Future Events

CIRCLE and Sheffield MRG Research Seminar

‘Shaping and Reshaping Care and Migration in East and Southeast Asia’
by Professor Ito Peng

The Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities (CIRCLE) and Migration Research At Sheffield are pleased to host Professor Ito Peng, University of Toronto, next Tuesday May 16th. Professor Peng will be discussing her paper titled: ‘Shaping and Reshaping Care and Migration in East and Southeast Asia’.

Date and time: Tuesday May 16th, 1-2pm
Place: Elmfield Building, Room G17.

All welcome. Please REGISTER HERE.

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Professor Ito Peng

This article examines how culture, institution, and social policies interact to shape national approaches to care and the use of migrant care workers. I compare Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore to show variations in approaches to care and migration despite their cultural similarities. Through a conceptual framework that intersects culture, institution and policy I identify two approaches that are evident across a spectrum of approaches in East Asia: regulated institutional (Japan and Korea) and liberal market oriented (Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore). The analysis shows that cultural, institutional and socio-economic factors are continuously interacting with each other to shape national understandings of care and the use of foreign care workers, and that different policies interact with each other referentially as they develop and affect social and cultural norms through policy feedback.

Ito Peng is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, and Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy at the Department of Sociology, and the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. She has written extensively on family, gender and social policies, and social and political economy of care, in East Asia. She currently leads a large international partnership research project entitled Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The project brings together over 50 researchers and non-academic partners to examine how the reorganization of care influences the global migration of care workers, and how this in turn impacts family and gender relations, gender equality, government policies, and global governance. Her new book, co-edited with Sonya Michel, Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: A Multi-Scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim, will be out in July 2017.

Department of Sociological Studies and Sheffield MRG Research Seminar

‘Modern slavery and human trafficking’: The re-emergence of the intersection of faith and slavery in postsecular contexts
by Dr Hannah Lewis

When: Wednesday 24 May, 1-2pm
Where: Room 109, Elmfield Building, University of Sheffield.

 This paper explores the 21st century re-emergence of the intersection of faith and slavery in its ‘modern slavery and human trafficking’ guise. The rise of ‘neo-abolitionism’ emerges from a nexus of faith, (modern) slavery, and human trafficking in a context of the UK’s changing religious landscape and growing welfare pluralism in times of austerity. The new assemblages of faith based organisations operating in secular welfare provision can be seen as creating new forms of postsecular partnerships. Nevertheless, the faith/anti-trafficking nexus at times reproduces discursive constructions of deservingness and dependency that are especially acute within gendered anti-trafficking efforts to tackle ‘modern slavery’. This paper sets out the context and conceptual framework of a new ESRC study that aims to understand the role of faith based organisations in anti-trafficking. The project is designed to explore anti-trafficking responses in three terrains of action: support for trafficked persons; campaigns and public awareness; government and statutory responses. The paper will sketch the rapid growth in the number of faith-based organisations and their diversity of roles in the anti-trafficking sector. Abolishing modern slavery has achieved international policy consensus. Against such a backdrop, rather little is empirically known about the particular assemblages and affective atmospheres created for trafficked persons in either faith-based or secular anti-trafficking settings, and how particular faith-based constructions of trafficking may affect the wider project of ‘ending modern slavery’.

All welcome. Please add your name to the attendance list HERE.

 Documentary Screening: Wallah Je te jure

Migration Research at Sheffield is glad to invite you to a screening of the film «Wallah Je te jure» on June 14th at the Hicks Building Pool Lecture Theatre 3, 17:30.

Discussant: Dr Nishat Awan

The documentary has been produced in 2016 by the International Organization for Migration. The documentary tells the stories of men and women travelling along West African migration routes to Italy. Senegal’s rural villages, Niger’s bus stations and “ghettos” full of traffickers, and Italian squares and houses will be the backdrops of these courageous trips, which often end in tragedy. No matter the cost, the goal to reach Europe will be achieved, “Wallah.” But there are those who, tired from the journey, turn back home.

The screening will be free to the public | Trailer |  IMDb page



Migration Research at Sheffield Annual Lecture

‘The Brexit election and what it means for the future direction of migration policy in Britain’
By Roger Casale, founder of New Europeans.

Thursday June 15th, 2017 | 5:30pm | The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 7

The Migration Research Group at the University of Sheffield is pleased to invite you to our Annual Lecture. We are delighted to host Roger Casale, founder of New Europeans, a civil rights organisation which champions freedom of movement, non-discrimination and the principle of solidarity in Europe.

Register at: https://sheffieldmrg_rogercasalelecture.eventbrite.co.uk

* There will be a wine reception after the Lecture to be held at the ICOSS foyer

Roger Casale, New Europeans

Roger Casale, New Europeans



Roger Casale is a civil rights activist with experience in business, academia and politics both in the UK and internationally. In 2013 he set up New Europeans, a Europe-wide civil society movement which champions the rights of European citizens and the principles of equality, diversity and solidarity in Europe.

He is the winner of the Sheila Mckechnie Foundation People’s Choice Award for his role in the #righttostay campaign for the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU and a Financial Times Future of Britain Award for his essay “A Green Card for Europe“.

Roger was one of the organisers of the Unite for Europe march which attracted 100,000 people to London on 25 March 2017 to express their European identity and determination to work to unite Britain, reverse Brexit and change Europe.

​Previously Roger was a senior government and parliamentary affairs advisor to industry and not-for-profit organisations. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1997-2005 and a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Foreign Office between 2002 and 2005.

Roger has international experience having lived, worked and studied in Germany, Italy, Australia and the United States and he speaks four languages


MRG workshops

Migration Research @ Sheffield hosts approximately three or four workshops across the Faculty of Social Sciences throughout each academic year. The workshops will gather researchers and experts on migration, refugee and citizenship studies across a wide range of disciplines. A call for funding proposals for the academic year of 2017/18 will be distributed in October or November of 2017.  If you would like information about this year workshops, please click here.