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Mobile Identities? Perspective on Gender and Migration

MRU Student Conference 2015

Mobile Identities? Perspective on Gender and Migration

On 5th June 2015 an international group of students, from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, gathered at UCL for the fourth annual Migration Research Unit Student Conference.

Organised by UCL Geography’s students on the MSc in Global Migration course, this year’s conference, Mobile Identities? Perspective on Gender and Migration, focused on the intersections between gender and migration.

Postgraduates presented and discussed their research in a range of panels throughout the day, including, ‘Constructing and negotiating gender identities’ and, ‘LGBTQ politics and activism’. The latter was enriched by the contributions of Paul Dillane, Executive Director of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group.

Particular praise among attendees was reserved for the panel, ‘Methodologies: researching gender’, which sparked lively debate. This addressed various practical and theoretical issues encountered during research, including achieving informed consent from respondents and the importance of reflecting on the researcher’s own positionality.

The day concluded with a moving and provocative keynote speech by Zrinka Bralo, Executive Director of the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum, who spoke about the deliberate silencing of migrant women, and the valuable contributions they have made to UK society.

For further details of the programme, click here.


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