Migrants, city making and the value creation processes in a multiscalar perspective: Space and time in migration scholarship

Ayse Caglar (University of Vienna)

The African Centre for Migration & Society in collaboration with Wits City Institute, invites you to a special public lecture by Wits City Institute Mellon Visiting Scholar, Professor Ayse Caglar (University of Vienna, Department of Culture and Social Anthropology). 

In the context of increased visibility of migratory movements, there has been a renewed interest in migration processes, practices and the challenges migration dynamics pose to the taken for granted “groups of solidarity”, and to scholarship aiming to analyse these processes. However, many of the approaches in migration scholarship including the transnational migration, fail to capture these dynamics in light of a multiscalar perspective. Such and endeavor requires a radical rethinking of the spatial and temporal frameworks of migration scholarship, as well as the unit of analysis.

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Special Report: Gauteng Xenophobic Attacks February 2017

26 February 2017

This special report, prepared by Dr Alexandra Hiropoulos provides a time line of xenophobic events in Gauteng province during February 2017. Information is based predominantly on media reports as well as reports from Xenowatch partners which include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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The Mayor of Mogadishu

A book launch by Andrew Harding (Foreign Correspondent, British Broadcasting Corporation)

An epic, uplifting story of one family’s journey through the violent unraveling of Somalia, and a timely exploration of what it means to lose your country and then to reclaim it.

 In The Mayor of Mogadishu, one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents, Andrew Harding, reveals the tumultuous life of Mohamud ‘Tarzan’ Nur - an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in newly independent Somalia, and became a street brawler and activist. When the country collapsed into civil war and anarchy, Tarzan and his young family became part of an exodus, eventually spending twenty years in Chalk Farm in north London.But in 2010 Tarzan returned, as Mayor, to the unrecognizable ruins of a city now almost entirely controlled by the Islamist militants of Al Shabab. For many in Mogadishu, and in the diaspora, Tarzan became a galvanizing symbol of courage and hope for Somalia. But for others, he was a divisive thug, who sank beneath the corruption and clan rivalries that continue, today, to threaten the country’s revival.

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“We are at war with the Devil”: Politics of exclusion of LGBTI groups amongst conservative Christian groups in Uganda

A seminar by Dr Barbara Bompani (Centre of African Studies, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh)

As part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series, the African Centre for Migration & Society presents a seminar by Dr. Barbara Bompani; Associate Professor in African Development and Director of the Centre of African Studies at the School of Social and Political Science, the University of Edinburgh. The rise and political action of Pentecostal-charismatic communities have, in the past decade, impacted upon the very nature of Ugandan politics, firmly integrating morally aligned perspectives into public policy. The impact of Pentecostal discourses in the country is in particular laid bare around issues of sexuality and morality. The Anti-Pornography Act, the Marriage and Divorce Bill, and the Anti-Homosexuality Act briefly approved in December 2013 and then nullified by the The Ugandan Constitutional Court in August 2014, are intrinsic to this public moralisation and religiously driven public action. Since suffering isolation and persecution during Idi Amin’s era, Pentecostal-charismatic churches (PCCs) have grown rapidly over the past three decades.

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Internationalizing Informality: Work, Precarity and Vulnerability

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 9:30 am for 10:00 - 12:00 at the Diakonia Conference Centre, Durban

The African Centre for Migration & Society, together with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the South African Labour Bulletin (SALB) will be hosting a dialogue on Internationalizing Informality: Work, Precarity and Vulnerability.

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