Workshop summary: Translocality - (im)Mobility in transnational and urban contexts workshop

Held at ACMS from 1 to 2 June 2016

We held our Translocality: (im)Mobility in transnational and urban contexts workshop from 1 to 2 June 2016, led by Prof Loren Landau , Dr Zaheera Jinnah and ACMS visiting researcher Dr Lothar Smith (Department of Human Geography, Radboud University, Netherlands).

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Migration, sex work and trafficking: Research and action in diverse contexts

7th – 8th October 2015

Graduate Centre Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, Wits

Thursday PM: Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, Wits - 36 Jorissen Street, opposite Senate House

Hosted by the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), this symposium brought together academics, researchers, sex workers and organisations working with sex workers to explore current sex work interventions; policy development; implementation; and, current research projects across diverse contexts including South Africa, the Netherlands and India.

Drawing from a collaborative research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (WOTRO) between the ACMS at Wits and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdamm the symposium explored the ways in which discourses and policies relating to immigration, sex work, trafficking and public health have influenced the lived experiences of migrants and aimed to create a space for exciting and lively discussions and debates.

You can download the programme and the abstracts and bios.

There is a Storify of social media posted during the symposium here: https://storify.com/ACMSWits/migration-sex-work-and-trafficking-research-and-ac

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2nd SAYAS Symposium on Science and Society in Africa

Fact, Fiction and Media: Re-imagining science engagement and its impact

Cape Town 28-29 Sept 2015 

There is a need for broader societal engagement with important research findings and developments across scientific disciplines: natural, social and medical sciences, arts and humanities. Channels for converting patentable knowledge into profitable products are the focus of considerable investment, as are ways for translating beneficial knowledge into public initiatives or policies. For example, the significance of the discovery of a prehistoric fish, or the implications of the findings of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) observatory in the South Africa’s Karoo region, are often unknown to the public despite, scientific projects of this kind being substantially supported by public funds. 

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Migration, urbanisation and health in southern Africa: interdisciplinary conversations

27th - 29th July, University of the Witwatersrand: Johannesburg

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

27 to 29 July 2015, 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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