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Legacies of Forced Migration: An Interdisciplinary Workshop for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers

When: Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Room 2.17, Arts Two Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4FQ


Forced migration is a timely subject, as millions of refugees flee conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan and South Sudan, to name just a few. This workshop draws together QM researchers’ expertise, placing contemporary instances of forced migration in relation to historical case studies. This will facilitate a better understanding of the trajectories, responses to, and legacies of displacement and exile in a global context.

This workshop will bring together postgraduate and early career researchers from the Schools of History, Politics and International Relations, Geography and Law, who study forced migration in varied contexts and from different disciplinary perspectives. These researchers will present papers on their current projects, grouped into four thematic, interdisciplinary panels (including Q&A sessions), with a roundtable discussion to conclude the workshop.

Topics on which participants will present include: the relationship between the British state and solicitors who help asylum seekers; the impact of the concept of ‘non-entry’ on human rights and refugee protection in the EU; Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish responses to asylum seekers from Belarus; Venezuelan displacement within South America; the assistance of Jewish emigrants in Italy in the 1920s; and the concept of ‘vulnerability’ as deployed by humanitarian organizations and its consequences for single male migrants.

The concluding roundtable discussion will consider policy implications of the research being undertaken by the participants and ideas for follow-up meetings.

Please see the Legacies of Forced Migration Programme [PDF 3,238KB] for more details.

The workshop is organised by Dr Joseph Cronin (History), Ayesha Riaz (Law) and Meena Masood (Politics and International Relations).

Those who would like to attend should email Dr Joseph Cronin (, specifying whether they have any dietary requirements.

The workshop is funded by the IHSS Early Career Workshop Funding Scheme.

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