Invitation to a conversation: Welcoming Each Other as Africans - Good News Stories of Inclusion of Migrants

Wits Africa Week Event - Wed 20 May 2015 - 1.15 pm

The African Centre for Migration & Society will facilitate a conversation about good news stories of welcoming and integration of migrants by South Africans. Stories that will be featured are about an initiative by township business people to assist reintegration of foreign traders into their neighbourhoods, a bridging programme for refugee children that has successfully achieved integration of children into government schools, and the role of local government in promoting and enabling inclusion.

Date: Wednesday 20 May 2015

Time: 1.15 pm to 2.15 pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Uthombo Building, Wits University, Johannesburg




Photograph: Darren Smith - graffiti detail, Newtown, Johannesburg. 2015

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ACMS media engagement regarding xenophobic violence in April 2015

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Producing change or having fun? Reflections on the reciprocity of drama-based research with undocumented migrants

Lunch time seminar Tuesday 26 May at 12:30 - 13:30 in the Graduate Seminar Room, South West Engineering

Lena Sophia Opfermann, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York (UK) and visiting fellow at the University of Cape Town, will be presenting Producing change or having fun? Reflections on the reciprocity of drama-based fresearch with undocumented migrants on Tuesday 26 May. 

This presentation outlines preliminary findings of a drama-based research project which explored the experiences of undocumented and unaccompanied migrant children in Cape Town in 2014. Particular focus will be placed on discussing whether drama fulfills enhanced ethics standards that guarantee reciprocal benefits for participants and produce policy relevant outcomes. With a critical view on the notion that drama raises participants’ consciousness and contributes to social change, Lena will question whether techniques deriving from Theatre of the Oppressed are suitable when working with undocumented migrant children specifically and forced migrants more generally. She conclude by arguing that the value of drama-based research may lie more in the ‘social reciprocity’ it produces than in its potential to achieve real change.

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Invitation: Book Launch and Discussion Healing and Change in the City of Gold

Manifestations of Woundedness - Violence and Xenophobia

The African Centre for Migration & Society, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliationthe War Trauma Foundation (Netherlands), and the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) cordially invite you to a book launch and public discussion coinciding with the hosting of an international conference entitled Healing communities, transformingsociety: Exploring the interconnectedness between psycho-social needs, practice and peacebuilding.

Healing and Change in the City of Gold: Case Studies of Coping and Support in Johannesburg (edited by Ingrid Palmary, Brandon Hamber and Lorena Nunez) offers radically new ways of thinking about precarious life in the city of Johannesburg particularly for migrants.

DATE: 7 May 2015
TIME: 6 for 6:30 pm
Sunnyside Park Hotel,
Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown, Johannesburg

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Doctoral and postdoctoral positions available

The African Centre for Migration & Society is offering two doctoral positions and one postdoctoral position in a programme of work entitled 'Governing morality: gender, sexuality and migration in South Africa'


The programme of work is funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. The postdoctoral position offers R180 000 for one year and the doctoral positions offer R120 000 per year for three years (full time study). Candidates interested in working on topics related to LGBT asylum seekers in South Africa or trafficking as lenses into the study of the connections between migration, gender and sexuality are particularly encouraged to apply.

For any enquiries and to apply please contact by 8 May 2015

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Izwi Lethu: Our Voice Newsletter

A collaboration between Sisonke and ACMS's MoVE project

Sisonke Sex Workers' Movement Gauteng, in conjunction with the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) is proud to render a first of its kind newsletter, Izwi Lethu: Our Voice, by sex workers! The inspiration behind this newsletter is the fact that sex work is criminalized in South Africa, therefore, sex workers are marginalized people who in most cases have their human rights violated, face alarming volumes of violence, stigma, and discrimination, and above all sex workers are often misrepresented or inadequately have platforms to air their sentiments. The title Izwi Lethu: Our Voice was unanimously agreed on by sex workers who were in attendance at a sex workers' Creative Space Workshop in February 2015. It is through this publication that sex workers will be able to share their experiences, communicate the challenges they face in their day-­to-day lives, and send their plights to policy makers or people who are influential in policy making and the general population at large. For if we come together and sing with one voice, our song will be heard!!! Click here to read the April edition.

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ACMS research mentioned in Ground Up

21 April, 2015

South Africa: Xenophobia - Let's Avoid the Easy Answers

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ACMS research mentioned in Daily Monitor

22 April, 2015

 Why South Africans hate African migrants

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Call for Workshop Applicants: Migration, urbanisation and health in southern Africa: interdisciplinary conversations

July 27th – 29th, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is associated with high level of historical and contemporary population movements, a high prevalence of communicable – and increasingly non-communicable – diseases, and rapid urban growth.  Associated with a growing population of the urban poor – many of whom are recent migrants to the city, as well as increasing inequality, southern African cities and towns urgently need to address these interlinked development challenges.  This requires a new discussion:  improving research and policy responses to ensure healthy urban migration in a context of inequality and inequity requires interdisciplinary conversations and multi-level action at regional, national and local levels.

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Mobility transition and health transition: beyond migrant categories

A presentation by Prof Philippe Bocquier

Prof Philippe Bocquier from the the Centre de recherches en démographie (Centre DEMO) of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium presented Mobility transition and health transition: beyond migrant categories at our lunchtime seminar on 16 April.

The traditional view on migration has seen people moving from poorer to affluent areas driven by an irrepressible attraction to the modern world. The figure of the migrant is that of a settler who abandoned for good his former way of life to adopt a new one. However actual mobility patterns are never that simple and the classic theoretical framework has to be adapted to account for rather ubiquitous populations. Taking examples in Africa, this communication was an attempt to integrate the socio-demographic and epidemiological frameworks to explain the consequences of migration on health. Click here to access the presentation or listen to the full Podcast.

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