A multi-disciplinary line-up starts with Professor Howard Rush who will critically analyse humanitarian responses in general. This will be followed by Dr Nicola Khan discussing mental health issues of asylum seekers and Jo Wilding addressing the impact of cuts to legal aid on asylum seekers. The session will finish with Professor Avril Loveless and Riam Ismael highlighting the importance of hearing the voices of refugees.
19 May, Thursday, Mithras House, Room G5, 15:10-17:00
– Niki Khan: Mental Health intervention for Afghan Migrants on the Move
– Avril Loveless: Refugee Tales
– Jo Wilding: Legal aid cuts, quality of asylum legal services and the refugee protection crisis
– Eugenia Markova: poster re: Refugee crisis
– Howard Rush: Strengthening the Humanitarian Innovation Ecosystem
Chair: Mark Doidge
The event is part of the annual Festival of Social Science and it is taking place within the MARS sponsored Refugee Month.
23 May, 7pm. Free, non-ticketed [2hrs 25m]
M2 Grand Parade, University of Brighton
Ages 14+ Audience Interaction
Two dramatized pieces dealing with the rights and expectations of refugees:
Mustafa Y v. Secretary of State for the Home Department 
In 2007 a Palestinian fleeing an UNRWA refugee camp in Lebanon, applied for Asylum in the UK. His appeal is still pending. This live art event created by Janina Moninska, will attempt to address the following questions:What is my responsibility towards those seeking refuge from conflict or resisting occupation in their homelands? What are our options for response as individuals, communities or citizens?
You, Me and the Distance Between Us
A showcase of a new play under development. This one woman show uses music, storytelling and puppetry to address the expectations, experiences and insecurities of its performer in relation to the current ‘refugee crisis’: a white, middle class drama graduate who found herself volunteering in the midst of those making the journey across Europe.
This will be followed by a response from Professor Marie-Benedicte Dembour and Jo Wilding, specialists in human rights and asylum law at the University of Brighton, and a Q and A with the audience.
This event is part of MARS, Migrant and Refugee Solidarity month at the University of Brighton