities tend to be arranged to avoid peak teaching periods and consequently during term time are often held over lunchtimes and early evening. We therefore recognise that some UCU members may not feel able to attend. You can find out more about the dispute here: https://ucu.org.uk/he2019-explained.

 

28th January 2020, 17.00-19.00

in motion  film screening: Atlantics (Mati Diop, 2019)

in motion is a new MMB film group bringing together students and researchers interested in the subject of migration in film and cinema. It will comprise of monthly screenings (on the final Tuesday of the month) followed by informal conversations about the issues raised by the films. The film group is part of the MMB research challenge Imagination, Belonging, Futures. Everyone is welcome!

The first screening is the Senegalese film Atlantics (Atlantique), winner of the Grand Prix at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. This haunting supernatural drama, directed by debuting filmmaker Mati Diop, deals with real-life social commentary through its tale of love, death, class and migration.

Venue: The Cinema, 5th Floor, Richmond Building, BS8 1LN.

 

29th January 2020, 13.00-14.00

MMB Research Seminar

The MMB Research Seminar is an opportunity for members to present work they are intending to publish and receive feedback from colleagues. The seminar runs twice a term – this is the first in the series. Filippo Dionigi will be presenting a draft paper on ‘Revisiting space in times of displacement: the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan as heterotopic space.’ Please contact the chair for this week’s seminar, Florian Scheding (florian.scheding@bristol.ac.uk), if you would like to attend.

 

31st January 2020, 13.30-17.30

Unpacking Fieldwork in Challenging Settings (1)

Logistics and methods during fieldwork: As changing as the British weather!

This seminar (the first in a three-part series) will address common logistical and methodological challenges encountered by researchers prior to and during fieldwork. It will also examine how methods can change during fieldwork and how to respond to this process. Postgraduate and early career researchers are invited to discuss challenges they have faced and to offer practical advice. The seminar will be run as a forum where participants are all encouraged to share their experiences, observations and questions. This series is supported by MMB and organised by researchers in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. For further details and to register, please visit the Eventbrite page.

 

12th February 2020, 13.00-14.30

MMB/Psychology Research Group

This will be the second lunchtime meeting for members of MMB and the School of Psychological Science to come together to discuss issues of migration, movement, psychology and mental health. It will be an informal opportunity to meet other people working in these areas of research. Please email mmb-sri@bristol.ac.uk if you would like to attend. Bring along your lunch – tea and coffee will be provided!

 

13th February 2020, 18:30-19:30

‘Burma: Food, Family and Conflict’; Talk and Tastings

MMB Director Bridget Anderson and her brother and co-author Stephen Anderson present their unique hybrid of family memoir and cookbook. Bridget’s family biography and historical research is paired with mouth-watering recipes by Stephen – a chefwith two restaurants in Valencia serving Decolonial Asian Food. A discussion of their family’s history in colonial Burma will be accompanied by tastings of recipes from the book. Visit the Stanfords website for more details.

 

19th February 2020, 13:15-14:00

Tour of ‘Refuge and Renewal: Migration and British Art’

The Royal West of England Academy is holding a private tour for MMB members of its major exhibition, ‘Refuge and Renewal: Migration and British Art’. The exhibition explores the impact of migrant artists on art in Britain, taking a perspective across the past 150 years. It looks back at the crucial influence of émigrés who came from eastern and central Europe during the 1930s and 1940s, and explores the temporary exile of refugees from the Franco-Prussian War, the First World War and forward to the present, including refugees from war-torn Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have 15 tickets available so please contact mmb-sri@bristol.ac.uk if you would like to attend. The RWA’s head curator will be leading the tour, and attendees are free to stay on in the gallery afterwards. The event is organised by the MMB research challenge Imagination, Belonging, Futures.

 

25th February 2020, 17.00-19.00

in motion  film screening: Styx (Wolfgang Fischer, 2018)

in motion is the MMB film group bringing together students and researchers interested in the subject of migration in film and cinema. It comprises of monthly screenings (on the final Tuesday of the month) followed by informal conversations about the issues raised by the films. The film group is part of the MMB Research Challenge Imagination, Belonging, Futures. Everyone is welcome!

The second screening in the series is the film Styx, directed by Wolfgang Fischer (2018). It shows the transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a solo sailing trip. As the only person to come to the aid of a group of refugees shipwrecked on the Atlantic’s high seas, she is shown the limits of her importance and of the empathy of her cultural milieu.

