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BREM Network Events

Upcoming events:

16th May 2019 Research, Art and the Politics of Migration: A Discussion with Salma Zulfiqar.

Past events:

8th March 2019, 'Decolonizing Academia' Informal Seminar for colleagues and students at University of Warwick, with Dr. Celine Tan, Dr. Katy Wells, and Dr. Leon Sealey-Huggins

11th May 2017, 'Community Research, Race, and Housing' Masterclass for PhD students and Early Career Researchers with Johanna Bockman, Nigel de Noronha and Giovanni Picker

16th May 2017, BREM Annual Lecture by Lemn Sissay

30th January 2017, 'Precarious Trajectories: voices from the Mediterranean migration crisis' film and Q+A

30th January 2017, 'Communication Architecture of the Border: A Humanitarianism/Securitization Nexus' by Dr Myria Georgiou

30th January 2017, BREM network meeting: Warwick, a University of Sanctuary?

8th June 2016, BREM Annual Lecture by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Post Racial Fantasies in an Age of Diversity and Migration

22nd May 2016, BREM talk by Hannah Wahle about the Refugee Rights Data Project

16th March 2016, BREM Methodology Workshop with Margaret Hills de Zárate, Senior Lecturer at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: 'Migration, Mobility and Transgenerational Identity'

8th March 2016, Women and the Global Refugee Crisis (in partnership with Warwick Modern Records Centre's Community Speaker Series)

9th July 2015, Symposium on ‘Migration, Post-Coloniality, and the Question of Europe’

29th June 2015, BREM network workshop with academics from University of Warwick and local activists and practitioners: assess key challenges posed to local migrants, refugees and minority ethnic groups in a post-election context

16th June 2015, Postgraduate Methodology Workshop with Anna Lundberg, Researching enactment of rights from below: Ethical and political concerns, and human rights as a radical element in research

20th May 2015, BREM Annual Lecture by Professor Sara Ahmed, Brick Walls: On Racism and Other Hard Histories

Research, Art and the Politics of Migration

A Discussion with Salma Zulfiqar

Saturday 16th May 2019 from 12.30 - 2.00 pm

S2.77. Cowling Room, University of Warwick 

We are excited to announce our next event: Research, Art and the Politics of Migration: A Discussion with Salma Zulfiqar. Salma is an International Artist and Activist working on migration. Her current creative projects, such as ARTconnects & The Migration Blanket, focus on empowering refugee and migrant women by promoting integration, working towards preventing hate crimes and extremism. Her artwork has been exhibited in London, Birmingham, Paris, Greece & Dubai and she has been celebrated as one of Birmingham's most inspirational women in the book One Upon A Time in Birmingham - Women Who Dared to Dream. Salma made an artwork ‘Routes to Peace?’ based on a previous research project led by Dr Vicki Squire: Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat. We are excited to have her with us to discuss with colleagues like you on how to bring research and art interventions together.

The event will be held on 16 May 2019 from 12.30 to 2.00 pm (lunch will be served) at the Social Science Building, Cowling Room, S2.77.

We look forward to meeting you at the event!

Warwick BREM Network Public Seminar 2019

Friday 8th March 12.30 pm - 2 pm

Room 1.003, WBS, University of Warwick

We are excited to announce our coming informal seminar on decolonizing academia at Warwick.The aim of the seminar is to explore activities and interventions being initiated within the different departments and faculties to challenge Eurocentrism and lack of diversity in the curriculum and in institutional practices, as well as resistance to them. We also hope to stimulate a new agenda to support ongoing efforts in this direction. We are delighted to have our speakers: Dr. Celine Tan (Law School), Dr. Katy Wells (PAIS), and Dr. Leon Sealey-Huggins (Global Sustainable Development).

