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February 2020

IdeasLab: Securing Britain’s Seas

Friday 28 February at 10:15 am to 5:00 pm

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…

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March 2020

Slavery, Criminalisation, Citizenship and Mobility – Talk, Film and Book Launch

Friday 6 March at 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road
Bristol, BS8 1RJ
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In the Atlantic World, the enslaved were simultaneously constructed as objects of property and criminally culpable persons. Following slavery’s legal abolition, criminalisation remained central to the exclusion of formerly enslaved people and their descendants from rights, freedom and citizenship, and so to the continued coding of freedom as white. This event through talks, discussion and film screening addresses the on-going relationship between slavery, criminalisation, citizenship and mobility – from the framing of certain criminalised activities (especially those associated with migration,…

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*POSTPONED* MMB Research Seminar

Wednesday 18 March at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Meeting Room 1,
1 Priory Road
Bristol, BS8 1TX
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The MMB Research Seminars run twice a term and offer an opportunity for members to present work they are intending to publish and receive feedback from colleagues. For this seminar, the second in the new 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’. Christalla will present findings from an exploratory qualitative study looking into the experiences…

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*CANCELLED* Unpacking Fieldwork in Challenging Settings (2)

Wednesday 18 March at 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

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.…

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*CANCELLED* ‘Dangerous Liaisons: Sea and Desert in Antiquity’

Wednesday 18 March at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Room G10,
43 Woodland Road.
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A talk by Professor Gil Gambash, University of Haifa. Significant stretches of the Mediterranean coastline lie in proximity to arid or semi-arid micro-regions, particularly along the shores of Africa and the Levant. The intense connectivity produced during antiquity by Mediterranean networks generated the circulation of knowledge, influence and wealth, as well as the mobility of motivated groups. Together, they could potentially play a significant part in nurturing the growth of desert cultures and economies, so long as the latter chose to…

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Thursday 19 March at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Brambles,
Back of the Hawthorns
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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…

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*POSTPONED* ‘in motion’ film screening: ‘Blackboards’ (Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000)

Tuesday 24 March at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Cinema,
5th Floor, Richmond Building,
Bristol, BS8 1LN
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'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…

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April 2020

MPC Webinar: “Rethinking Migrants’ Skills and Labour Immigration Policies”

Wednesday 8 April at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online webinar

From ‘low-skilled’ migrants to ‘key workers’: Rethinking migrants’ skills and labour immigration policies Abstract A key question in labour immigration policy is how to select migrant workers for admission. Most high-income countries distinguish between low – and higher-skilled migrants: high-skilled migrants typically face fewer admission requirements and are given greater rights in the labour market and welfare state than low-skilled migrants. This distinction stems from the common assessment that higher-skilled migrants are more ‘beneficial’ and ‘valuable’ to the domestic economy…

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Covid-19 and Queer Asylum

Wednesday 29 April at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Online symposium

COVID-19 and Queer Asylum is a virtual symposium featuring NGO representatives and lawyers working on queer asylum, LGBTQI+ activists and LGBTQI+ persons seeking asylum/refugees from Germany. The Symposium consists of three panels followed by a counseling forum lead by lawyers and LGBTQI+ asylum practitioners that allows for a Q&A around COVID-19 and LGBTQI+ asylum. This symposium is intended to provide a platform for discussing the manner in which such pandemic and its political responses affects a set of people who…

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May 2020

‘Midnight Traveller’ (Fazili 2019) – Virtual film night fundraising event

Saturday 16 May at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Filmed entirely on his smartphone, 'Midnight Traveller' (2019) documents Hassan Fazili's flight from Afghanistan with his wife and daughters after the Taliban put a price on his head. This highly personal account follows the family's brutal, three-year overland trek to Europe, showing first-hand the dangers refugees face on their gruelling journeys to find asylum. Hassan will join the virtual event once the film has finished to talk more about his experiences and those of other refugees. The film will be…

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