Seminar: Victims and survivors of violence in Mexico

Lunchtime seminar Friday 6 May 2016 12.30 - 13.30 ACMS Seminar Room

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) will present a lunchtime seminar by Dr. Margarita del C. Zárate Vidal entitled 'Expelled from the earth: victims and survivors of violence in Mexico'.

The biography of the presenter is below.


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Seminar: Unlocking the closet

ACMS Lunchtime Seminar: Tues 12 April at 12.30 pm

ACMS invites you to a seminar on the coming out narratives of gay, lesbian and bisexual Muslims in Belgium. 

It will be presented by Dr Wim Peumans, a post doctoral fellow at ACMS.

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Video & summary of seminar: Unravelling the Mediterranean migration 'crisis'

Reflections from the field

ACMS hosted its first 2016 lunchtime seminar in March which was on the current migration ‘crisis’ in the Mediterranean. It was presented on Tuesday 8 March 2016 by Prof. Heaven Crawley and Dr. Katharine Jones, from the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, at the University of Coventry.

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ACMS is seeking a communications intern

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2016

ACMS is seeking a communications intern for three months next year via our partnership with the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium at the University of Sussex.

More information (including how to apply) is available here.

This internship would be of interest to a recent graduate wanting to combine their research interests in migration with obtaining some experience in research uptake work. Selection will be based on demonstrated experience and skills in the areas of work identified. 

The internship offers a modest living allowance for three months, as well as reimbursement of the cost of a direct airfare and pre-departure expenses for a successful applicant based in a province outside of Gauteng or from a foreign country.

South Africans and SADC citizens with permission to reside, study or work in South Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Zine workshop

Since 2010, the MoVE Project at the ACMS has been involved in a range of collaborative visual and narrative research projects that seek to explore the lived experiences of migrant sex workers in South Africa.  These projects, such as Working the City, Volume 44 and Equal Airtime not only engage in robust research but also produce an 'artifact' that is shared with public audiences. 
 
This year, the MoVE team along with our central partner the Sisonke Sex Worker Movement- conceptualised two projects that aim to make the reproduction of materials more affordable.  The Open Society Foundation funded the MoVE Project in collaboration with Sisonke to conduct a Gauteng based newsletter project called, Izwi Lethu and two zine workshops in the rural provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. 
 
'Zines are self-published, small-circulation, often nonprofit books, papers, or websites. They usually deal with topics too controversial or niche for mainstream media, presented in an unpolished layout and unusual design. Everyone, from a major NGO to a teenager like you, can be an author (and also an editor, art director, and publisher) of a zine, and that’s part of what makes them so awesome.

Since the invention of the photocopy machine, zine-making has been one most popular forms of independent publishing, especially in underground communities. But it’s hard to generalize about zines, the same way it’s hard to generalize about culture. Not just hard—impossible. Because like all art and media, zines can be anything and everything. And they are'. lifted from here.

Please take a look at the Facebook album of the recently completed zine workshop held in Makhado, Limpopo with 13 participants from around the Province.  

The MoVe Team heads out to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga this Sunday (22 November) to conduct the last of the zine workshops for 2015.  The workshops take place over a course of two weeks and are facilitated by Elsa Oliveira and Quinten Williams.  Two participants from previous MoVE Projects conducted in collaboration with Sisonke support the facilitators and provide a crucial role in the process.  

An official exhibition where zines will be made available to the public will take place in early 2016.

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