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Programme 2004

2nd Annual Student Conference on Forced Migration

CRER - Warwick University, March 15th, 2004

8-9:30     Registration

9:30     Welcome

(Auditorium 002)

    Katia Amore       (CRER-University of Warwick)

    Ekuru Aukot       (Law School- University of Warwick)

    Elise Breyton      (ICAR-LSE)

    Magali Dreyfus   (CRER-University of Warwick)

    Jessica Porter      (ICAR-UNHCR)

10:00     Panel I: From policy to experience: refugee identity and integration in Europe    

(Auditorium 002)

Chair: Ekuru Aukot (Law School- University of Warwick)

Liana Lewis (Nottingham Trent University)

“What is to be a Refugee (and) Child in the Island? How do Refugee Children experience their lives in the 21st Century England.”

Anastasia Dimitriadou (The Institute of Education, London)

“An exploration of refugees’ experiences as English language students in Further education colleges.”

Nando Sigona (PhD candidate, Oxford Brookes University)

“Policy and practice of refugee integration in Italy and Sweden.”

11:30     Coffee Break

(Dining area, ground floor, 018)

12:00     Panel II: Refugees as social actors:  strategies and processes of adaptation

(Auditorium 002)

Chair: Patricia Hynes (Middlesex University)

Choman Hardi (PhD candidate, University of Kent in Canterbury)

“Kurdish women refugees: obstacles and opportunities.”

Alice Szczepanikova  (Central European University, Budapest)

“Seeking asylum: Gender Roles and Conjugal Relationships Challenged (The case of Chechen Refugees in the Czech Republic).”

Anna Lindley (Development studies, University of Oxford)

“Refugee Diaspora and financial remittances: exploring the case of Somalia.”

Fatmata Lovetta Sesay (University of Munich)

“How do refugees fare in rich and poor countries? An empirical analysis.”


What’s next after postgraduate research?

Speakers who recently completed postgraduate research will talk about their different career paths and personal experiences after postgraduate study. The different professional routes open to postgraduates who have studied forced migration issues will be addressed, and top tips on creative ways of disseminating research findings will be presented.

  The talks by the invited speakers will be followed by general discussion and opportunities for questions and answers.

Confirmed speakers include Zafir Behlic, Refugee Action; Katherine Jones, Research, Development and Statistics (RDS), Home Office; Millie Barrett, Inter-Agency Partnership.


Ethics and access and Information black hole or information overload? 

Navigating secondary data sources on refugees and asylum seekers.

This session will be composed of two 45- minute workshops.

The first will address the ethics and politics of doing research on refugees and asylum seekers from both an academic and a NGO/RCO perspective.

Confirmed speakers include Lynette Kelly, Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University Of Warwick, and Michael Brophy, Africa Educational Trust.

The second will present some of the main sources of secondary data and information on forced migration issues available to postgraduate researchers.

Confirmed speakers include representatives from the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR), Forced Migration Online (FMO), and Electronic Immigration Network (EIN).

Each ‘mini-workshop’ includes presentations from invited speakers followed by general discussion and a questions and answer session.

1:30     Lunch

(Dining area, ground floor, 018)

2:30     Panel III: Case studies from origin and settlement contexts

(Auditorium 002)

Chair: Hannah Lewis (University of Hull)

Leben Nelson Moro (University of Oxford)

“Oil explotation, Civil War and Mass expulsions of South Sudanese.”

Nida Bikmen (University of New York)

“Memories of homeland, residues of ethnic violence. How different discourses about the history of ethnic relations in Bosnia affect interethnic attitudes and contacts in exile.”

Anamitra Deb (University of Oxford)

“Conservation, Displacement and Indigenous Rights: A case-study of the Basarwa in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, 1986-2003.”

Shahira Samy (University of Exeter)

“50 years to be finally recognised as refugees: The story of two Palestinian Tribes…”


About refugees, on refugees, with refugees? Issues of participation , representation and narrative research.

This session will aim to address the following questions:

Should research on refugee and asylum issues be more participatory?

Can postgraduate research be more participatory?

Can narrative and oral history research increase the participation and representation of forced migrants in research projects?

The session will consist of presentations from invited speakers from the NGO sector and academia, followed by open discussion and opportunities for questions and answers.

Confirmed speakers include Rhetta Moran, Salford Refugee and Asylum Seekers Participatory Action Research (RAPAR), Revans Institute, and representatives from Panos. 


Breaking out of the academy: evidence based practice and policy and the role of postgraduate research

This session will examine the aims and processes relating to evidence based policy and practice (EBPP), and the role of postgraduate research in contributing to this. The workshop will focus particularly on how NGOs use research and will examine instances of research collaboration between NGOs and postgraduates.

The session will consist of presentations from invited speakers from the NGO sector and academia, followed by open discussion and opportunities for questions and answers.

Confirmed speakers include Tesfaye Gojjie, Refugee Action, and Nicola Smith, Barnardos.

4:00     Coffee Break

(Dining area, ground floor, 018)

4:30     Panel IV: Policy and law: processes, practices and models

(Auditorium 002)

Chair: Katia Amore (CRER - University of Warwick)

Yuriy Sak (University of Wolverhampton)

“Taking the Right to Return Seriously.”

Michael Khabie-Zeitoune (University of London)

“The Labour government’s position in the parliamentary debate surrounding major internal reforms of the asylum system in the United Kingdom from September 2001 to November 2002.”

Elizabeth Rowley (John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

“Local Integration of Refugee Services:  the hand-over model vs. a systems approach.”

Alexander Betts (Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University)

“The International Relations of the 'New' Extra-Territorial Approaches to Refugee Protection: Explaining the Policy Initiatives of the UK Government and UNHCR.”

6:00     Conclusion and discussion

6:30   Chetan Pancholi introduces

          “The East Africa Gujarati Company, an electro acoustic history" by Pancholi

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