The seminar will be held on Friday 8th March from 12.30 to 2pm (buffet lunch will be served at 12) at the WBS, Room 1.003. It will start with presentations, followed by an open discussion.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network Public Lecture 2017

Lemn Sissay

Tuesday 16th May 6.30pm-7.30pm
Room OC0.03, Oculus Building, University of Warwick

We are extremely pleased to announce that the 2017 BREM Annual Lecture will be given by poet, performer, thinker, campaigner and Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Lemn Sissay. Lemn’s writing engages with themes of borders, race, ethnicity and migration (among other things) and this will be a chance for researchers across all disciplines in the university to reflect on these themes in new ways, in the company of a public audience who are invited to this free event to enjoy Lemn’s talk and find out more about the research on these themes going on at the University of Warwick. Find out more about Lemn Sissay and book your place at the BREM Annual Lecture by going to 

This is a public event and all are welcome. Please register to attend so we have an idea of numbers.

Community Research, Race, and Housing Masterclass

Thursday 11th May, 10-12pm, R014

An event for PhD students and early career researchers.
Speakers: Johanna Bockman, Nigel de Noronha, Giovanni Picker

Johanna Bockman is an Associate Professor at George Mason University, USA. She works in economic sociology, urban sociology, sociology of globalization, and East European Studies. She is currently writing a book on public housing in Washington, DC, tentatively titled Just One Block: Race, Radical Politics, and Revanchism in Washington, DC. This project explores globalization, neoliberalism, and gentrification in southeast DC. She reports on this project on her blog Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward 6 and is a founding member of the Cities and Globalization Working Group.

Nigel de Noronha is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology and the Q-Step Centre, University of Warwick. Nigel's academic research is focussed on the extent to which people feel at 'home' in the private rented sector in England. Nigel has worked for the Audit Commission on local and national projects including the research report The Journey to Race Equality and subsequent local studies, Area Profiles, health inequalities in Greater Manchester and the Equality Impacts of Comprehensive Area Assessment.

Giovanni Picker is a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Individual Research Fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity and the School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham. His book Racial Cities: Governance and the Segregation of Romani People in Urban Europe was published in 2017 and argues that race is the logic through which stigmatized and segregated "Gypsy urban areas" have emerged and persisted after World War II.

For further information on this event contact Professor Gurminder K Bhambra 

Precarious Trajectories: voices from the Mediterranean migration crisis

Film by Dr Simon Parker (University of York), followed by Q&A discussion with Dr Simon Parker, Dr Myria Georgiou (LSE), and Dr Vicki Squire (University of Warwick)

Monday 30th January, 6-7:30pm

Chapter House, Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

Set on location in Libya, Italy and Greece during 2015-2016, at the height of the Mediterranean migration crisis, Precarious Trajectories focuses on the perilous sea crossings that hundreds of thousands of refugees have undertaken in recent years in order to arrive at what they hope will be the safer shores of Europe through the eyes of Ruha from Syria and Ahmed from Somalia.

To register for the event and for further details, please visit the following webpage.

Communication Architecture of the Border: A Humanitarianism/Securitization Nexus

Talk by Dr Myria Georgiou (LSE)
Monday 30th January, 3-4pm, Wolfson 1

This presentation examines the communication architecture of the border and the ways in which narratives and moralities of securitization and humanitarianism become intrinsically intertwined in the acts of reception of refugees and migrants in Europe's borderland. The communication architecture of the border involves all different actors of reception, who sometimes converge and sometimes compete with each other: border military forces and police; INGOs; networks of solidarity. What will be argued it that this architecture shapes a politics of the border, while at the same time playing a critical role in establishing the conditions of (im-)possibility for migrants and refugees to be accepted in Europe. The presentation draws from research conducted with L.Chouliaraki at the Greek island of Chios and at the peak of the so-called “migration crisis” of 2015-16.

Myria Georgiou is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Media and Communications, LSE. She has a PhD in Sociology (LSE), an MSc in Journalism (Boston University) and a BA in Sociology (Panteion University, Athens). Her research focuses on identity, migration and diaspora; media and the city; and the ways in which media contribute to constructions of identity across space. For more than 20 years she has been conducting and leading cross-national and transurban research across Europe and between British and American cities. Her latest book Media and the City was published in 2013 (Polity Press).To register for the event, please do not hesitate to contact Ivano di Carlo:

BREM network meeting: Warwick, a University of Sanctuary?

