Film screening: Limpiadores + discussion of the ‘hostile environment’ in our universities

Date: 5 February 2020
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Place: G.06, 50 George Square


In June 2009, outsourced cleaning staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London were invited to an alleged ‘emergency meeting’ where nine of them were detained by immigration officers and subsequently deported. Limpiadores, by director Fernando González Mitjáns (2015, 40 minutes), follows the subsequent Justice for Cleaners Campaign that has been mobilising against casualised working condition and systemic exploitation of migrant workers at SOAS since 2006. From demanding the London Living Wage to ending outsourcing and casualisation of all University workers, the Justice For Cleaners Campaign depicted in Limpiadores has inspired solidarity at SOAS and beyond, with similar campaigns starting at Kings College London and LSE. And yet, ‘La Lucha Continúa!’

Join us for the screening of Limpiadores, followed by a discussion on casualised work and the violence of borders regimes that exist within our academic institutions. The struggle and ongoing campaign portrayed in this movie might prompt us to think about how we can resist these racialised regimes.

This event is co-organised by the Citizens, Nations, and Migration (CNaM) Network at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Student-Staff Solidarity Network formed as a response to the 2019 strike action.

18/11/2019: Master Class with Dr Priyamvada Gopal: Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent

CNaM Network, ASEN Edinburgh and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power are organising a Master class for PG students and staff:

Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent

Dr Priyamvada Gopal is a Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, UK. Her primary interests are in colonial and postcolonial literature and theory, with related interests in the novel; translation; gender and feminism; Marxism, critical race studies, and the politics and cultures of empire and globalisation.

The master class will be an informal and friendly event and a wonderful opportunity for those doing research in the fields of anticolonial resistance, the British Empire and decolonization.

Participants will receive a small package of selected readings that will help to prepare for the master class. We strongly encourage participants to read / prepare them in advance. This master class is a unique opportunity to discuss the work on anticolonial resistance within the British Empire with a leading scholar in her field.

Places are limited! Please do commit to attending the master class should you sign up.

Time and Date
Mon, 18 November 2019
11:00 – 12:30

Practice Suite, Room 112
Chyrstal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

02/10/2019: Workshop: Beyond ‘do no harm’ – Questioning ethics in research with displaced people in the Global North and South, University of Edinburgh

Sponsored by the Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network, the GLIMER Project (JPI ERA Net / Horizon 2020), the department of Social Anthropology and the School of Social and Political Science, all at the University of Edinburgh.

This workshop invites academic researchers at all stages of their career as well as practitioners working with displaced populations in the Global North and South to reflect on and challenge prevailing approaches to research ethics. We particularly encourage postgraduate students and early-career researchers to participate. Across the academic-practitioner divide, we will ask the following questions: Is ‘do no harm’ enough when thinking about research with displaced people?  What does this type of research do, i.e. how does it affect study participants and others, often in long-lasting and unpredictable ways? Is research with displaced people always an ethical endeavour?  How do (1) research norms (2) their colonial and racialised histories and (3) their ongoing legacies for displaced people in the Global North and South shape study design and practice?

This is a one-day workshop; it takes place at the University of Edinburgh’s George Square campus on 2nd October 2019 from 9:30 to 16:45. The workshop is free, including a coffee break in the morning and a vegetarian lunch. Please let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements. To ensure productive discussions, the maximum number of participants is 30. To make the most of the workshop, we hope that participants will stay for the whole day.

The event will be partially guided by a small number of presentations by invited individuals who have pioneered creative and ethically sustainable approaches to engaging with refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and other mobile populations. Speaker and facilitator details can be found in the programme below.

The day will mainly involve discussion groups that draw on participants’ personal experiences with and aspirations for conducting research with displaced people in various geographic contexts and institutional settings. This workshop is an opportunity for collaborative learning that brings together diverse forms of knowledge and lived experiences from academia, humanitarian and civil society action.

If you want to reserve a place, please email Dr Ann Wagner at

The workshop will be followed by an evening keynote by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Professor in Migration and Refugee Studies at UCL, on ‘Refugee-refugee Relationality, Solidarity and Care in/as Research’. The keynote will take place in Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 5, 6-8pm. Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is one of the UK’s leading scholars in Forced Migration Studies; her two most recent projects Refugee Hosts and Southern Responses to Displacement have been instrumental in addressing the Northern-bias in Migration Studies, by changing the ways in which we think about refugees and local populations in the Global South: not as ‘aid recipients’, but as first responders and contributors to global debates around home-making, power and solidarity.

