MRG Workshops 2016

Migration Research at the University of Sheffield co-funded three workshops across the Faculty of Social Sciences during the academic year of 2015/16. The events took place in April and June 2016 and gathered researchers and experts on migration, refugee and citizenship studies across a wide range of disciplines. This section features a brief description of each event. Please refer to our website for future opportunities.

Workshop on EU citizenship and free movement at the University of Sheffield

Professor Dora Kostakopoulou

Professor Dora Kostakopoulou

On the 27th and 28th June, the White Rose (collaboration between the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield) network held an interdisciplinary workshop on EU citizenship and free movement at the University of Sheffield. The aim of workshop was to explore the broad theoretical debates around EU citizenship and free movement and draw on practitioner experiences, as well as academic research, to explore the opportunities and limitations of EU citizenship and free movement at local and national levels.

WorkshopEUCitizenship2In the wake of the United Kingdom’s EU referendum, this timely event provided distraction from the impending doom that many felt. Through engagement with broad perspectives and theoretical debates on European citizenship and free movement, as well as a focus on national cases and local contexts, which were explored via both academic research and practitioner experiences, the five thematic panels investigated a range of contemporary issues at the local, regional and international level.

Dr Michael Blauberger

Dr Michael Blauberger

The intimate nature of the workshop allowed for stimulating and thought provoking theoretical and empirical discussions and the exchange of ideas which will no doubt result in further academic and practitioner collaboration and provided the participants with an open and friendly environment in which to received feedback from other participants and share their research and experiences.

This workshop was possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Sheffield Migration Research Network and the University of Sheffield’s Department of Politics. The Department of Politics also contributed the venue.

Download the programme of the workshop here: Citizenship Workshop Programme.

This event was organised by Dr Owen Parker and Lynzi Duncan, PhD Student at the Politics Department.


Early-Career Workshop: ‘Re-interpreting the Refugee Definition – Global Displacement in 2016’

On 8 June, the University of Sheffield School of Law successfully hosted a workshop for early-career researchers in Refugee Law. Six early-career researchers submitted a paper in advance and presented at the event, focusing on two central questions. First, how far can states limit their obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention? Second, how can we overcome such limited interpretations in favour of an approach more favourable to refugee protection?

The three thematic panels addressed a range of cutting-edge issues in refugee law at the local, regional, and international levels. Issues explored included asylum claims for medical reasons, the relationship between domestic law and international refugee law, human rights discourse in refugee protection, climate change migrants, and the experiences of those in detention awaiting processing of their asylum claims.

Participants received feedback from other participants and more established scholars including Dr David James Cantor (Refugee Law Initiative, University of London) and Dr Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law). The intimate nature of the workshop provided an opportunity for individuals to debate new ideas openly, develop networks, and identify opportunities for future collaboration. The programme of the workshop is available here.

image3This workshop was possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Sheffield Migration Research Network, the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law, and the Sheffield Centre for Law in Society. The School of Law contributed the venue.

The papers from the workshop will be published in October 2016 as part of the Refugee Law Initiative’s Working Papers Series and will be available on the RLI’s website here. You can check the discussions we had that day by following us on twitter @SheffieldMRG and checking our hashtag #Shefrefworkshop.

The workshop was organised by Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne, Lecturer at the School of Law.


Social Media and the Refugee Crisis

Monday 4th April 2016

In April the Migration Research Group hosted a one day workshop at the University of Sheffield which sought to explore social media, technology and the refugee crisis. The programme was highly interdisciplinary, as was the audience of 20 participants. Farida Vis from TUoS Information School provided a thorough introduction to the issue. Lucy Mayblin from the Politics Department discussed the role of social media in the political response to the refugee crisis. Simon Faulkner from Manchester School of Art discussed visual representations of refugees through time. Azzurra Pinni from Density Design in Italy described their fascinating visualisations of social and political phenomena, and the whole group was led in a discussion about refugee children and young people as social media users by Dylan Yamada-Rice and Lisa Proctor from the University’s School of Education.

The day after the workshop the speakers held an intensive one day bid writing meeting from which they intend to submit an ESRC Responsive Mode grant application.

The workshop was organised by Farida Vis, who runs the Visual Social Media Lab, and Lucy Mayblin who is based in the Politics Department.

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