Discussion led by Dr Vicki Squire (PaIS) and Dr Lucy Mayblin (Sociology)
Monday 30th January, 2-2.45pm, Wolfson 1

This meeting will provide updates and provide opportunity for feedback and discussion on
initiating a programme of events at Warwick toward becoming a University of Sanctuary.

To register for the event, please contact Ivano di Carlo:

Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network Public Lecture 2016

Post Racial Fantasies in an Age of Diversity and Migration

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Wednesday, 8th June 5pm-6.30pm
Room MS.05, Maths Building, University of Warwick

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to this country in 1972 from Uganda. She completed her M.Phil. in literature at Oxford in 1975. She is a journalist who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and is now a regular columnist on The Independent and London’s Evening Standard. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books. Her book, No Place Like Home, well received by critics, was an autobiographical account of a twice removed immigrant. From 1996 to 2001 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research which published True Colours on the role of government on racial attitudes. Tony Blair launched the book in March 1999. She is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre. In 2000 she published, Who Do We Think We Are? which went on to be published in the US too, an acclaimed book on the state of the nation. Andrew Marr and Sir Bernard Crick among other reviewers found the book exceptionally wise and challenging. After Multiculturalism, a pamphlet re-assessing the multicultural ideology in Britain was the first critical examination by a social democrat of a settled and now damaging orthodoxy. She is also a regular international public speaker in Britain, other European countries, North America and Asian nations. In 2001 came the publication of Mixed Feelings, a book on mixed race Britons which has been praised by all those who have reviewed it to date. In June 1999, she received an honorary degree from the Open University for her contributions to social justice. She is a Vice President of the United Nations Association, UK and has also agreed to be a special ambassador for the Samaritans. She is the President of the Institute of Family Therapy. She is married with a twenty eight year old son and thirteen year old daughter.

In 2001 she was appointed an MBE for services to journalism in the new year’s honours list. In July 2003 Liverpool John Moore’s University made her an Honorary Fellow. In 2003 she returned her MBE as a protest against the new empire in Iraq and a growing republicanism. In September 2004, she was awarded an honorary degree by the Oxford Brookes University . In April 2004, her film on Islam for Channel 4 won an award and in May 2004, she received the EMMA award for best print journalist for her columns in the Independent. In September 2004, a collection of her journalistic writings, Some of My Best Friends Are… was published in 2005. Since that year, she has been seen on stage in her one woman show, commissioned and directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of their new work festival. In 2005, she was voted the 10th most influential black/Asian woman in the country in a poll and in another she was among the most powerful Asian media professionals in the UK. In 2008 she was appointed Visiting Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

The event will be followed by a reception with juice, wine and snacks
This is a public lecture and all are welcome

So we can keep track of numbers, please register to attend at

The BREM (Borders, Race, Ethnicity and migration) network
is happy to invite you to a

about the Refugee Rights Data Project
by Hannah-Sophie Wahle

on Wednesday, 22nd of June 2016, 1 to 2 pm,
Social Sciences Building, Room S0.50

Lunch will be served beforehand from 12.30 to 1 pm.

The Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) is a non-profit project established in late 2015. RRDP aims to fill the data gaps relating to refugees and displaced people in Europe by conducting field research. RRDP is independent of any political ideology or religion and united by the commitment to defend the human rights of some of the world’s most vulnerable groups of people. RRDP hopes that the independent data will provide influencers and policymakers with a powerful tool – enabling them to identify specific problem areas and work towards formulating a sustainable response to the humanitarian crisis.

The aim of the presentation is to provide a brief overview of the Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) and to present some of the key findings from the pilot study in Calais. This study was conducted in February 2016 and surveyed 870 respondents in the Calais camp, where thousands of refugees and displaced people are living in dire conditions. The findings were published in April 2016 in the report entitled “The Long wait: Filling the data gaps relating to refugees and displaced people in the Calais camp”. This report measures the fulfilment of different aspects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and includes data relating to the camp’s demographic composition, living conditions, human rights violations and future aspirations. The report has been quoted by various media outlets, including the Guardian and the Independent, and has been used as evidence by the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee for its inquiry on unaccompanied minors in the EU.