Please register separately for Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s keynote at

26/09/2019: CNaM Social and Welcome Event

We hope all members of the CNaM Network had a relaxing summer break!

As the new semester cranks into gear, we are looking forward to some exciting Network events in the year ahead.

 The first of these is next week Thursday 26 September, when we will be hosting a Social and Welcome Event (5:30 pm, 18 Buccleuch Place, 3F2). This will be a good opportunity to discuss specific ideas people would like to do together in the year ahead (workshops, reading/writing groups, film screenings, work in progress sessions etc.) and how the Network might support these activities. This will also be an opportunity to both welcome people who are new to the Network or interested in joining. We’ll have pizza and drinks—so for ordering purposes, please let us know if you are joining us by sending your RSVP here:

 Other activities on the horizon include a screening of the acclaimed HBO documentary Clinica de Migrantes in October or early November (hosted by Alistair Hunter) and a workshop on the ethics of research with displaced people at the beginning of October—info coming soon.

 If you have any suggestions for CNaM Network activities in 201920 but are not able to make it along to the Social on 26 September, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line! And if you know of new students or staff who would be interested in joining the Network, please pass on this message.


Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Sophia and Andreas

28 June 2019: Workshop “The Ambiguity of Violence as Resistance

PROGRAMME AVAILABLE NOW: The Ambiguity of Violence as Resistance programme

Date/Time: Friday, 28 June 2019, 10am-6pm
Location: Godfrey Thomson Hall, Thomson Land (University of Edinburgh), Holyrood RoadThe Ambiguity of Violence as Resistance programme

This workshop will examine violence as resistance in the service of freedom and justice across boundaries of time, geography, academic disciplines, theory, and practice. It addresses interrelated questions including: When is violence as resistance legitimate? Where are the limits to the state’s monopoly on legitimate violence? What are the moral and political costs of emancipatory violence? Are the boundaries of what is considered legitimate shifting, and how does this compare to past understandings? How are specific movements framing these boundaries? Speakers and participants are invited to explore these and other questions in relation to contexts from climate-change protests to anti-capitalist and anti-colonial struggles, from defensive power in newly constituted political orders to critiques of the war on terror.


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Natasha Basu (University of Amsterdam)
  • Carlos Frade (University of Salford)
  • John Holloway (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico)
  • Ruth Kinna (Loughborough University)
  • Brian Larkin (Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre)
  • Ben Smoke (Stansted 15)
  • Neelam Srivastava (University of Newcastle)



Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network
Global Justice Academy and Global Development Academy
School of Social and Political Science
Politics and International Relations
All at the University of Edinburgh

26 Feb 2019: Work In Progress Session: Elisabeth Badenhoop and Ann-Christin Wagner

We will hold our first work in progress session on 26 Feb. at 12:00 noon to 2:00pm, with lunch, at 1.12, Chrystal Macmillan Building.

Elisabeth Badenhoop (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) will share a paper entitled, Performing the Super Citizen? Citizenship applicants’ perspective on naturalisation in the UK and Germany. Copies  of the paper will be circulated to those who commit to coming a week before the session.

Ann-Christin Wagner (PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh) will share a paper with the title ‘Not at home: Syrian refugees making and rejecting home in Zaatari village, Jordan’

A note about the work in progress idea: we send the papers to those who say they would come, not to the whole list, a week before the session, a paper needs to be ready to share by 19 Feb. We know that is short notice for an additional person, but it doesn’t have to be a polished piece, and we don’t review already published papers.

Please RSVP if you’ll come to the work in progress. We’ll order vegetarian lunch, but let us know if you have any other dietary requirements.

07 December, Film Screening of “Zozo”

Zozo (directed by Josef Fares, 2005)
Introduced by Joey Ayoub, on 7 December, 5:30pm, in room 1.12, Chrystal Macmillan Building.

We’ll have snacks and refreshments, so it would be good to know how many people are coming.
RSVP here:
Places are limited.

