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Graduate Migration Seminar Series

The Graduate Migration Seminar Series offers PhD, MPhil and Masters students currently engaged in research on migration an opportunity to present their work, get feedback and meet other graduate colleagues working on similar issues.  

Presenters are from any fields/disciplines and similarly, we welcome attendees from across the University.

Contact: Lorena Gazzotti,

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For details of presenters, please see below:

Monday 18 April, 1 PM, S3, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

Media portrayal of the retake of Italian emigration 2008-2015: key facts and trends

Lorena Gazzotti, PhD student, Development Studies 

Lorena is a first-year PhD candidate at the Centre of Development Studies (POLIS). She holds a BA and MA in Asian and African Languages and Cultures from the University of Bologna. Her research interests focus on contemporary migration movements in the Mediterranean, migration management, politics of immigration and citizenship.

Wednesday 4 May, 5 PM, S3, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

Innovative Waithood: Ruptures to historical and contemporary notions of belonging in South Africa

Kim Harrisberg, MPhil student, African Studies

Kim is currently completing her MPhil in African Studies. She has worked as a journalist in South Africa before this, using multimedia to tell the stories of African refugees living in Cape Town, among other topics. Her current research is looking at how refugees in rupture reimagine notions of belonging in South Africa.

Monday 16 May, 5 PM, S3, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

Political Responses to Immigration: Comparing Luxembourg and Switzerland

Léonie de Jonge, PhD student, POLIS

Léonie is a first-year PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies. She is interested in populism and xenophobia in small Western European states. Her doctoral research investigates the success and failure of right-wing populist parties with an anti-immigration agenda.

Wednesday 1 June, 5 PM, S3 Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

Dar'a in Za'atari: Notions of Syrianness in Jordan's Largest Refugee Camp

Melissa Gatter, MPhil student, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Melissa is an MPhil student in Modern Middle East Studies at Magdalene College. She is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, and her academic interests focus on displacement, identity, and nationalism, particularly regarding Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. Melissa recently spent part of Lent Term researching and working on behalf of Save the Children Jordan in the Za'atari refugee camp.



Launched in January 2014, by Co-Founders Professors Madeleine Arnot and Loraine Gelsthorpe, and Research Associate Dr Jessica Wheeler, the Cambridge Migration Research Network, funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s Endowment Fund, brings together a superb tract of migration research, spanning 23 University of Cambridge faculties, departments and centres, including researchers in anthropology, archaeology, history, politics, economics and land economy, geography, sociology, gender studies, psychology, health and education studies, management studies, linguistics, theology, criminology and law.

CAMMIGRES researchers' interests orient around the impacts of past and present migration in relation to human evolution and development, social, legal, and economic policy, governance, professional knowledge, institutional practice and social relations.