Venue: The Cinema, 5th Floor, Richmond Building, BS8 1LN.

 

28th February 2020, 10.15-17.00

IdeasLab: Securing Britain’s Seas

As a nation of islands, maritime security is of critical importance to the UK. It comprises a range of important issues, including fisheries management, the migration of people, the fight against narcotics and people trafficking, marine environmental protection, the protection of critical infrastructure and counterterrorism at sea. While the UK remains a major naval power, its management of maritime security is underdeveloped. It now also faces a series of new challenges due to the Brexit process. This IdeasLab, supported by MMB, will draw on contributions from academics, policy makers and other maritime security stakeholders to facilitate expert discussion and dialogue on the challenges of ensuring UK maritime security. The event is by invitation only but if you are interested in attending, please contact Tim Edmunds (Tim.Edmunds@bristol.ac.uk).

 

18th March 2020, 13.00-14.00

MMB Research Seminar

The MMB Research Seminar is an opportunity for members to present work they are intending to publish and receive feedback from colleagues. The seminar runs twice a term – this is the second in the series. Christalla Pithara will be presenting the paper ‘Understanding work-based experiences of sexual violence against female migrant domestic workers in the Republic of Cyprus: an exploratory study of vulnerability and support needs’. This presents findings from an exploratory qualitative study looking into the experiences of sexual violence in the work-place by female migrant domestic workers in Cyprus.  The aim was to understand women’s experiences and needs for support, and inform the development of a capability-building intervention. Please contact the chair for this week’s seminar, Denny Pencheva (denny.pencheva@bristol.ac.uk), if you would like to attend.

 

18th March 2020, 13.30-17.30

Unpacking Fieldwork in Challenging Settings (2)

Power relations and gender during fieldwork: Yup, issues are still there!

Identifying and managing power relations is a constant struggle in research and often magnified during fieldwork. The second seminar in this series will focus on discussing effective approaches in negotiating and navigating power relations in the field – with a special focus on gender positionality. In view of this, the seminar will be run as a forum where participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences, observations and questions. This seminar series is supported by MMB and organised by researchers in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. For further details and to register, please visit the Eventbrite page.

 

19th March 2020, 12.00-14.00

MMB Drop-in

Need to talk through a new research idea? Looking for advice on increasing the impact of your work? Want to disseminate your research more widely or run an event?

MMB Director Bridget Anderson and Manager Emma Newcombe will be available for a second drop-in session to discuss any area in which MMB members need support, whether teaching, research, grant applications or networking. Do come by if you would like help with these issues (and please let us know if you plan to come so we can allocate times – email mmb-sri@bristol.ac.uk).

Venue: The Brambles (at the back of Hawthorns Café).

 

24th March 2020, 17.00-19.00

in motion  film screening: Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000)

in motion is the MMB film group bringing together students and researchers interested in the subject of migration in film and cinema. It comprises of monthly screenings (NB this one is not, as usual, on the final Tuesday of the month) followed by informal conversations about the issues raised by the films. The film group is part of the MMB research challenge Imagination, Belonging, Futures. Everyone is welcome!

This week’s film is Blackboards directed by Samira Makhmalbaf (2000). It follows itinerant Kurdish teachers who, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. One falls in with a group of old men looking for their bombed-out village; he offers to guide them, and takes the clan’s lone woman, a widow with a young son, as his wife. Another attaches himself to a dozen pre-teen boys weighed down by contraband they carry across the border. The two men try to teach as their potential students keep walking, with armed soldiers all around them, patrolling the skies, the roads and the border.

Venue: The Cinema, 5th Floor, Richmond Building, BS8 1LN.

 

6th May 2020, 13.30-17.30

Unpacking Fieldwork in Challenging Settings (3)

Ethics, well-being and security during fieldwork: Fasten your seat belts!

Ethical considerations begin far in advance of fieldwork. The final seminar in this series will address some of the common issues around preparing ethics forms and dealing with ethical dilemmas in the field due to unexpected circumstances, which can effect the researcher’s security, safety and well-being. The seminar will create an opportunity for participants to discuss personal experiences, raise questions, seek advice and build a stronger community of researchers. This seminar series is supported by MMB and organised by researchers in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. For further details and to register, please visit the Eventbrite page.