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19 Jun, 2019
By Theophilus Kwek

Writing their own stories

MSc alumnus Theophilus Kwek reflects on a seminar series he organised at the RSC that brought refugee writers, and those who work with them, to the department to consider literary responses to home, dislocation and refuge.

‘Because we were not in our country, we could not use our own languages, and so when we spoke our voices came out bruised’.

By
Theophilus Kwek
19 Jun, 2019

Writing their own stories

MSc alumnus Theophilus Kwek reflects on a seminar series he organised at the RSC that brought refugee writers, and those who work with them, to the department to consider literary responses to home,...

By
Professor John Hammock
29 May, 2019

From slaves to entrepreneurs: the liberation potential of indigenous women in the Highlands of Ecuador

Associate Professor John Hammock offers a personal reflection on his return to Cañar, in the Highlands of Ecuador, nearly 50 years after first visiting to carry out research, and the visible transformation...

By
Evan Easton-Calabria
18 Apr, 2019

'Self-reliance' for refugees? Badly handled it can make matters worse

Policymakers and aid agencies in sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly encouraging...

By
Professor Andrew Dawes
28 Mar, 2019

Tracing the consequences of child poverty: reflections from co-author Andrew Dawes on findings from 15 years of research

After several years in the making, the new Young Lives book 'Tracing the Consequences of Child Poverty', or 'Tracing’, as we authors have come to call the volume, is published. What a journey it has been!...

By
Danilo Zak
26 Mar, 2019

Failed pilots: evaluations of blockchain interventions need transparency

In her book on humanitarian technology, K.L. Jacobsen...

By
Philippa Williams
Lipika Kamra
14 Mar, 2019

India's WhatsApp election: political parties risk undermining democracy with technology

India’s 2019 national elections are widely anticipated to be the “WhatsApp elections”. Against a backdrop of rapidly improving...

By
Magda Rodríguez Dehli
07 Mar, 2019

The business of roots: why DNA testing companies are not cracking the code of mobility and belonging

Commercial DNA testing kits seem to be everywhere these days. If you are in the United States (or, soon, in the United Kingdom), you may have come across them when visiting your local ...

By
Dan Hodgkinson
Luke Melchiorre
27 Feb, 2019

Africa's student movements: history sheds light on modern activism

On 9 March 2015, a student hurled faeces at a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes. This act led to...

By
Jörg Friedrichs
24 Jan, 2019

A warning from India for European liberals on how to manage relations with Muslim minorities

Especially since the refugee crisis, Europe has been grappling with populist reactions to the growth of Muslim minorities. Yet, despite decades of migration, native Europeans have limited experience and...

By
Anne Schnitzer
Emrah Celik
22 Jan, 2019

In conversation with Ruben Andersson

MSc students Anne Schnitzer and Emrah Celik recently interviewed Professor Ruben Andersson, who teaches on the MSc in Migration...

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