Synopsis of the film (from Rotten Tomatoes):
A young boy faces challenges both funny and terrifying in this drama from writer and director Josef Fares. It’s 1987, and Zozo (Imad Creidi) is a ten-year-old boy whose parents are struggling to flee Beirut as warfare in the streets accelerates. Zozo’s grandparents have emigrated to Sweden, and his mother and father plan to follow as soon as their passports and exit visas are approved. On the day that their papers finally come through, Zozo’s mother asks him to go outside and get something for her — and just misses being killed by the shell that explodes into their home. With his parents dead and his older brother missing, Zozo sees little choice but to fetch his passport and airline ticket and make his way to the airport on foot. With his pet bird in tow and a young girl named Rita (Antoinette Turk) who is running away from home for company, Zozo sets out on the long walk that will be the first leg in his journey to a new home. In time, Zozo makes his way to Sweden, where he’s taken in by his grandmother (Yasmine Awad) and grandfather (Elias Gergi). However, Zozo feels like a fish out of water in his unfamiliar surroundings, and the increasingly eccentric behavior of his grandparents does nothing to make him feel more comfortable in this strange land. Zozo was loosely inspired by the youthful experiences of Josef Fares, who himself emigrated to Sweden when he was ten. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

22 Nov 2018, 4-6pm: Online Anti-Muslim Hate Speech in Italy and Great Britain

Where: Room LG.09, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JX
When: Thursday 22 November 2018, 4:00-6:00pm

To register:

Public discussion has been radically changed by the Internet and social media: erroneous perceptions of reality help the circulation of news that is partially or entirely false, and this is then amplified by being widely shared. A key example is how fake news and inflammatory statements against Muslims contribute to online hate speech that results in the circulation of millions of racist or xenophobic messages. Messages against Muslim communities have increased across Europe, particularly with the rise of far right groups. Muslims are the fourth most targeted group on Twitter and are part of six groups, including Jews, migrants, homosexuals, women and disabled people, to be targeted on social media platforms. In this seminar, a team of researchers will present the preliminary findings from the project ‘Hatemeter’ which addresses these phenomena. This European Commission-funded project is aimed at studying anti-Muslim hate speech online, as well as producing computer-assisted responses and hints to support counter-narratives and awareness raising campaigns.

Hatemeter research team:
Stefano Bonino is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at eCrime, University of Trento. Stefano has conducted research on security-related  and migration-related topics. His  monograph, Muslims in Scotland: The Making of Community in a Post-9/11 World, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2016 and was shortlisted for the 2017 Saltire Society Research Book of the Year Award. Stefano has published extensively on issues related to Muslim communities in Europe and has disseminated his work in academia, in the media and in the policy-making world both in Europe and internationally.
Elisa Martini is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento. She mainly deals with crime statistics, methodology of social research and migration studies. She has authored several publications on youth deviance, social integration of second-generation migrants, pharmaceutical counterfeiting, trafficking in human beings, and smuggling of migrants.
Parisa Diba is a Research Associate at Teesside University, based in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law (SSSHL). Parisa is currently undertaking a range of research activities on the European Commission funded project ‘HATEMETER’.

Safia Ali is Race Equality Mainstreaming Officer in CEMVO Scotland (Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organizations, Scotland). CEMVO Scotland is a national intermediary organisation and strategic partner of the Scottish Government Equality Unit. With over 20 years of experience in the voluntary sector, Safia has worked in community development covering issues of health, housing, domestic violence/abuse, youth work, and group work. She has particularly focused on work with disadvantaged groups, single parents, elderly and young people and with BME communities, especially women survivors of domestic violence/abuse. In her current post, she looks at mainstreaming race equality through policies and recruitment in public, private and third sector organisations. In addition, she manages the EM Women’s Network which aims at becoming a strategic voice for EM Women to influence policy and decision making in Scotland.

Giulia Liberatore is a Leverhulme Fellow in Sociology, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies/ Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh working on a project on female Islamic scholarship and guidance in the UK. She has a PhD in Anthropology from the LSE and her recent monograph is entitled Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain (2017, Bloomsbury). She is currently teaching a new course on Muslims in Europe.


Coffee/tea and cake will be provided at 4pm, with the seminar starting at 4:15pm.

Co-sponsored by Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network and the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh