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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From person to migrant: the struggle to remain human in a sea of change

A Keynote Lecture to be presented by Treasa Galvin as part of the Moving Bodies Workshop

19th September, 2014

On a daily basis and in all parts of the globe individuals embark on journeys through which they become part of the complex reality that is the migration process. As the daily life of migrants is exposed to the challenges, risks and uncertainties that surround migration, change and transformation are ever present as an inherent aspect of mobility and of migrant responses to state practices and policies that transform the person into the migrant. This presentation seeks to explore the intersection between complex sets of social and individual processes that shape and ultimately define the person who lives daily life as a migrant.

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Moving bodies: the corporeal dimensions of migration in southern Africa


16 - 19 September 2014

Recognising a recent growth in academic interest in the complex social and political significance of human corporeality, the British Academy International Partnership between the University of Edinburgh and the University of the Witwatersrand aims to explore how a focus on the transformations of human forms and substances can offer new ways to investigate how violence, migration and health are linked in the lives of people across the southern African region.

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Forthcoming Workshop - Violence against Women and Children in Diverse Contexts

Applications are invited

 3-6 March 2015

An International Workshop at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa led by Ingrid Palmary, African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, and Nicky Stanley, Connect Centre, School of Social Work University of Central Lancashire, UK.

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Master of Arts in Migration and Displacement

Applications are now invited

Planning your career? We invite you to consider studying at the African Centre for Migration & Society.

Based in the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, The African Centre for Migration & Society is a leading independent and engaged research and teaching institution on human mobility. The African Centre for Migration & Society invites applications for 2015 for a Masters in Migration and Displacement. The closing date for all applications is 30 September 2014. Please click here for more information and how to apply.

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Routes & Rites to the City: Migration, Emplacement and Religious Diversity in Johannesburg

A Colloquium and Exhibition Hosted by the Religion & Migration Initiative

22nd August, 2014

This colloquium charts, through the presentation of a book in-progress and exhibition,the intricate cartography of religion in Johannesburg, covering a significant diversity of practices and spaces in which religious orders rework the city. The project explores how the urban is produced and transformed through the intersecting phenomena of migratory processes and religious ritual, and argues that these phenomena powerfully shape, and are enmeshed in, urban spatialities and administrations along with moral and economic orders.

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Faith-based humanitarianism: Christianity, civil society and HIV/AIDS in South Africa

A Seminar Hosted by the Religion and Migration Initiative

21st August, 2014

This paper explores the ways in which Christian communities have taken up formal organizational templates, especially that of ‘NGOs’ in their responses to HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The argument is that the asymmetrical power relations between, mostly Northern, donors and local churches within which these organizational dynamics unfold engender two interlocked processes: on the one hand, there are moves towards the technocratic and official templates governing development work across the world.

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The Sex Actually Festival: Heart to Heart

Festival Dates: 19-30 August 2014

Volume 44 is currently exhibiting at the Sex Actually Festival in the foyer of the Wits Theatre, Braamfontein East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Love, intimacy and human connection are at the forefront of the seventh annual Sex Actually Festival: Heart to Heart. Bold and passionate, this celebration will explore human connection in all its shapes and forms. Sex Actually is a multi-disciplinary public festival that engages and promotes dialogues around sex, relationships and HIV/AIDS.

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