Hannah-Sophie Wahle is currently working with the Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) as a researcher and is completing her postgraduate studies in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Having participated in a training course on the refugee crisis response with RedR UK, she has subsequently been volunteering in the Calais camp frequently and in diverse capacities. Prior to this, she supported asylum-seekers and refugees in the asylum process in Germany.

The talk will also be part of Refugee Week. For more information click here.

Also, it is part of the Positive Images Festival in Coventry. Learn more.

For information how to reach the campus, please follow the direction given on the University website. For the location of the Social Science building, please consult the Campus Map.

To register please contact Cita Wetterich (c dot wetterich at warwick dot ac dot uk).

BREM Methodology Workshop: Migration, Mobility and Transgenerational Identity

16th March 2016, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Room: S2.73 (Social Sciences)

Margaret Hills de Zárate, Senior Lecturer at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, will lead this interdisciplinary workshop exploring participatory and ethnographic research methods in relation to migration, mobility and cultural identity. The workshop will introduce her own methodology, used in both current research on 'Transnationalizing Modern Languages' and previous psychosocial work undertaken with refugees and child ex-combatants. This will be followed by an experiential workshop, exploring the role of objects in the expression of transgenerational cultural identity.

The workshop is open to all researchers working across the University and will be of particular interest to Early Career Researchers interested in exploring new methodological approaches.

To register, please contact naomi dot wells at warwick dot ac dot uk by Friday 11th March 2016.

Workshop: Objects, mementoes and narratives: participatory ethnography and the exploration of transgenerational identity

Specific objective: the exploration of transgenerational identity as mediated by objects and our use of them. Objects, from photographs to the souvenir or memento, and the practices associated with them, function as vehicles that facilitate the expression of cultural identity.
Participants are requested to bring a personal item which represents their relationship, real or symbolic, with the concept of heritage and identity. The orientation workshop will be dynamic, practical and thematic, although essentially non-directive. Participants should be prepared to share their experiences with others.

Dr Margaret Hills de Zárate is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the MSc Art Psychotherapy (International), School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She has taught in Spain and Latin America where she is currently involved in research funded by the AHRC relating to migration, mobility and cultural identity in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. Her previous work has focused on refugees and displaced persons in Eastern Europe, Colombia and Africa.

Women and the Global Refugee Crisis

Event in partnership with the Warwick Modern Records Centre's Community Speaker Series

8th March 2016, 6pm, Warwick Modern Records Centre

It has been almost a year since the mass migration of refugees fleeing war and violence and seeking refuge in Europe made headline news. The dangers and risks for refugees as they seek a safe haven are numerous; however, none more so perhaps than for the number of women and children who, despite popular representations, are rarely discussed. On this panel, Cassie Adjei (Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre), Nof Nasser Eddin and Nour Abu Assab (Directors of the Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration), Vicki Squire (University of Warwick) and a speaker from Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Association will discuss the gendered nature of the refugee crisis and the particular challenges facing women.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please book your seat in advance

The Institute of Advanced Study and The Department of Politics and International Studies, in cooperation with the Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network

‘Migration, Post-Coloniality, and the Question of Europe’
Warwick Symposium on the 09th of July 2015

Key Note: Dr Nicholas De Genova
Organisation: Dr Maurice Stierl, Warwick University

In contemporary Europe, questions concerning the governance of migration and borders have become ever more pressing, dominating public discourses and concerns in European societies, EU member states and institutions. In recent years, a variety of parties and movements have emerged in different national contexts, riding the wave of growing antiimmigration sentiments (e.g. UKIP/UK, Pegida/Germany, Golden Dawn/Greece). Moreover, in 2014, the EU parliamentary elections pronounced a marked shift to the political right. In this climate of fear, particular individuals, groups and populations become marked as ‘threatening others’, often along racialised lines. At the same time, in a period of escalating conflicts in many regions of the world, we witness both an intensification of migration struggles over the ‘right to have rights’, as well as the brutalisation of European border governance and migration deterrence that result in thousands of fatalities every year.The first ‘Warwick Symposium on Migration, Post-Coloniality, and the Question of Europe’ seeks to bring together scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds located within and beyond Warwick University to explore how (anti-)migration movements and struggles may pose the ‘European Question’. We invite empirically rich and/or theoretically innovative papers that might explore the following topics:

- Race and post-coloniality in the context of contemporary Europe
- EU border governance and citizenship
- Migrant and solidarity struggles
- Anti-immigrant movements and struggles in Europe
- Alternative imaginaries of Europe as a communal space.

