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MoVe: Methods.Visual.Explore Launch Exhibition

Wednesday 25 March 2015 at 16:30

Venue: Boundless City

Since 2006, the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) has explored the use of creative methodologies (e.g photography, creative writing, body mapping) with more traditional qualitative research methods in social science research. These projects engage in the co-production of knowledge through the development of partnerships with migrant groups, especially those who are under-represented and face multiple vulnerabilities. Such partnerships have included informal settlement residents, inner-city migrants and hostel residents, LGBTIQ asylum seekers, and migrant men, women and transgender persons engaged in the sex industry. These projects have culminated in a range of research and advocacy outputs, including community-based exhibitions, public exhibitions, engagement with officials and outreach into multi-media forums.

 MoVE focuses on the development of visual and other involved methodologies to research the lived experiences of migrants in southern Africa.

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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 March newsletter.

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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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What’s HIV got to do with it?: Cross-border migrants accessing health services

Tuesday 17 March 2015

The African Centre for Migration & Society is participating in a one-day symposium on "Whats HIV got to do with it?: Cross-border migrants accessing health services" to be held at the School of Public Health, at the University of the Western Cape on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.

The draft programme can be found here.

While there is no fee payable, please register by completing the registration form and returning it to hivcentre@uwc.ac.za by Wednesday,  25 February 2015.

For further information, please contact hivcentre@uwc.ac.za

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Joint seminar exploring urban violence and the foreigner in South Africa

Tues 10 Mar - 3 pm - presented by ACMS and the Sociology Department

The African Centre for Migration & Society and the Sociology Department will present a joint seminar exploring urban violence and the foreigner in South Africa.  Given recent events in Soweto and other parts of Gauteng this seminar seeks to explore and unpack some of the ideas and common perceptions held around violence against non-nationals and those seen as the "other" in South Africa. Drawing on research carried out after the wave of xenophobic attacks in 2008 as well as more recent work, the three speakers will offer their views on urban violence and the idea of 'the foreigner' in what promises to be a fascinating and timely discussion.

Presentations:

'Xenophobic Violence in South Africa: Critical Reflections on Current Explanations' by Jean Pierre Misago, ACMS 

'Property, Freedom and the Foreigner' by Eric Worby, Humanities Graduate Centre 

'From Social Cohesion to Recognition? Confronting Ethno-national Diversity in Johannesburg’ bObvious Katsaura, Sociology Department

 

Venue: Humanities Graduate Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, Braamfontein East Campus

You can now listen to the podcast by clicking here

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‘Prophets of doom’ warned of more xenophobic attacks in South Africa; sadly they were right

Jean Pierre Misago's keynote address from the event hosted at Wits by the Mail & Guardian Africa and ACMS on Tuesday 3 March 2015

Here is Jean Pierre Misago's keynote address from the event hosted at Wits by the Mail & Guardian Africa and ACMS on Tuesday 3 March 2015 published on the M&G Africa news website: http://bit.ly/JPMisago-keynote

‘Prophets of doom’ warned of more xenophobic attacks in S. Africa; sadly they were right

VIOLENT attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa in May 2008 were followed by public and official condemnation and promises of “never-again”.

Realising that these pronouncements were not followed by concrete preventive measures, our research evidence suggested such violence was likely to reoccur. We, together with those who shared our predictions, were branded “prophets of doom”, hell-bent on tarnishing the image of the beautiful rainbow nation. How we wished our predictions were false!

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Panel discussion on recent wave of xenophobic violence in SA

Tues 3 Mar 2015 - 6 pm for 6.30 pm @Wits University

Join the Mail & Guardian Africa and the African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits as we interrogate issues related to the latest wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa. The debate will unpack the issues and seek to find long-term solutions to the continuing rise of antipathy towards foreign nationals that threaten tolerance and peace within the Africa-rising narrative.


Speakers include Jean Pierre Misago (ACMS), Tina Ghelli (UNHCR), Marc Gbaffou (African Diaspora Forum) and Andries Viviers (UNICEF).


Date: Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Venue: Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House

Entrance and parking in the Senate House Basement off Jorissen Street

RSVP: mahlodim@mg.co.za 

Other partners on the event are IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF and African Diaspora Forum

Photo acknowledgement: The Daily Maverick

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'Johannesburg is the New York City of the African Continent': Frontier Migration and the American Dream in South Africa

Lunch time seminar Wednesday 4 March 2015 12.30 pm in CB 107, Central Block, Wits East Campus

ACMS will present a lunch time seminar.  Dr Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the International Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, will present on " 'Johannesburg is the New York City of the African Continent': Frontier Migration and the American Dream in South Africa”

 Dr Myambo defines frontier migration as migration from a more developed  economy to a developing economy.  It is a concept she is trying to develop to theorise highly-skilled migration in a global economy characterised by extremes of uneven development.  This paper draws on findings from semi-structured interviews with about 35 frontier migrants toanalyze why they have left North America, the EU and the UK for a globalising post-1990 South Africa. This data forms part of her manuscript-in-progress entitled "The American Dream Abroad: Privileged Migrants in the Global South Africa" which examines the relationship between frontier migration, cultural globalisation and political economy.  Ultimately, this is an inquiry into what conditions make the American Dream possible beyond the continental US. 

For more information, please email info@migration.org.za.

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Launch of the Volume 44 Exhibition at the SA Human Rights Commission

Friday 20 Feb 2015 at 12 noon

Venue:  4th Floor, Main Boardroom, South African Human Rights Commission (Forum 3 office block, Braampark, 33 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg)  

Volume 44 is a participatory photography project of the African Centre for Migration & Society, based at the University of Witwatersrand                                                  

Since 2006, the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand has explored the use of creative methodologies with more traditional qualitative research methods in social science research. These projects, jointly titled Volume 44, engage in the co-production of knowledge through the development of partnerships with migrant groups. A central focus is the involvement of under-represented migrant groups that face multiple vulnerabilities to collectively develop methods that ensure that their voices are heard and seen. To date, projects have been conducted with migrant men, women and transgender persons engaged in the sex industry, informal settlement residents, inner-city migrants and hostel residents. These projects have culminated in a range of research and advocacy outputs, including community-based exhibitions, public exhibitions, engagement with officials and outreach into multi-media forums.

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A colloquium on the Idea of Home

18 – 20 February 2015

Hosted by the School of Human & Community Development and the African Centre for Migration & Society

This colloquium interrogates the idea of home by shifting between levels of analysis in which ‘home’ is understood both as the ‘private’ site of the family and as the public domain of national, cultural and geographical connectedness which is construed as similarly familial. ‘Home’ is associated with affective notions of love and care, and an embodied sense of comfort and familiarity. However, at both levels, the notion of home is always shot through with gendered, raced and classed assumptions.  Exploring the idea of home provokes us to reconsider childhood, gender relations, migration, nation, family.

Information about the colloquium panel and public lectures can be found in the programme.

RSVP: nomonde.gogo@wits.ac.za

 * Photo acknowledgement: Rob White
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