May is Refugee Month for MARS at the University of Brighton. We asked faculty and students to organise events that address the current ‘refugee crisis’ from their disciplinary perspective. Check here the programme of our events, ranging of from academic workshops and seminars to more open public events. Choose the event that suits most of your interests and bring along a couple of friends. Solidarity is strongest when it is shared!
11 May, Wednesday, 12:00-13:30: Refugee Tales: why do we listen? As scholars and researchers, how might we listen to the voices of refugees who tell tales of their experiences? What contribution or difference might listening make? What effects might listening have on the story-tellers themselves?
12 May, Thursday, 17:00-19:30: The “Refugee Crisis” – Whose crisis is it? Where is it? What’s ethically and politically at stake? A Symposium with Frances Webber, Nicholas de Genova, Andrew Arsan, and Louise Purbrick. Organised by the Understanding Conflict research cluster.
19 May, Thursday, 15:10-17:00: Refugees and Humanitarian Crisis
A special interdisciplinary session at the Festival of Social Science, covering a wide range of topics.
23 May, Monday, 19:00-21:30: Refugee Rights and Community Responses Two dramatized pieces dealing with the rights and expectations of refugees: Mustafa Y v. Secretary of State for the Home Department , by Janina Moninska // You, Me and the Distance Between Us, by Ellen Muriel
26 May, Thursday, 17:00-19:00: Helping refugees as volunteer health care workers. A talk by local nurses and a doctor who will share recent experiences helping refugees in Greece and provide practical advice for volunteering and donating.
This event is part of a teach-out in support of the UCU strike of 25-26 May.
27 May, Friday, 17:00: Refugee Crisis in Australia. Nick Riemer from the University of Sydney talks about collaboration and resistance in Australia’s war on refugees.
27 May, Friday, all day: Refugee Awareness Day. Find out more about the local migrant and refugee situation and how you can play your part. Engage with local community groups. Watch films and photographs.
28 May, Saturday , 10:00-16.30: A Day of Drawing. The University of Brighton’s Drawing Research Interest Group is running a day of drawing activities and conversation open to all – as a way of exploring and expressing solidarity with migrants and refugees and raising money for the Hummingbird Project refugee charity.