If you wish to present a paper at the symposium, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to this email address: Maurice dot stierl at gmail dot com, with the subject heading ‘Warwick Symposium 2015’ by the 10th of April 2015.We look forward to welcoming you at the University of Warwick and to receiving your papers.

BREM network workshop with academics from University of Warwick and local activists and practitioners:

assess key challenges posed to local migrants, refugees and minority ethnic groups in a post-election context

29th June 2015

The aim of this meeting was to develop and build on existing links between migrant organisations, organisations supporting migrants, and academics conducting research about migrants and migration in Coventry. The intention was to share knowledge and expertise about the challenges affecting migrants in our city particularly following the 2015 General Election, and to discuss possible ways that academic research might be developed in ways that are beneficial to life in Coventry.

A range of local Coventry organisations, including representatives from the City Council, City of Sanctuary, Coventry Law Centre, Coventry Peace House, and Hillfields Watch participate. These groups will share their key concerns in the post election context during the workshop.

Academic colleagues give a short informal introduction to their research, and to engage in discussions on the following questions: What key problems do we face in a post-election context? How can we best respond to these challenges? In what ways can we build bridges between academics, activists and practitioners to facilitate positive change?

The workshop will include discussion of a joint statement to be drafted for circulation to local media, and will include time to discuss further collaborations.

Methodology Workshop with Anna Lundberg (Malmö University)

Researching enactment of rights from below:
Ethical and political concerns, and human rights as a radical element in research

16th June 2015, 1pm-4pm - Wolfson 1&2
Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network

Anna Lundberg, Senior Lecturer at Malmö University, will be joining us for a workshop in June. Anna is currently working in a project on "Undocumented children’s rights claims", looking at "agency and contradictions between different levels of regulations and practice that reveals undocumented children‘s human rights".

In the research project on rights claiming among children in an undocumented situation in Malmö and Birmingham, the team aims to adopt a child-centred, participative research design. In revealing how children experience life being undocumented and negotiate agency in this position, i.e. an enactment of rights from below, they grapple with ethical as well as political concerns. Anna’s presentation will be about some of the more difficult considerations underlying their work. She will also give some reflections on human rights as a radical element in research about vulnerable migration and actions taken by undocumented refugees.

The workshop is intended to bring together different approaches to method, and establish a multidisciplinary debate. Anna’s hope is that our discussions will inspire new ways to reflect on the role of intellectuals, and serve as a basis for the identification of future research options and challenges.After the presentation, we will be sharing experiences on methodological considerations the participants want to bring to the table. We will focus on a variety of themes such as ethics and politics - defining the issue and framing of projects; research conduct in the field - reciprocity and harm; ethics, representation and analysis; and dissemination of research findings – ethics and research reporting.If you're interested in participating, please register by the 15th of May 2015 by sending a message to L dot Vianelli at warwick dot ac dot uk

Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network Public Lecture 2015

Brick Walls: On Racism and Other Hard Histories

Professor Sara Ahmed, Goldsmiths, University of London

Wednesday 20th May 5pm-6.30pm
Room S0.11, Social Sciences Building, University of Warwick

In her book, On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, Sara Ahmed considered how diversity work is often described as “a banging your head against a brick wall job.” In this lecture, she reflects further on brick walls as the hardening of histories, or as how histories becomes concrete. But walls that are hard for some (because of who they are, or what they do) do not appear for others. This lecture will invite reflection on how some borders that are tangible and material (that can stop or block bodies from entering) can be understood and lived by others as immaterial (as phantom walls). Thinking through and with walls, the material stuff of power, allows us to explore how diversity work (both the work we do when we try to transform an institution and the work we do when we do not quite inhabit the norms of an institution) can be an experience of shattering and of assembling worlds from being shattered.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception

This is a public lecture and all are welcome.

If you have any queries about this event please contact Dr Hannah Jones, Sociology