Arts through Migration / Migration through Arts

Presented by the DAAD Research Lecture Series

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites researchers, academics, students, as well as business and administrative representatives of the Arts/ Migration Sector and the interested public for its German Research Lecture series on Arts through Migration/ Migration through Arts.


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“Migration is a Really Big Problem Here”: Literacy on the Move in the Transnational U.S.-Mexico Context

A Lunchtime Seminar to be presented by Prof Susan V. Meyers (Seattle University)

Thursday 30 October, 2014

The history of U.S.-Mexico relations is strongly characterized by migration patterns between the two nations—and resulting policy decisions. These decisions influence and are influenced by a wide range of factors, including education. For instance, an initiative called the DREAM Act would allow undocumented youth who have grown up in the United States to pursue a college education and employment. However, the DREAM Act has spent more than a decade in Congress and has never been fully accepted. This impasse suggests a deep anxiety on the part of U.S. educators and policy makers with respect to the rising numbers of Mexican-origin students in the United States. In many cases, educators may feel particularly frustrated by the difference between their priorities and that of their students.

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Vital Instability: Ontological Insecurity in African Urban Spaces

A colloquium hosted by the African Centre for Migration & Society

15th-17th October 

This colloquium aims to trace, through layered social analysis, enfolding ontological concerns, the articulations of manifold insecurities, and responses to these, in geographically diverse African urban spaces. Click here for the full programme.

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Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium Annual Report

Oct 2013 - Sept 2014

The Migration RPC Annual Report is out. Click here to read.

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Possession, Punishment and the Principle of Charity: Moral Learning and its Embodiment in “New” Christian and Muslim Schools in Dar es Salaam

A Special Seminar hosted by the Religion & Migration Initiative

9th October, 2014

Schools are institutionalized spaces of learning where children and young people are being trained to become morally and ethically responsible members of society. Cultural ideas and values relating to friendship, social status and the nation, but also regarding one’s body, dress and emotional, verbal or gestural expression, are inscribed into young people’s bodies and minds on an everyday basis. In this paper, I build on ethnographic research on the “new” generation of Christian and Muslim schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2008-2010) and argue that individual schools – and the pupils and teachers learning and teaching within them – have become engaged in a wide range of moral practices that reflect on the specific religious, ideological and structural (often transnational) frameworks in which these schools are embedded.

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Towards understanding migration : A Feminist Analysis

A Keynote Lecture to be presented by Professor Betty Govinden as part of the Borders, Bodies and Boundaries Workshop

7 October 2014 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In a historiography of dominant narratives of indentured Indian history in South Africa, and of well-known political women activists, it is necessary to develop a parallel or alternative historiography, where the lives of ordinary women are brought to the fore. This essay attempts to excavate a submerged personal story, and to render it in the broad context of postcolonial, feminist excavatory work and theorizing. The story shows the intersection and shaping of a private, individual  life-world with  historical, political, economic and socio-cultural  experiences.

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Female migration in the African context: some propositions for conceptual debates around new patterns of mobility

A Keynote Lecture to be presented by Gabriel Tati as part of the Borders, Bodies and Boundaries Workshop

7th October, 2014

How can one explain from the perspective of Africa the so-called “feminization of migration” accompanying the process of globalisation? Despite the considerable developments accomplished in the fields of female migration and mobility research, in particular, and in that migration in general, the socio cultural foundations, the underlying logics of female migration, and the structuring dynamics still remain under investigates. These two epistemological fields at the heart of which women migrants, are implicitly or explicitly located, have evolved in a disconnected manner. Yet such a dichotomy is does not help much in shedding light on the migration phenomenon, especially when views it from the specific angle of social relations between men and women. This article is specifically concerned with the differentiated logics which underlay African women migration, the multiplicity in the roles they play in the departures, the design of individual strategies.

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Beyond prejudice: Structural xenophobic discrimination against refugees

Tendayi Achiume

Tuesday 30 September, 2014

In this presentation, Tendayi argues that the UN Refugee Agency’s global policy for addressing foreignness or xenophobic discrimination is inadequate. By focusing narrowly on harm to refugees resulting from explicit anti-foreigner prejudice, it ignores pervasive structural xenophobic discrimination—rights violations that result from the disproportionate effect of facially neutral measures on refugees due to their status as foreigners.

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Presentation of MiWORC Report N°7

A Disposable Workforce: Foreign Health Professionals in the South African Public Service

Monday 29 September 2014

The MiWORC Team is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the draft MiWORC Report N°7’s key findings. Based on months of fieldwork and over 60 in-depth interviews  with key informants and randomly selected professionals as well as statistical analysis of human resources data, the report provides in-depth analysis of the policy development and practices governing the recruitment and employment of foreign professionals into the South African public health sector. This presentation will provide an opportunity for the research team to incorporate comments and inputs from the public, officials, and key stakeholders before finalisation and dissemination.


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Strategies of stealth and the precariousness of everyday life

A Keynote Lecture to be presented by Professor Lenore Manderson as part of the Moving Bodies Workshop

17th September, 2014

In this address, Professor Manderson picks up on some themes that will be discussed by other presenters in the Moving Bodies Workshop. Drawing on ethnographic examples from her own research and that of colleagues conducted in Australia, USA, Thailand and Italy, she explores the application of ideas of structural vulnerability to understand the experiences of immigrants, particular those whose residential and civil status is precarious. She explores how this precarity compounds vulnerability and reinforces social exclusion.

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